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Sustainable Business (B.S.S.B.) Business Administration and Theatre Dual Major
International Business (B.S.I.B) Sport Management Dual Major
Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) Chemistry Dual Major
Communication Dual Major Visual Arts Administration Dual Major
Accounting & Business Administration Dual Major Business Administration Minor
Business Courses Sustainable Business Minor
Business Administration and Music Dual Major  
 
Bachelor Of Science in Sustainable Business (B.S.S.B.)
Sustainable Business Major

Major Requirements: 62 semester hours

Required courses: AG 210 and 211; BS 201, 202, 305, 325, 495; BS/ES 214; CS 152; EL 100 or BY 123; EL 301; CY 101, 155/157, 156/158; PC 291; *SB 100, 201, 202, 397. Students must select two of the following four courses: SB200, SB202, SB300, SB315

*For a description of SB courses, see the Sustainable Business web page.

 
Bachelor of Science in International Business (B.S.I.B.)
International Business Major

Major Requirements: Seventy-one (71) semester hours.

Required courses (48 semester hours): CS152; ES211, ES212 and MS151 (MS252 or MS494 may be substituted); AG210 and 211; BS201, 202, 305, 313, 315, 316 455, 456, 460 and ES342. A further requirement is competency in both English and an international business language—French, German, Japanese or Spanish—which includes 23 semester hours (normally 101, 102, 201,202, 301 and either 302 or 303). As foreign-language competency may differ not only from language to language but also from student to student, competency will be determined by the Department of World Languages. At least 18 semester hours of the major must be taken at Aquinas College. Of those 18 semester hours, a minimum of 9 hours must be taken in business administration courses at the 300 level and above. Students electing to complete the concentration in marketing, the concentration in human resources or a substantial foreign internship may delete BS315, BS316, and ES342 from their BSIB requirements. The substantial foreign internship must be approved by both the chairperson of the Department of Business Administration and the chairperson of the Department of World Languages. Students may substitute BS325 for BS460 in their BSIB program. If a student is already competent in a foreign language, that student need not complete a particular number of hours in foreign language coursework. Rather, the student must demonstrate his or her competence in that language. Such competence may be certified in writing by the Department of World Languages. Alternatively, the student may demonstrate competence by passing the 300 level business conversation class (for example, FH303, GN303 or SH303) in the language. The student may also demonstrate competence by passing an internationally recognized test, such as the Paris Chamber of Commerce test. The test accepted must be approved by the chairpersons of both the Department of Business Administration and the Department of World Languages.

 
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)
Business Administration Major

Major Requirements: 42 semester hours.

Required courses: CS152; ES211 and 212; MS151 (MS252 or MS494 may be substituted); AG210 and 211;BS201, 202, 305, a business law course selected from either BS 331 or BS 332; BS 460, 492, and 6 semester hours of business electives. At least 18 semester hours of the major must be taken at Aquinas College.

Two concentrations are designed to provide the student with professional preparation in the fields of either Marketing or Human Resources. They are described below. Concentrations are elective specializations within a business, international business or dual business major. They require understandings developed in the business core curriculum and so cannot be declared without also declaring a business, international business or dual business major. Courses taken in a concentration are considered as business electives in the context of the requirements of the B.S.B.A.

Marketing Concentration within the Business Major: In addition to the requirements for the business degree, students must complete four courses from BS311, 316, 357, 360, 414, 415, 484, ES404. A capstone course, selected from either BS483or BS442, is also required.

Human Resources Concentration within the Business Major: In addition to the requirements for the business degree, students must complete BS355, 372, and 410. Also required are two elective courses selected from BS356, 360, 413, PG321. A practicum approved by the department may be substituted for the two elective courses specified in this concentration.

 
Business Administration and Communication Dual Major

Major Requirements: 57 semester hours.

Required courses: CS152; ES211 and ES212; MS151 (MS252 or MS494 may be substituted); AG210 and AG211; BS201, BS202, BS305, BS331 or BS332, and BS460; CN101, CN205, CN206, CN301, CN305, CN307, and CN401; 3 semester hours selected from BS457 and BS492.

At least 18 semester hours of the dual major must be taken at Aquinas College.

 
Accounting and Business Administration Dual Major
Major Requirements: 57 semester hours.

Course requirements will be found under Accounting.

 
Business Administration and Theatre Dual Major

Designed for the Business student who is interested in Theatre Management.

Major requirements: Fifty-six (56) semester hours.

Course requirements will be found under Theatre.

