UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

Business Majors and Emphases


E. Alan Hartman, Dean
Department Office: Clow Classroom Building 151B
Department Telephone: 920-424-1424

C. Burk Tower, Faculty and Resources Process Director
Department Office: Clow Faculty Building 103
Department Telephone: 920-424-0351

Donald Simons, Graduate Programs Process Director
Department Office: Clow Faculty Building 122
Department Telephone: 920-424-3472

Michael Schellenger, Undergraduate Programs Process Director
Department Office: Clow Classroom Building 112
Department Telephone: 920-424-7193

Joann Cross, Team Leader - Accounting Team
Department Office: Clow Faculty 113
Department Telephone: 920-424-1311

Larry Lang, Team Leader - Finance and Business Law Team
Department Office: Clow Faculty 116
Department Telephone: 920-424-1090

Brent Bandy, Team Leader - Operations Management Team
Department Office: Clow Faculty 210
Department Telephone: 920-424-0159

George Philip, Team Leader - Information Management Systems Team
Department Office: Clow Faculty 207
Department Telephone: 920-424-3152

Stan Sibley, Team Leader - Marketing Team
Department Office: Clow Faculty 209
Department Telephone: 920-424-1013

Dale Feinauer, Team Leader - Management and Human Relations Team
Department Office: Clow F306
Department Telephone: 920-424-4152

Janice Brantingham, External Relations Coordinator
Department Office: Clow Classroom 151E
Department Telephone: 920-424-2190

Code 28 or BUSINESS

I. FACULTY

Accounting Team: Bollom, Cross, Makar, Simons, L. Tatikonda, and Trine

Finance and Business Law Team
: Elliott, Frederickson, Griepentrog, Hagen, Huffman, Lang, and Schellenger

Information Systems Team: Dishaw, Eierman, Myerscough, and Philip

Operations Management Team: Bandy, Hart, and R. Tatikonda

Marketing Team: Lilly, Marks, Moon, and Sibley

Management and Human Resources Team : Arbaugh, DeDee, Desai, Feinauer, Gudmundson, Hartenian, Hartman, Hegedus, Rau, Sridhar, and Tower

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Business leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration.

Graduate: The College offers the Master of Business Administration and the Masters of Science Information Systems.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. GOAL(S)

Bachelor of Business Administration graduates will demonstrate knowledge in the functional business areas. Graduates will be able to apply basic ethical principles to business situations, have an awareness of the role of diversity in the workplace, and be able to assess global business issues. Bachelor of Business Administration graduates will also demonstrate competency in communication skills (effectively planning and implementing projects and activities, coordinating tasks and monitoring progress), analysis and creative problem solving, information technology skills (using computers to effectively communicate and to organize and analyze information), and group and team skills (working effectively within teams on group tasks).

2. THE MAJOR(S)

Each major will provide the student with the background to effectively meet tomorrow's challenges. Graduates are well prepared not only in their mastery of technical subjects, but also in their communication skills, confidence, ability to work with others, willingness to accept responsibility, and the capability to anticipate, create, adapt to and utilize change. Emphases supplement a major and must be in a different area.

The College offers a choice of seven majors and ten emphases within the Business Major. The majors are: 1) Accounting, 2) Economics, 3) Finance, 4) Human Resources Management, 5) Management Information Systems, 6) Marketing, 7) Operations Management; The emphases are: 1) Corporate Finance Emphasis, 2) Cost Management Emphasis, 3) End-User Computing Emphasis, 4) Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, 5) Financial Services Emphasis, 6) International Management Emphasis, 7) Investments Emphasis, 8) Legal Studies Emphasis, (9) Production and Operations Management Emphasis, 10) Tax Planning Emphasis,

3. THE MINOR(S)

The College offers two minors: 1) Business Administration, 2) Operations Research.

4. THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE COLLEGE

The College of Business Administration is a professional school committed to providing a curriculum that will prepare students for a career in business. This curriculum includes business foundation courses designed to provide students with a broad understanding of business and management functions while developing analytical ability for solving business problems. In addition, each student selects a major area of study which focuses on the development of general proficiency in a professional field in which the student has a career interest.

A Bachelor's of Business Administration will challenge the student to develop their intellectual and creative interests and prepare them for problem solving and decision making jobs in organizations. The "bottom line" of any degree program is preparation for work. The value of a business degree is affirmed by the success of the college's 8,500 bachelor's and 2,200 master's degree recipients. Many of the College of Business Administration graduates have attained senior management status in manufacturing, government, and have become owners of small businesses.

A member of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the College of Business Administration is fully accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Fewer than 20 percent of the 1,500 U.S. business colleges earn and maintain this honor. This accreditation provides students the assurance that they are receiving the quality education needed in today's competitive job market, and can make the necessary difference when beginning a career.

5. REPEAT POLICY

The following grading policies are for all students taking Business courses and students graduating with a B.B.A. from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Business majors taking courses at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for a grade (A-F) are limited to five business and non-business courses that they can repeat for a grade (A-F). If a student repeats more then five courses, only the first five repeat grades will be used in calculating business school admission or graduation requirements.

Business courses taken at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for a grade (A-F) may be repeated for a grade (A-F) only once. This rule is subject to the additional limitation noted below.

If a passing grade (A-D) is earned in a business course at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, permission will not be granted to retake a prerequisite for that course for the purpose of using the repeat grade in calculating business school admission or graduation requirements.

When a course has been taken twice for a grade (A-F) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a comparable transfer course cannot be substituted for the Oshkosh course for the purpose of meeting business school admission or graduation requirements.

GRADE CHANGE POLICY FOR THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

A Student may not request a grade change beyond the last day of the following 17-week semester. For example, students may not request a late drop (this is a grade change) for courses registered for in the Fall semester 1999 beyond the last day of the Spring Interim 2000.

6. ELIGIBILITY FOR BUSINESS 300-/400 LEVEL COURSES

Business majors who have been admitted to the College of Business and who have met the course prerequisites are eligible for 300 and 400 level business courses.

Non-business majors and business minors who have completed 60 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and who have met the course prerequisites are eligible for 300 and 400 level business courses.

7. COURSE PREREQUISITES

All students, both business majors and non-business majors, must adhere to the course prerequisites. Students in violation of course prerequisites will have their enrollment in that course canceled.

8. RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

Fifty percent (50%) of the business credits needed for the business degree must be earned in residence at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Only 6 credits of upper level business electives may be earned through correspondence. (Accounting majors must complete at least 6 credits of 400 level UW Oshkosh accounting courses.)

9. POLICY EXCEPTIONS

An appeal process is available for possible exceptions to the above standards. The appeal will be decided by the Undergraduate Programs Process Director, and the Coordinator of Advising.

IV. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Credit Requirement: Student must have completed a minimum of 54 credits to be eligible for admission to the College of Business Administration.

Grade Point Requirement: 2.50 cumulative grade point average is required at 54 credits; the calculation will be based on total transcript grade point average from all colleges attended. See additional grade point average requirement under Course Requirements.

General Education Requirement (GER): The GER should be substantially completed prior to admission into the College.

Course Requirements: The following courses must be completed prior to seeking admission to the college. A minimum 2.20 grade point average is required for these courses.

Business: 28-197, 28-198, 28-201, 28-202

Comment:

Students will graduate under the catalog in force at the time of admission to the College.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

Business

  • 28-311 Management Information Systems 3 cr.
  • 28-321 Business Law I (Accounting major only) 3 cr. OR
  • 28-323 Legal Environment of Business 3 cr.
  • 28-331 Business Finance 3 cr.
  • 28-341 Fundamentals of Operations Management 3 cr.
  • 28-352 Organization and Human Resource Management 3 cr.
  • 28-371 Introduction to Marketing 3 cr.
  • 28-393 Quality Management 3 cr.
  • 28-455 Strategic Management 3 cr.

