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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 [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, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, and business. A Bachelor of Science in Sport Science degree with a major in Sport Management 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.


Majors Leading to a Bachelor f Business Administration Degree

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

The business prelaw and international business majors require the completion of a second B.B.A. major. You can change your major or add a second major through the Office of Student Services in Copeland Hall 214.

Major leading to a Bachelor of Science in Sport Science degree

Sport Management


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 under “Business Minor ” within the College of Business  section of the undergraduate catalog.

Because of accreditation standards, students outside the college are allowed to complete only 33 hours of business coursework.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Business

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 requirement for graduation and fulfill a minimum of 128 semester hours of credit with a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all hours attempted. You must also maintain a 2.2 minimum GPA for courses 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 128-hour minimum for the B.B.A. must be chosen so at least 52 semester hours are earned in areas of business and economics, and at least 42 semester hours are earned in nonbusiness areas.

Core Curriculum

The following courses are taken individually: ACCT 1010 , ACCT 1020 ; BA 1000 , BA 1100 , BUSL 2550 ; MGT 3200 ; MGT 4800J MIS 2010 ; QBA 2010 ; and QBA 3710 .

Four business core courses are grouped to form an integrated, 12-hour cluster which includes: FIN 2400  , MGT 2100 , MIS 2020 , and MKT 2400 .

Nonbusiness Requirements

You must complete the following nonbusiness courses:

ENG 1510  or 1610  (for non-native English speakers only) 

MATH 1350 

ECON 1030  and 1040 

Global Perspective
Three options exist:

  1. Completion of a foreign language to 2120 or higher
  2. 6 hours of approved coursework from the following:
    Anthropology: ANTH 3800 , 3810 , 3830 , 3850 
    Communication Studies: COMS 4100 
    World Religions: CLWR 3330 , 3340 , 3350 , 4330 
    Economics: ECON 3530  , 4550 , 4730 , 4740 , 4750 , 4760 
    Geography: GEOG 1200 , 1200 , 3290 , 3310 , 3350 , 3380 
    History: HIST 2460 , 3231 , 3232 , 3250 , 3330 , 3340 , 3355 , 3360 , 3380 , 3381 , 3411 , 3420 , 3440 , 3452 , 3462 , 3481 , 3641 , 3661 , 3731 , 3820 , 3822 , 3831 , 3865 , 3871 , 4902 
    International Studies: INST 1100 , 1400 , 1600 , 2100 , 3201 , 3202 
    Linguistics: LING 2750 
    Political Science: POLS 1500 , 2500 , 4440 , 4310 , 4340 , 4360 , 4410 , 4450 
    Note: Only one of the following may be included in the 6 global hours: HIST 1220 , 1330 
  3. Successful completion of a 9-hour Global Consulting 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.

          Note: The Global Perspective requirement is waived for international students on an F1 visa.

Breadth Cluster: 12 hours

One approved course from each of the following areas:

Ethical Issues

Philosophy:PHIL 1300 

Diversity Issues (Select one of the following)

African American Studies: any course
Art History: AH 4111 
Anthropology: ANTH 3450 
World Religions: CLWR 4350 
Communication Studies: COMS 1100 , 3410 , 4110 , 4200 
English: ENG 3060J , 3250 , 3260 , 3370 , 3390 
Geography: GEOG 3330 
History: HIST 3020 , 3130 3150 , 3200 , 3201 , 3202 , 3270 , 3320 , 3390 , 3601 
Management: MGT 4420 
Political Science: POLS 4067 , 4190 , 4210 
Sport Administration/Sport Management: SASM 4000 
Women’s and Gender studies: any course


If your major is management information systems, management and strategic leadership, business law, international business, entrepreneurship, or business economics, take any 3000- or 4000-level economics course except ECON 3000 , or 3810 . If your major is accounting, finance, or marketing, take ECON 3050  .

Behavioral Science (Select one of the following)

Anthropology: ANTH 1010 
Psychology: PSY 1010 
Sociology: SOC 1000 

Major Courses

Five to ten courses. Varies by major.

