The School of Business Administration


Dr. Gary F. Young, Dean

The School of Business Administration, consistent with the mission of the University, provides programs of professional education in business in an environment which encourages students to develop a broad understanding of the forces which shape contemporary society. The faculty conducts research in business and administration and, through appropriate programs of public service, attempts to facilitate activities of private and public sector organizations.

More specifically, the objectives of the School include the following:

  1. To provide quality educational opportunities which
    1. equip graduates for successful careers in business or public service,
    2. prepare graduates to enter graduate school,
    3. prepare MBA and MAc graduates for middle and upper-level management positions and appropriate professional certification,
    4. prepare graduates of master’s programs for study at the doctoral level,
    5. enhance understanding by interested, non-business students of the role and function of business firms within contemporary society;
  2. To promote intellectual endeavors by faculty that, in aggregate and over the long-term, are reasonably balanced among
    1. basic research,
    2. applied research, and
    3. instructional development;
  3. To provide service programs for individuals and organizations in the public and private sectors of West Tennessee and contiguous states which
    1. enhance the quality of life and facilitate economic development in the region,
    2. promote understanding of the management process, develop managerial skills and encourage application of information systems technology, and
    3. increase understanding and appreciation of the economic and institutional foundations of a free society.

Majors and Minors

The School of Business Administration offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with majors in accounting, information systems, economics, management, and marketing. Certificate programs are offered in end-user computing, entrepreneurship, and office information systems.

Students not enrolled in the School of Business Administration may be permitted to complete a minor in business administration or entrepreneurship; however, they may not earn more than 25 percent of their total course requirements in the School of Business Administration.

The minor in business administration consists of the following courses: Economics 201-202, Finance 301, Accounting 300 or Accounting 201-202, Management 301, Marketing 301, and Business Law 201.

The minor in entrepreneurship is designed to give nonbusiness students exposure to entrepreneurial ideas within business and to integrate this exposure with their nonbusiness studies. The minor consists of the following courses: Accounting 300 or Accounting 201-202, Management 305, Management 306, Marketing 302, and 6 hours of technical electives. (See below “Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship” for explanation of technical electives.)

Facilities

The Business Administration Building includes a state of the art computer classroom and computer lab facilities for both classroom instruction and independent student activity. The building also includes a conference room and graduate seminar room.

Student Organizations

Business administration majors participate in the following student organizations: Alpha Kappa Psi, Economics Club, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Phi Chi Theta, Pi Sigma Epsilon, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Beta Gamma Sigma, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), and American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

Membership in these organizations provides opportunities for leadership and interaction with faculty and fellow students who have a strong interest in an area of business. Some of these organizations are service oriented and provide assistance to the faculty and to other students. Phi Chi Theta is recognized nationally.

Internships

Academic credit, as well as pay, is available for supervised work experience. Previous students have interned with accounting firms, health care providers, importers, manufacturing companies, and retail stores.

General Information

Academic Requirements

Business Administration majors must pass 30 hours before enrolling in Accounting 201. At least a grade of C must be earned in prerequisite accounting and business law courses before advancing to the following course.

Transfer Credit

If a student transfers credit in business administration courses which are classified as upper division courses at this University but were taken as lower division credit or taken at a two-year institution, these courses will either be repeated or other upper division business courses will be taken to replace them. Students may also elect a proficiency examination.

A minimum of 50% of the business courses required for graduation must be taken at UT Martin.

Pre-Law

Students preparing for admission to a school of law may complete the degree requirements in a business major. The Law School Admissions Test should be taken during the student’s senior year.

Required Achievement Examinations

Students graduating from the School of Business Administration are required to participate in comprehensive tests in their majors as specified by the University.

Curricular Requirements for All Majors

All students enrolled in the School of Business Administration are expected to complete a General Education Requirement, a School of Business Administration Common Courses Requirement, and the requirements of a major selected with the assistance of a School of Business Administration faculty advisor. The format for this program of study shown in the following table indicates specific course requirements. Courses numbered in the 100 and 200 series are normally taken during the first two years of study. Courses in the 300 and 400 series are upper division courses and are not open to students who have not attained junior or senior standing in the University.

In addition to the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree listed in the front of this catalog, the following specific curricular requirements for a B.S.B.A. in one of the majors in the School of Business Administration must be satisfied. Additionally, transfer students should be aware of the following requirements.

  1. A minimum of 50% of the business courses required for graduation must be taken at UT Martin.
  2. A student wishing to graduate with honors must earn at least 60 semester hours from UT Martin.

General Education Courses -- Hours

Business Administration Common Course Requirement -- Hours

Major Requirements -- 36

  (See your respective major requirement)

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION -- 127

Certificate Program in End-user Computing

The certificate program is designed for individuals who wish to enhance their current fields of study by specialized study in End-User Computing. In order for the credit to count toward the Certificate in End-User Computing, a student must earn at least a “C” in each of the following courses:

Course Requirements for the Certificate

Hours

Comp Sci 201

3

Inf Sys 212

1

Inf Sys 213

1

Inf Sys 222

1

Inf Sys 223

1

Inf Sys 232

1

Inf Sys 233

1

Inf Sys 310

3

Inf Sys 361

3

Inf Sys 491

3

 

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Total

18

Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship

Students majoring in technical studies, such as engineering and agriculture, are encouraged to participate in entrepreneurial studies by completing the requirements for the Certificate of Entrepreneurship. This program is designed to help students develop an entrepreneurial attitude of being open to change, developing new ideas, and going beyond the limitation of existing paradigms. The blend of tools, skills and attitude equips the graduates to organize and manage new ventures. The Certificate in Entrepreneurship can be earned by any students who complete the following 15 hours of course work:

Course Requirements for the Certificate

Hours

Mktg 302 Personal Selling or Ag Econ 345

3

Mgt 305 Creativity and Innovation

3

Mgt 306 Entrepreneurship

3

Technical Electives*

6

 

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Total

15

*The technical electives, when combined with the business courses, present an opportunity for students in the entrepreneurship concentration to develop the depth of knowledge in a technical area. The students will be expected to work in teams of business and nonbusiness students in these courses. The work will be directed toward developing products, services, and detailed business plans for products. The eventual outcome of these courses will be to explore the viability of using the results to start a business or improve a process. The technical electives are selected with the advice, guidance, and approval of the student’s business advisor.


Department of Accounting, Management and Information Systems
Department of International Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing


Description of Courses




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