The four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree is composed of four phases. The first phase is the University's General Education program. The second phase is the lower division tool requirements of the College of Business and Economics. The third phase is the upper division program consisting of the College of Business and Economics core requirements which provide a broad background in the fundamentals of business. The fourth phase includes the courses that make up the major.
Budget, enrollment, or other factors may cause these standards to be altered by the College. Students who have questions concerning admission should contact the Assistant Dean of the College of Business and Economics.
Students must have completed course work in residence at UW-Whitewater in at least six courses (18 credit minimum) in their major field. A maximum of two transfer courses will be allowed in any major in the BBA curriculum.
BBA students may not take any courses offered by the College of Business and Economics on a satisfactory/no credit (S/NC) basis or any BBA degree requirements (unique/lower/upper) except those offered on an S/NC basis only by the department.
The College is organized into the departments of Accounting, Business Education/Office Systems, Economics, Finance and Business Law, Management, and Marketing.
Majors are available in accounting, business education, economics, finance, general business, management, human resource management, management computer systems, marketing, office systems and production operations management. The general business major is administered by the Assistant Dean. Students desiring majors in accounting, finance, general business, office systems, human resource management, management, marketing and production operations management can obtain these majors only in the BBA degree program in the College of Business and Economics. They may not be taken as primary or secondary majors in other colleges.
Requirements for the nine approved areas of emphasis are described under the College of Letters and Science section. Within these emphases, however, variations are possible to meet the programmatic needs of individual students. A minimum GPA of 2.25 in the minor is required for graduation. Grades received for transfer courses that are counted in the minor will be included in determining the GPA in the minor.
Beta Gamma Sigma is a national scholastic honorary society for students of business and management. Election to membership is the highest scholastic honor that a student of business can achieve. Membership is restricted to students of high scholarship and good moral character in institutions with programs accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.
Financial Management Association Honor Society is a local chapter of the national Financial Management Association. It is an honorary organization in that membership is limited to finance majors who meet specific academic requirements.
The Wisconsin Iota Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, is an International Economics Honorary Society. It is dedicated to the encouragement of excellence in economics. It recognizes first and foremost scholastic achievement in economics. Second, it is a vehicle towards a better perception of and familiarity with economics. Through the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty, it promotes an understanding of economics greater than most classroom situations. In short, it helps its members advance both their own comprehension and the art and science of economics.
Membership in ODE is based on cumulative GPA and GPA in economics. Applicants must have earned at least 12 credits in economics with the grade of C or better, and the GPA for all economics courses must be at least 3.0. Receiving lower than a C does not disqualify an applicant, but that course may not be counted in the 12 credits. In addition, applicants must be of junior standing or higher and possess an overall GPA of at least 3.0
Sigma Iota Epsilon is an honorary professional fraternity in management. Undergraduate management, management computer systems, human resource management and production operations management majors are eligible to join. They must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, at least 30 semester hours of work or its equivalent at UW-Whitewater, and state their intention of continuing in the management curriculum. Graduate students must have a 3.25 grade point average and have completed nine semester hours of graduate work, including at least three hours of management at UW-Whitewater. The Sigma XI of Sigma Iota Epsilon was installed on the Whitewater campus in October, 1976 and its purposes are: to stimulate interest and achievement in the field of management, to stimulate scholarship and research through the development of the scientific approach of management problems, to facilitate contacts between students and business, and to recognize persons who have made contributions to the field of management.
Mu Kappa Tau is the national scholastic honor society in the field of marketing. To be eligible for membership, a student must rank in the top 10% of the junior class, the top 10% of his/her senior class, or rank in the top 20% of the students receiving graduate degrees.
American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) is the campus student organization for anyone with interests in the field of production, inventory, forecasting, quality control, shop floor controls, purchasing, capacity planning or material requirements planning. An insight into the real world of Operations Management is obtained through numerous contacts with management of nearby business organizations at on-campus or Milwaukee APICS or Rock Valley APICS Chapter meetings. Also, an excellent opportunity is afforded chapter members to prepare for and take the APICS certification examinations in the various Production Fields.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a nationally affiliated professional organization for any student interested in pursuing a career in human resources/industrial relations. The Whitewater chapter offers its members the opportunity to meet with human resource executives from Southern Wisconsin, to gain practical experience doing human resource projects, to receive assistance preparing for SHRM "Personnel Generalist" accreditation exams, and to receive periodicals/newsletters discussing current human resource issues.
Beta Alpha Psi is the national professional accounting fraternity with chapters on over 140 campuses. Epsilon Rho chapter allows students to meet professionals and fellow students through the various activities held during the year. This gives students the opportunity to round out their academic training and learn about the accounting profession from those in practice. To become a member it is necessary to have attained junior standing (60 credits) and have a grade point of 3.0 both overall and in accounting courses.
