Undergrad Catalog 2010


College of Business Administration

Patrick Raines, Dean
Susan L. Taylor, Associate Dean

Bryon Balint, Colin Cannonier, Dennis Chen, Brad Childs, Richard Churchman, Howard Cochran, John Coker, Jacqueline Conard, Jeff Cornwall, Francis Daniel, Jane Dillard-Eggers, Del DeVries, Gregory Faulk, Jane Finley, Jennifer Fowler, Gary Garrison, John Gonas, Jose Gonzalez, Lora Harding, Robert P. Lambert, John Maslyn, Jeff Overby, Barry Padgett, Mark Phillips, Patrick Raines, Mary Rau-Foster, Mark Schenkel, Joe Smolira, Susan Taylor, Jennie Carter Thomas, Mary M. Thompson, Marieta Velikova, Charles Wainright, Lee Warren, Susan Williams, Beth Woodard, Tommy Wooten, Sehyun Yoo, Grady York, Marilyn Young.
*Part-time.

Admissions:

There are no formal admission requirements for the College of Business Administration. However, students are expected to complete all tool courses before enrolling in core courses. All students must complete a minimum of 50% of their coursework in business courses at Belmont.

Mission:

The mission of the College of Business Administration is to be an innovative learning community that prepares entrepreneurial, ethical and socially responsible future business leaders for the dynamic global economy.

We are committed to:

• relevant, interactive and experiential academic programs.
• continually improving our intellectual capital through contributions to practice, learning and pedagogical, and discipline-based research.
• serving the needs of the community through educational and professional partnerships.

Programs:

The College of Business Administration offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a major area of concentration in at least one of the following:

Accounting
General Business
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Information Systems Management
International Business
Management
Marketing

The College of Business Administration also offers the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Economics or International Economics.

A Minor Field program requiring 18 hours in directed business subjects is also available. Minors areas include: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurship, International Business and Marketing. Business minors are not intended for BBA degree seeking students. However, BBA degree seeking students may minor in International Business provided they are not currently pursuing an International Business concentration as part of their business administration major.

Learning Goals:

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) learning goals are:

1. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively collaborate  in business contexts.
3. Utilize analytical, quantitative, and technical concepts and methods to identify and propose solutions to business problems.
4. Recognize ethical issues, argue the principles involved, and assess the potential consequences in the process of making socially responsible decisions.
5. Understand global business issues including the diverse legal, economic and cultural environments of business.
6. Recognize concepts, issues, the risk, and potential benefits of new enterprise.
7. Demonstrate basic understanding of the disciplines included in the business core.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics and International Economics learning goals are:

1. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the economic concepts and principles.
3. Apply quantitative analysis and economic reasoning to decision-making.
4. Utilize analytical and technical methods to identify and evaluate economic and public policy issues.
5. Identify the impact and economic consequences of global interdependence.

Accreditation

Belmont University College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.

AACSB International accreditation assures stakeholders that business schools:
• Manage resources to achieve a vibrant and relevant mission.
• Advance business and management knowledge through faculty scholarship.
• Provide high-caliber teaching of quality and current curricula.
• Cultivate meaningful interaction between students and a qualified faculty.
• Produce graduates who have achieved specified learning goals.

College of Business Administration Ethical Behavior Pledge

"As a Belmont College of Business Administration student, I pledge:

• To commit to the enthusiastic pursuit of learning that will enable me to be ethically responsible and to become my best self;
• To apply principles of personal integrity and academic honesty in all my decisions and behavior;
• To make self-control central to my intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development, and to accept responsibility for all of my behavior;
• To honor the dignity and worth of each individual I meet;
• To pursue critical and independent thinking in my academic and professional life;
• To make mutual respect and collaboration a goal in all my relationships;
• To reflect community responsibility and accountability in my activities at Belmont and beyond so that I may honor the rights, laws, and property that promote responsible citizenship;
• To join others at Belmont to practice committed stewardship in my treatment of the environment and natural resources, so that together we can facilitate the health and welfare of future generations.

As a College of Business Administration student, I will also abide by Belmont University's Honor Pledge, which states:

I will not give or receive aid during examinations; I will not give or receive false or impermissible aid in course work, in the preparation of reports, or in any other type of work that is to be used by the instructor as the basis of my grade; I will not engage in any form of academic fraud. Furthermore, I will uphold my responsibility to see to it that others abide by the spirit and the letter of the Honor Pledge.

In pursuit of my education in the College of Business Administration, I commit to uphold this ethics statement to the best of my ability, so that I may become a better person and help Belmont be increasingly effective in improving human life throughout all of society."

Honors Organizations

Beta Alpha Psi
Faculty Advisor: Brad Childs

Beta Alpha Psi is a national honorary scholastic organization recognizing academic excellence in the business information field, including the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems. Membership in Beta Alpha Psi complements members' formal education by providing students with opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility. Currently only schools that are either AACSB International or EQUIS accredited have Beta Alpha Psi chapters.

Beta Gamma Sigma
Faculty Advisor: Susan Taylor

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition for scholastic success that a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Beta Gamma Sigma is open to all business majors.

Sigma Nu Tau
Faculty Advisor: Jeff Cornwall
 

Sigma Nu Tau is the only honor society dedicated to entrepreneurship.  The organization seeks to promote, recognize, and reward academic excellence in enterpreneurship and to encourage and recognize the practice of principled entrepreneurship.  Membership is open to junior and senior entrepreneurship majors who have earned a 3.0 Belmont cumulative GPA or above, who are in good standing with the university and have completed the majority of coursework at Belmont.

Student Organizations

Business Student Advisory Board (S.A.B.)
Staff Advisor:  Jocelyn Gutekunst

The Business Student Advisory Board is an on-campus organization open to select undergraduate students in the College of Business Administration who demonstrate leadership potential and an interest in academic enrichment.  Members have the opportunity to network, provide important feedback, develop business skills and serve the school and community.

International Business Society (IBS)
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Marieta Velikova

The International Business Society is a professional organization of Belmont University students interested in the field of international business.  Members come from various backgrounds and majors but are united by their interests in international business issues and career opportunities.  

Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club)
Faculty Advisor: Jeff Cornwall

The E-Club and its members are dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship.  E-Club members have the opportunity to participate in student-run businesses, attend regional and national conferences and events through affiliation with Collegiate DECA, and interact with successful entrepreneurs in various industries.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Faculty Advisor: John Gonas

Students in Free Enterprise is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious SIFE World Cup. In addition to the community aspect of the program, SIFE’s leadership and career initiatives create meaningful opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent.

American Marketing Association (AMA)
Faculty Advisor: Jacqueline Conard

The American Marketing Association is the largest marketing association in North America.  It is a professional association for individuals and organizations involved in the practice, teaching and study of marketing worldwide.  As a collegiate member, you have immediate opportunities for professional development and networking; and access to the latest in marketing news, insights, and information.

Collegiate DECA
Faculty Advisor: Jeff Cornwall

Collegiate DECA is an international organization for college students preparing for a variety of careers in business.  Members have the opportunity to showcase their skills while competing against their peers in such areas as marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

Ethics Bowl Team
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Wilgus

The Ethics Bowl Team is comprised of undergraduate students who have an interest in the application of ethical principles in a competitive environment.  Team members study cases prior to competition and are questioned regarding a particular case.  Students are evaluated based on intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, and deliberative thoughtfulness.  Top regional teams go on to compete at a national level of competition.