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UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG
Molinaro 344 • 262-595-2280
Degrees and Programs Offered:
Majors - Accounting, Business Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing
Minors - Business Management, Global Management, Management Information Systems
Certificates - Business Fundamentals, Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Retail Management, Sales
Major Concentrations for Business Management – Finance, General, Human Resource Management
Professional Accreditations or Memberships:
Business Department Overview
The Business Department is in the College of Business, Economics, and Computing. Faculty members in the Business Department are dedicated to providing students with quality instruction relevant to situations encountered in the changing world of business. All students in the Business Department develop business skills in the primary functional areas of business through exposure to accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, MIS, production management, and strategic planning. Communication skills, quantitative techniques, leadership, teamwork, and computer technology are stressed throughout the curricula. In addition, students explore ethical considerations of business decisions and gain an understanding of multinational and multicultural aspects relevant to today’s business world. Many students apply their class knowledge through internships or through community projects sponsored by the Ralph Jaeschke Solutions for Economic Growth (SEG) Center. The department also offers minors in business management, global management, and management information systems, as well as certificates in business fundamentals, entrepreneurship, project management, retail management, and sales. Students preferring the flexibility and convenience of a business degree earned entirely online may choose to complete the 67 credit completion program in business management with a general business concentration. Students wanting to pursue this option should declare the online degree completion in business management.
Program Level Outcomes
Business students build knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. However, the following learning goals are emphasized and assessed throughout the business curriculum:
Solutions for Economic Growth (SEG) Center
The Ralph Jaeschke Solutions for Economic Growth (SEG) Center is a partnership between business, economics, and computer science faculty, students, and local businesses. Students in the SEG Center apply and develop their skills by working on real-world business projects in the community. Projects include business plan development, marketing research, promotions plan development, the analysis of production processes, strategic planning, cost evaluation, inventory planning, recruitment and retention of employees, web page design, network planning, security planning, and software development. Students working in the SEG Center have access to a modern computer lab and project meeting rooms.
Preparation for Graduate School
Undergraduate study in any of the business department majors provides excellent preparation for graduate work in programs like an MBA, MS in Accounting (accounting major) or law school.
Students who major in any of the business department majors and who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all upper-level business course work and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better will graduate with business honors.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International. Beta Gamma Sigma faculty members invite qualified business students for membership based on academic excellence.
Students majoring in Marketing with an overall GPA of 3.25 may also apply for Alpha Mu Alpha, the honor society of the American Marketing Association provided that they are members of the American Marketing Association and the Universities collegiate chapter.
Declaring a Major
Students must submit a plan declaration form to the Business Department Office or the Advising and Career Center. Students accepted into a business department major will be classified as a declared major and will be notified of this declaration by the department via UW-Parkside e-mail. Majors will be assigned a faculty advisor from the Business Department. Transfer students who have an interest in pursuing a degree with a business related major should meet with the College of Business, Economics, and Computing (CBEC) academic advisor as early as possible to go over the transfer course evaluation and prerequisites.
Common Requirements and Policies for Business Department Majors
The business curricula is rigorous and extensive. It is imperative that students acquire a solid foundation of preparatory courses. All Business Department majors share many common requirements and policies. Students should be familiar with the common policies as well as the specific requirements of their chosen major.
Business Department Graduation Requirements
All business students are subject to the following graduation requirements.
Transfer students may fulfill some of the requirements for the business department majors at UW-Parkside by transferring appropriate courses taken elsewhere (check with the CBEC academic advisor). However, all students must complete at UW- Parkside at least 50 percent of the total business department credits required for the bachelor of science degree with majors in accounting, business management, management information systems or marketing. The total business department credits include the business preparation courses, the business foundation core courses, and the major courses. No more than 50 percent of the required credits for a major may be transferred. Only courses with a grade of C or better will be accepted (C-minus is not acceptable) to fulfill a major requirement. Only junior/senior level courses in business from regionally accredited four-year colleges or universities are eligible to be transferred for any 300 - 400 level course in business. Students should work with the CBEC academic advisor and any such transfer credit should be approved by the associate dean.
Business students should declare a major, and concentration if applicable, as soon as possible to stay on track toward graduation.
The following common requirements for all degrees in the business department are in addition to the university general education requirements.
Prerequisites for 300-400 level business courses:
Requirements for the Accounting Major (73 credits)
The accounting major is designed for business students who wish to prepare, analyze and verify financial documents. The accounting- specific courses provide students with a solid knowledge base and the strong quantitative skills necessary for a successful career in the accounting profession. UW-Parkside students who complete the current accounting major are well prepared to successfully pass the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam.
There are three main fields of accounting: public, private, and governmental. Each of these fields requires that the student learn precise skills in order to be successful; and these skills are continually emphasized through both course material and internships/ externships taught by UW-Parkside faculty.
