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Students may select majors in: Accounting, Business administration, EconomicsInformation technology or Marketing . Students may select up to two of the five majors offered by the department. For the double major, required courses common to the two majors may count in each, but elective courses may count in only one of the two majors. Students desiring a double major should consult with their advisors for details.

 

Accounting major

Accounting is the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarized, interpreted and communicated to owners, managers and other interested parties. In short, accounting is the language of business. (Price, Haddock and Farina 2012)

Bluffton has a strong internship program and strong placement after graduation. Our accounting students and graduates have worked for public accounting firms, non-profit organizations, manufacturers, financial advisors and government agencies.

48-50 hours
ACT 151 Principles of Accounting 1 (3)
ACT 152 Principles of Accounting 2 (3)
ACT 250 Intermediate Accounting 1 (3)
ACT 251 Intermediate Accounting 2 (3)
ACT 255 Cost Accounting (3)
ACT 320 Accounting Information Systems (3)
ACT 343 Intermediate Managerial Accounting (3)
ACT 401 Accounting Seminar (3)
BUS 245 Business Law (3)
BUS 284 General Statistics (3) Satisfies Critical Analysis competency
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) Satisfies Understanding Self and Society competency
ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
FIN 353 Money and Banking (3)
MAT 115 Business Calculus (3)
  or MAT 135 Calculus 1 (5)

In addition, the student selects a minimum of 6 hours from the following.

ACT 346 Auditing (3)
ACT 352 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3)
ACT 361 Federal Income Tax Accounting (3)
ACT 378 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (3)
BUS 385 Internship* (3)

Accounting majors need to have completed 150 semester hours of college level courses to sit for the Ohio CPA examination. This can be accomplished by completing a 150-hour bachelor's degree. See your advisor for details. 

We encourage all students interested in sitting for the Ohio CPA examination to take ACT 346, ACT 352ACT 361 and ACT 378.
 

Business Administration major

Courses required in Bluffton University’s business administration major will help you develop core skills across a wide variety of business subjects – including economics, accounting, management, marketing and finance – with concentrations based on your interests and career plans.

In our classes and through study opportunities out of class, we create opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and learn to influence teams in helpful ways.

48-50 hours
ACT 151 Principles of Accounting 1 (3)
ACT 152 Principles of Accounting 2 (3)
BUS 284 General Statistics (3) Satisfies Critical Analysis competency
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) Satisfies Understanding Self and Society competency
ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
FIN 353 Money and Banking (3)
FIN 366 Principles of Finance (3)
MAT 115 Business Calculus (3)
  or MAT 135 Calculus 1 (5)
MGT 380 Corporate Strategy (3)
MGT 354 Principles of Management (3)
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3)

In addition, the student selects a minimum of 9 hours from the department with the advice and consent of the faculty advisor to complete the comprehensive business administration program or a field of concentration. Many programs are possible depending on the student's interest, but the following have been designed to meet some of the more common possibilities: comprehensive business administration, project management, supply chain management, insurance and financial services, human resource management, international business, management, management of information systems, marketing, and nonprofit management.

Additional courses in the department or related fields of mathematics, computer science, psychology and sociology can be used to complement the major.

Comprehensive Business Administration program
This program is designed for students who prefer a broad business preparation for a variety of careers in business, government, public or social service organizations. For this program a minimum of 9 hours is selected from business department courses.

Human Resource Management concentration
Human resource personnel manage people in the organization, dealing with recruitment, training, compensation, health, separation and government regulations.

A minimum of 9 hours selected from the following courses:
CRJ 340 Conflict Transformation and Mediation (3)
ECN 347 Labor Economics (3)
FIN 375 Principles of Insurance & Risk Management (3)
MGT 364 Human Resource Management (3)
PSY 240/SWK 240 Interviewing: Theoretical and Skill Based Approaches (3)

Insurance and Financial Services concentration
Prepare for a career in the fields of insurance and finance. Courses focus on the areas of risk management, financial management and financial investments.

