Business Administration (B.A.)
This undergraduate program is offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty

Dr. Diana Watts, Associate Professor of Business Administration (program chair)
Dr. Lynda Jackson, Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Dr. A. Cristina Parsons, Associate Professor of Economics
Dr. Steven Gable, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Description

The business administration program prepares students for 21st century organizations. The traditional role of business as only interested in “take-make-waste” approaches to environmental and ignoring social issues is changing and the role of managers is changing too!

The degree program addresses real world issues such as sustainability, multi-cultural, diverse organizations, as well as questioning our consumer driven economy.  In addition, the program provides an overview of current management theories and core functional expertise.  Four specific themes are emphasized across the curriculum. These include a.) sustainability and globalization, b.) diversity and inclusion, c.)  ethical decision making, and d.) leadership.  In keeping with Trinity values, students will be encouraged to reflect, assess and develop their own leadership potential.

The business administration program is based on a cumulative four-year program and supports both a major and minor degree.  During their first two years, students may begin introductory survey courses in business, management, organizational behavior, leadership, and economic theories.  During years three and four, students will focus on specialized topics including strategy, change, globalization, business/government/society relations, culture, and ethics.

To complete the major, students will select an area of concentration from the following: 1) General Business, 2) Global Business, or 3) Finance and Accounting. The concentration includes both BADM electives and elective courses drawn from related disciplines. This interdisciplinary breadth requirement is intended to emphasize the significance of a broad liberal arts foundation for the study and practice of business.

Given the emphasis on critical thinking, writing, and presentation, this degree is intended to prepare the student for a range of potential career paths, including business, non-profit, and public organizations as well as the pursuit of a graduate degree. A required internship during the program supports individual professional skill development.

Students who have completed the business administration degree (B.A.) should be prepared to:

a)  Discuss and apply foundational concepts of management theories towards analysis of business and organizations;

b)  Express understanding of business issues from a global value chain perspective

c) Demonstrate critical thinking and writing with analysis based on the application of theory to empirical observation;

d)  Engage in self-monitoring and reflection as the basis for developing individual leadership capabilities

e)  Identify with the growing diversity and complexity that are the hallmarks of 21st century organizational life.

In addition, a minor in economics, political science, international affairs, communication, psychology, or sociology will substantially strengthen the degree program.  Students are strongly advised to continue foreign language studies beyond the minimum two-semester requirement.

Major Requirements

Required Courses (45 credits):
The business administration program in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a major based on completion of the following coursework.

Foundational Courses
Successful completion of these foundational courses is required before advancing to the 200-level courses:

BADM 101 Introduction to Business
BADM 110 Foundations of Management
ECON 100 Principles of Economics
MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics
PHIL 253 Business and Professional Ethics

Core Courses
Students completing a major in Business must successfully complete all of the following core courses:

BADM 226 Organizational Behavior
BADM 236 Theories of Leadership
BADM 328 Business, Government, and Society or ECON 252 Comparative Capitalist Systems
BADM 426 Managing Change
BADM 491 Internship
PHIL 353 Business Ethics: Corporate Social Responsibility
BADM 499 Senior Seminar

Additional Courses
Students majoring in business administration must successfully complete the following courses as well:

ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
MATH 210 Statistical Inference

Area Concentration Courses
Students choose to focus in one of three areas: General Business, Global Business or Finance and Accounting.  Majors select five courses from one concentration area — with two courses from the BADM course offerings — to demonstrate this focus.  An elective course may be substituted at the equivalent level with the approval of the program chair.

General Business Concentration  (Choose 2)

BADM 215 Social Media and Entrepreneurship
BADM 221 Financial Accounting
BADM 223 Managerial Accounting
BADM 231 Theory and Practice of Marketing
BADM 232 Mastering Management: Interpersonal Effectiveness for the Workplace
BADM 240 People Management
BADM 255 Human Resource Management
BADM 325 Business Financial Management
BADM 326 Developing Leadership: Essential Competencies for 21st Century Organizations
BADM 329 Business Practicum
BADM 330 Sustainability, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Electives (Choose 3)
COM 375 Conflict and Communication
COM 385 Organizational Communication
COM 450 Women In Organizations
COM 482 Leadership and Communication
ECON 224 Public Finance
ECON 321 Managerial Economics
ECON 353 International Finance
HIS 339 African American History
HIS 345 Civil Rights Movement in the Twentieth Century
INAF 381 Contemporary Topics in International Affairs
POLS 241 Introduction to International Relations
POLS 301 Congress and Policy Making
POLS 341 International Law and Organizations
POLS 403 Political Power: Interest Groups, Lobbying, and Public Policy
PSYC 211 Social Psychology
SOCY 240 Work and Society
SOCY 321 Inequality and Society
SOCY 323 Race and Racism in Society
WST 368 Women and Leadership

