Created for aspiring business professionals, this versatile program is designed to prepare students for the business careers of today and tomorrow.
Students can choose major in either Accounting, Management or Marketing. Available minors include Accounting, Management, Marketing, Information Systems and Health Services Management.
Once you’ve been accepted to Bluefield State through general admission, you can work with Bluefield State College's academic counselors to designate Business Administration as your degree program.
Your advisor will work with you throughout your academic journey to make sure you're on track to earn your degree. Earning the B.S. in Business Administration requires the following:
Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.
Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.
This course is designed to prepare students to effectively use a major word processing package. Word topics include formatting, editing, file management, tables, columns, and graphics. PowerPoint topics include creating and editing presentations, which include illustrations and shapes, custom backgrounds and SmartArt diagrams, and information graphics. This course meets the computer skill requirement under the General Studies requirement. Fall.
Theory and application of mathematical models as they are applied to business problem solving. Topics include integrals; quadratic and exponential powers; limits and derivatives; and introductory probability and statistical concepts. This course is not a substitute for any course in the Math calculus sequence. This course will satisfy the Basic Skills mathematics requirement. PR: ACT main math score of 26 (COMPASS 46 or above), or MATH 109; and either ECON 211 or 212. Fall.
This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.
A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.
An introductory analysis of macroeconomics concepts and issues, emphasizing aggregate demand, supply, and fiscal and monetary policies. Analysis of macroeconomic problems related to the American economy. Fall.
Analysis of consumption and production behavior of household and business organizations. Topics include price and resource allocation and the behavior of firms under different types of market structure. Spring.
A survey of accounting principles, concepts, and procedures. Recognition of accounting as a device to measure financial activity of for-profit organizations using financial statements. Introduction of the accounting information cycle, journals, ledgers, and appropriate accounts. PR: Eligibility to enroll in MATH 101 or higher. Fall.
A continuation of ACCT 201. An introduction to cost accumulations and allocations, financial statement analysis, and the use of accounting information for internal and external decision-making. PR: ACCT 201. Spring.
An analysis of the underlying theories and principles of planning, organizing,
influencing, and controlling. Topics for special emphasis include corporate social responsibility, diversity, and managing in the global arena. Fall.
A study of the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods and services to create exchanges that satisfy individual and organizational objectives. Fall.
Designed to help the student write clear and concise business letters, memos, reports, and e-mail communications. Students will also present a presentation using PowerPoint. Other topics covered are the communication process, verbal and nonverbal communication, job/employment search, resumes, and cover letters. Electronic communication is integrated into this course by using the Internet, e-mail, and presentation software. PR: ENGL 101 or equivalent. Spring.
Designed to prepare students to progress from an introductory Excel level to the specialist/expert level of spreadsheet competencies. Excel topics include: creating worksheets with embedded charts; formulas, functions, formatting and web queries; what-if analysis, charting, and working with large worksheets; creating static and dynamic web pages; financial functions, data tables, amortization schedules, and hyperlinks; creating templates and working with multiple worksheets and workbooks; using macros and visual basic for applications; formula auditing, data validation; and importing data, working with Pivot Charts, PivotTables, and Trend lines. PR BUSN 130 or COSC 102. Spring.
Sources, classifications, functions, and evolution of law. Courts and procedures, torts, contracts, real and personal property, agency relationships, forms of business organizations, estates, landlord and tenant, and bankruptcy. Spring.
Focuses on the application of statistical techniques to assist business decision making. Areas of inquiry include: descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, basic probability concepts, the nature of hypothesis testing, sample size determinations, confidence intervals, t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), chi square, correlation, and simple and multiple regression. Emphasis is placed on the use of statistical software packages. PR: Math 109 or higher. Fall.
Examines key areas of financial analysis with particular attention given to corporate financial management. Topics include financial statement analysis, ratio analysis, pro forma financial statements, internal and external sources of funds, operating and financial advantage, time value of many concepts, capital markets, capital structure, stock and bond valuation techniques, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and dividend policies. PR: ACCT 202. Spring.
