The College of Business is made up of three
major Departments: Accounting, Business
Law & Finance
, Decision Sciences & Economics
and Management & Marketing
& Business Law
The Department of Accounting and Business Law (ACCBL) has ten
full-time faculty members teaching undergraduate and graduate
classes in accounting and business law. Both a baccalaureate
degree and a masters degree are offered in accounting. Students
may also pursue a minor in accounting.
The accounting major is designed to provide entry-level knowledge,
skills and concepts to prepare students for professional careers
in accounting. These careers are generally in four broad areas:
public accounting, management accounting, government and not-for-profit
accounting, and accounting education. An accounting career can
include such activities as auditing, budgeting, cost management,
financial analysis, tax planning and compliance, and design
and analysis of financial systems.
Practicing accountants generally acquire one or more certifications
available to members of the profession. The most common certification
is the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), conferred by the State
Board of Public Accountancy of the state in which the individual
maintains his or her license. Other certifications include the
Certified Management Accountant (CMA), the Certified Internal
Auditor (CIA), and the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy has set the minimum
educational requirements for taking the CPA examination at 150
semester hours. Students aspiring to an accounting career should
give serious consideration to pursuing advanced studies at the
graduate level to enhance their potential for a successful accounting
The Department of Accounting and Business Law supports the
missions of the College and University by focusing on the higher
educational needs of accounting students in the region. Programs
are designed to help students advance their education in accounting
to become more productive citizens, further they accounting
careers, and pursue advanced studies within a changing global
environment. Based on a broad business core, the Bachelor of
Business Administration with a major in Accounting (BBA-Accounting)
prepares graduates for entry positions in industry, government,
and not-for-profit organizations. The Master of Accountancy
(MAcc) program offers advanced accounting studies. The Professional
Program in Accounting (PPA) provides a more focused degree path
for obtaining the undergraduate and graduate accounting degrees.
To meet the educational qualifications necessary to qualify
as a candidate to take the Uniform CPA Examination for the State
of Texas, accounting students need coursework beyond the bachelor's
degree. Both the MAcc and PPA academically qualify students
for and encourage students and graduates to sit for the Uniform
CPA Examination in the State of Texas.
Student learning is the highest priority of the Department.
To that end, the Department emphasizes intellectual contributions
of applied scholarship and instructional development. The Department
supports faculty development, community service and involvement
in professional organizations resulting in service to key stakeholders.
The Department solicits input from its primary stakeholders
to continuously improve its programs.
Economics, and Decision Sciences
The Department of Finance, Economics, and Decision Sciences
(FEDS) includes the academic disciplines of economics, finance,
management information systems, operations management and business
statistics. The Department has sixteen full-time faculty members
teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in these areas.
Majors and minors are offered in Economics, Finance, and Management
The economics major is designed to provide students with a
solid foundation in the theory and applications of economics
in preparation for their chosen profession. Possible career
opportunities for graduates include entry-level positions as
research and financial analysts in the business and government
sectors; and brokerage and currency traders in the financial
and banking sectors. In addition, the economics major offers
an excellent preparation for graduate studies in law, economics,
and other business disciplines.
The courses required for a finance major are designed to help
students prepare for careers in Corporate Financial Management,
Investment Planning, Brokerage, Insurance, Commercial Banking,
Real Estate and other similar fields. Core courses in finance
provide students with a background in security analysis and
investments, portfolio management, and financial planning and
analysis. The curriculum also covers monetary policy, banking,
financial markets, financial reporting, statement analysis,
and risk management. Students may select finance electives in
their area of interest such as insurance, real estate, accounting,
or expand their knowledge in investments or financial analysis.
The MIS program supports students and professionals in their
applied use of computers. Information systems supports a variety
of business activities using computer systems, but it is not
intended to prepare software developers.
The Department of Marketing and Management offers a major in
marketing and a major in management. Within the management area
the Department offers concentrations in General Management,
Human Resource Management, and Health Care Management. The Department
has eleven full-time faculty who teach both undergraduate and
The marketing major is well prepared to assume positions at
the corporate and small business level. Marketing graduates
are employed in well compensated positions in sales, research,
retail management, and related fields. General Management graduates
are able to move into management training positions at the corporate
level and manage small businesses. Human Resource graduates
are prepared to accept the responsibility of employment in human
resource departments in both profit and not for profit organizations.