In addition to the business learning goals, the department has defined the following learning goals for accounting majors.
Requirements for the Business Management Major (64-67 Credits)
Students majoring in Business Management are prepared for a variety of business careers. All students receive a foundation in the various functional areas of business. These students must also select a particular area of business as a concentration, focusing their study in finance, human resource management, or general business. Students may choose more than one concentration. Advanced course work in the professional area should be taken after the student has completed most of the business foundation core courses. However, due to the sequence of course offerings, students may wish to begin advanced work in their professional areas prior to completing the entire core program. Students are encouraged to check with their faculty advisor on the scheduling of advanced course work.
The Business Management major includes fundamental and business preparation courses (31 credits), upper-level foundation core courses (18 credits), and concentration courses (15-18 credits) as defined below.
Admission Requirements for the Business Management Major Online Degree Completion Program
Students declaring the business management major as an online degree completion program must have an associate degree or junior/senior standing.
It is expected that students applying for the online degree completion program in business management will have completed UW-Parkside’s skills requirements, general education requirements and diversity requirements. Students in this program are not required to complete the foreign language requirement. Students who have not completed all of these requirements may be given conditional admission though pending status, and are expected to complete all requirements needed for a UW-Parkside degree.
Requirements for the Business Management Major Online Degree Completion Program (67 Credits)
Students majoring in business management are prepared for a variety of business careers. All students receive a foundation in the various functional areas of business. These students must also select a particular area of business as a concentration: for the online business degree completion program, the only concentration currently available is the general business concentration. Advanced course work in the general business concentration should be taken after the student has completed most of the business foundation core courses. However, due to the sequence of course offerings, students may wish to begin advanced work in general business prior to completing the entire core program. Students are encouraged to check with their faculty advisor on the scheduling of advanced course work.
Requirements for the Management Information Systems (MIS) Major (73 credits)
The MIS major includes fundamental and business preparation courses (31 credits), upper-level foundation core courses (18 credits), and MIS courses (24 credits) as defined below.
Note: Students pursuing the MIS major are strongly encouraged to complete six of the twelve credits of natural sciences general education requirement with two of the following courses:
MIS major students are also strongly encouraged to complete a related certificate program: cyber security, unix system administration, or world wide web publishing.
Requirements for the Marketing Major (67 Credits)
Students should declare the marketing major as soon as possible to stay on track toward graduation. The marketing program at UW-Parkside includes fundamental and business preparation courses (31 credits), upper-level foundation courses (18 credits), and marketing courses (18 credits).
Requirements for the Business Management Minor (31 credits)
The business management minor includes fundamental and business preparation courses (16 credits) and upper-level foundation courses (15 credits). For students who are planning on pursuing a M.B.A. at UW-Parkside completion of the business minor can fulfill the M.B.A. foundation courses. To declare a minor in business management, students must submit a plan declaration to the Advising and Career Center or the Business Department Office. A business management minor is not available to students majoring in any major in the business department (accounting, business management, management information systems or marketing).
Requirements for the Global Management Minor (15 credits)
The global management minor requires five courses (15 credits). Non-business students can minor in global management but would also need to take the prerequisite courses defined for each class. To declare a minor in global management, students must submit a plan declaration to the advising and career center or the business department office (Molinaro Hall 344).
Requirements for the Management Information Systems Minor (15-17 credits)
The MIS minor consists of a sequence of courses that impart fundamental knowledge and skills in the MIS field. Although not as in-depth as the MIS major, the MIS minor provides a useful compliment to many majors.
The MIS minor requires 15-16 credits divided into the following categories: business requirement, programming requirement, and MIS requirements.
To declare a minor in MIS, students must submit a plan declaration form to the Advising and Career Center or the Business Department office (Molina o Hall 344).
To earn the MIS minor students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 (including any transfer credits) and a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the required courses.
Requirements for the Business Fundamentals Certificate (15 credits)
The business fundamentals certificate program is open to non-business students seeking to augment their area of specialty with basic business qualifications. Upon completion of the certificate students will be able to differentiate among functional areas of the business enterprises; interpret the role of businesses in modern society; analyze of economic factors and personal decisions that affect the individual’s financial well-being; prepare, analyze and interpret financial statements; describe basic concepts in gathering, measuring, and communicating financial information; apply the principles and key concepts of entrepreneurship; illustrate entrepreneurial concepts related to opportunity recognition, innovation and creativity; apply principles and models of economic aggregates such as national income, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and the monetary system; and discuss monetary and fiscal policy. In addition to in-person class options, all required courses are available online.
Business Fundamentals Courses (15 credits)
Requirements for the Entrepreneurship Certificate (9 credits)
The certificate program in entrepreneurship offers students interested in owning or managing a small business or new venture both practical and theoretical training in the process of a business start-up, including self-assessment, opportunity recognition, feasibility assessment, creating a values-based business, writing a business plan, learning to manage and lead the growing new venture, and hands-on experience with existing new ventures.
