College of Business

RBUS 304, (501) 569-3356, (501) 569-8898 (fax),

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:
Sheena Howell

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 eight programs: Accounting, Business Analytics, Business Information Systems, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing. Emphasis areas in entrepreneurship, human resources, financial services, adverting and sales. 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 and the Master of Science in Business Information Systems. See the 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 UA Little Rock or transferring school) or 2.25 overall GPA on the most recently completed 15 hours at UA Little Rock. 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 UA Little Rock at the upper-level are not transferable toward a business degree. Students must complete at UA Little Rock 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 UA Little Rock business degrees are expected to meet COB degree requirements with courses taken at UA Little Rock. 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.

Academic Advising

Students majoring in, or interested in majoring in, programs within the College of Business (see “University Advising” for the list of majors) are advised in the Trojan Academic Advising and Support Center until they earn approximately 45 credit hours.

After reaching approximately 45 hours, business majors will be advised in the College of Business Center for Student and Career Services. To make an advising appointment, call the Center at 501-371-8009 or schedule an appointment online at

The 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 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.

Online Undergraduate Degrees Offered

The College of Business offers the following fully online undergraduate degrees:
• Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting
• Bachelor of Business Administration Business Information Systems
• Bachelor of Business Administration Management
• Bachelor of Business Administration Human Resource Management

Information regarding program content, cost, and admission can be found at

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
  • Certificate of Proficiency 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

University Core (35 hours)

Standard Core (29 hours)

All Courses approved by the Core Council. See “General Education Requirements.”

College Core (6 hours)

All Courses approved by the Core Council. See “General Education Requirements.”

Courses in College of Business

To see the full listing of all undergraduate courses for Music, select the relevant four-letter code to review the undergraduate courses within that discipline:
ACCT – Accounting
ADVT – Advertising
BSAD – Business Administration
ECON – Economics
IBUS – International Business
MGMT – Management
MKTG – Marketing