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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [Archived Catalog]

College of Business

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Copeland Hall
Phone: 740.593.2000
Fax:  740.593.9823

Hugh Sherman, Dean
Ken Cutright, Associate Dean
John Day, Associate Dean
Michael Bila, Assistant Dean, Office of Student Services

To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor from the Office of Student Services, call 740.593.2000.


The College of Business provides a distinctive learning environment that actively engages students, faculty members, and the business community in developing the knowledge and skills needed for success in today’s complex, global economy.

This learning environment results in graduates who possess: a) the ability to apply a holistic, integrated approach to business problems; b) the communication, leadership, team and technological skills needed to succeed in their business careers; c) an understanding of how to work with people from other cultures and to operate effectively in other countries; and d) an understanding of the social responsibilities of corporations and the ability to evaluate the ethical dimensions of decision making.

The academic departments offer major fields of study in accounting, business prelaw, finance, general business, international business, management, management information systems, and marketing. A major in business economics is also available.

The College of Business has been an accredited member of the AACSB—The Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business—since 1950. The School of Accountancy received separate AACSB accounting accreditation in 1995.



All B.B.A. candidates must complete a core of courses covering the tools of analysis and the operational fields of business, plus the requirements for one of the following majors:

Business Economics
Business Prelaw
General Business
International Business
Management and Strategic Leadership
Management Information Systems

The Business Prelaw and International Business majors require the completion of a second major. You can change your major or add a second major through the Office of Student Services in Copeland Hall 214.


College of Business students may choose to complete a minor offered by another area within the University.

Students who are not enrolled in the College of Business may complete a business minor. Requirements for the minor are listed in the Business Minor program, within the College of Business.

Because of accreditation standards, students outside the College are allowed to complete only 44 hours of business coursework.

College Requirements

Requirements for All B.B.A. Majors

As a candidate for the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree, you must complete the University’s General Education requirements for graduation and fulfill a minimum of 192 quarter hours of credit with a GPA of 2.0 for all hours attempted. You must also maintain a 2.0 GPA for courses taken in business and economics, and a 2.2 GPA for courses in your major. The College of Business limits transfer credit for required business courses taken at a lower level to such courses as it offers at that lower level. Other transfer credits accepted by the University are evaluated as either business or nonbusiness electives.

Courses included in the 192-hour minimum for the B.B.A. must be chosen so at least 79 quarter hours are earned in areas of business and economics, and at least 80 quarter hours are earned in nonbusiness areas.

Core Curriculum

The following courses are taken individually: B A 100A, 100B, 325J, 470; ACCT 101, 102; MIS 201B; QBA 201; BUSL 255; FIN 325; and OPN 310.

At the sophomore level, four business core courses are grouped with a four-credit cluster project course (B A 340) to form an integrated, 20-hour cluster which includes:

MGT 240, MKT 240, MIS 202, FIN 240 and B A 340

Core cluster sections are identified in each quarter’s Schedule of Classes under the “Business Cluster” section. Every business student must complete these courses in the cluster format.

Students enrolling on the regional campuses will take these courses individually, followed by a 4-credit cluster project course (B A 340).

Nonbusiness Requirements

You must complete the following nonbusiness courses:

ENG 151 or 152 or 153

Math 163A and 250

Econ 103 and 104

Global Perspective
Three options exist:

  1. Completion of a foreign language to 213 or higher
  2. 12 hours of approved coursework from the following:
    ANTH 381, 383, 385, 388
    CLWR 311, 321, 331, 341
    ECON 353
    FR 348
    GEOG 330, 331, 335, 338
    HIST 123, 133, 246, 265A, 323A, 323B, 323C, 323D, 325, 332, 333, 334, 336A, 336B, 337A, 337B, 337C, 338, 338A, 341A, 341B, 341C, 342A, 342B, 343, 344A, 344B, 344C, 345A, 345B, 345C, 346C, 346D, 346E, 348A, 348B, 353C, 364B, 366B, 368B, 373B, 375, 377, 382A, 382B, 382C, 382D, 392C, 426, 449
    INST 103, 113, 118, 121
    JPC 250
    POLS 432, 434, 435, 441, 445, 447A
    RUS 348
    SPAN 348, 349
    Note: Only one of the following may be included in the 12 global hours: HIST 123, 133
  3. Successful completion of a 12-hour Global Competitiveness Program experience (contact the College of Business Center for International Business at 740.593.2021 for more information about this option) or another approved international experience.