A minimum of 9 hours selected from the following courses:
ACT 343 Intermediate Managerial Accounting (3)
ECN 371 International Trade and Investment (3)
FIN 367 Financial Investments
(3)
FIN 375 Principles of Insurance & Risk Management (3)
FIN 376 Property and Casualty Insurance (3) 

International Business concentration
Explore issues and practices related to trade across international lines. Consider adding a minor in international studies or a major or minor in Spanish.

A minimum of 9 hours (including at least 3 hours from the business department and a semester abroad study program) selected from the following courses:
ECN 371 International Trade and Investment (3)
ECN 382 Economic Development and the Environment (3)
HIS 340 Regional and National Studies (3)
PLS 272 Global Politics (3)
SPA 225 Intermediate Spanish (3)
Semester Abroad Program (3)

Management concentration
Learn to problem solve in a constantly changing environment. The application of theory to actual practice helps students grasp fundamentals that are vital to success.

A minimum of 9 hours selected from the following courses:
ACT 343 Intermediate Managerial Accounting (3)
ECN 347 Labor Economics (3)
MGT 355 Production and Operations Management (3)
MGT 359 Entrepreneurship (3)
MGT 364 Human Resource Management (3)
TEC 369 Introduction to Information Systems (3)

Management of Information Systems concentration
Information systems collect, process and manage data that an organization uses to make decisions. Learn about networks, software and hardware of these systems.

A minimum of 9 hours selected from the following courses:
ACT 320 Accounting Information Systems (3)
CPS 108 Computer Programming
(4)
MKT 325 E-Commerce (3)
TEC 369 Introduction to Information Systems (3)

Marketing concentration
Study marketing research, strategies, pricing, distribution, new product development, promotion and consumer behavior. Consider a minor in graphic design.

A minimum of 9 hours selected from the following courses:
MKT 325 E-Commerce (3)
MKT 357 Marketing Research (3)
MKT 358 Consumer Behavior (3)
MKT 360 Sales (3)
MKT 362 Advertising (3)
MKT 363 Marketing Management (3)

Nonprofit Management concentration
Learn about the unique accounting and management issues that are found in state and local government agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations.

A minimum of 9 hours selected from the following courses:
ACT 352 Government and Not-for-profit Accounting (3)
BUS 385 Internship* (3)
COM 270 Religious Communication (3)
ECN 351 Public Finance
(3)
ECN 382 Economic Development and the Environment (3)
MGT 364 Human Resource Management (3)

Project management concentration      
Project management is leading a team to achieve goals on deadline and within budget. It is a skill currently needed in almost every industry.

A minimum of 9 hours selected from the following courses:
PMM 161 Introduction to Project Management (3)
PMM 272 Project Planning (3)
PMM 373 Project Execution, Monitoring & Control, Implementation & Closure (3) 
PMM 385 Advanced Project Management-Practicum (3)

Supply chain management concentration 
Supply chain management is how companies get us the products we consume. It is an in-need, cutting-edge field due to the growth of e-commerce.
  
SCM  300 Forecasting and Logistics (3)                    
SCM  349 Sourcing and Operations (3)                         
SCM 400 Supply Chain Management Capstone (3)                  

 

Economics major 

The economics program helps students develop an understanding of the economic systems which influence societies. Bluffton's program is centered on the historical, institutional and philosophical economic models that have been the traditional core of economics. Our economics courses focus on analytics and data synthesis. 

Economics graduates from Bluffton are employed as analysts, administrators, researchers, teachers, computer analysts and law professionals.

38 hours
BUS 284 General Statistics (3) Satisfies Critical Analysis competency
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) Satisfies Understanding Self and Society competency
ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECN 232 Intermediate Microeconomics (3)
ECN 233 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3)
ECN 347 Labor Economics (3)
ECN 351 Public Finance (3)
ECN 371 International Trade and Investment (3)
ECN 382 Economic Development and the Environment (3) 
ECN 400 Economics and Business Seminar (2)
FIN 353 Money and Banking (3)
MAT 115 Business Calculus (3)
  or MAT 135 Calculus 1 (5)*

Elective (3 hours)
In addition, the student selects one three-hour upper level business course or internship related to the field with the advice and consent of the faculty advisor.
 
