Business Administration


BA - Program Requirements

Linda McKinley-Grider, MPS, Chair, School of Business

Center for Entrepreneurship
(270) 384-7385    
griderl@lindsey.edu

Linda McKinley-Grider, MPS, Program Coordinator, School of Business

Center for Entrepreneurship
(270) 384-7385    
griderl@lindsey.edu

Full-time program faculty:  Katie M. Curry, MAcc; Tim Curry, MS; Al Eferstein, MPA; Richard P. Hagan, MS; John Howery, MBA; Sheron Lawson, DIBA; Linda McKinley-Grider, MPS; Trudy Morlino, PhD; Mohammad Pourheydarian, PhD; Michael Starr, MBA; Thomas Taylor, PhD

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Business is to prepare students for employment in business, accounting, and computer information systems; to pursue career paths of increasing professional and managerial responsibility; to apply to graduate programs in business, accounting or other professional schools; and to sit for various professional certifications.  Consistent with the historical mission of Lindsey Wilson College as a teaching institution, the School of Business is committed to the growth and development of students through classroom instruction and through the fostering of an appreciation for lifelong learning.

In addition to the College’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, our well-balanced and academically sound bachelor’s degree program in business is fully accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).  The Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation, Tourism & Sport Management is not accredited by IACBE.  

The bachelor’s degree in Business Administration offers students a common core of coursework and a choice of four emphasis areas:  Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Marketing, and Management.  The Management emphasis allows students to choose among concentrations in general management, entrepreneurial management, human resources, and lean systems.  In addition, a certificate in Cybersecurity is offered.

Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.

Students should note that the entrepreneurial and lean systems concentrations within the Management emphasis provide fewer than the required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level coursework, therefore students will need to complete additional 3000-4000 level coursework to meet this requirement.

Program Requirements:  72-78 hours

Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s prerequisite and core requirements, must select one of its four emphasis areas (Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Marketing, Management), and must complete the requirements for that area.

A.         Prerequisite:  3 hours

  • Writing Studies II (ENGL 1023) is a prerequisite for BUSI 2303 – 3 hours

B.         Core Requirements:  45-48 hours

  • College Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for ACCT 2113, ECON 2033, ECON 2043, and ECON 2203 unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 2113) – 3 hours
  • Managerial Accounting (ACCT 2123) – 3 hours
  • Business Communication (BUSI 2303) – 3 hours
  • Business Law (BUSI 2713) – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Management (BUSI 2903) – 3 hours
  • Business Computer Applications (BUSI 3503) – 3 hours
  • Principles of Finance (BUSI 3533) – 3 hours
  • Principles of Marketing (BUSI 3933) – 3 hours
  • Business Ethics & Values (BUSI 4783) – 3 hours
  • Business Policy (BUSI 4793) – 3 hours
  • Computer Concepts & Applications (CIS 1003) – 3 hours
  • Microeconomics (ECON 2033) – 3 hours
  • Macroeconomics (ECON 2043) – 3 hours
  • Statistics for Business & Economics I (ECON 2203) – 3 hours
  • Statistics for Business & Economics II (ECON 3203) – 3 hours

C.          Emphasis Area (select one of the following areas):  24-27 hours

1  Accounting Emphasis Requirements:  27 hours

  • Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 3113) – 3 hours
  • Intermediate Accounting II (ACCT 3123) – 3 hours
  • Cost Accounting (ACCT 3303) – 3 hours
  • Taxation I: Taxation of Individuals (ACCT 3453) – 3 hours
  • Accounting Information Systems (ACCT 3973) – 3 hours
  • Auditing (ACCT 4353) – 3 hours
  • Taxation II: Taxation of Business Entities (ACCT 4453) – 3 hours
  • Advanced Accounting (ACCT 4553) – 3 hours
  • Quantitative Business Research Methods (BUSI 4623)  or  Operations Management (BUSI 4763) – 3 hours

Note:        The Commonwealth of Kentucky State Board of Accountancy (and most other states) requires Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) examination candidates to have completed a bachelor’s degree from a recognized and accredited college or university.  The Lindsey Wilson College Business Administration-Accounting emphasis program provides the required hours in accounting and business to sit for the CPA/CMA exams.  To qualify for CPA certification, students must also complete additional undergraduate hours to accumulate at least 150 college credit hours.  Students who intend to pursue a CPA or CMA designation should keep the Board’s requirements in mind.

