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Undergraduate Catalog 2008-09

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College of Business

Frederick Niswander, Dean, 3119 Bate Building
Stanley G. Eakins, Associate Dean
James Westmoreland, Associate Dean for External Affairs
Richard L. Kerns, Associate Dean for Computer Services
Margaret T. O'hara, Assistant Dean for Online Programs
Paul H. Schwager, Assistant Dean for Assessment, Accreditation, and Curriculum
Anne K. Bogey, Director of Professional Programs
James H. Bearden, Director of the BB&T Center for Leadership Development
James W. Kleckley, Director of Business Bureau Research

The College of Business provides an environment where students, faculty, and business professionals can pursue the acquisition of applied and theoretical knowledge relevant to the operation of profit and nonprofit organizations. The college, which consists of five departments, offers the BSBA degrees in finance, management, accounting, management information systems, and marketing; and a stand-alone MSA program in professional accounting; and the MBA degree. The college also offers a tax option in the professional accounting program as well as health care and apparel textiles options in the MBA program. Graduates are expected to be prepared to be managers and analysts in large and small organizations that operate on both a profit and nonprofit basis. In addition, the faculty is engaged in the expansion of knowledge through research. The college supports the business practitioner through the Division of Professional Programs, Bureau of Business Research, Small Business Institute, and applied research projects in both graduate and undergraduate classes. The college supports primary and secondary education in the state through its Center for Economic Education.


The undergraduate and master’s business programs are accredited by AACSB International. Since the primary objective of accreditation and the College of Business is to foster high quality in education for business administration and management, most of the school’s resources are dedicated to its degree programs. Consequently, non-business majors will not be permitted to enroll in more than 30 s.h. of undergraduate course credit offered by the College of Business.


Upon admission to the university, students may declare a major in business administration. Students must declare a concentration before taking upper-level business courses. Students may declare concentrations in accounting, finance, management, marketing and supply chain management, or management information systems. To declare a concentration, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 45 s.h.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale.
  3. Completion of courses listed below or equivalent course work with a minimum grade of C in each and a 2.5 average over the eight courses: ACCT 2401, 2521; ECON 2113, 2133; FINA 2244; MATH 1066, 2283; MIS 2223.
Students who desire to pursue the BSBA degree must have declared a concentration before they enroll in 4000-level business courses. Preference in registration will be given to majors with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students who have not declared a concentration may take a maximum of 30 s.h. total of 2000- and 3000-level business courses. However, special permission from the accounting chairperson is required for 3000-level accounting courses for students who have not declared a concentration in accounting.

The admission of a student seeking a second undergraduate degree in the College of Business must be approved by the chairperson of the department in which the student will concentrate. At the time of such approval, the chair will also approve the specific courses which will lead to the receipt of the second degree.


Students applying for readmission to the university who were previously enrolled in the College of Business and who have been out of school no more than three academic years must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for readmission to the College of Business.

Students previously enrolled in the College of Business who have been out of school more than three academic years and students who were previously enrolled in the university but not in the College of Business must meet the requirements for admission outlined in the section above.

Transfer Credit for Upper-Level Courses

The College of Business will not accept for credit upper-level courses (numbered 3000 and 4000 at East Carolina University) taken at a junior or community college. The department chair will determine the applicability of upper-level courses taken at senior colleges in meeting the BSBA degree requirements. No course may count as a College of Business concentration requirement and also count as fulfilling the business core requirements of the College of Business.