Global Business Concentration (Choose 2)
BADM 210 Is Globalization Good?
BADM 307 International Business
BADM 320 International Management Global Leadership
BADM 329 Business Practicum
BADM 330 Sustainability, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
BADM 332 Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations
BADM 350 HON:Understanding Global Institutions
BADM 352 Managing a Diverse Workforce
BADM 423 International Accounting

Electives (choose 3)
CHEM 310 Environment and Sustainability
COM 225 Intercultural Communication
COM 335 International Communication
ECON 223 Women in the Economy
ECON 253 Issues in Economic Development
ECON 351 International Trade
ECON 353 International Finance
HIS 251 The Western World in Crisis
HIS 255 Contemporary History of the Third World
HIS 358 The Modern Middle East
HIS 371
INAF 382 Energy and International Affairs
INAF 385 Politics and Policy in International Trade
MATH 299H HON:Math Across Cultures: Ethnomathematics
POLS 231 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 243 The Politics of Globalization
POLS 342 International Conflict & Cooperation
PSYC 385 Ethnic & Cross Cultural-Psychology
RST 245 Religion and Economics
SOCY 320 Sociology of Health and Illness (Medical Sociology)
SOCY 321 Inequality and Society
SOCY 333 Women and the Developing World

Finance and Accounting Concentration 

ALL of the following foundational courses:
BADM 221 Financial Accounting
BADM 223 Managerial Accounting
BADM 325 Business Financial Management

Choose one from the following:
BADM 307 International Business
ECON 353 International Finance
BADM 423 International Accounting

Choose one from the following:
ECON 224 Public Finance
ECON 241 Money and Banking
ECON 321 Managerial Economics

Minor Requirements

Required Courses (18 credits):

Students completing a minor in Business must successfully complete all of the following courses:

Foundational Courses

ECON 100 Principles of Economics

Choose one of the following:

BADM 101 Introduction to Business
BADM 110 Foundations of Management

Choose one of the following:

BADM 226 Organizational Behavior
BADM 232 Mastering Management: Interpersonal Effectiveness for the Workplace
BADM 236 Theories of Leadership

Choose any three of the following:

BADM 210 Is Globalization Good?
BADM 240 People Management
SNHP 224 Health Care Systems and Global Health
BADM 307 International Business
BADM 320 International Management Global Leadership
BADM 326 Developing Leadership: Essential Competencies for 21st Century Organizations
BADM 330 Sustainability, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
BADM 332 Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations
BADM 352 Managing a Diverse Workforce
PHIL 353 Business Ethics: Corporate Social Responsibility
ECON 252 Comparative Capitalist Systems
INAF 385 Politics and Policy in International Trade

Other elective courses may be substituted at the equivalent level with the approval of the program chair.

Program Policies

Advanced Placement:
Advanced Placement scores of 4 or 5 will be accepted for credit by the business administration program to satisfy ECON 101 and ECON 102.

CLEP Policy:

A satisfactory score on the CLEP exam in business will be accepted in lieu of BADM 101 or 110.

TELL Policy:
The business administration program encourages students with substantial experiential learning to apply for TELL credits in business administration although a maximum of 12 business administration elective credits will be allowed.

Transfer Credits:
No more than 12 credits in courses equivalent to those required for the major may be accepted towards the major in business administration. No more than six transfer credits may be accepted towards the minor in business administration.

Grades in Major Courses:
Majors must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in their major.  Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the major and the minor.

Senior Seminar:
Students must achieve a grade of C (2.0) or better in the senior seminar in order to graduate with a major in business administration.

Pass/No Pass:
Courses fulfilling a major/minor requirement may not be taken as pass/no pass.