Data Processing Management Association is an organization of students who have a strong interest in the field of computer information systems. This group fosters an interest in and an understanding of computer systems through professional presentations, seminars, senior and student level DPMA conferences and field trips to regional computer installations. In addition, the chapter also sponsors a professional society banquet meeting with employers in the fall and a career day in the spring.
Delta Sigma Pi, an international business and professional fraternity, promotes the study of business, encourages the attainment of high scholarship, and provides opportunities for students to begin their professional development while in college. Membership is open to students majoring in various business areas.
The Institute of Management Accountants is a national professional society. UW-W is proud to have the first student chapter in Wisconsin and one of the first anywhere. This organization provides another opportunity to make contacts and learn from practicing professionals in Accounting.
Marketing Education Association (formerly DECA) is the collegiate affiliate of the National and Wisconsin Marketing Education Associations. The purposes of MEA are to provide experiences for students who wish to continue their association with DECA, explore marketing education as a potential major, and participate with a small energetic group of students interested in marketing. Through experiences provided by MEA, future marketing education teachers will be prepared to assume their role as a DECA adviser at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Non-marketing education majors will have opportunities to develop management and communications skills and have opportunities to learn more about the discipline of marketing through speakers, field trips, and conferences. Membership is open to any student from any college.
Economics Society is an organization of economics majors and minors and others interested in the field. Its purposes are to promote interest in and an understanding of economics through sponsoring lectures, panels, field trips, and other events; to promote economics as a profession; to improve contacts among students of economics, and to enhance student-faculty interaction.
Finance Association is a student membership organization serving undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in corporation finance, banking, investments, real estate and/or insurance, regardless of major. The Association conducts field trips, career orientation programs, social activities, and provides an informal channel for communication between students and faculty.
Law Society is an organization open to all students with an interest in law. The purposes of the Society are to advance the student's knowledge and experience in the field of law and to provide opportunities for communication with representatives from law schools and members of the legal profession. Guest speakers, field trips and special projects are some of the activities conducted each semester by members of the society.
The Office Systems Research Association's (OSRA) primary goal is to provide students with a forum to expand their knowledge of the end-user information systems area. OSRA sponsors business speakers, field trips, and pc seminars. Chapter activities include the sponsoring of an Office Systems Careers Day, writing an Alumni Newsletter, publishing the national OSRA's quarterly newsletter, offering computer software training seminars, and hosting an Office Systems Expo for high school students.
Phi Beta Lambda is the college level of the Future Business Leaders of America and is open to all students. PBL's purpose is to familiarize students with the demands and opportunities in the professions commonly associated with business. Guest speakers, field trips, and conferences around the state and nation are some of the activities included each year for members of this organization.
Pi Sigma Epsilon is a national professional sales and marketing fraternity. Membership is open to any student of good standing and major who exhibits interest in sales and marketing. Business, University and community oriented projects are employed during the school year to afford practical experience to the members and to finance the operations of the organization. The Beta Gamma chapter at Whitewater was founded on March 14, 1969, as the 51st chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon and is sponsored by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Madison.
Portfolio Management Group is a student investment club. Its purpose is to help students learn about the process of investing in stocks, bonds, options, futures, and other types of securities. The group hosts speakers, sponsors field trips, conducts a simulated stock trading competition, and enjoys social activities.
Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) is a national professional organization of managers in industry, commerce, government and education. The student chapter at UW-W has as its main objective the bringing together of executives in business and students preparing to go into administrative positions. The club offers guest speakers, business films, structured field trips, an all-campus Career Day, a spring symposium, management periodicals and newsletters to all students who aspire to managerial occupations.
The UW-W Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is a cadre of students on the UW-W campus that serve as intelligent and articulate exponents of the market economy and the American free enterprise system by conducting outreach educational projects. SIFE's mission is to establish and direct student-generated free market economic education programs on college and university campuses to bring America's collegian citizens to a better understanding of and a greater appreciation for the free enterprise system. SIFE's purpose is accomplished through the SIFE Teams' outreach projects within their communities and the presentation of these projects at the regional and national competitions. SIFE team projects are educational programs that convey to fellow college students and the surrounding communities' citizens a better understanding of current economic issues and a greater appreciation for the free enterprise system.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization-Whitewater Chapter is a student organization dedicated to inspiring the Entrepreneurial spirit in today's college students. CEO encourages this through the sponsoring of dynamic speakers, opportunities for international travel, networking through local and national conferences, and a variety of other unique educational experiences.
Writing Proficiency is either included in the college core or listed with the major.
Electives to bring the total to a minimum of 120 credits with a minimum of 60 credits outside the College of Business and Economics.
GENERAL BUSINESS (BBA)
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