Catalog 2013-2014

Business, School of

253.535.7244
www.plu.edu/busa
business@plu.edu

MISSION

The School of Business provides a supportive learning experience that challenges each student to (a) acquire relevant business skills, (b) apply them to create sustainable value, and (c) prepare for a purposeful life of achievement, inquiry, integrity, leadership, and service. We are especially committed to scholarship, innovation, and a global perspective.

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE
Major in Business Administration

OVERALL REQUIREMENTS
  • A minimum of 128 semester hours.
  • An overall minimum grade point average of 2.50.
  • A minimum 2.50 grade point average separately in business courses.
  • C- minimum grade in all business courses.
  • At least 56 semester hours in required and elective business-related subjects; 40 semester hours from B.B.A. core and 16 semester hours of business electives.
  • A minimum of 28 semester hours in business must be taken in residence at PLU.
  • Business degree and concentration requirements are established at time of major declaration.
  • Students with a declared major in business who have not attended the university for a period of three years or more will be held to the business degree requirements in affect at the time of re-entry to the university. Transfer and continuing students should see the catalog under which they entered the program and consult with the undergraduate coordinator regarding degree requirements.
  • Upper-division business course access is limited to students who have been admitted to the School of Business with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above, and who have met the required prerequisites, and who maintain a cumulaive grade point average of 2.50 or above.
ADMISSION CRITERIA

The professional Bachelor of Business Administration degree program is composed of an upper-division business curriculum with a strong base in the liberal arts.

To be admitted to the School of Business, a student must:

  • be officially admitted to the university, and
  • indicate intentions of studying business.

To declare a Business major, a student must:

  • be officially admitted to the university, and
  • have completed at least 32 semester credit hours, and
  • have successfully completed BUSA 201, CSCE 120, ECON 101, MATH 128, STAT 231, or their equivalents with a minimum grade of C-, and
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50, and
  • submit a Declaration of Business Major form to the School of Business.

Upper-division business course access is limited to declared Business majors who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above, and who have met the required prerequisites, and who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above.

 
ACADEMIC POLICIES


Minimum Grade Point Average Required for Upper-Division Courses

Upper-division business course access is limited to students who have been admitted to the School of Business with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above, and who have met the required prerequisites, and who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above.

Pass/Fail of Foundation Classes

Pass/Fail is allowed for no more than one foundation class from MATH 128, CSCE 120, ECON 101 or STAT 231 only, and as defined in the Pass/Fail section of this catalog. Other foundation and business courses may not be taken Pass/Fail, except for BUSA 495: Internship which is only offered Pass/Fail.

Continuing Student Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Declared business majors will be placed on School of Business probation after the first semester or term of cumulative GPA below 2.50. After two semesters or terms of cumulative GPA below 2.50, students will be dropped from the business program so they may pursue other degree options. Students who subsequently raise their cumulative GPA to 2.50 or above may reapply to the School of Business.

Upper-Division Prerequisites

All upper-division business courses have the following prerequisites: BUSA 201, 202, and 203; CSCE 120; ECON 101; MATH 128 or 151; STAT 231; or permission of School of Business dean or his/her designate. Declared business majors may apply to co-enroll in BUSA 203 and one or more of the following: BUSA 302 (junior standing required), 303 or 304, 305, 308.

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE
Major in Business Administration
56-64 semester hours, plus 20 semester hours in required Foundation courses
Foundation and Other Course Requirements

Foundation courses may also satisfy the General Education Program (GenEd). See General Education Program section of this catalog.