Recommended Course Sequence


BA 1000 - Introduction to the College of Business 
BA 1100 - Introduction to Business 
ACCT 1010 - Foundations of Accounting 
ECON 1030 - Principles of Microeconomics 
ECON 1040 - Principles of Macroeconomics 
ENG 1510 - Writing and Rhetoric I  (or International students take ENG 1610 - Freshman Composition: Writing and Rhetoric )
MATH 1350 - Survey of Calculus 

Plus 11 credit hours of approved electives (Tier II, Global Perspective, Breadth Cluster)


ACCT 1020 - Decision Making with Accounting 
MIS 2010 - Introduction to Information Analysis and Design 
QBA 2010 - Introduction to Business Statistics 
BUSL 2550 - Corporate Responsibility in a Legal Environment 

Business Cluster (12) includes the following four courses:

FIN 2400 - Financial Management 
MGT 2100 - Introduction to Management and Organization 
MIS 2020 - Business Information Systems 
MKT 2400 - Introduction to Marketing Management 

Plus 6 credit hours of approved electives


MGT 3200 - Operations Management 
QBA 3710 - Business Analytics 
Approved internship (3)

Plus 25 credit hours of major courses and approved electives


MGT 4800J 

Plus 31 credit hours of major courses and remaining electives

Requirements for all Sport Management Majors:

Sport Management Core Requirements

Complete the following with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course:

ACCT 1010 - Foundations of Accounting 
COMS 1030 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking 
ECON 1000 - Introduction to Economic Concepts 
ENG 1510 - Writing and Rhetoric I 
MATH 1200 - College Algebra 
SASM 1010 - Introduction to Sport Management 
SASM 2250 - History of the Sport Industry 

Acheive and maintain an accumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Sport Management Core Part 1

BUSL 2000 - Law and Society 
FIN 2020 - Foundations of Financial Management 
MGT 2000 - Introduction to Management 
MGT 3000 - Principles of Operations 
MGT 3300 - Human Resource Management 
MIS 2021 - Business Information Systems Nonmajor 
MKT 2020 - Marketing Principles 

Sport Management Core Part 2

SASM 2920 - Practicum in Sport Management 

Sport Management Core Part 3

BUSL 4650 - Law of Sports 
SASM 3010 - Sport Marketing 
SASM 3120 - Sports Governance and Ethics 
SASM 4250 - Financial Issues in Sport 
SASM 4350 - Sport Promotion and Sales Management 
SASM 4760 - Sport Facility and Event Management 
SOC 2330 - Sociology of Sport 

Required Related Courses

Required Related Courses Part 1

PSY 1010 - General Psychology 
SOC 1000 - Introduction to Sociology 

Complete one of the following:

MATH 2500 - Introduction to Statistics 
PSY 2110 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 
QBA 2010 - Introduction to Business Statistics 

Required Related Requirements Part 2

Complete 12 credit hours of SASM 4910 - Internship in Sport Management  or 12 credit hours of any 3000- or 4000-level course from ACCT, BA, BUSL, (not BUSL 4650 - Law of Sports ), COMS, ECON, FIN, JOUR, MGT (not MGT 3000 - Principles of Operations  or MGT 3300 - Human Resource Management ) MKT, COED, and SASM (not SASM 3010 - Sport Marketing , SASM 3120 - Sports Governance and Ethics , SASM 4250 - Financial Issues in Sport , SASM 4350 - Sport Promotion and Sales Management , SASM 4500 - Senior Seminar in Sport Management , or SASM 4760 - Sport Facility and Event Management .

Academic Success Workshops for B.B.A. Freshmen

Freshmen B.B.A. candidates who earn a fall semester GPA of less than 2.5 will be required to attend an academic success workshop. CoB freshmen who earn a spring semester GPA at less than 2.5 will be required to attend an academic success workshop if they have not already attended one. Failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on their academic records, making them unable to register for future classes.

