Dec 02, 2023  
2017-2018 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Business

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Programs and Policies

The School of Business academic programs are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Vision Statement

Where students are inspired and engaged to become successful business professionals.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to:

  • Strengthen a culture focused on student learning, critical thinking, and personal discovery;
  • Provide collaborative learning experiences that connect students with faculty, business, alumni, and community partners;
  • Pursue business research and service activities for faculty that enhance professional development and student learning.

Business Majors and Minors

The School of Business offers the Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S. in Business) degree with majors in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (available at Parkland College and online)
  • Finance
  • Management 
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing

All EIU students who are in good academic standing are eligible to declare their intended major offered by the School of Business.

The School of Business offers ten minors:

  • Minor in Accountancy*
  • Minor in Business Administration
  • Minor in Business Analytics
  • Minor in Entrepreneurship
  • Minor in Finance*
  • Minor in Human Resource Management
  • Minor in Management*
  • Minor in Management Information Systems
  • Minor in Marketing
  • Minor in Operations and Supply Chain Management

*The minor in Accountancy, minor in Finance, and minor in Management are available only to students that have declared a major in the School of Business.

Further Information

Please contact the following offices for additional information:

Currently Enrolled Students                    

Student Center for Academic and Professional Development 
School of Business
Lumpkin Hall, Room 2051
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL  61920

New Transfers

Office of Admissions
Old Main, Room 1229
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL  61920

School Of Business Academic Programs

All business majors complete a curriculum composed of four components: general education course work, the business core curriculum, a critical thinking and quantitative reasoning course, and the major curriculum.  The requirements of each of these curricula are described below. (These curriculum requirements are modified for students enrolled in the B.S.B. in Business Administration at Parkland College and online.  See the program description in this catalog.)

General Education Curriculum

EIU requires all undergraduate students to complete the general education curriculum, which is described in Section VI of this catalog.  Students who have not completed the foreign language requirement in high school further are required to complete two foreign language courses.  To develop background knowledge for the study of business, business majors also must complete the following general education courses:

  • MAT 2120G      Finite Mathematics
  • ECN 2801G      Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN 2802G      Principles of Microeconomics

Business students are encouraged to complete the general education curriculum as early as possible.

Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning

To develop critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills for business, business majors must complete one of the following with a grade of “C” or better:

  • CMN 2040         Argumentation and Critical Thinking
  • ECN 3450         Game Theory
  • GEO 3810         Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • MAT 2110G       Brief Calculus with Applications
  • MIS 3505          Advanced Microcomputer Applications and Development
  • OSC 3800         Spreadsheet Modeling and Analysis for Management Decision Making
  • OSC 4820         Business Analytics and Data Mining
  • PHI 1900G        Logical and Critical Reasoning
  • PHI 1990G        Logical and Critical Reasoning (Honors)

Business Core Curriculum

The business core curriculum is designed to help students develop the foundation knowledge and skills common to all areas of business.  Completion of the following courses is required to fulfill the business core curriculum:

  • BUS 1000        Introductory Business Seminar
  • BUS 1950        Computer Concepts and Applications for Business 
  • BUS 2101        Financial Accounting
  • BUS 2102        Managerial Accounting 
  • BUS 2750        Legal and Social Environment of Business
  • BUS 2810        Business Statistics 
  • BUS 3010        Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 3200        International Business
  • BUS 3470        Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 3500        Management Information Systems
  • BUS 3710        Business Financial Management
  • BUS 3950        Operations Management
  • BUS 4360        Strategy and Policy

Major Curricula

Each of the business majors includes additional upper division course work that provides the opportunity for more in-depth study of a specific business discipline and for further development of students’ business skills.  See the individual business major for a description of the courses required for that major.

School of Business General Policies 

  1. Students pursuing a degree other than the B.S. in Business cannot count more than 30 semester hours of business subjects toward fulfillment of their bachelor’s degree requirements. These include courses with a prefix of BUS, ACC, FIN, MAR, MGT, MIS, OSC, and ENT.
  2. To qualify for the B.S. in Business degree from EIU, students must take at least 50% of their business credit hours at EIU.
  3. Students may receive a grade in an upper division business course a maximum of three times.  After a grade has been received in an upper division class at EIU, the School of Business will not accept subsequent transfer of an equivalent course from another school unless the School of Business has given prior written approval to enroll in the specific course at the specific university, which must be AACSB-International accredited.
  4. Students desiring double majors in the School of Business must complete the major course requirements for both majors with a combined minimum of 42 semester hours exclusive of courses in the business core.

Department Faculty

Denise Smith, Interim Chairperson
Melody Wollan, Associate Chairperson and Coordinator of Graduate Business Studies
Kathy Schmitz, Director, Student Center for Academic and Professional Development
Lisa Canivez, Academic Advisor
Renee Stroud-Witt, Academic Advisor, and Internship Coordinator

Akalin, G.; Bayer, M; Benner, S.; Boggs, D.; Brown, P.; Chahyadi, C.; Chiou, I.; Costello, A.; Costello, T.; Dobbs, M.; Grünhagen, M.; Illia, A.; King, R.; Kling, S.; Kozlowski, S.; Lee, S.; Lin, C.; Minnis, W.; Riedemann, D.; Robinson, N.; Sallehu, S.; Shinde, J.; Smith, D.; Snell, J.; Stevens, S.; Wang, N.; Wen, C.; White, L., Willems, J.; Wollan, M.; ZuHone, D.

Department Telephone: 217-581-2627

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