A study of the international business environment, and the ways in which the functional areas of business are impacted by globalization, with particular emphasis given to the challenges confronting managers as a result of increased globalization. Topics covered include trends in international business, the impact of trade policies on international business, regional economic cooperation, monetary systems and exchange rates, strategic and human resource management in a global environment, exporting, importing, and global trends in production management. PR: MGMT 210. Spring.
Application of economic theory and statistics to various problems confronting management. Major topics include linear programming, decision tree analysis, forecasting, reliability, line balancing, path analyses, learning curves, inventory models, and queuing. PCs and appropriate software will be used to help the student learn to solve operations management problems. PR: BUSN 310 or MATH 210. Fall.
Examines the emerging topics of business ethics and social responsibility. Includes identification of ethical issues, various approaches to resolving ethical dilemmas, examination of corporate responsibility and its interplay with the social environment, and the enumeration of current corporate practices in these areas. PR: Senior standing. Spring.
An integrative course involving comprehensive analysis of administrative policy-making from a strategic, organizational perspective, involving functional areas such as accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations, in context with the economic, political, and social environment. Extensive use of case analyses or written reports to develop integrative decision skills. This is the capstone course for business majors; course requirements will include standardized evaluations covering business core courses. PR: Senior standing in School of Business and completion of all School of Business core courses at the 300 level and below. Spring.
This major will prepare you for middle- to upper-level Accounting positions, as well as for the CPA exam.
You will need to complete 150 hours in order to sit for the West Virginia CPA exam. The additional 30 hours do not necessarily have to be business/accounting courses, but this is recommended to better prepare you for the exam.
You must also take the following courses to satisfy the West Virginia CPA requirements:
This course is a continuation of BUSN 301 - Business Law and the Legal Environment. It provides an in-depth study of business law subjects encountered by the professional accountant. Topics covered include commercial transactions under the UCC, real and personal property, contracts, government regulation, estates and trusts, and business organizations. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the business law background to enable them to use good judgment in the practice of their profession and to understand and exercise sound professional judgment in their careers. PR: BUSN 301. Spring.
Financial reporting for business enterprises under GAAP. A review of the theoretical foundations of financial concepts and reporting, and their practical application to accounting procedures. Emphasis is on income and expense measurement, asset and liability measurement, and accounting for owners’ equity. PR: ACCT 202. Fall.
A continuation of ACCT 301. Emphasis is on financial statements disclosure requirements under GAAP. A review of reporting requirements for long-term liabilities, stockholders’ equity, revenue measurement, earning per share, leases, pensions, cash flows, and other contemporary accounting issues. PR: ACCT 301. Spring.
Principles underlying determination of cost and control of certain business activities. Manufacturing accounting is emphasized. PR: ACCT 305. Spring.
This course provides a summary of income taxes at the federal and state level as they affect business and personal investment decision making. Emphasis is on income tax concepts and their effect on decision-making, not form preparation. Topics covered include: types of taxes at various governmental jurisdictional levels; tax policy issues; fundamentals of tax planning; measuring taxable income; property acquisitions, cost recovery, and dispositions; non-taxable exchanges; taxes and the choice of a business entity; proprietorship taxation; partnership and Sub S taxation; corporate taxation; compensation and retirement planning; investment and personal financial planning; tax consequences of personal activities, and simple personal tax preparation. PR: ACCT 202; ECON 212.
A study of the analysis, design, and control aspects of accounting systems. Topics include testing and reviewing accounting systems, identifying information requirements, and cost/benefit analysis. PR: ACCT 302. Spring.
Accounting principles and practices as applied to problems connected with partnerships, consolidations, fiduciary relationships, interim reporting, SEC reporting, segment reporting, and foreign currency transactions. PR: ACCT 302. Fall.
Emphasis on various kinds of auditing techniques. Attention is also given to auditors’ duties and responsibilities, reporting requirements, and ethics. PR: ACCT 302. Fall.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also complete a Physical or Biological Sciences I course and a lab.
Study of real numbers, exponents, roots and radicals; polynomials, first and second-degree equations and inequalities; functions and graphs. Required of students in Math Track A, i.e., students of Radiologic Science, Applied Science, Accountancy, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, or Health Services Management, who have scored an ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Also available to students who have successfully completed MATH 101. Fall, Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take:
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Health and Wellness course.
