The College of Business and Public Affairs

The University of Tennessee at Martin

Dr. Rhelda W. Barron, Interim Dean

The College of Business and Public Affairs, consistent with the mission of the university, provides programs of professional education in business, computer science and political science 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 college 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 M.B.A and M.Ac. 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, and
    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 College of Business and Public Affairs offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and majors in support of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The majors in support of the Bachelor of Science degree are Computer Science, Economics, and Political Science. The Bachelor of Arts is offered in Economics and Political Science. Students earning the B.S. in Business Administration may major in accounting, information systems, economics, management, and marketing. Certificate programs are offered in end-user computing, entrepreneurship, and office information systems. Those degrees and their concentrations are outlined on the following page.

Students not enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program may be permitted to complete a minor in business administration or entrepreneurship; however, they may not earn more than 25 percent or their total course requirements in courses in the following disciplines: accounting, business administration, economics, finance, information systems, management, and marketing.

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

The minor in computer science consists of two of the following courses: Computer Science 221, 222, 226, 230, 250, and 260; and 12 additional hours of computer science courses, at least 9 of which are upper-division.

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

The minor in political science consists of Political Science 210-220 and 12 hours of upper-division courses, only three hours of which can be from Political Science 400, 410, 420, or 467.

The minor in paralegal studies is designed to prepare a person for a career as a legal assistant, which has been predicted to be one of the fastest growing professions. Also, as part of an overall degree program, it is an excellent minor for students who plan to attend law school. The minor consists of the following courses: Political Science 210, 220, 390, 391, 392, 393, and 451. Note: Students majoring in political science cannot receive a separate minor in paralegal studies; however, courses in the paralegal studies minor can count toward satisfying the major.

Student Organizations

Students enrolled in the College of Business and Public Affairs participate in the following student organizations: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Alpha Kappa Psi, Economics Club, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Chi Theta, Pi Sigma Alpha, Pi Sigma Epsilon, Political Science Club, Pre-Law Club, 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. Some of these organizations are service oriented and provide assistance to the faculty and to other students. Others are honor socities for which a minimum GPA must be maintained.


Computer Science Award -- Given to a student selected as the outstanding senior in computer science. This student is chosen by the faculty.

Dean's Scholar -- Outstanding student recognized by the dean for leadership, academic success, and service.

Faculty Scholars -- Outstanding students recognized by individual faculty for leadership, academic success, and service.

Outstanding Departmental Students -- Chosen by departmental faculty as outstanding students in the departmental disciplines.

Outstanding School Students -- Chosen by faculty of the College of Business and Public Affaris as school-wide outstanding students.

John Burgess Award -- Certificate given by the Tennessee Political Science Association to an outstanding political science major at UT Martin.

Political Science Award -- A cash award of $100 made by political science faculty to the ourstanding senior political science major.

Sam C. Nailling, Sr., Law Student Award -- Copy of Black's Law Dictionary donated to outstanding senior who intends to attend law school and meets other criteria.

Cooperative Education, Internships, and Travel-Study Opportunities

Academic credit is available for supervised work experience on a one-term basis as an intern. Previous students have interned with a variety of private industry and public agencies. Students interested in an internship should discuss the possibility with their advisor.

The Cooperative Education Program offers the participant an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience while preparing for a career or further study in graduate school. In addition, the participant earns money to help finance college expenses. After successful completion of the freshman year, qualified students admitted to the program alternate semesters at work and at the university. Application for admission should be made during the fall semester of the freshman year. Further information is available from the Office of Counseling and Career Services, UT Martin, 901-587-7740.

The college faculty offers, through several credit courses, opportunities for students to apply their knowledge to practical work, travel or research experiences in their field of study. These courses have special prerequisites which must be met and can only be taken with faculty approval.

General Information

Academic Requirements

Students must achieve sophomore standing 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 accounting or business law course.

Transfer Credit

If a student transfers credit in 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 may be validated by examination. Unsuccessful validation requires the student to take the upper-division course. A minimum of 50% of the business courses required for a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration must be taken at UT Martin.


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

Required Achievement Examinations

Students graduating from the College of Business and Public Affairs are required to participate in comprehensive tests in their majors as specified by the university.

Curricular Requirements for B.S.B.A. Majors

All students enrolled in the College of Business and Public Affairs are expected to complete a General Education Courses Requirement, a Degree Common Courses Requirement, and the requirements of a major selected with the assistance of a College of Business and Public Affairs faculty advisor. The format for the B.S.B.A. 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 College of Business and Public Affairs 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 (See your respective major requirement) -- 36


Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Department of Management, Marketing, and Political Science

Description of Courses