Breadth Cluster: 16 hours

One approved course from each of the following areas:

Ethical Issues

PHIL 130

Diversity Issues

AAS 106, 150, 220, 250, 341, 345, 350, 352, 482
ANTH 345
COMS 420
HIST 302, 313, 315B, 320B
HLTH 427
POLS 306, 319, 323, 420, 478
SOC 309
WS 100, 200


If your major is accounting, management information systems, management, business law, general business, international business, entrepreneurship, or business economics, take any 300- or 400-level economics course except ECON 300, 307, or 381. If your major is finance or marketing, take ECON 305.

Behavioral Science

ANTH 101
PSY 101
SOC 101

Recommended Course Sequence

B A 100A
B A 100B
ACCT 101
ECON 103
ECON 104
ENG 151, 152, or 153 (one of these)
MATH 250
Approved electives (nonbusiness requirements) Credit hours: 22
Note: see Freshman Drop Policy

ACCT 102
MIS 201B
QBA 201
BUSL 255
Business Cluster (prerequisites are ACCT 101, ACCT 102, ECON 104, MIS 201B, PRCM 150 and MATH 250)

B A 340
FIN 240
MGT 240
MIS 202
MKT 240

Approved electives (nonbusiness requirements) Credit hours: 8

FIN 325
OPN 310
Major courses and approved electives. Credit hours: 40

B A 470
Major courses and remaining electives. Credit hours: 44

Freshman Drop Policy, Academic Probation, and Dismissal

In addition to the University regulations listed in the Academic Policies and Procedures section, the College has established probation and drop regulations.

Freshman Drop Policy

Any freshman admitted to the College of Business on the Athens campus during the fall quarter will be dropped from the College of Business if he or she has earned less than a 2.5 accumulative GPA after his or her first three academic quarters.

Grades will be reviewed at the end of spring quarter. Freshmen with an accumulative GPA less than 2.5 at that time will have a hold put on their academic records, making them unable to register for future classes until they transfer out of the College of Business and into another Ohio University college.

Students who are dropped from the College of Business may apply for transfer into the College of Business once their GPA is over 2.5.

Note: COB freshmen who earn a fall quarter GPA of less than 2.75 will be required to attend an academic success workshop.

College Probation and Dismissal

At the close of a quarter in which your accumulative GPA falls below a 2.0, you will be placed on college probation. You will remain on college probation until your accumulative GPA is above 2.0, but for no longer than two quarters. If you have not raised your accumulative GPA to at least 2.0 after two quarters of college probation, you will be dismissed from the College of Business. If you are dismissed from the College of Business with a GPA based on these college probation standards, but do not qualify for academic dismissal under the University standards, you might be able to transfer into another college within Ohio University. At that time the Ohio University standards for University-level academic probation and dismissal will apply.

It is important to be aware that the minimum academic standards for the College of Business are at a higher level than the minimum academic standards for Ohio University. Please familiarize yourself with the University policy for academic probation and dismissal, which can be found in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

Retaking a Core Course

You will be limited to three attempts at the College’s core courses. If you have made three unsuccessful attempts at a required core course, you will be notified that you have been dropped from the College.

To attempt a course is to be enrolled long enough for the course to appear on the transcript or grade report. A letter grade, W, WP, WF, or grade replacement counts as an attempt. Attempts at another institution count toward the limit if you take the course as a transient student after enrollment in the College of Business.

Core courses include ACCT 101 and 102; B A 100A, 100B, 340, and 470; BUSL 255; FIN 240; MGT 240; MIS 201B, 202; MKT 240; OPN 310; PRCM 150, 325J; and QBA 201.

For students on the Athens campus, B A 340, FIN 240, MGT 240, MIS 202, and MKT 240 must be taken in a 20-credit cluster during the late sophomore/early junior year (see recommended course sequence). Students failing one course in the cluster will be required to retake the course in a stand-alone or other equivalent form. Students failing more than one course in the cluster might be required to retake the entire cluster. This does not apply to students on the regional campuses, who will fulfill the cluster requirement via the four-credit B A 340 cluster project course.