Use of the internal accounting system in the preparation of relevant data for effective managerial planning and control decisions. PR: ACCT 202. Fall.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Business minor course.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take two Business minor courses.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take an Accounting elective (300–400 level) and a Business minor course.
This major will prepare you for a career in General Management, Human Resources Management, Production and Operations Management, Small Business Ownership/Management or some other related field.
An analysis of personnel policies related to human resources management. Emphasis on acquisition of competent employees, training and development, organizational renewal, appraising performance, compensation, benefits and services, safety, creating job satisfaction, increasing employee productivity, and managing global human resources. PR: MGMT 210. Spring.
A study of individual and group behavior and organizational processes within the total organization. Major topics covered include learning, perception, attitudes, job satisfaction, personalities, stress, motivation, group formation and processes, leadership, communication, conflict, and organizational change and development. PR: MGMT 210 or permission of instructor. Fall.
An introduction to the nature of small businesses. Major topics covered include: the impact of small business on the overall economy, entrepreneurial alternatives/start-up plans, small business marketing, practices used in the operation of a small business, and social, legal, and ethical issues. PR: MGMT 210. Spring.
An examination of the theory and practice of collective bargaining. Topics include historical, social, and economic environments for labor-management relations, labor law, contract negotiation, contract topics and topical patterns, conflict resolution, grievance administration, and arbitration. PR: MGMT 210 and Junior Standing. Fall.
Provides in-depth study of emerging management topics. The course provides students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in these topical areas. The course may be repeated for different topics. PR: MGMT 210 and Junior Standing.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a FA/H/SS Core Skills course.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must take a Health and Wellness course.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must take:
In addition to the courses listed below, it is suggested that you take a Business minor course and a FA/H/SS Core Skills course.
Advanced formal courses in diverse areas of business. Course may be repeated for different topics. Specific topics will be indicated by a subtitle on the student’s transcript. PR: Consent of the instructor.
In addition to the courses listed below, it is suggested that you take two Business minor courses (3 hours of credit each) and a FA/H/SS Core Skills course (1 hour of credit).
This major will prepare you for a career in Sales, Advertising, Marketing Research, Marketing Management or some other related field.
A study of the business activity of selling goods or services to the final consumer; basic retailing and e-tailing practices and procedures, managing the buying, pricing, promotion, layout, security, and location of the retail organization. PR: MRKT 210, ACCT 201. Fall.
A study of the various types of planned messages used to build a brand—advertising, public relations, sales promotion, direct marketing, personal selling, packaging, events/sponsorships, and customer service. PR: MRKT 210 and BUSN 232. Fall.
A study of selling and sales management, persuasion, prospecting, approach,
presentation, closing, legal and ethical problems in selling; direct marketing, industrial selling, and telemarketing. Includes actual sales demonstrations and projects in selling and sales management. PR: MRKT 210, BUSN 232. Spring.
A study of the buying habits and preferences of consumers, models for explaining and
predicting consumer and marketing behavior, consumer movements and attitudes with implications for marketing management policies and the business economy. Psychology and/or sociology are recommended before taking this course. PR: MRKT 210. Spring.
A study of the process of designing, collecting, organizing, interpreting, and presenting
data related to the planning and the executing of the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services. PR: MRKT 210, BUSN 310, and Junior Standing. Spring.
An integration of previous marketing course work. A study of the process of analyzing marketing opportunities, researching and selecting target markets, designing marketing strategies, planning marketing programs, and controlling the marketing effort. PR: MRKT 210, MRKT 331, MGMT 210, MRKT 352, and Junior Standing. Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also complete a Physical or Biological Science I course and a lab.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must take a Social Science elective.
In addition to the course listed below, you must take:
Those Business Administration students pursuing minors in Accounting, Management or Marketing must complete 12 hours of coursework from that particular curriculum. Business Administration students may also choose to minor in Health Services Management or Information Systems. The requirements for those minors can be viewed below.
NOTE: A General Business minor is available for students outside of the School of Business.
General Business Minor (for non-School of Business students)
Health Services Management Minor
Information Systems Minor
All students majoring in Business Administration must take the Peregrine final exam.