*Students planning to go to graduate school take MAT 135 Calculus 1.  

Marketing major

While at Bluffton, students conduct research, study consumer behavior, create marketing plans for products and businesses and pitch their ideas to professionals. Many marketing students supplement their coursework through volunteerism, internships and practicums. Students participate in mock trade shows to sharpen their presentation skills.

Marketing students can add relevant minors in graphic design, communications or IT and still graduate in four years. 

48-50 hours
ACT 151 Principles of Accounting 1 (3)
ACT 152 Principles of Accounting 2 (3)
BUS 284 General Statistics (3) Satisfies Critical Analysis competency
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) Satisfies Understanding Self and Society competency
ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
FIN 366 Principles of Finance (3)
MAT 115 Business Calculus (3)
      or MAT 135 Calculus (5)
MGT 354 Principles of Management (3)
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3)
MKT 357 Marketing Research (3)
MKT 358 Consumer Behavior (3)
MKT 362 Advertising (3)
MKT 363 Marketing Management (3)

In addition, the student selects a minimum of 9 hours from the department with at least 3 hours being MKT courses:
ART 245 Intro to Computer Graphic Design (3)
ART 350 Web Design (3)
BUS 245 Business Law (3)
BUS 385 Internship* (3)
COM 195 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM 275 Organizational Communication (3)
COM 277 Public Relations (3)
MKT 325 E-Commerce (3)
MKT 360 Sales (3)
SOC/PSY 258 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 360 Basics of Social Research (3)

Minors

Students may select one of the following minors: accounting, business administration, economics, information technology or marketing. Courses required for a minor may not be taken as an elective in a major, nor may elective courses count towards a major and a minor.

Accounting minor

18 hours
Required:
ACT 151 Principles of Accounting 1 (3)
ACT 152 Principles of Accounting 2 (3)
ACT 250 Intermediate Accounting 1 (3)
ACT 251 Intermediate Accounting 2 (3)

Electives (6 hours)
ACT 255 Cost Accounting (3)
ACT 343 Intermediate Managerial Accounting  (3)           
ACT 346 Auditing (3)
ACT 352 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3)
ACT 320 Accounting Information Systems (3)   
ACT 361 Federal Income Tax Accounting (3)
ACT 378 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (3)

 Business administration minor

(20-21 hours)
Required:
ACT 151 Principles of Accounting 1 (3)
ACT 152 Principles of Accounting 2 (3)
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
MGT 354 Principles of Management (3)
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3)

One additional 200 level or higher course from the business department offerings. The business administration minor is not available to a student with a major in marketing.

 

Economics minor

(21 hours)
Required: (12 hours)
BUS 284 General Statistics (3)
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
FIN 353 Money and Banking (3)


Electives
(9 hours)
ECN 232 Intermediate Microeconomics (3)
ECN 233 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3)
ECN 347 Labor Economics (3)
ECN 351 Public Finance (3)
ECN 371 International Trade and Investment (3)
ECN 382 Economic Development and the Environment (3)

Information Technology Minor

(19-21 hours)
Requirements

 

Marketing minor

Required: (21 hours)
ACT 151 Principles of Accounting 1 (3)
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics
(3)
ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)     
MGT 354 Principles of Management (3)         
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3)                          

Electives (6 hours)
MKT 325 E-Commerce (3)   
MKT 357 Marketing Research (3) 
MKT 358 Consumer Behavior (3)
MKT 360 Sales (3)   
MKT 362 Advertising (3)   
MKT 363 Marketing Management (3)                          
The marketing minor is not available to a student with a major in business administration.
 *Students can receive a maximum of 12 hours credit for an internship(s) or practicum(s).


August 2019

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