English

  • 38-309 Advanced Composition for Business 3 cr.

Comment:

All Business Administration majors require that at least 60 credits applied to the Baccalaureate degree be earned in courses other than Business or Economics.

In addition, all majors must satisfy: 1) the International Dimension requirement, and 2) the Professional Experience requirement.

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. ACCOUNTING MAJOR

The accounting major is offered by the Accounting Team and is recommended for students who wish to pursue a career in public, industrial or governmental accounting.

Required Credits: 52 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Prerequisites: Students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in 28-201, 28-202 and 28-203 to be eligible for 28-301. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average in all accounting courses of record to be eligible for 400 level accounting courses.

Comment:

In order to remain an accounting major at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a student must obtain a 2.5 grade point average in all accounting courses of record at both the 90 credit check and at graduation. At 90 credits the following courses should be completed: 28-201, 28-202, 28-203, 28-301, 28-302, 28-303, and 28-304.
150 Hour Certificate in Accounting

Candidates sitting for the CPA Exam after January 2001 must graduate with a Bachelor's Degree and an accounting concentration or equivalent.

Candidates who wish to sit for the CPA Exam after January 2001 will be required to have:

(1) 150 semester hours of academic preparation

(2) an accounting concentration

(3) obtained at least a Bachelor's Degree

The UW Oshkosh College of Business Administration has designed three options which will lead to a 150 Hour Certificate in Accounting. Please contact the Accounting Team for a description of this Certificate and other options which qualify a student to sit for the CPA Exam.

2. ECONOMICS MAJOR

The Economics major is offered in the Economics Department through the College of Business Administration. Students may also obtain a Bachelor of Science or Business Administration degree in Economics through the College of Letters and Science (see the appropriate section for details).

Required Credits: 48 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the College of Business Pre-Core and Core Courses:

Economics: 36-329, 36-331, 36-473, and at least 6 additional credits from 36-305, 36-403, 36-409, 36-420.

Electives: Sufficent to meet the Minimum Requirement including these courses:

Business/Economics: 6 upper division credit hours

To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 2.0 grade point average in upper level Business and Economics courses of record and in those courses required in the major area. Students must also meet all other requirements of College of Business Administration for graduation including the international dimension and the professional experience requirement.

3. FINANCE MAJOR

The Finance major is offered by the Finance and Business Law Team and is recommended for students who are interested in a career in financial management which would include tasks such as capital budgeting, working capital management and financial analysis and for students interested in career positions with companies that provide financial services such as banks, brokerage firms, financial planning firms, insurance companies, real estate firms.

Required Credits: 48 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement including these courses:

Business/Economics: 6 upper level credit hours

Comment:

To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 2.0 grade point average in upper level Business and Economics courses of record and in those courses required in the major area.

4. HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT MAJOR

The Human Resources Management major is offered by the Management and Human Resources Team and is recommended for students who have career interests in such personnel management functions as recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation, performance appraisal, and labor relations.

Required Credits: 51 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Other Departments 6 credits in Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology as approved by the Business advisor.

Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement including these courses:

Business/Economics: 6 upper level credits

Comment:

To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 2.0 grade point average in upper level Business and Economics courses of record and in those courses required in the major area.

5. MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS MAJOR

The Management Information Systems (MIS) major is offered by the Information Systems Team and is recommended for students who wish to be able to apply sound theoretical information system principles for the gathering, storing, manipulation and retrieval of data. This will prepare them to work with users in analyzing information needs, developing requirements, and implementing solutions, or for entry level data processing and user support positions.

Required Credits: 51 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Business Core Courses:

For a minor in Computer Science - See the appropriate section of this bulletin.

Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement

Prerequisites: Students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in 34-243 and 28-311 to be eligible for advanced MIS courses.

Comment:

Additional course work in Computer Science is recommended.

To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 2.0 grade point average in upper level Business and Economics courses of record and in those courses required in the major area.

