Undergraduate Bulletin

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

College of Business & Economics Website

Joseph S. Domitrz, Dean
Harish C. Batra, Associate Dean
Donald K. Zahn, Assistant Dean
Janet Olson, Undergraduate Outreach Counselor

DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSONS

Accounting
Roy C. Weatherwax
Business Education and Office Systems
Marcia James
Economics
Kirk Kim
Finance and Business Law
John Howat
Management

Marketing
Raja Velu

THE PROGRAM

The College of Business and Economics attempts to provide you with the skills and knowledge which will allow you to succeed in a business administration profession. We stress a close faculty-student relationship and encourage student activities which will help you develop professional skills. You will have the opportunity to become involved in projects with business firms which will aid in this skill development. The programs of the College are based on a broad general education which provides you with a fundamental understanding of the society in which you live and work. College requirements develop your knowledge of the traditional functional area of business, the behavioral sciences, the management sciences and the systems approach to problem solving. Woven throughout the program is intensive study in a chosen major area of activity to provide you with an understanding of the total economic and social system and its relationship to the individual.

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.

ENROLLMENT LIMITATIONS

ADMISSION POLICY FOR THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

All students interested in pursuing a business major must declare "Pre-Business" as the major. Pre-Business students are eligible to enroll in business courses after they have completed twenty-four credits and possess at least a 2.50 combined grade point average. After a student completesfifty-four or more credits and has satisfactorily completed or is enrolled in 210-244, 210-249 or 210-341/342, 230-211, 230-212, 230-245 and 250-211 (765-162 and 765-171 for BBA MCS majors), the student can apply for admission to the College of Business and Economics. All students with a 2.80 combined GPA or better would be admitted to a major in the College. Application forms for admission to the College of Business and Economics are available at the Assistant Dean's Office and are completed during the required Pre-Business advising meeting.

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.

PROFESSIONAL MINOR IN BUSINESS STUDIES

College of Letters and Sciences

The Professional Minor in Business Studies is designed for students seeking a liberal arts education with preparation for a career in some area of business. This preparation in both liberal arts and business will also assist students planning to advance their career opportunities by seeking an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) degree.

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.

COLLEGE GRADE POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION

Students in the College of Business and Economics are required to have:

  1. A minimum combined transfer and UW-W GPA of 2.5
  2. A minimum combined transfer and UW-W GPA of 2.5 in all subjects offered by departments in the College of Business and Economics and in the Department of Management Computer Systems
  3. A minimum combined transfer and UW-W GPA of 2.5 in their major.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN THE FIELD OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin Centers at Waukesha and Janesville and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, presents unique programs designed for adults who desire to continue their education in the field of business and management. Outreach programs offer the services of the University of Wisconsin system to the people of the surrounding area who cannot take advantage of the regular college programs because of personal commitments. The Business Outreach Program contains both credit and noncredit courses and is divided into four major areas:

  1. Master's Degree Program in Business - A University of Wisconsin-Whitewater MBA, MS (Accounting) or MS (Office Systems) degree can be earned through a program of graduate study on the Whitewater, Waukesha, and Janesville campuses. The program is designed to accommodate adult part-time students through special advising and evening courses. Classes and evening programs are offered at the following locations:

UW-Whitewater:
MBA Accounting
MBA Business Education
MBA Decision Support System
MBA Finance
MBA International Business
MBA Management
MBA Managerial Economics
MBA Marketing
MS Accounting
MS Office Systems
UWC-Waukesha:
MBA Finance
MBA Management
MBA Marketing UWC-Rock:
MBA Foundation and Breadth Elective Courses

These programs are identical to those offered in the full-time college program at Whitewater. The same admission standards, faculty, and courses are utilized.

  1. Bachelor's Degree Program in Business - A program tailored for the adult who desires to earn a business degree is offered at three locations. Courses are scheduled at night and during the summer to meet student needs. Freshman-sophomore courses and some junior-senior courses are available at the Waukesha and the Janesville Centers. All four years of baccalaureate degree work are available at Whitewater. Special advising and simplified enrollment procedures are provided.

  2. Adult Special Education in Business - Some adults want to take only selected courses offered in the regular University curriculum to improve their business background. This program accommodates these people by scheduling many classes at night and off-campus. Depending on the course, certain pre-requisites may be required. Counseling and special enrollment procedures are provided. A student may earn a maximum of twelve credits as a special student. If any of these credits are earned in 300/400-level courses, these credits may not count toward the BBA degree should that student decide to pursue a BBA in subsequent semesters.

  3. Management and Economics Development Program - Designed for further regional economic development through education and assistance, this program consists of two elements:

a. Management Development - These specially designed courses meet the needs of industry for timely educational programs on business subjects. Formats range from seminars, institutes, conferences, to tailored executive sessions. They are offered at convenient times at off-campus locations (including in-plant) throughout the area. Participants in this program will normally receive certificates upon completion, as well as Continuing Education units.

b. Economic Development - Research and consulting geared to the needs of regional communities and industry is provided by the University. The resources of the UW-System can be mobilized to help solve your problems. Requests for assistance under this program should be directed to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

LEADERSHIP AND MILITARY SCIENCE EDUCATION

The Department of Leadership and Military Science offers three programs which may be pursued by any student desiring instruction, practical experience, and credentials in leadership:

  1. Leadership Minor. Provides the specialized knowledge and training required to be a successful supervisor, manager or administrator in whatever the students' chosen profession.
  2. U.S. Army Commission. Completion of the commission program and a baccalaureate degree provides the opportunity for service to the Nation as a Second Lieutenant in either the US Army, National Guard or Army Reserve.
  3. U.S. Air Force Commission. Completion of the commission program and a baccalaureate degree provides the opportunity for service to the Nation as a Second Lieutenant in either the U.S. Air Force or Air Force Reserve.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

HONORARY SOCIETIES

Pi Omega Pi, a national honorary scholastic society for business education students, limits membership to second-semester sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students having a grade point of 3.0 or higher and who place in the upper 35 percent of their college class. The organization presents an annual award to the outstanding member. The local PSI chapter, a member of the National Association of College Honor Societies, has received national recognition for its service, publications, research, and other activities. It was founded by Professor Paul A. Carlson in 1932.

