Nov 28, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Business Administration


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The Robert W. Plaster College of Business (PCB) offers a wide range of emphases, minors, and certifications to our students so they may distinguish themselves from others in the business world.

 

In addition to our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration undergraduate degree, we also offer master programs: Master of Accountancy (MAcc) and Master of Science in Management. Our business school faculty emphasize a personal approach so students may get to know their instructors while receiving quality education. Opportunities to get involved within PCB, gain professional development, and connect with the community are endless with our student organizations. PCB also has great community resources for local business to start, grow, and develop in the Joplin community.

General Requirements in BSBA:

All BSBA candidates must take the following “core” courses in addition to the courses required in their major (see course descriptions for prerequisites):

ACCT 0201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3  

ACCT 0202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3  

ECON 0201 Principles of Economics (Macro) 3  

ECON 0202 Principles of Economics (Micro) 3  

FIN 0350 Financial Management 3  

GB 0301 Legal Environment of Business I 3  

GB 0320 Business Communication 3  

GB 0321 Business Statistics I 3  

IB 0310 International Business 3  

MGMT 0237 Using Information Systems 3  

OR CIS 0305 Microcomputer Applications 3  

MRKT 0300 Principles of Marketing 3  

MGMT 0350 Fundamentals of Organizational Management 3  

MGMT 0452 Strategic Management 3  

ECON 201, ECON 202 and IB 310 satisfy some CORE 42 areas

MGMT 452 should be taken during the last semester of university work

Mathematics - All candidates for the BSBA degree must complete MATH 0125 Contemporary Mathematics 3  or higher as their General Education Core 42 mathematics course.

Accreditation

All Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education to support, celebrate and reward teaching excellence

Student Organizations

The Accounting Club provides accounting students information about the profession, along with the opportunity to network with practicing accountants. Members can interact through monthly meetings and various social functions and are encouraged to become active in the area’s professional accounting organizations. The club publishes an annual Resume Book that is distributed as a resource to area employers that wish to hire new accounting graduates.

The Finance and Economics Club is open to all majors who desire knowledge about financial careers and investments. Meetings allow students to network with each other and financial professionals and an annual trip allows students to gain exposure to financial markets and companies.

Omicron Delta Epsilon is the honorary economics fraternity open to juniors with at least 15 hours in economics or finance and a 3.5 GPA in economics or finance courses.

Collegiate DECA is an international organization that engages students from a variety of educational disciplines while maintaining a strong focus on business-related areas such as marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Competitive events at the state and national levels allow students to gain recognition and develop leadership skills. Meetings provide networking opportunities with business professionals.

Phi Beta Lambda aims to develop competent and aggressive business leadership, to create more interest and understanding of American business enterprise and to improve business and citizenship through participation in worthy undertakings. PBL is open to all students.

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society in Business Administration that exists to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic achievement in business subjects. To be inducted in the Lambda Gamma Chapter, students must major in business and graduate in the top 20% of their class.

The Society of Human Resource Management is designed to familiarize students with human resource administration, industrial psychology and labor relations. It also functions as a way to keep students up-to-date on new professional human resources developments.

The International Business Club is open to those interested in any facet of international business. Both U.S. and international students are represented. Monthly meetings give members a chance to hear guest speakers from different businesses engaged in international activities, as well as experience field trips to area businesses.

Entrepreneurship Club is open to all majors who are interested in entrepreneurship while in school or after graduation. Meetings allow students to network with each other and entrepreneurs throughout the region. Students have the opportunity to share their ideas, learn more about entrepreneurship, and host events.

Economic Development

Small Business Development Center

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, has formed a Small Business Development Center. The SBDC was established in April 1987 and is located in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. The SBDC provides existing and start-up for-profit small businesses in Jasper, Newton, Barton, Vernon, Cedar, Dade, Lawrence and McDonald counties with one-on-one consulting. In addition, the SBDC assists businesses with their training and educational needs. The Center seeks to serve those needs by developing and/or coordinating various seminars and workshops for the local businesses.

Business and Economic Lecture Series

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business sponsors an annual lecture series. Speakers of interest to both students and local business people are featured.

SBDC Workshops

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business has established workshops to help local businesses with their training and educational needs. The Center seeks to serve those needs by developing and/or coordinating various seminars for the local businesses.

Undergraduate Business Emphases

Accounting

Faculty: Schmidt - Associate Dean, Dawson - Assistant Dean, Combs, Dille, Huffman, Mattix, and Slinkard
Plaster Hall 310C • 417.625.9371

The Accounting curriculum combines extensive accounting study with a focus on development of student competencies in the areas of professional integrity, social responsibility oral and written communications, interpersonal relationships, technology management, research experience, international business affairs and critical thinking skills.