 
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Business Administration and Sport Management Dual Major

Major Requirements: Fifty-four/Sixty (54/60) semester hours.

Course requirements will be found under Kinesiology

 
Business Administration and Music Dual Major

Designed for the student who is interested in music industry management.

Major Requirements: 66 semester hours.

Course requirements will be found under Music.

 
Business Administration and Chemistry Dual Major

Major requirements: Sixty-six (66) semester hours. CY111, CY112, CY211, CY212, CY215, CY325, CY346, CY400/401, MS252, ES211, ES212, AG210, AG211, BS201, BS202, BS305, BS460, BS492.

Required allied courses: PC213, PC214, MS121, MS122. At least 20 semester hours of the dual major must be taken at Aquinas College.

 
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Business Administration and Art/ Visual Arts Administration Dual Major
Major Requirements: 66 semester hours.

Course requirements will be found under Art.

 
Business Administration Minor

Cognate Requirements: 26 semester hours.

Required courses: AG210 and AG211; BS201 and 202; ES211 and 9 semester hours of business administration electives which best meet the students’ educational and career objectives.

At least 6 semester hours of the minor must be completed at Aquinas.

 
Sustainable Business Minor

Minor requirements: Twenty eight (28) semester hours.

Required courses: EL 100 or BY 123; CY 101, SB 100, SB 200, one SB elective, BS 201, BS 202, AG 211, BS 325.

 

Courses

BS/EH106 Business Communication (3)
Introduces students to effective listening, writing, and presenting skills for business and other professional activities.
 
BS200 Fundamentals of Organizations for the Non-Major (3) BE
An overview course which introduces the student to the functions of management, marketing, accounting, finance, and economics. Business principles, concepts, theories, and terms, together with ethics and values, are examined both academically and experientially. As an introductory overview of the academic areas covered by the required core courses in business and business related majors, this course cannot be used as a business elective in a business major or minor.
 
BS201 Principles of Management (3) BE
The focus is on the study of the origin and development of management theory, processes of management, decision-making, leadership, communication, social responsibility, and international management. Emphasis on application of management principles to managing organizations.
 
BS202 Principles of Marketing (3)
An introduction to basic marketing concepts, including marketing strategy, pricing, promotional activities, product development, and physical distribution. Sophomore status required for traditional age students. Recommended: ES 211
 
BS/PS/CN 212 Parliamentary Procedure (1)
This one credit course in parliamentary procedure is designed to familiarize the student with fundamental practices in the process and procedures of rules of order as practiced in organizations and businesses.
 
BS235 Social Entrepreneurship for Developing Economies(3)

This course focuses on how social ventures are created, managed, evaluated and sustained. Emphasis is placed on understanding the opportunities and challenges of using one's managerial and specific academic skills, as well as entrepreneurial talents, to help improve people's lives by creating sustainable programs. A field component visit is involved. Prerequisite: Sophomore status.

 
BS245 Personal Finance (3) BE
Serves as a practical guide to individual money planning. Subjects covered include budgeting, investing, planning for taxes, insurance, consumer decisions, and retirement planning.
 
BS/CS300 Systems Analysis I (3)
The first of two courses in analysis of business systems using structured methodologies. Topics include information systems development, project management, analysis, requirements discovery, data repository, and entity relationship diagrams. Prerequisite: CS112.
 
BS/ES301 Money and Banking (3)

A study of financial institutions and markets and of monetary theory.
Prerequisite: ES212

 
BS/CS302 Systems Analysis II (3)
The second of two courses in analysis of business systems using structured methodologies. Topics include process modeling, data flow diagrams, feasibility analysis, the systems proposal, and object modeling.
Prerequisite: CS300.
 
BS305 Financial Management (3)
Covers the concepts and techniques underlying effective decision making related to investment and financing decisions. Some of the topics include planning profitability, analysis of risk, valuation of financial assets, time value of money, cost of capital, capital budgeting, planning capital structure, and dividend decisions.
Prerequisite: AG211, ES211, MS151, CS152. Also business/financial calculator proficiency.
 
BS310 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3)
Deals with the successful start-up, operation, and growth of a small business with emphasis on entrepreneurship, the business environment, financial controls and planning, and administrative control.
Prerequisite: BS200, BS201or permission of the instructor.
 
BS311 Advertising (3)
Examines the role of advertising in marketing strategy, with a secondary emphasis on specific skills and techniques involved in the advertising process. Prerequisite: BS202. Open to juniors and seniors only.
 