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.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Marketing Association-Collegiate Chapter was formed by Whitewater marketing students to promote and develop interest and knowledge in the field of marketing. The Association's goals are to foster scientific work in marketing, to develop sound thinking in theory and practice, to improve methods and techniques of marketing and to develop public understanding of marketing. The collegiate chapter works toward the accomplishment of these goals by sponsoring marketing presentations of practicing businessmen, field trips, and special events. Membership is open to any student interested in marketing.

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.

COLLEGE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (BBA)

You may earn a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of Business and Economics. Successful completion of a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) credits in the following areas is required:

University Proficiency
General Education
Diversity and Writing Proficiency
College/Major (and minor if required:)
Degree: unique requirement
  1. MATH 760-143 (GM)
  2. ECON 230-211 (GS) and 230-212 (GS)
  3. MATH 760-243 (GM) or 760-250 (GM) or 760-253 (GM) (MCS majors may not elect 760-243)
  4. ENGL 680-370 (Accounting majors only)
Lower Division core requirements
  1. 3 cr. 210-244 Accounting Concepts
  2. One of the following courses: (Except Accounting majors who are required to take 210-341 and 210-342) 3 cr. 210-249 Managerial Accounting (Students cannot receive credit for both 210-249 and 210-342.) 3 cr. 210-341 Intermediate Accounting 3 cr. 210-342 Cost Accounting
  3. 3 cr. 230-245 Business Statistics
  4. 3 cr. 250-211 Data Processing (MCS majors take 765-162 Computer Applications and 765-171 Introduction to Programming)
Upper Division core requirements
  1. 3 cr. 250-301 Organizational Behavior
  2. 3 cr. 250-306 Production Concepts
  3. 3 cr. 240-341 Business and Commercial Law
  4. 3 cr. 260-311 Marketing Principles
  5. 3 cr. 240-344 Business Finance
  6. 3 cr. 220-353 Business Communication
  7. 3 cr. 250-489 Administrative Policy
  8. 1 cr. 220-388 Career Information
  9. 3 cr. 240-342 Advanced Business and Commercial Law (Accounting majors only)
Major Requirements (21-30 cr)
(No minor is required)

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.

INTERDEPARTMENTAL

MAJOR/EMPHASES

GENERAL BUSINESS (BBA)

MAJOR - 24 CREDITS

  1. SELECT 1 COURSE FROM EACH GROUP
    GROUP 1 ACTG 210-342, B ED 220-344,
    220-348, 220-354, ECON 230-353,
    230-354, 230-431 AND 230-437
    GROUP 2 FNLW 240-342, 240-345, 240-348,
    240-360, 240-442 AND 240-446
    GROUP 3 MGNT 250-310, 250-320, 250-351,
    250-456, 250-385, 250-430, 250-450
    GROUP 4 B ED 220-363, 220-364,
    MKTG 260-321, 260-337, 260-339,
    260-349, 260-432, 260-442
  2. SELECT 12 CRED (COURSE LVL 300 OR 400) FROM
    ACCOUNTING, BUS ED, ECONOMICS, FINANCE,
    MANAGEMENT, AND MARKETING WITH NO MORE
    THAN 12 CREDITS FROM ONE DEPARTMENT,
    INCLUDING THOSE TAKEN IN REQUIREMENT 1

GENERAL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP EMPHASIS (BBA)

MAJOR - 24 CREDITS
  1. SELECT 12 CRED FROM COURSES
    ACTG 210-342, B ED 220-348, 220-363,
    FNLW 240-446, MGNT 250-385, 250-460,
    250-466, 250-485, MKTG 260-350,
    260-337, 260-420 AND 260-429
  2. SELECT 12 CRED (COURSE LVL 300 OR 400) FROM
    ACCOUNTING, BUS ED, ECONOMICS, FINANCE,
    MANAGEMENT, AND MARKETING WITH NO MORE
    THAN 12 CREDITS FROM ONE DEPARTMENT,
    INCLUDING THOSE TAKEN IN REQUIREMENT 1

GENERAL BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL EMPHASIS (BBA)

MAJOR - 24 CREDITS
  1. RELG 786-210
  2. SPCH 166-424 AND PSCI 820-351
  3. SELECT 15 CRED FROM COURSES
    ECON 230-360, 230-406, 230-431, 230-459,
    FINC 240-410, MGNT 250-410,
    MKTG 260-361 OR PSCI 820-350
    MAXIMUM OF 6 CRED PER DEPT
MAJOR - UNIQUE FOREIGN LANG - 16 CREDITS
  1. SELECT 16 CRED FROM FOREIGN LANGUAGE
    DEPARTMENT INCLUDING RETRO CREDIT FOR
    PREVIOUS LANGUAGE STUDY

GENERAL BUSINESS LAW EMPHASIS (BBA)

MAJOR - 24 CREDITS
  1. FNLW 240-342, 240-442 AND 240-443
  2. FNLW 240-455 AND PSCI 820-360
  3. SELECT 11 CRED FROM COURSES
    ACTG 210-451, FNLW 240-348, 240-446,
    240-457, 240-458, 240-460, 240-464,
    240-496, ENGL 680-370, PSCI 820-317,
    820-413, 820-414, 820-415 AND 820-419

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