If you need to retake a core course that is part of a cluster, go to the College’s Office of Student Services to determine what needs to be done and obtain permission to get into the appropriate class(es).

Admission Information

Enrollment Policies

Freshman Policy

Freshmen will be admitted to the College on a selective basis. Normally, you will need to be in the top 20 percent of your high school class, with a strong college preparatory curriculum. You are expected to have above-average ACT or SAT scores and also have demonstrated leadership potential through participation in extracurricular activities or work experience. Members of groups that are historically underrepresented in business will receive special consideration.

Transfer Policy

Any student considering transfer to the College of Business is strongly encouraged to contact the College’s Office of Student Services as early as possible. You must be enrolled in the College before your senior year to allow for the College’s 48-hour residency requirement. You must earn at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree at Ohio University.

Transferring From Within Ohio University
The College of Business allows a limited number of students from other Ohio University academic colleges to apply for transfer into the College of Business. It should be noted that the transfer requirements and process differ for students at the end of their freshmen years and students at the end of their sophomore and junior years. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary.

Transferring Into the College of Business AT THE END OF THE FRESHMAN YEAR: Applications will be accepted annually at the end of the freshman year. There are two conditions under which such students will be transferred into the College of Business:

  1. You have an accumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 and have completed ECON 103, ECON, 104, MATH 163A, and ENG 151 or (ENG 152 or ENG 153)
  2. You have an accumulative GPA of no less than 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA or higher in ECON 103, ECON, 104, MATH 163A, and ENG 151 or (ENG 152 or ENG 153)

Online applications for transfer into the College will be accepted from freshmen during the month of May at the following URL: http://www.cob.ohiou.edu/transferapplication. The College admissions committee reviews applications at the close of spring quarter. All applicants will be notified of the final transfer decision by mail around July 15. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary.

Transferring Into the College of Business DURING THE SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR YEARS: Applications will be accepted quarterly from sophomores and juniors who have met either of the following conditions:

  1. You have an accumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 and have completed ECON 103, ECON, 104, MATH 163A, and ENG 151 or (ENG 152 or ENG 153)
  2. You have an accumulative GPA of no less than 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA or higher in ECON 103, ECON, 104, MATH 163A, and ENG 151 or (ENG 152 or ENG 153)

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: You must be enrolled in the College before your senior year to allow for the College of Business 48-hour residency requirement. You must earn at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree at Ohio University.

The Sophomore/Junior Transfer Application
Sophomores and juniors may pick up a transfer application at Copeland Hall 214 any time during the quarter. Final transfer decisions will be made as soon as possible during the quarter. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary.

Advising-Based Course Required for All Transfer Students
A one-credit-hour course. “Introduction to the College of Business for Transfer Students” (currently numbered B A 497) is required for all transfer students as a substitute for B A 100A and B A 100B. The course must be taken the first quarter of College of Business enrollment. It is a seminar course in which all instruction is given in one day with several assignments due by the end of the quarter. Students whose transfer applications are accepted will be instructed on how to register for this course.

Transferring Into the College of Business From Outside Ohio University
Admission to the College of Business from an educational institution outside of Ohio University is selective. Application is made through the Ohio University Office of Admissions. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have completed courses equivalent to each of the following four courses: ECON 103, ECON 104, ENG (151, 152, or 153), and MATH 163A. They must also have a minimum accumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from the transferring institution.

To transfer from another university, submit the standard documents required by the Office of Admissions. You will be notified as early as possible of the admission decision.

Special Opportunities

Honorary and Professional Organizations

The College of Business seeks to improve the quality of its programs and provide educational development opportunities for its students through its honorary and professional organizations.

Beta Gamma Sigma, the national scholarship society founded in 1913 to encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment among students of business administration, has an active chapter at Ohio University. Beta Alpha Psi is a national accounting honorary that elects its members on the basis of scholastic achievement in accountancy courses.

Students also are encouraged to participate in student professional organizations, including Alpha Kappa Psi (a professional business fraternity), Alpha Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Pi (a professional business fraternity), Phi Alpha Delta (a national prelaw fraternity), Phi Gamma Nu (a professional business fraternity), Gamma Iota Sigma (an insurance fraternity), the Accounting Club, the American Marketing Association, the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs, the Association of Information Technology Professionals, Black Student Business Caucus, Christian Business Leaders, COB Connect (alumni relations), the Financial Management Society, the International Business Society, the Management Science Society, the Society for Advancement of Management, the Society for Human Resource Management, X-Sell (professional sales), and the M.B.A. Student Association.