The certificate is designed for students who have already started a business as well as those who are interested in starting one in the future. The certificate program in entrepreneurship helps students to develop tools and understanding that will help them be successful whether in their own new ventures, working in their family’s business, or working for an entrepreneurial firm. The truly distinctive feature of this program is the focus on socially responsible entrepreneurship and community based learning.
It is available to undergraduate business and non-business majors as well as non-degree seeking students. A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA in required courses is required to earn the certificate
Required Courses (9 credits)
Requirements for the Project Management Certificate (12 credits)
The Business Department offers an online certificate in project management that is available to undergraduate business and non-business majors as well as non-degree seeking students. To be eligible for this certificate program, the student must meet at least one of the following requirements:
A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA in required courses is required to earn the certificate
Required Courses (12 credits)
The project management certificate program is also available in the flexible option format. Please see the Flexible Option section of the catalog for information.
Requirements for the Retail Management Certificate (12 credits)
This certificate program offers students interested in a career in services and retail management a set of specialized courses. The retail management certificate is only available to business majors and minors.
A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA in required courses is required to earn the certificate
Requirements for the Sales Certificate (12 credits)
The Business Department offers a certificate in sales that is available to undergraduate business and non-business majors as well as non-degree seeking students. This certificate program is accredited by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF). To be eligible for this certificate program, the student must meet at least one of the following requirements:
A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA in required courses is required to earn the certificate
Required Courses (12 credits)
Non-business students may enroll in any 100- or 200-level business course if they meet the individual course prerequisites. To enroll in 300- or 400-level business courses, students must have junior or senior standing (completed a minimum of 54 credits), meet the course prerequisites, and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 (calculated with and without transfer grades). Students will need to get a permission number from the course instructor in order to register for an upper-level business course.
Independent Study Guidelines
The purpose of independent study is to provide qualified students an opportunity to conduct directed research on a Business Management topic or issue of interest to the student. Such research is done under the supervision of a faculty member, but will be primarily student planned and conducted. Independent studies are intended to provide an opportunity for the student to enhance their academic experience; they are not intended to substitute for existing courses.
Independent study projects may range from 1 to 3 credits. Grades received for independent study will count toward the computation of the major and the overall GPA.
A student can apply a maximum of 6 independent study credits toward graduation requirements. The combined credits for internships and independent studies across all business disciplines cannot exceed 6 credits. Other rules may apply to specific concentrations. Please refer to the course catalog for further information.
The student and the supervising faculty member must agree, in writing, on the nature of the project, the parameters, and the timeframe.
The student must submit the Permit to Register for Independent Study, with all required signatures, in accordance with UW- Parkside policies.
In general, a student cannot receive independent study credit for work that is essentially the same as an existing course.
Internships provide opportunities for Business majors to apply classroom knowledge in a work setting. Internships are offered for credit and may be paid or unpaid. A student who wishes to complete an internship must provide a description of the work or project to be completed on the employer’s letterhead. An agreement must be signed by the student, the faculty supervisor, the department chair, and the site supervisor. Internships are graded as either CR (credit) or NC (no credit). In order to receive credit, the student must (i) complete the appropriate number of work hours, (ii) provide a written performance evaluation from the internship supervisor, and (iii) complete one or more items of the following documentation (as determined by the faculty supervisor): regular status reports on the work performed, summary paper on internship experience, and/or other written documents prepared by the student related to the internship.
Students must have at least junior status (completion of 54 credit hours) and must have satisfactorily completed at least one upper-division business foundation core course in the area. There may be specific requirements in certain areas; please check the catalog for specific 494 courses.
Students must complete the Permission to Register for Internship form, along with supporting documentation and all relevant signatures, as per UW-Parkside policies.
Students must normally complete the work during the semester in which the credit is taken. If the work runs beyond the semester for which the student is registered, a grade of Incomplete may be assigned pending completion of the work during the following semester.
The internship supervisor must complete and submit the ‘internship evaluation’ form from the department.
A maximum of 6 internship credits may be counted toward graduation requirements. The combined credits for internships and independent studies across all business disciplines cannot exceed 6 credits. Other specific rules may apply to other concentrations. Please refer to the course catalog for further information.
Business Department Policies and Procedures
Courses in Accounting (ACCT)
Courses in Business (BUS)
Courses in Entrepreneurship (ENTR)
Courses in Finance (FIN)
Courses in Human Resource Management (HRM)
Courses in Management (MGT)
Courses in Management Information Systems (MIS)
Courses in Marketing (MKT)
Courses in Project Management (PMGT)
Courses in Quantitative Methods (QM)
Courses in Retail Management (RMGT)