Business Administration (BA)

BA B100 Introduction to Business 3 crs.

The course introduces the nature of business and its complexities in the context of the environment in which it operates. Subjects covered include ownership forms, organization, management, marketing, accounting, financial institutions, labor relations, basic word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets, data base, library resources, and small businesses.

BA B101 Business Communications 3 crs.

This course serves to improve the student's ability to create successful communication products–both written and oral. Topics include word processing applications, the process for successful communication, business writing, report writing using style guidelines, résumé writing, Internet, and presentation skills. The course also focuses on multicultural sensitivity, ethical considerations, collaborative writing, and career issues.

Prerequisites: BA B100, ENGL T122

BA B200 Introduction to International Business 3 crs.

This course prepares students to be effective decision makers in an international setting.  It seeks to provide them with a working knowledge of issues relating to making decision in today’s global environment.  It also aims at equipping students with the theoretical and analytical tools needed to make sound business decisions in international setting.  It covers the international business environment, dealing with topics such as national differences in political economy and culture, international trade, exchange rates, intellectual property rights and other topics which affect the international business operations.  It also focuses on the individual firm strategies, covering foreign direct investment, firm market entry strategies, financial and other business decisions that the successful multinationals need to make. 

Cross-listing: INTB B200

BA B405 New Venture Funding 3 crs.

This course helps students to develop skills that enable them to manage the specific funding issues that cause greatest concern for new and growing ventures. Primary topics are securing funding for a developing venture, developing a financial plan to present when seeking funding, establishing successful banking relationships, use of accounting software packages, cash flow management, and credit and collections. The course is applied in nature and builds on prior work in accounting and finance in the business curriculum. Students in the course develop entrepreneurial skills by combining analytical skills with intuition and creative problem solving techniques.

Prerequisites: MGT B245, MKT B280; junior standing

BA B410 Business Plan Development 3 crs.

This course helps students to develop skills that enable them to develop and present superior business plans to use when seeking funding for new ventures. Students in the course work with business owners, bankers, venture capitalists, and other professionals in developing these business plans. Primary topics are (1) expanding on the basic business plan developed in prior coursework, (2) using the business plan to secure funding, and (3) competing with other proposed ventures for funding. Student teams compete among themselves for the right to represent the College of Business in business plan competitions with students from other universities. The course is applied in nature and builds on prior work in the basic business core and the Small + New Venture class, MGT B430. Students in the course develop skills needed to develop actual new venture business plans by combining analytical skills with intuition and creative problem solving techniques.

Prerequisites: MGT B430, MKT B280; junior standing

BA B415 Business Ethics 3 crs.

This course examines the sources of societal pressure, business reaction, and the community’s expectation. The entire spectrum of corporate and government activities are discussed against the framework of the demands made on the firm and government by forces outside of the marketplace.

Prerequisites: ECON B101, MGT B245, PHIL V252; junior standing

BA B435 Multinational Business Strategy 3 crs.

This course is designed to enhance the student’s analytical, research, communication, and strategic skills via two methods–first, in-depth class discussions of concepts and cases focusing on the opportunities, challenges, and strategies pursued by large multinationals; second, an applied research project whereby students formulate and defend a global strategic plan for a company, after performing a strategic audit and assessing the forces and trends shaping the future of the industry in which it operates.

Prerequisites: FIN B300, MGT B245, MGT B325, MKT B280; senior standing

Cross-listing: INTB B435

BA B445 Business Policy 3 crs.

This course (1) provides students with the opportunity to integrate the skills acquired in prior coursework in analyzing the internal and external environments of organizations and (2) has students learn how to formulate and implement strategies that will allow a firm to compete successfully within its environment.

Prerequisites: FIN B300, MGT B245, MGT B325 (or ACCT B410 for accounting majors), MKT B280, senior standing

BA B493 Special Topics 3 crs.

Prerequisite: Junior standing

BA B497 Internship 3 crs.

Prerequisite: Junior standing, overall GPA of 2.0

See description in College of Business overview

BA B499 Independent Study 3 crs.

Prerequisite: Junior standing, overall GPA of 2.0

See description in College of Business overview