BS312 Principles of Investments (3)

Covers a general framework for investing, including an overview of the securities markets. The process of analyzing stocks, bonds, option type securities, real assets, international investing, and mutual funds is introduced. Portfolio management is considered.

Prerequisites: AG210 or AG212, CS 152.
 
BS/ES313 International Business (3) BE
An introduction to international business theory and practice. The balance of trade, balance of payments, international business strategy options, and the various modes of conducting international trade are included.
 
BS314 Advanced Management Principles (3)
A practical, in-depth view of the functions of management, utilizing on-site visits, speakers, practical exercises, research on the future of management, and self study to assist students in fully comprehending the day-to-day responsibilities of a manager. Prerequisite: BS201.
 
BS315 Culture In International Business (3)
Explores such complex elements as language and communication, cultural and pragmatic disparities of background, and other issues critical to successful international business relations.
 
BS316 International Marketing (3)
Deals with the transaction activities occurring in the international marketplace. Other aspects of international marketing include international channels of distribution, trade promotion activities of governments and other agencies, practices related to foreign operations, licensing arrangements, and the environmental framework of international marketing organizations.
 
BS/PG321 Industrial Psychology (3)
An overview of the theoretical and pragmatic applications of the principles of industrial psychology. Topics include organizational settings, jobs and their requirements, personnel selection and evaluation, job and work situations, accidents, and human errors, and the psychological aspects of consumer behavior. Prerequisites: BS201 or PG100, MS151 or equivalent.
 
BS325 Ethics and the Ecology of Commerce (3)
This course reviews classical positions in ethics as well as current Catholic social teaching in the areas of morality and the role of business. Relationships between business institutions and the natural ecology are then examined. Environmental impacts are explored in terms of raw material extraction, pollution, methods of costing and the long term sustainability of economic growth. Mechanisms for full-costing are explored, as are market growth opportunities, which may be found in the impetus for pollution control and environmental clean up. Regional, national, and international aspects are considered with particular emphasis upon the development of international agreements. Prerequisite: Sophomore status.
 
BS331 Business Law I (3)
Focuses on the basics of business organizations including corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations, professional corporations; contracts, including formation, legality, enforcement, breach, and remedies; the Uniform Commercial Code with a special emphasis on Sales and Negotiable Instruments and their application to the accounting and banking professions; also facilities liability, surveys estates, creditors rights, bankruptcy, and torts and criminal law as they relate to the business environment
 
BS332 Business Law II (3)
Focuses on specialized areas of the law as they relate to business such as: property including real property, landlord and tenant relationships, personal property, bailments, secured transactions; government regulation of business including the nature and scope of government regulation, consumer law, environmental law, antitrust, labor relations; also surveys insurance, wills and the law of inheritance, professional liability, and emerging trends.
 
BS/AG336 Tax Law I (3)
Covers the basic concepts of federal income taxation applicable to individual taxpayers, including tax research, realization and recognition of income, deductions and credits
Prerequisite: AG210 or 212.
 
BS/AG337 Tax Law II (3)
A continuation of the basic concepts and principles of federal income taxation as it applies to partnerships and corporations. Topics covered include partnerships, S Corporations, regular corporations, LLCs, LLPs, gift tax and estate tax.
Prerequisite: BS/AG336.
 
BS338 Insurance and Risk Management

This course introduces students to insurance, the insurance business, and the regulatory climate in which the industry operates.

Prerequisite: Sophomore status.

 
BS340 Public Administration (3)
Theory and practical skills involved in working with public agencies and implementing public programs.
 
BS341 Production Management (3)
Covers the managerial decisions involved in plant location, internal factory organization, plant operation and control, planning, scheduling, routing, purchasing, cost control, and inventory control. Prerequisite: BS201.
 
BS/PG355 Organizational Behavior (3)
Examines organizational behavior from an historical perspective, dealing with the diagnosis of individual issues and group issues, the development of an understanding of organizational issues, and concludes with the topic of changing organizations. Prerequisite: BS201 or PG100.
 
BS356 Organizational Leadership (3)
Focuses on the process of influencing individuals and groups toward organizational goals, including such topics as the evolution of leadership theory, leadership effectiveness, and situational leadership. Prerequisites: BS 201 or PG 100, or approval of instructor.
 
BS357 Public Relations (3)
A comprehensive study of the role of public relations in contemporary organizations. Topics include planning issues, international public relations, specialty applications, and product publicity. Critical examination of public relations techniques and ethical issues occurs throughout the course
Prerequisite: BS202. Open to juniors and seniors only.
 