University Probation and Dismissal

Academic Probation

At the close of the semester, the academic record of each enrolled undergraduate student (regardless of student enrollment status) will be reviewed to verify the accumulative GPA. At the time of the review, if you do not have the required 2.0 minimum accumulative GPA, you will be placed on academic probation. To be removed from probation, your accumulative GPA must reach at least a 2.0.

Students with fewer than 90 credit hours earned: If you have fewer than 90 semester credit hours earned and are not removed from probation, you will be continued on probation or academically dismissed. To be continued on probation, you must have either 1) semester GPA at least 2.0 or 2) accumulative GPA equal to or greater than the minimum GPA defined by your hours earned:


Total Hours Earned


Minimum Accumulative GPA to be Continued on Probation

  0 — 29.99   1.6
  30.00 — 59.99   1.8
  60.00 — 89.99   1.9

If you are on probation and fail both of the criteria described above, you will be academically dismissed.

Students with 90 or more semester credit hours earned: If you are on probation in a given semester and you have 90 or more semester credit hours earned at the end of that semester, you must achieve a 2.0 accumulative GPA to avoid academic dismissal.

Retaking a Core Business Course

You will be limited to three attempts (two retakes) 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 1010  and 1020 ; BA 1100 , and MGT 4800J ; BUSL 2550 ; FIN 2400 ; MGT 2100 ; MIS 2010 , QBA 3710 , MIS 2020 ; MKT 2400 ; MGT 3200 ; and QBA 2010 .

FIN 2400 , MGT 2100 , MIS 2020 , and MKT 2400  must be taken in a 12-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.

If you need to retake a core course that is part of a cluster, go to the College’s Office of Student Services in Copeland Hall 214 to obtain permission to get into the appropriate course(s).

Admissions Information

Admissions Information

Enrollment Policies

Freshman Policy

Freshmen planning to earn a B.B.A. will be admitted to the College on a selective basis. Normally, B.B.A. candidates are in the top 20 percent of their high school classes, with a strong college preparatory curriculum. They 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. A student must be enrolled in the College before his/her senior year to allow for the College’s 32-hour residency requirement. A stuent 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 for the purpose of earning a B.B.A. degree. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary.

These are the conditions under which students may transfer into the College of Business to earn a B.B.A. degree:

  1. Your accumulative GPA is no less than 2.75.
  2. You have successfully completed ECON 1030 , MATH 1350 , and ENG 1510  or ENG 1610  and two courses from any combination of the following areas; PSY (except 1110  and 2110 ), HIST, SOC, PHIL, POLS, or ANTH. All but the math and economics courses must have been completed at either Ohio University or another college or university at which English is the language of instruction.

In addition to the above, international students must provide documentation that confirms they have achieved one of the following:

  • A paper-based TOEFL score of at least 525 (no sub-score below 52) or an Internet-based TOEFL of at least 71 (no sub-score below 17).
  • A grade of no less than “C” in OPIE D970  and a grade of no less than “B-” in OPIE D980 .

First year students may apply only during the month of April. Online applications for freshmen are available from April 1 to April 30 at http://aspnet.cob.ohio.edu/advising. The College of Business admissions committee reviews applications after grades are available at the close of spring semester. All applicants will be notified of the final transfer decision by email soon after grades are received. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary to meet enrollment limits.

Students who are sophomores or juniors at the time of application do not use the annual online application process; instead, they may apply any semester and may pick up a transfer application form at Copeland Hall 214 any time during the semester in which they are completing the prerequisite courses listed above. Final transfer decisions will be made each semester soon after grades are available for that semester. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admission as necessary.

A one credit hour course, BA 1000 - Introduction to the College of Business , is required for all students who transfer into the College of Business. This advising-based course must be taken in the student’s first semester of College of Business enrollment. The transfer sections of this course are provided in a single day of instruction which is followed by several assignments that are due by the end of the semester.

Residency Requirement
You must be enrolled in the college before your senior year to allow for the College of Business 32-hour residency requirement. You must earn at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree at Ohio University.