2  Computer Information Systems Emphasis Requirements:  27 hours

  • Visual Basic Programming (CIS 2703) – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Computational Science (CIS/MATH/PHYS 2713) – 3 hours
  • Web Design (CIS 3003) – 3 hours
  • Web Applications I (CIS 3013) – 3 hours
  • Database Applications I (CIS 3023) – 3 hours
  • Web Applications II (CIS 4013) – 3 hours
  • Database Applications II (CIS 4023) – 3 hours
  • Capstone Project (CIS 4033) – 3 hours
  • Management Information Systems (BUSI 3973) – 3 hours

3 – Marketing Emphasis Requirements:  24 hours

  • Consumer Behavior (BUSI 3103) – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Marketing Research (BUSI 3303) – 3 hours
  • Digital Marketing (BUSI 3403) – 3 hours
  • Integrated Marketing Communications (BUSI 3513) – 3 hours
  • International Marketing (BUSI 3943) – 3 hours
  • Topics in Marketing (BUSI 3TX3) – 3 hours
  • Marketing Capstone Project (BUSI 4103) – 3 hours
  • 3000-4000 level elective (ACCT, BUSI, CIS, ECON) – 3 hours

4  Management Emphasis Requirements (select one of the following concentrations):  24 hours

4a – General Management

  • Small Business Management (BUSI 2933) – 3 hours
  • Personnel Management (BUSI 3953) – 3 hours
  • Management Information Systems (BUSI 3973) – 3 hours
  • International Business Operations (BUSI 3993) – 3 hours
  • Quantitative Business Research Methods (BUSI 4623) – 3 hours
  • Operations Management (BUSI 4763) – 3 hours
  • Human Relations in Business (BUSI 4773) – 3 hours
  • 3000-4000 level elective (ACCT, BUSI, CIS, ECON) – 3 hours

4b – Entrepreneurial Management

  • Entrepreneurship (BUSI 2203) – 3 hours
  • Entrepreneurship Project (BUSI 2216)  or  Entrepreneurship Internship (BUSI PN06) – 6 hours
  • Small Business Management (BUSI 2933) – 3 hours
  • Personnel Management (BUSI 3953)  or  Human Relations in Business (BUSI 4773) – 3 hours  
  • Management Information Systems (BUSI 3973) – 3 hours
  • Quantitative Business Research Methods (BUSI 4623)  or  Operations Management (BUSI 4763) – 3 hours
  • 3000-4000 level elective (ACCT, BUSI, CIS, ECON) – 3 hours

4c  Human Resources Management

  • Employee & Labor Relations (BUSI 3603) – 3 hours
  • Personnel Management (BUSI 3953) – 3 hours
  • Management Information Systems (BUSI 3973) – 3 hours
  • Acquiring & Developing Talent (Workforce Planning) (BUSI 3983) – 3 hours
  • International Business Operations (BUSI 3993) – 3 hours
  • Compensation & Benefits (BUSI 4603) – 3 hours
  • Quantitative Business Research Methods (BUSI 4623)  or  Operations Management (BUSI 4763) – 3 hours
  • Human Relations in Business (BUSI 4773) – 3 hours

Note:        The Lindsey Wilson College School of Business’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management has aligned its curriculum with 448 programs in 336 institutions in accordance with the HR Curriculum Handbook which defines the HR content areas that should be studied by HR students according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  These guidelines, which were created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013, are part of SHRM’s initiative to define HR education standards taught in Schools of Business and to help develop degree programs that follow these standards.  Lindsey Wilson College originally presented its curriculum and was approved in 2012.

        Beginning with the winter 2017 testing window, students enrolled in an HR degree program at an educational institution aligned to SHRM’s core curriculum guidelines (SHRM HR Curriculum Guidelines) will be able to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam.  Speak with an HRM faculty member concerning additional requirements.

4d  Lean Systems Management

  • Lean Systems (BUSI 2106) – 6 hours
  • Lean Leadership (BUSI 2206) – 6 hours
  • Personnel Management (BUSI 3953) – 3 hours
  • Management Information Systems (BUSI 3973) – 3 hours
  • Quantitative Business Research Methods (BUSI 4623) – 3 hours
  • 3000-4000 level elective (ACCT, BUSI, CIS, ECON) – 3 hours

Exit Assessment

All business administration majors are required to take the ETS Major Fields Test in Business during the final semester of their senior year.  Examinees pay a fee of approximately $25.

Certificate in Cybersecurity

The purpose of the certificate is to provide the opportunity for undergraduate students who are pursuing computer information coursework or practicing IT professionals to complement their existing skills with a highly desirable certification which employers are seeking.

Curriculum – Cybersecurity Certificate:  22 hours

  • Computing Fundamentals (CIS 1013) – 3 hours
  • Networking (CIS 2064) – 4 hours
  • Windows & Linux Administration (CIS 2103) – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Computational Science (CIS/MATH/PHYS 2713) – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity (CIS 3103) – 3 hours
  • Advanced Cybersecurity (CIS 3203) – 3 hours
  • Ethical Hacking (CIS 3303) – 3 hours

Curriculum – Cybersecurity Certificate for IT Professionals:  12 hours

  • Windows & Linux Administration (CIS 2103) – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity (CIS 3103) – 3 hours
  • Advanced Cybersecurity (CIS 3203) – 3 hours
  • Ethical Hacking (CIS 3303) – 3 hours

Admission Requirements

New students who wish to apply for an undergraduate certificate program must submit the following:

  1. A completed Application for Admission (available online);
  2. A high school transcript, or a college transcript if the applicant has earned credit from another institution of higher learning, including dual credit or AP (Advanced Placement) coursework; and
  3. A resume.