6. MARKETING MAJOR

The Marketing major is offered by the Marketing Team and is recommended for students who have career interests in such areas as sales, sales management, retail management, promotion, marketing research and marketing management.

Required Credits: 48 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement including these courses:

Business/Economics: 9 upper level credits - no more than one course from a non-marketing area unless the student is a double major.

Comment:

To graduate, students must earn a 2.0 grade point average in upper level Business and Economics courses of record and in those courses required in the major area.

7. OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT MAJOR

The Operations Management major is offered by the Operations Management Team and is recommended for students who are interested in careers related to operations of a business including materials management, production and inventory control, purchasing, logistics, manufacturing systems, and operations research.

Required Credits: 48 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement including these courses:

  • Business/Economics: 6 upper level credits

Comment:

Additional course work in Management Information Systems is recommended.

To graduate, students must earn minimum of a 2.0 grade point average in upper level Business and Economics courses of record and in those courses required in the major area.

EMPHASES (Require an Approved Business Major)

1. CORPORATE FINANCE EMPHASIS

This emphasis allows students that have an interest in corporate finance but a preference for a major in another area to develop skills in corporate finance. Not open to Finance majors.

Required courses:

2. COST MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS

This emphasis is designed for students pursuing careers with significant job responsibilities in cost management and control within industrial settings. Not open to Accounting majors.

Required courses:

3. END-USER COMPUTING EMPHASIS

This emphasis is recommended for students who wish to be able to analyze, manage and use information systems within their functional area of expertise in business and to prepare themselves to work with information systems professionals in accessing information needs, developing requirements, and implementing solutions. Not open to MIS majors.

Required Courses:

4. ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS

This emphasis is recommended for students who have a career interest in small business ownership or management. Open to any business major.

Required Courses:

*course selected cannot be a course counted toward major

5. INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS

This emphasis will allow students to expand their knowledge of the international business environment beyond their major. Open to any business major.

Required Courses:

At least two courses from Group A and an additional two courses from Group A or Group B

  • Group A: Business 28-335, 28-375, 28-494
  • Group B: Economics 36-420, International Studies 59-341, one (1) 300 level advanced languages course. Another international study tour, study abroad program, or an international internship or work experience that may be approved for credit.

6. INVESTMENTS EMPHASIS

This emphasis will allow students who have an interest in investments but a preference for a major in another area to develop skills in investments. Not open to Finance majors.

Required courses:

7. FINANCIAL SERVICES EMPHASIS

This emphasis will allow students to broaden and expand their skills in financial services while pursuing a major in another area. Not open to Finance majors.

Required Course:

8. LEGAL STUDIES

This emphasis allows the student to focus additional study in private law. Open to any business major.

Required Credits: Two courses from Group A and one course from Group B

Group A:

  • Business: 28-321 (for non-accounting majors) or 28-323 (for accounting majors)
  • Political Science: 84-253

Groups B (select one from the following):

9. PRODUCTION/OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS

This emphasis will provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the workings of a company -- resources, planning, production and distribution of finished goods and services. Not open to Operations Management majors.

Required Credits:

10. TAX PLANNING EMPHASIS

This emphasis is designed for those students pursuing careers in financial planning or tax preparation services. Not open to Accounting majors.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Recommended for students who wish to combine a basic Business curriculum with an academic major in another college. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average, at least 60 credits, and computer literacy is required for admission to upper level business courses.

Required Credits: 21 minimum

Required Courses:

Comment:

In addition to course prerequisites, the following courses are recommended prior to taking 300 and 400 level requirements in the minor: Economics 36-206, 36-207, 36-210

2. OPERATIONS RESEARCH

Recommended for students who wish to combine a Computer Science or Mathematics major with a quantitative Business minor or for Business students who want an applications-oriented Mathematics minor.

Required Credits: 26 minimum

Required Courses: See program descriptions in the Mathematics department listing for the requirements of this Minor.

Electives: None

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Last Updated July 1, 1999