College of Business

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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:
Renee Perkins

Director of Student and Career Services:
Shannon Gwinn

The College of Business provides quality business education, delivered by research engaged faculty in partnership with the business community, to prepare students for professional careers and enhance regional economic development.. 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 College works to:

  • provide students with core business competency, discipline based knowledge, and demonstrable, practical skills to enable/improve their professional careers;
  • involve students in experiential and application based learning through partnerships with the business community and external constituents; and
  • support students’ professional development opportunities through the Student and Career Services Center and engagement with external partners.

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 offering degrees in fourteen programs: Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, Business Information Systems, and Marketing and Advertising. Students in the College select a major from one of the programs, and all majors are awarded the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Requirements for degree programs are listed in the departmental sections of this catalog 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. The College also requires completion of a co-curricular program, Career Catalyst. All majors in the College are required to participate in the program, designed to support students’ professional development and career readiness. Early in the degree program students register for BSAD 2010, a zero-credit hour introduction to the program. Over the time a student is a COB major, he or she will complete at least one career development activity in each of five Catalyst areas. In the semester a student applies for graduation he or she also registers for BSAD 4010, another zero credit hour course, to certify completion of the Catalyst requirements. Registering for BSAD 2010 and BSAD 4010 and completing the program are required for graduation with a College of Business BBA in any major.

At the graduate level, the College offers the Master of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy, and the Master of Science in Business 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 grade 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. 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 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 and Health Professions 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 Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts, Letters, and 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.

Department Catalog Links

Department of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Department of Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Management Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Analytics
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Business Analytics
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

College Core (14 hours)

Math (3 hours)

All Courses approved by the Core Council

    MATH 1302 College Algebra
    or other approved core course for which MATH 1302 is a prerequisite
Science (8 hours)

All Courses approved by the Core Council

    ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology
    ASTR 1301/1101 Introduction to Astronomy and Lab
    CHEM 1400 Fundamental Chemistry I
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1406 General Chemistry for Engineers
    PHYS 2321/2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab
    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    CHEM 1409. Chemistry and Society
    ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology and Lab
    ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology and Lab
    PHYS 1321/1121 College Physics I and Lab
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    PHYS 1322/1122 College Physics II and Lab
    ERSC 1304/1104 Earth and the Environment and Lab
Humanities/Social Sciences/Communication-Speech/Interdisciplinary (3 hours)
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communication