SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTANCY
The School of Accountancy was established to meet the growing demand for highly qualified professionals in the many specialized areas of accountancy. The school provides a professional education to prepare students for careers in public accounting, corporate accounting, financial management, and a variety of careers that demand a high level of proficiency in accounting.
Through a traditional four-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, the school’s program encourages scholarly professional research that contributes to the advancement of accounting theory and practice. Additionally, it provides students with the foundation for passing professional certification examinations such as the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.
In addition to students in the College of Business, the school offers accounting courses that serve the needs of the University-wide constituency and offers various educational services to the professional and business communities. Graduates also gain the necessary foundation to pursue advanced degrees in business and related areas.
Accounting majors are required to complete 121 semester hours of which 27 credit hours must be in the field of accounting (above the principles level). A grade of “C” or better must be attained in all accounting courses presented to fulfill the requirements in the major. Accounting electives in specialized areas are available to advanced students.While the traditional four-year program fulfills the educational requirements for certain areas of accounting, Louisiana requires a baccalaureate degree and no less than 150 hours of University course credit to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. A number of other states have similar requirements and prospective candidates are advised to contact the respective State Boards of Accountancy. Individuals desiring to meet these requirements can do so by completing a minimum of 30 additional hours beyond the hours required for the baccalaureate degree. We recommend that students consider the Master of Business Administration Program in the College of Business to satisfy this requirement.
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS AND FINANCE
The Department of Economics and Finance provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of business economic theories and the ability to apply analysis. Such knowledge will enable graduates to obtain managerial and administrative position in business and government. Additionally, students are provided with internship opportunities designed to equip them with the theoretical tools of investigation and promote critical thinking and analytical skills in economics and finance.
The Department also offers a concentration in Global Trade and Finance to those students who desire a global emphasis within the business economics program. The analytical and language skills developed in this concentration will enhance the students' career opportunities in a rapidly changing global market place.
Economics majors are required to complete 120 credit hours of which 24 credit hours must be in the field of Economics. A grade of "C" or better must be attained in all economics courses presented including ECON 275 and ECON 375 to fulfill the credit hour requirements in the major. Economics electives in specialized areas are available to junior and senior level students.
The Global Trade and Finance Concentration consist of twelve (12) credit hours beyond the required core courses through course substitutions. Six (6) of these credit hours are required economics and finance courses, three (3) elementary level foreign language and three (3) may be satisfied by choosing from the four (4) functional area business courses. In addition, students are encouraged to take intermediate level foreign language (French, Spanish or German) courses and study abroad.
The Department of Economics and Finance will no longer offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. This degree program was discontinued as of May 2011. Students interested in Economics, as a discipline of study should consider enrolling in the newly developed Economics concentration within the Finance degree program. Thus, students desiring a deep understanding of how markets operate in price discovery in the allocation of goods, services, and resources in the economy can achieve this objective by majoring in Finance with an Economics concentration. Students should consult with the Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance for specific course requirements necessary to obtain the Economics concentration. Those students currently enrolled in the Economics Degree program as of the 2010-11academic year will be allowed to complete their degree in Economics.
DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING
The Department of Management and Marketing offers a wide variety of courses in several business areas including management, production, legal environment, quantitative methods, information systems, real estate, insurance, marketing, and entrepreneurship. The department offers a curriculum that is designed to provide students with knowledge of Management Marketing and Entrepreneurial theories, practices, and systems, preparing them for a world class degree and a variety of careers.
Management majors are required to complete 120 credit hours. Twenty-four (24) of the 120 hours should be beyond the management courses required of all business majors, and should be in the field of management. A grade of "C" or better must be attained in all management courses presented to fulfill the credit hour requirements in the major. Because the field of management is vast and varied, not all courses in the field necessarily have a management rubric (e.g., MGMT, MGT, MG, etc.). Therefore, the decision on which course can be considered a management course resides with the Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing and the Dean of the College of Business.
Marketing majors are required to complete 120 credit hours. Twenty four (24) of the 120 credit hours should be beyond the Principles of Marketing (MKTG 300) required of all business majors, and should be in the field of marketing. A grade of "C" or better must be attained in all marketing courses presented to fulfill the credit hour requirement in the major. Because the field of marketing is vast and varied, not all courses in the field necessarily have a marketing rubric (e.g., MKTG, MKT, MK, etc.). Therefore, the decision on which course can be considered a marketing course resides with the Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing and the Dean of the College of Business.
College of Business Admission Requirements:
Admission to the College of Business is open to students who have successfully completed the following requirements:
1. Attained at least a 2.0 grade point average on a minimum of 30 semester hours of college credit courses, which must include the following:
a. Freshman Composition (ENGL110 and ENGL111), 6 hours
b. College Algebra (Math135) and Calculus for Business and Social Sciences (MATH203) with a grade of "C" or better, 6 hours
c. Computer Science (CMPS291) with a grade of "C" or better, 3 hours
d. Natural Sciences, 6 hours
Transfer from Other Areas at the University:
Transfer credits are acceptable for degree programs to the extent they represent course requirements in the appropriate curriculum.
Transfer from Other Colleges or Universities:
Students transferring from other approved colleges or universities must meet the general University requirements and the requirements of students transferring from other areas of the University.
The College of Business may decline to accept transfer credits for any course when the grade earned is lower than "C" or for business courses completed at the lower-division level, when the course is offered at the junior or senior level in this college. Transfer credit will be granted for courses taken at an in-state institution based on state transfer and articulation criteria. Transfers from all other institutions will be reviewed on a case by case basis for academic equivalency only when the courses involved and the level of the transfer applicant's achievement in them permit the student to complete satisfactorily remaining upper division professional work.