Transferring Into a College of Business B.B.A. Program From Outside Ohio University

Admission to the College of Business B.B.A. programs from an educational institution outside of Ohio University is selective. Application is made through the Ohio University Office of Undergraduate Admissions. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have completed courses equivalent to each of the following four courses:ECON 1030 , ECON 1040 , MATH 1350 , and ENG 1510  or ENG 1610 . They must also have a minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) from the transferring institution. In addition to the above, international students must provide documentation that confirms they have achieved a paper-based TOEFL score of at least 525 (no sub-score below 52) or an Internet-based TOEFL of at least 72 (no sub-score below 17).

Transferring Into the College of Business to Earn a BSSpS Degree:

First-year students interested in the Sport Management program will enter Ohio University with a premajor code of ND8840 (Presport Management). To be admitted into the major, all Ohio University students must apply and be accepted after successful completion of the following admission requirements:

1. Complete the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or higher in each course:

ACCT 1010 - Foundations of Accounting 

ECON 1030 - Principles of Microeconomics 

ENG 1510 - Writing and Rhetoric I MATH 1350 - Survey of Calculus 

MATH 1200 - College Algebra 

SASM 1010 - Introduction to Sport Management 

SASM 2250 - History of the Sport Industry 

Select one course from the following:

COMS 1010 - Fundamentals of Human Communication 

COMS 1030 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking 

2. Achieve and maintain an accumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Upon successful completion of the above requirements, you must seek admission to the major by completing a Sport Management Program Application form that is available at the College of Business Office of Student Services in Copeland Hall 214. The completed form and a current DARS report must be submitted to the College of Business Office of Student Services according to the following schedule:

  • Presport Management Majors - by the end of the third week of the semester following completion of the admission requirements. (note: signature of your presport management advisor is required).
  • All other majors - by the end of the second week of the semester following completion of the admission requirements (note: signature of the sport management department chairperson is required).

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

Special Opportunities

Freshman Honors Program

The Business Honors Program at Ohio University is specially designed for academic-achievement-oriented students with a unique, demanding, engaged, and applied learning experience. Join us at freshmen level for four academically rewarding years with in-depth learning, real-world experience, and much more. As part of the CoB Honors Program, you belong to a highly selective group of students who have access to smaller classes, scholarship opportunities, mentorship opportunities, real-life consulting projects, and one-on-one interaction with top business faculty. For additional information, contact Dr. Hala Annabi at: annabi@ohio.edu.

Select Leadership Development Program

Using Leveraging Principle-Centered Leadership practices and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Select leaders strive for continuous personal and professional development. The program provides students with the opportunity to work on leadership skill development through weekly group meetings, seminars, and executive engagement sessions, during which professionals meet with small groups of select leaders and discuss leadership case studies, problem solving skills, and professionalism. In all sessions, student leaders come prepared with questions and open minds that fuel the sessions. Through the action geams (e.g., service, marketing, professional relations), select leaders are given the opportunity to provide feedback and initiate projects to improve the program as it continues to evolve in the future.

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 Gama Sigma
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
Beta Alpha Psi is a national accounting honorary that elects its members on the basis of scholastic achievement in accountancy courses.

Professional Organizations
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 Association, the International Business Society, the Ohio Management Group, the Ohio University Consulting Group, X-Sell (professional sales), Women in Information Systems, and Sigma ALpha Mu (professional sport management fraternity).

Internships and Career Management

At least one internship is required for all College of Business majors. Multiple internships are encouraged.

The College of Business Career Management Center works in partnership with the Office of Career and Leadership Development to assist students in securing practical experience during their college careers. College of Business faculty and staff members encourage organizations to interview students on campus and work in partnership with the Office of Career Services to refer resumes to interested employers and participate in on-campus recruiting events. 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. 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 Consulting Program offers programs in multiple locations, including Dijon, France; Thessaloniki, Greece; Ancona, Italy; Pécs, Hungary; Wuhan, China; Aalborg, Denmark; Pau, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Students in these programs earn nine credit hours from various courses in business. Highlights include consulting projects with area firms and the opportunity to experience local cultures.

Global Leadership Center

For information about the Global Leadership Center, refer to the program description in the Center for International Studies  section or visit www.ohio.edu/glc.

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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