BS/PG360 Consumer Behavior (3)
Analysis of the complex process of buying behavior through systematic development of a behavior model utilizing concepts from psychology, sociology, and social psychology.
Prerequisites: BS202 or PG100. Sophomore status.
BS/PG372 Training and Development (3)
Review of techniques to determine training needs, to develop appropriate programs, to select methods of presenting these programs, and to evaluate program effectiveness. Includes application of instructional design and adult learning theory to design of learning experiences.
Prerequisite: BS201.
 
BS397 Field Experience (Variable)
Up to 3 semester hours of internship or cooperative experience in a field directly related to Business Administration, negotiated between major advisor and student
Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
 
BS399 Independent Project (Variable)
An individually-negotiated project of a defined nature established by a contract between the instructor and student. Contract filed with the Registrar.
Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
 
BS410 Human Resource Management (3)
An overview of human resource management, including staffing, employee development, labor relations, remuneration, security, and performance evaluation.
Prerequisite: BS201.
 
BS414 Supply Chain Management (3)
Reviews the nature and organization of supply chain management, including all components involved in the movement of goods from source to end-user.
Prerequisites: BS201, BS202.
 
BS415 Sales Management (3)
Deals with the functions and challenges facing managers in the sales area, including sales techniques, recruiting, selecting and training sales personnel, motivation, supervision, evaluation of sales personnel, compensation plans, and territory management
Prerequisites: BS201, BS202.
 
BS425 Not-for-Profit Organizations: Theory and Practice (3)
Designed as a seminar, this course will explore not only the unique characteristics of not-for-profit organizations but also the problems which they face in today’s society. Case analyses, selected readings, and lectures will be utilized to facilitate both discussion and understanding.
Prerequisite: BS201 or permission of the instructor.
 
BS442 Cases in Marketing Management (3)
An analysis of the development and implementation of effective marketing strategies through case studies, demonstrating the application of sound marketing principles in decision making, management, and market forecasting.
Prerequisites: BS201, BS202. Open to juniors and seniors only.
 
BS455 International Finance (3)
Basic foreign exchange and stabilization procedures are discussed. Other subjects include methods for short- and long-term overseas corporate investing, financing exports and imports through appropriate international financial channels, and the role of the government in international financial markets.
Prerequisite: BS305 or consent of instructor.
 
BS456 Cases in International Business (3)
A case analysis course dealing with various business problems encountered in an international setting. Case materials cover locational problems, investment financing, foreign union development, negotiating with foreign governments, servicing foreign markets, and the legal and tax consideration of foreign operations.
Prerequisite: Open to juniors and seniors only.
 
BS457 Cases in Public Relations (3)
A case analysis course focused on the challenges confronted by organizations. Cases deal with developing strategies and programs to respond to public relations problems and opportunities faced by both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Topics include crisis management, strategic planning for public relations, and management of the public relations function. Prerequisite: BS357. Open to juniors and seniors only.
 
BS460 Ethical Application in Business (3)
Principles and perspectives of ethical business and organizational decision making are studied and applied to a variety of decisions. Emphasis is placed on the identification of ethical choices in the context of the conflicting pressures on management, both in the public and private sector.
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status.
 
BS483 Marketing Strategy (3)
This course develops an understanding of the organization’s market niche through a detailed examination of resource allocation as it affects competitive advantage. Multiple models guiding strategic choice are reviewed. Internal processes for the formulation, coordination, and application of strategy are studied. Realistic applications are then considered.
Prerequisite: BS202, Junior or senior status
 
BS484 Business Research and Methodology (3)
A market-oriented introduction to business research. Subjects covered include the translation of a management problem to a research problem, implementation issues in business research, including basic statistical procedures, and the communication of research results to management.
Prerequisites: BS201, BS202, MS151.
 
BS490 Topical Issues (Variable)
Based on both student and faculty interests, the department offers a series of courses dealing with topical issues. Consult current class schedule for listing.
 
BS492 Cases in Business Policy (3)
A case-oriented course focusing on organizational strategy and its implementation.
Prerequisites: BS201, BS202, BS305. Open to juniors and seniors only.
 
BS 496 Human Resource Practicum (3)
The course is a demonstration of academic learning via a carefully designed work experience, jointly developed by the student, faculty and the target organization. The practicum for the HR concentration requires students to apply specific HR procedures or techniques acquired in prerequisite courses, with permission from appropriate management personnel in an organization of their choice.
Prerequisites: BS201, BS/PG355, BS372, BS410. The following are recommended: BS356, BS360, and BS413.