The BSBA with an emphasis in accounting course of study is designed to prepare the student to enter any area of the accounting profession, to successfully complete the Certified Public Accountant or other professional certification examination and/or to enter graduate school. Students seeking the BSBA with an emphasis in accounting must earn a grade of ‘C’ or above in all accounting courses in order to earn a BSBA.

Students seeking the BSBA with an emphasis in accounting should take note of the requirements for entry into the profession.

A minor in accounting for both BSBA and non-BSBA degree candidates is also offered.

For additional information contact:
Business Student Advising Office • Plaster Hall 310
417-625-3182 • psb@mssu.edu

Business Education

Faculty: Douglas
Plaster Hall 307A • 417-625-9523

The Bachelor of Science in Education business major course of study prepares graduates to teach business at the secondary level.

Business education majors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all course work and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in business courses.

For additional information contact:
Dr. Megan Douglas • Plaster Hall 307A
417-625-9523 • Douglas-M@mssu.edu

Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship minor is offered to all degree candidates at MSSU, regardless of their major. The courses will help students identify their own entrepreneurial potential and recognize entrepreneurial opportunities in their environment. The minor will enable students to obtain knowledge useful in pursuing their own new venture start-ups or expanding existing businesses. Entrepreneurship courses are offered via the Internet.

Professional Credential in Entrepreneurship

A Professional Credential in Entrepreneurship will be offered for anyone including all MSSU students, regardless of major. This certificate will assist individuals with launching and successfully operating a new business venture. These courses may be earned via credit or noncredit basis. These courses are offered via the Internet to serve a diverse student body located worldwide.

For additional information contact:
Kenneth Surbrugg • Plaster Hall 107E
417-625-9557
surbrugg-k@mssu.edu

Finance

Faculty: Schmidt - Associate Dean, Dawson - Assistant Dean, Abrahams, Adongo, Butt, and Nichols
Plaster Hall 310C • 417-625-9371

The BSBA Finance emphasis course of study is designed to provide a quality comprehensive educational environment to students for the development of the critical, personal, professional and intellectual competencies necessary for success in the complex and dynamic global business world.

For additional information contact:
Business Student Advising Office • Plaster Hall 310
417-625-3182 • psb@mssu.edu

General Business

Faculty: Schmidt - Associate Dean, Dawson - Assistant Dean, all School of Business faculty
Plaster Hall 310C • 417-625-9371

The BSBA general business emphasis course of study is intended to give the broadest possible background to the graduate and to prepare the graduate for managerial positions in the public and private sectors.

Students can obtain the BSBA in General Business via the Internet.

For additional information contact:
Business Student Advising Office • Plaster Hall 310
417-625-3182 • psb@mssu.edu

Human Resource Management

Faculty: Schmidt - Associate Dean, Dawson - Assistant Dean, Burink, Douglas, Hilton, Holtzen, Myers, Smith, and Wang
Plaster Hall 310C • 417-625-9371

The BSBA management major in Human Resource Management prepares graduates for positions in Human Resource Management. Today’s corporations, organizations and non-profits all require professionals with Human Resource training.

For additional information contact:
Business Student Advising Office • Plaster Hall 310
417-625-3182 • psb@mssu.edu

International Business

Faculty: Schmidt - Associate Dean, Dawson - Assistant Dean, Buccieri, & Moos
Plaster Hall 310C • 417-625-9371

The BSBA international business emphasis course of study is designed to provide a quality comprehensive educational environment to students for the development of the critical, personal, professional and intellectual competencies necessary for success in the complex and dynamic global business world.

For additional information contact:
Business Student Advising • Plaster Hall 310
417-625-3182 • psb@mssu.edu

Management

Faculty: Schmidt - Associate Dean, Dawson - Assistant Dean, Burink, Carson, Douglas, Hilton, Holtzen, Myers, Smith, and Wang
Plaster Hall 310C • 417-625-9371

The BSBA management emphasis course of study is designed to prepare the graduate for entry-level positions of responsibility in the for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors.

For additional information contact:
Business Student Advising • Plaster Hall 310
417-625-3182 • psb@mssu.edu

Marketing

Faculty: Schmidt - Associate Dean, Dawson - Assistant Dean, Chai, Dunlop, Myers, Schartel-Dunn, and Yantis
Plaster Hall 310C • 417.625.9371

The BSBA marketing emphasis course of study is intended to prepare graduates for positions in personal selling, product and services marketing, promotions, consumer behavior, marketing and sales analysis, retailing and supply chain logistics.

For additional information contact:
Business Student Advising • Plaster Hall 310
417-625-3182 • psb@mssu.edu

 

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