Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Business Core Course Descriptions 

BUS 1301: Business Foundations Seminar
Introduces students to business practices, management principles and the functional disciplines within organizations. Students study contemporary issues in business within the context of the economic, moral, political, social and legal pressures on business decision-making.
3.000 Credit hours

BUS 1302 Finite Math for Business
Course is designed to help business students apply mathematical concepts to a wide variety of business activities. The course is computational in nature and students will learn to formulate and solve practical business problems and analyses that require finite math. The following topics are covered: linear equations, matrices, sets and counting probability, basic statistical analysis, mathematics of finance and difference equations. Upon completion of this course business students will be competent with standard business math applications that occur throughout the business curriculum.
3.000 Credit hours

BUS 1310 Financial Accounting
Developing an understanding of accounting processes, this course focuses on the preparation and use of accounting reports for business entities. An understanding of the uses of accounting for external reporting, emphasizing accounting as a provider of financial information, is stressed.
3.000 Credit hours

BUS 2340 Legal Environment
Study of law and jurisprudence relating to the conduct of business and corporate not-for-profit entities. Legal topics include forms of organization, contracts, torts, negotiable instruments and securities, product liability, agency, insurance, employment, bankruptcy, governmental regulation and legal forms and processes. Jurisprudential subjects include the relationship of law to the economic, political and social orders, the evolution of Anglo-American common law and comparative legal systems with particular attention to the Napoleonic Code.
3.000 Credit hours

BUS 3095 Business Practicum
The practicum will require that students work a minimum of 400 hours in a professional capacity at the organization of their choosing. A 15 minute presentation to faculty is required after completion. The zero-credit practicum is required for graduation.
0.000 Credit hours

BUS 3101 Applied Computer Technology
Development of skills necessary to facilitate problem solving, decision making and communication with technology. Skill development competencies center around spreadsheets. Prerequisite: BUS 1301.
1.000 Credit hours

BUS 3302 Leadership and Organizations
Introduction to the process of leading within the framework and structure of complex organizations. The course examines leadership theory and behavioral science research, with an emphasis on the development of leadership and interpersonal skills through self-assessment, case analysis and experiential exercises. Prerequisite: An earned grade of "C-" or better for BUS 1301 or PSY 2313. Restricted to Juniors and Seniors or by approval of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours

BUS 3306 Communication in Business
Business professionals must be excellent communicators who can use rhetoric and persuasion to convey ideas. This course is designed to help students develop a communication strategy for effective management. Students will focus on the mechanics of persuasion, argumentation, analysis and critique. Special consideration will also be given to understanding cross cultural business communication. It is recommended that the course be taken in the first two years of the business leadership program. Prerequisite: BUS 1301 or equivalent.
3.000 Credit hours

BUS 3307 Global Entrepreneurship
Course provides students with the unique opportunity to gain knowledge of entrepreneurial process and apply the process to examine the feasibility of a new business idea. Students will examine a proposed new business concept and determine whether the idea presents a real opportunity. Focus will be on examining the value proposition, determining the scope and size of the market and providing the financial and economic viability of the business concept. Students will also examine the various forms and methods of entry into the international market place. There will be tours of several global manufacturing and marketing organizations. Emphasis will be placed on how to examine the feasibility of entering a foreign marketplace.
3.000 Credit hours

BUS 3310 Fundamentals of Managerial Finance
The foundational principles for managing the financial function within an organization. Students learn how to value uncertain cash flows, develop an understanding of the concept of risk, examine the relationship between risk and return and develop an understanding of the relationship between accounting and finance. Prerequisite: BUS 3314 or equivalent.
3.000 Credit hours

BUS 3314 Managerial Accounting
The internal use of accounting techniques to support management decisions and budgeting for business operations. Prerequisite: An earned grade of "C-" or better for BUS 1310.
3.000 Credit hours

BUS 3320 Marketing Theory and Practice
Application- and theory-intensive study, using behavioral and economic research original-source articles, of marketing approaches applied by business firms and other organizations. Attention focuses on the influence of the marketplace, the process of determining an enterprise’s products, prices, channels and communication strategies and the preparation of a marketing plan. Prerequisite: An earned grade of "C-" or better for BUS 1301.
3.000 Credit hours

BUS 4101 Human Resource Skills
Development of the human resource skills necessary for the effective supervision of employees. Skill development topics include employment interviews, performance appraisals, on-the-job training and orientation, discipline, investigation, counseling and termination. Prerequisite: BUS 1301.
1.000 Credit hours

PHI 3334 Business Ethics
Analysis of moral issues in the contemporary business world from the viewpoints of major philosophical traditions. Topics such as: moral theories and the nature of business; obligations in business relationships; using principles and cases to guide business practices; contemporary corporate culture and its social context; justice in international trade.
3.000 Credit hours

THE 3340 Social Justice
Addresses the intersection of economics and theology, considering it as the foundation and means of formation of a just society. The student is introduced to the development and principles of the Catholic Church’s social teaching. Also introduces the social justice theories of the Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist traditions. Prerequisite: Economics 1311.
3.000 Credit hours