Required Foundation Courses to Declare the Major
16 semester hours
  • BUSA 201: Introduction to Business in the Global Environment (4) (semester hours counted in BBA Core)
  • CSCE 120: Computerized Information Systems (4)
  • ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics (4)
  • MATH 128: Linear Models and Calculus, An Introduction (4) or MATH 151: Introduction to Calculus (4)
    (MATH 151 recommended for finance concentration)
  • STAT 231: Introductory Statistics (4)
Foundation Courses Required to Graduate
 8 semester hours
  • PHIL 225:  Business Ethics (4)
  • COMA 235: Communication in Professional Settings (4)
B.B.A Core
40 semester hours
  • BUSA 201: Introduction to Business in the Global Environment (4) (Required to declare the major. Also listed in foundation courses; may be offered as BUSA 190)
  • BUSA 202: Financial Accounting (4)
  • BUSA 203: Managerial Accounting (4)
  • BUSA 302: Business Finance (4)
  • BUSA 303: Business Law and Ethics (4) or BUSA 304: Business Law and Ethics for Financial Professionals (4)
  • BUSA 305: Behavior in Organizations (4)
  • BUSA 308: Principles of Marketing (4)
  • BUSA 309: Creating Value in Operations (4)
  • BUSA 310: Information Systems and Database Management (4)
  • BUSA 499: Capstone: Strategic Management (4)
  • B.B.A. Elective Requirement: Any 16 semester hours of upper-division business electives, or any non-business elective courses approved by a student's faculty advisor. Minimum of 12 semester hours elective in business required. Internships encouraged but do not apply to the elective requirement.
CONCENTRATIONS
16 to 24 semester hours

By taking an approved set of electives (see concentration listings that follow) beyond the 40 semester hour core, a student satisfies the B.B.A. elective requirement and earns a concentration designation in one of the following: Accounting, Finance, Management and Human Resources, Marketing, and Individualized

Concentration Requirements
  • Multiple concentrations are allowed
  • 3.00 GPA required in the concentration area courses
  • C- is the minimum acceptable grade in any concentration course
  • A minimum of 12 semester hours of the total concentration requirements must be taken in residency at PLU
  • All B.B.A. degree overall requirements
  • Internship highly recommended but does not apply toward concentrations' requirements
Accounting
24 semester hours
  • BUSA 320: Accounting Information Systems (4)
  • BUSA 321: Intermediate Accounting I (4)
  • BUSA 322: Intermediate Accounting II (4)
  • BUSA 422: Consolidations and SEC Reporting (4)
  • BUSA 424: Auditing (4)
  • BUSA 427: Tax Accounting (4)
  • Recommend students also take electives:
    • BUSA 323: Cost Accounting and Control Systems (4)
    • BUSA 423: Accounting for Nonprofits and Government Entities (4)
  • NOTE: BUSA 304 is required as B.B.A. Core Law option
Finance
20 semester hours
  • BUSA 335: Investments and Portfolio Management (4)
  • BUSA 437: Financial Analysis and Strategy (4)
  • And, either Option A or B below
  • Option A
    • BUSA 438: Empirical Finance or ECON 344: Econometrics (4)
    • ECON 322: Money and Banking (4)
    • And 4 semester hours from the following:
      • BUSA 321: Intermediate Accounting I (4)
      • BUSA 337: International Finance and Risk Management (4)
      • BUSA 430: Finance for Entrepreneurial and Privately-Held Firms (4)
  • Option B
    • ECON 344: Econometrics (4)
    • And, 8 semester hours from the following:
      • BUSA 321: Intermediate Accounting (4)
      • BUSA 337: International Finance (4)
      • BUSA 430: Finance for Entrepreneurial and Privately-Held Firms (4)

