General Business - B.B.A.

College of Business Administration
Department of Management and Information Systems
A432 Business Administration Building
Kent Campus
330-672-1140
mis@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/business/mis


Description

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in General Business is for students who desire a holistic understanding of all business areas rather than a specialized area of business, i.e., accounting, business management, computer information systems, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, managerial marketing and marketing. The major courses are offered face-to-face and/or online, thus enabling flexibility for students.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

AACSB, International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Transfer Student: A minimum 2.500 overall GPA (2.25 for economics and entrepreneurship) is required for admission into the College of Business Administration. Students who have previously attended Kent State and have completed COMM 15000, ENG 21011 (or HONR 20197), MATH 11010 (or placement out of ENG 11011 and/or MATH 11010) must have earned a minimum C grade in the courses (or their equivalent).

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective management and leadership ability when given an organizational dilemma
  2. Use financial tools to create budgets, prepare financial statements and report financial position
  3. Identify and analyze global considerations that affect business decisions
  4. Analyze, interpret and use data to solve problems and make decisions
  5. Create and communicate value for consumers

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree will be able to:

  1. Recall strategic frameworks that are used to make business decisions. 
  2. Perform basic calculations using quantitative tools that are used to support business decisions. 
  3. Articulate and deliberate their ideas in writing.
  4. Articulate and deliberate their ideas orally.
  5. Identify ethical dilemmas and stakeholders.
  6. Recommend alternatives and consequences and choose a reasoned conclusion from the alternatives given. 
  7. Identify global factors in making a business decision. 
  8. Analyze global factors in making a business decision.
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ECON 12060PERSONAL FINANCE 3
ECON 32025MONEY, CREDIT AND BANKING 3
or ECON 42075 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS
ENTR 27056INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3
FIN 36063INDIVIDUAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES 3
MIS 24065WEB PROGRAMMING 3
or MIS 34054 USING INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR SOLVING BUSINESS PROBLEMS
MIS 34165DYNAMICS OF LEADERSHIP 13
or MIS 34180 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
MIS 44163GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (WIC) 23
Major Electives 39
Accounting Electives, choose from the following:3
FINANCIAL REPORTING ISSUES AND ANALYSIS
Accounting Department-Approved Major Course
Marketing Electives, choose from the following:3
CONSUMER BEHAVIOR
ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION MANAGEMENT
PERSONAL SELLING
Marketing Department-Approved Major Courses
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ACCT 23020INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ACCT 23021INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 3
BUS 10123EXPLORING BUSINESS 43
BUS 30061BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 51
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) (min C grade)3
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ECON 22061PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ENG 30061WRITING IN BUSINESS 52
FIN 26074LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 3
FIN 36053BUSINESS FINANCE 3
MATH 11010ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) (min C grade)3
MATH 11012INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR) 3-5
or MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
MIS 24053INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
MIS 24056FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS STATISTICS 63
MIS 24163PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
MIS 34060OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3
MIS 44284MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE 3
MKTG 25010PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition (min C grade) 76
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours including 39 upper-division credit hours)8
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students who complete BMRT 31006 as an associate degree student or at a Kent State regional campus may substitute it for MIS 34180.

2

A minimum C grade is required to fulfill the writing intensive requirement.

3

Students may fulfill major electives by selecting any remaining business courses listed above and/or approved upper-division courses from business or non-business disciplines. A course fulfilling the experiential learning requirement (ELR) is recommended if not already satisfied.

4

A student changing to the College of Business Administration or transferring may be waived out of BUS 10123 if:

  1. 30 or more credit hours have been earned and any two classes (from ACCT 23020, ACCT 23021, FIN 26074, MIS 24163, MKTG 25010 or MIS 24053) have successfully been completed.
  2. 60 or more credit hours have been earned and the student has successfully completed one course (from ACCT 23020, ACCT 23021, FIN 26074, MIS 24163, MKTG 25010 or MIS 24053)
  3. At the discretion of the college dean's office, the student has sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge in a business field (as demonstrated by a CLEP score or Credit by Exam) but does not meet the requirements listed above.
5

BUS 30061 and ENG 30061 should be taken concurrently. Students who have transferred ENG 30063 from another institution may use it as a substitute for ENG 30061.

6

Students who have taken MATH 10041 for another program may use it as a substitute for MIS 24056.

7

Minimum C grade in ENG 21011 or HONR 20197.

Progression Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.500 2.500

The following will not be applied toward the degree program:

  • Maximum 4 credit hours of physical education activity (PEB) courses
  • Maximum 4 credit hours of applied music and music ensemble courses (MUS courses with a second digit of 5, 6 or 7) combined.

General Degree Requirement for a Bachelor of Business Administration

  1. Students must complete at least 50 percent of business credit hours (required for the business degree) in-residence on a Kent State University campus.
  2. To earn a College of Business Administration minor, students must complete at least 50 percent of the total required credit hours for the minor at Kent State University, at least 6 credit hours in the minor must be at the upper division (30-40000 level), and at least 6 credit hours in the minor must be different from courses in the student's major and minor(s). Students may not pursue a minor and major in the same discipline.
  3. A minimum 2.500 GPA must be earned for all work carried at Kent State University for the accounting, business management, computer information systems, finance, general business, human resource management, managerial marketing and marketing majors. The economics  and entrepreneurship majors require a minimum cumulative 2.250 GPA. A minimum 2.500 GPA must be earned in the major field (which includes all major requirements and major electives for the accounting, business management, computer information systems, finance, general business, human resource management, managerial marketing and marketing majors). The economics and entrepreneurship majors require a 2.250 major GPA.
  4. Students must complete two measures of outcomes assessment as specified by the College of Business Administration for complete satisfaction of the B.B.A.

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!BUS 10123 EXPLORING BUSINESS 3
!COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition 3
Kent Core Humanities 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
MATH 11012
INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR)
or ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
3-5
MIS 24053 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
Kent Core Composition 3
Kent Core Fine Arts 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!ACCT 23020 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ENTR 27056 INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3
FIN 26074 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 3
MIS 24163 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!ACCT 23021 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ECON 12060 PERSONAL FINANCE 3
!MIS 24056 FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS STATISTICS 3
MKTG 25010 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
Kent Core Basic Sciences with a Laboratory 3-4
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Required for progression in the major: minimum 2.500 cumulative GPA, minimum C grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011 (or HONR 20197) and MATH 11010  
!BUS 30061 BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 1
ECON 32025
MONEY, CREDIT AND BANKING
or INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS
3
ENG 30061 WRITING IN BUSINESS 2
FIN 36053 BUSINESS FINANCE 3
MIS 34060 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3
MIS 34165
DYNAMICS OF LEADERSHIP
or HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Required for progression in the major: minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA  
!FIN 36063 INDIVIDUAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES 3
MIS 24065
WEB PROGRAMMING
or USING INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR SOLVING BUSINESS PROBLEMS
3
Marketing Elective 3
Kent Core Basic Sciences 3
Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Required for progression in the major: minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA  
!Major Electives 3
Accounting Elective 3
Kent Core Social Sciences 3
General Electives 5
 Credit Hours14
Semester Eight
Required for graduation: minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA and completion of the Assurance of Learning Assessment given in MIS 44284  
MIS 44163 GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (WIC) 3
!MIS 44284 MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE 3
Major Electives 6
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120