Career Resources

The College of Business offers an internship program to assist students in securing practical experience during their college careers. In today’s job market, recent graduates are expected to have job-related experience. Internships are available for all College of Business majors, and undergraduates can earn academic credit for career-related job experience. Multiple internships are encouraged.

The Career Resources Office of the College of Business encourages organizations to interview students on campus and works in partnership with the Ohio University Office of Career Services to refer resumes to interested employers. Many companies seeking interns or offering full-time positions partner with the College. Company representatives offer professional development seminars and workshops, and participate in class projects and student organization programs. A small sampling of participating companies includes: Cardinal Health, AT&T Network Systems, The Handleman Company, Philip Morris, Progressive Insurance, University Directories, Bisys Fund Services, Enterprise Rent a Car, JC Penney, Wal-Mart, Ford Motor Company, American Electric Power, Wachovia Corporation, Wells Fargo, Cohen & Company, American Management Systems, Bank One, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, J.M. Smucker Company, KPMG, National City Corporation, Nationwide Insurance, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Cintas, CDW, and EDS. In addition, the College hosts an Internship Fair each year. There have been a growing number of companies expressing interest in our students and attending the fair. 

International Experiences

The Center for International Business Education and Development offers international experience opportunities for students in the College of Business. The Global Competitiveness Program offers programs in multiple locations, including Dijon, France; Leipzig, Germany; Thessaloniki, Greece; Ancona, Italy; Pécs, Hungary; Wuhan, China; Aalborg, Denmark; and Pau, France. Students in these programs earn 12 credit hours from various courses in business. Highlights include consulting projects with area firms and the opportunity to experience local cultures.

London Program

Another program offered by the Center for International Business Education and Development during first summer session each year is the London Program. Students in this program earn eight credit hours. This program is open to students across the University.

For more information, contact:

Director, Center for International Business Education and Development
Copeland Hall 514C
Telephone: 740.593.2021
Fax: 740.593.1388

International Exchange Programs

The College of Business has exchange programs with Amsterdam School of Business, the Netherlands; University of Limburg, Belgium; Sup de Co Rennes, France; Sup de Co Clermont, France; Helsinki School of Economics, Finland; University of Vaasa, Finland; Asturias Business School, Spain; and Kiel University, Germany. Students at the junior and senior levels may spend a semester or a year (two semesters) at one of these schools and receive credit for core and elective business courses in the Ohio University curriculum.

Language requirements vary, as many courses are taught in English.

Tuition is paid directly to Ohio University at current rates. You pay your own living costs (travel, room, board, books, insurance, personal needs, etc.).

For more information, contact:

Director, Center for International Business Education and Development
Copeland Hall 514C
Telephone: 740.593.2021
Fax: 740.593.1388

For additional information about education abroad, refer to “Office of Education Abroad” in the Academic Opportunities - Universitywide section.

You may receive credit for other overseas programs offered by Ohio University or other U.S. colleges after making arrangements with your advisor and the College’s Office of Student Services.

Global Leadership Center

For information about the Global Leadership Center, refer to the program description in the Scripps College of Communication section or visit http://www.ohio.edu/glc/.

College Highlights

Advisory Committees

The Executive Advisory Board of the College of Business, the formal external arm of the college, serves as a representative of the business community at large. The Board is a group of professionals, managers, and executives who review and advise the College on activities necessary to accomplish college missions, from the perspective of the business community. The Board meets with the dean, faculty, and students twice a year to give advice on college programs. Members are often on campus to speak to student organizations or classes and to participate in special college programs. The Board is extremely helpful to the College’s continuing efforts to maintain excellence in education for future business leaders.

The Society of Alumni and Friends of the College of Business, made up of graduates, friends, and former students of the College, functions as the alumni relations arm of the College. Since 1982, this society has provided innovative and meaningful alumni involvement in sponsorship, planning and support, alumni awards, recruitment, etc. The 12-member board of directors of the society formally meets on the Athens campus twice a year and initiates yearly alumni receptions in many other cities.


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