College of Business

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RBUS 304, (501) 569-3356, (501) 569-8898 (fax), Website, View/Download PDF Version

Stephen Harrow Smith Dean:
Jane Wayland, Professor

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies:
Sonya F. Premeaux

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies:
John R. Hall, Associate Professor

Director of External Relations:

Andrea Angel

Director of Finance:
Laura Webb

Director of Student and Career Services:
Shannon Gwinn

The vision of the College of Business (COB) is to be a catalyst to advance education and economic development in the State of Arkansas. The COB has the distinction of being one of a handful of business schools across the country with two economic development outreach units housed within the college. The Institute of Economic Advancement (IEA) and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) play important roles in advancing economic, entrepreneurial, and other business-critical services across the state.
The mission of the College of Business is to prepare students to succeed as business professionals in a global economy and to contribute to the growth and viability of the region we serve. The mission is supported by:

  • An application-oriented, high quality curriculum;
  • Applied and pedagogical research; and
  • A range of outreach services to the external community.

Students may pursue programs of study in several fields of specialty within business. The curricula provide a foundation for entry into management, professional practice, and graduate study.

General Information

The College is made up of five departments: Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, Business Information Systems, and Marketing and Advertising. All majors are awarded the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Requirements for degree programs are listed in the departmental sections of this catalog.

Students in the College select a major from one of the programs. A separate minor is not required. The business courses in the pre- business block and the professional business core serve as the minor for purposes of graduation grade point requirements. All departments in the College offer minors for students whose major field is in another college. Minor requirements are listed in the departmental sections of this catalog.
All students in the College must complete the University core curriculum requirements. In addition, business students complete the pre-business block of courses and the professional business core courses. A group of restricted and/or free electives, also required, varies by major. See the departmental sections for course requirements for each major.

At the graduate level, the College offers the Master of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy, and the Master of Science in Management Information Systems. See the UALR Graduate Catalog for information about these programs.

The programs of the COB are accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

COB Admission Requirements

To be accepted into any program in the COB, the student must have completed MATH 1302 College Algebra and RHET 1312 Composition II, with a grades of C or greater, and have a minimum of 2.25 overall GPA (at UALR or transferring school) or 2.25 overall GPA on the most recently completed 15 hours at UALR. The GPA on the most recent 15 hours will be calculated on all hours attempted during the semester(s) in which the 15-hour requirement is met.

COB Upper-Level Credit Policies

Credit for an upper-level business course is not granted if students complete such courses before accumulating 54 semester credit hours.

Credit is not granted toward a degree for any business course taken without the prerequisites stated in this catalog.

Credit for an upper-level business course is not granted if students complete such courses before accumulating 54 semester credit hours. Credit is not granted toward a degree for any business course taken without the prerequisites stated in this catalog. Students may be administratively withdrawn from courses for which they are enrolled without the prerequisites.

Transfer of Credits

In general, credits earned with a grade of C or greater at other appropriately accredited institutions may be transferred for credit toward majors and minors offered by the College, unless otherwise noted within departmental sections.

Credits for upper-level business courses completed at schools not accredited by AACSB International are withheld pending review and validation by the department offering the course(s).

Credits earned at community colleges in business courses offered by UALR at the upper-level are not transferable toward a business degree. Students must complete at UALR at least 50 percent of the major department degree requirements and at least 50 percent of all COB courses required for a business degree.

Transfer students must make an appointment with the Advising Center in the College’s Center for Student and Career Services prior to their first registration.

Concurrent and Transient Enrollment

The general policy is that students seeking UALR business degrees are expected to meet COB degree requirements with courses taken at UALR. Under exceptional circumstances a student may be permitted to take a course at another institution. Written permission to take a course at another institution must be obtained in advance from the major department chairperson and the College dean. Appropriate request forms may be obtained from the Office of Records and Registration.

Student Advisement and Information

The College of Business Center for Student and Career Services is an essential resource for all undergraduates in the College of Business. Within the Center, the College offers a comprehensive program of student advisement through its Advising Center, providing information on all College of Business majors’ degree requirements, help with transfer course evaluations, admissions, and all academic advising from declaring a major to graduation. All students must meet with an advisor prior to registration.

The Advising Center seeks to provide academic advising to all College of Business undergraduates with the goal of promoting student learning and development. By combining theory with practice, the center helps students develop a balanced portfolio of academic, career readiness and leadership skills to place them on the path to professional success. The Center’s staff does this by focusing on strong academic advising, joining with Career Services to develop industry and career knowledge, as well as personal development and image enhancement.

The Center is located in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business and Economic Development Suite 109C.

Preparation for Secondary Education with Business Emphasis

Students preparing for careers in secondary education with an emphasis in business education should complete one of the majors offered by the COB before entering the master of education (M.Ed.) in secondary education program with an emphasis in business education. Business courses required for licensure are offered by the COB. Students should consult the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education regarding licensure requirements.

Business Studies Options for Non-business Majors

The College of Business offers options in business studies for students with majors in other colleges. These are:

  • Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences may choose a minor field concentration in business. Students interested in this option should contact the Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at (501) 569-3312.
  • Academic minors are offered in each of the departments of the COB. Consult the departmental entries.

First-Year Experience Business Course

BSAD 1300 Introduction to Business
No Prerequisites. BSAD 1300 is an introduction to business as a profession. It is designed to be team-taught by faculty from different areas of business to provide an overview of management in organizations, leadership, human resources, financial management, accounting, production, and marketing, as well as the global dimensions of business and their social responsibilities. The course includes industry visits and invited talks by business experts. The overarching goal of the course is to introduce the student to the various dimensions of business and to help them to identify areas of study that are of particular personal interest. Two hours lecture, one hour lab, three credit hours.


Department Catalog Links

Department of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Department of Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Management Information Systems
Department of Economics and Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Economics
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Finance
Department of Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Management
Department of Marketing and Advertising
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Advertising/Public Relations
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing
International Business (Interdisciplinary)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business