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Degree Requirements

The Business Administration curriculum for undergraduate degrees is intended to prepare students for management careers in business, the non-profit sector, and government. Effective management requires wisdom in making moral and ethical judgments, skill in scientific analysis of problems, and the capacity to lead and motivate others in order to reach agreed upon objectives. The curriculum requires students to deal with each of these areas in an integrated way. Experience can be gained through participation in Co-op, practicum and internships.

Various degree options and delivery system options are provided. This allows for better matching the needs of students with the program. The content for the major is the same within each bachelor option and within each associate option.

The Associate of Elected Studies in Management curriculum provides an avenue for the adult student with little or no college experience to complete a degree at the associate and/or bachelor level in an accelerated format.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Applicable to students with either traditional or DCE admission.

  • Accountancy (6 hours): ACC 101, 102
  • Business Administration (36 hours): BUA 105, 249, 291, 301, 302, 305, 311, 321, 331, 341, 405, 498
  • Computer Information Systems (3 hours): CIS 111
  • Economics (6 hours): ECO 105 and an Economics elective
  • Mathematics (4 hours): MAT 143
  • Area of Concentration (9 hours): Students may select from within the Department of Business Administration: Management/Human Resources, Marketing, Finance, Business Law, Operations Management and Quantitative Analysis. Areas of emphasis from other departments may also be chosen. These include Accountancy, Microcomputer Applications, International Studies, Economics and/or another approved area. Selection is made prior to the junior year and is subject to approval by the student's advisor and the chairperson of the Department of Business Administration.
    1. Management: BUA 307, 313; one of the following: BUA 303, 306, 314, 403, 406 or 407
    2. Human Resource Management: BUA 303, 403; one of the following: BUA 306, 307, 313, 314, 406 or 407
    3. Marketing: BUA 416, 417; one of the following: BUA 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 415, SEM 410
    4. Finance: BUA 325, 350; one of the following: ACC 311, ECO 205, 216 or 218
    5. Business Law: BUA 292; two of the following: BUA 306, 406, 407, POS 425, ACC 312
    6. Operations Management: BUA 435; BUA 306 or appropriate courses from Computer Information Systems and/or Mathematics as approved by the Chairperson
    7. Quantitative Analysis: Students interested in the option should choose it no later than the second semester of the first year. A custom package of existing mathematics, business and computer information systems courses will be designed to accommodate the student. Approval of chairperson is required.
  • Course Sequence: ACC 101, 102, BUA 105, CIS 111, ECO 105 and MAT 143 should be taken in the freshman year. BUA 249, 301, 302, 311, 321, and 341 should be taken in the sophomore year. BUA 291 and 331 should be taken in the junior year. BUA 405 and 498 should be taken in the senior year. Concentration courses should be taken during the junior and senior year. The core requirement in Speech should be delayed until a later date by students having to make up mathematics deficiencies as determined by the Math Placement Test. GEC 096 should be substituted. Students with sufficiently high performance on the Math Placement Test are advised to take MAT 115 and MAT 145 rather than MAT 143. Business majors may not use economics to fulfill the core requirement in Social Science. Business majors are advised to take at least one laboratory course in fulfilling their core requirement in Natural Science.

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Accelerated degree completion option
Applicable only to students with T.A.P. admission.

  1. The accelerated degree completion option is offered to students through Thomas More Accelerated Programs (TAP). The program delivery system is unique with courses offered as a highly integrated package to students progressing through the program in cohorts. Current Thomas More College students should consult with a Department of Continuing Education (DCE) advisor or the chairperson of the Department of Business Administration as early as possible if planning to transfer to the accelerated degree completion option. This will insure a smooth transition and compliance with transfer regulations.

    • Prerequisites: 48 hours including ECO 105, GEC 096 or the equivalent and significant employment experience
    • Accountancy (4 hours): ACC 210
    • Business Administration (38 hours): BUA 201, 245, 291, 301, 302, 305, 311, 321, 331, 345, 405, 498
    • Area of Concentration: Students choose one area of concentration and complete 9 hours.
      1. Management/Human Resource: BUA 303, 307, 313
      2. Marketing: BUA 316, 416, 417
      3. Finance: BUS 325, 350, and 450
    • Economics (3 hours): ECO 206
    • Philosophy (3 hours): PHI 215C
    • The computer literacy requirement is met through coursework within the BBA curriculum.
  2. Standard option:
    Applicable only to students with Department of Continuing Education (DCE) admission.
    • Accountancy (6 hours): ACC 101, 102
    • Business Administration (35 hours): BUA 105, 241, 249, 291, 301, 302, 311, 321, 331, 341, 405, 498
    • Computer Information Systems (3 hours): CIS 111
    • Economics (6 hours): ECO 105 and an ECO elective
    • Area of Emphasis (9 hours) See item listed in the Bachelor of Arts section

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
ASSOCIATE OF ELECTED STUDIES IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The A.A. is available to students with either traditional or Department of Continuing Education (DCE) admission. The A.E.S. is only available to students with DCE admission.

  • Accountancy (6 hours): ACC 101, 102
  • Business Administration (12 hours): BUA 105, 291, 301, 302
  • Economics (6 hours): ECO 105 and an Economics elective
  • Computer Information Systems (3 hours): CIS 111
  • Business majors may not use ECO 105 to fulfill the core requirement in Social Science.
ASSOCIATE OF ELECTED STUDIES IN MANAGEMENT
  • Business Administration (26 hours): BUA 104, 106, 107, 108, 261, 263, 264, 298
  • Supporting Courses (9 hours): ENG 150, COM 204, ECO 105
  • Management majors may not use ECO 105 to fulfill the core requirement in Social Science.

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