NOTE: ECON 102 is a prerequisite for most upper-division economics classes. Either ECON 322 or 344 may apply to the concentration, but not both.
  • Recommended:
    • MATH 151/152 as substitute for MATH 128
    • BUSA 304 as law alternative
    • ECON 302
    • Minor in economics and/or mathematics
Management and Human Resources
16 semester hours
  • BUSA 342: Managing Human Resources (4)
  • And 12 semester hours from the following (at least 8 semester hours from BUSA):
    • BUSA 340: Nonprofit Management (4)
    • BUSA 352: Global Management (4)
    • BUSA 358: Entrepreneurship (4)
    • BUSA 442: Leading Organizational Improvement (4)
    • BUSA 449: Strategic Human Resource Management (4)
    • ECON 321: Labor Economics (4)
    • Note: Recommended track for human resource professional includes: BUSA 342, 440, 442, 449, and ECON 321
Marketing
16 semester hours 
  • BUSA 363: Consumer Behavior (4)
  • BUSA 467: Marketing Research (4)
  • BUSA 468: Marketing Management (4)
  • And 4 semester hours from the following:
    • BUSA 361: e-Marketing (4)
    • BUSA 362: Sustainable Marketing (4)
    • BUSA 364: Services Marketing (4)
    • BUSA 460: International Marketing (4)
Individualized
16 semester hours
  • Hours must be upper-division electives in purposeful selection. Proposal must be made in advance and not later than second semester of the junior year. Proposal to include statement of objectives, rationale, program of study, and endorsement of a business faculty sponosr. Requires approval of the dean or his/her designate. Only 4 semester hours of independent study, if approved, may apply to the concentration. Variations on existing concentrations are not acceptable.
MINORS
20 semester hours minimum

All courses in a minor must be completed with a grade of C- or higher. A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 for all courses in a minor is required; and at least 12 semester hours must be completed in residence. Internships and Independent Study do not apply to the minors.

Business Administration Minor
A minimum of 20 semester hours, including
  • BUSA 201: Introduction to Business in the Global Environment (4)
  • BUSA 202: Financial Accounting (4)
  • BUSA 305: Behavior in Organizations (4)
  • BUSA 308: Principles of Marketing (4)
  • And any 4 semester hours from accounting courses or upper-division business courses in addition to those listed above. See Business Minor rules above.
Nonprofit Leadership Minor
(effective Spring 2014, pending approval by PLU Board of Regents, Fall 2013)
A minimum of 20 semester hours, including
  • BUSA 308: Principles of Marketing (4)
  • BUSA 340: Nonprofit Management (4)
  • BUSA 341: Nonprofit Financial Literacy (4)
  • Elective: 4 semester hours
  • Internship: 4 semester hours

Students in the Nonprofit Leadership Minor (NPLM) are required to take BUSA 340 before BUSA 308 unless they are declared Business majors or General Business minors.

Students must choose an elective, outside of the School of Business, in consultation with both their major advisor and the NPLM advisor. Final approval is made by a representative of the School of Business. The elective connects nonprofit study to the student's major, minor, or other area of interest by enhancing the student's ability to understand nonprofit organizations or apply discipline specific learning in a nonprofit setting. Other courses within the School of Business, even if the student is a Business major, may not be used to fulfill the elective hours. Courses used for General Education Program Elements may not be used to fulfill the elective hours.

The internship may be from any department or school but must be in a nonprofit setting.

Up to two courses (8 semester hours) may be counted toward both a Nonprofit Leadership Minor and another minor or major.

Specialized Minor in Business Administration
A minimum of 20 semester hours in business courses, including BUSA 201

Specific business courses shall be designated by the School of Business faculty in consultation with the chair or dean of the discipline in which the student is majoring. See Business Minor rules above.

Go to http://www.plu.edu/communication-theatre/home.php for the Specialized Business Minor in Marketing.

Accounting Certificate Program
24 semester hours

The Accounting Certificate Program is available for students who hold a baccalaureate degree, or are pursuing a baccalaureate degree (any field) and wish to complete the accounting course educational requirements to sit for the Certified Public Account (CPA) examination. Requirements for the certificate include: 24 semester hours from BUSA 202, 203, 320, 321, 322, 323, 422, 423, 424, and 427; a cumulative 3.00 GPA in accounting courses; and a minimum of C- in any course. Please note that there are additional courses and experience requirements to sit for the CPA exam which are not met by this certificate program; completion of these other requirements is the student's responsibility. Contact the School of Business at 253.535.7252 for further information.