2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

College of Business Administration

Patrick Raines, Dean
Susan L. Taylor, Associate Dean

Brad Childs, Richard Churchman, Howard Cochran, John Coker, Jacqueline Conard, Jeff Cornwall, Jane Dillard-Eggers, Del DeVries, Gregory Faulk, Jane Finley, Gary Garrison, John Gonas, Jose Gonzalez, Gary Hodgin, Harry Hollis, Robert P. Lambert, John Maslyn, Jeff Overby, Patrick Raines, Mark Schenkel, Joe Smolira, Susan Taylor, Jennie Carter Thomas, Mary M. Thompson, Marieta Velikova, Charles Wainright, Lee Warren, Jennifer Wilgus, Susan Williams, Beth Woodard, Tommy Wooten, Sehyun Yoo, Grady York, Marilyn Young.


There are no formal admission requirements for the College of Business Administration. However, students are expected to complete all tool courses before enrolling in core courses.


The mission of the College of Business Administration is to be an innovative learning community that educates entrepreneurial, ethical and socially responsible future business leaders for the dynamic global economy.

We are committed to:

• relevant, interactive and experiential academic programs.
• continually improving our intellectual capital primarily through contributions to applied and pedagogical research.
• serving the needs of the community through educational and professional partnerships.


The College of Business Administration offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a major area of concentration in at least one of the following:

General Business
Information Systems Management
International Business
Management (emphasis available in Health Care Management, and Hospitality Travel and Tourism)

The College of Business Administration also offers the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Economics or International Economics.

A Minor Field program requiring 18 hours in directed business subjects is also available. Minors areas include: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurship, International Business and Marketing. Business minors are not intended for BBA degree seeking students. However, BBA degree seeking students may minor in International Business provided they are not currently pursuing an International Business concentration as part of their business administration major.

Learning Goals:

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) learning goals are:

1. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively collaborate  in business contexts.
3. Utilize analytical, quantitative, and technical concepts and methods to identify and propose solutions to business problems.
4. Recognize ethical issues, argue the principles involved, and assess the potential consequences in the process of making socially responsible decisions.
5. Understand global business issues including the diverse legal, economic and cultural environments of business.
6. Recognize and assess the risk and potential benefits of new enterprise.
7. Demonstrate basic understanding of the disciplines included in the business core.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics and International Economics learning goals are:

1. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the economic concepts and principles.
3. Apply quantitative analysis and economic reasoning to decision-making.
4. Utilize analytical and technical methods to identify and evaluate economic and public policy issues.
5. Identify the impact and economic consequences of global interdependence.


Belmont University College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.

AACSB International accreditation assures stakeholders that business schools:
• Manage resources to achieve a vibrant and relevant mission.
• Advance business and management knowledge through faculty scholarship.
• Provide high-caliber teaching of quality and current curricula.
• Cultivate meaningful interaction between students and a qualified faculty.
• Produce graduates who have achieved specified learning goals.

College of Business Administration Ethical Behavior Pledge

"As a Belmont College of Business Administration student, I pledge:

• To commit to the enthusiastic pursuit of learning that will enable me to be ethically responsible and to become my best self;
• To apply principles of personal integrity and academic honesty in all my decisions and behavior;
• To make self-control central to my intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development, and to accept responsibility for all of my behavior;
• To honor the dignity and worth of each individual I meet;
• To pursue critical and independent thinking in my academic and professional life;
• To make mutual respect and collaboration a goal in all my relationships;
• To reflect community responsibility and accountability in my activities at Belmont and beyond so that I may honor the rights, laws, and property that promote responsible citizenship;
• To join others at Belmont to practice committed stewardship in my treatment of the environment and natural resources, so that together we can facilitate the health and welfare of future generations.

As a College of Business Administration student, I will also abide by Belmont University's Honor Pledge, which states:

I will not give or receive aid during examinations; I will not give or receive false or impermissible aid in course work, in the preparation of reports, or in any other type of work that is to be used by the instructor as the basis of my grade; I will not engage in any form of academic fraud. Furthermore, I will uphold my responsibility to see to it that others abide by the spirit and the letter of the Honor Pledge.

In pursuit of my education in the College of Business Administration, I commit to uphold this ethics statement to the best of my ability, so that I may become a better person and help Belmont be increasingly effective in improving human life throughout all of society."

Honors Organizations

Beta Alpha Psi
Faculty Advisor: Brad Childs

Beta Alpha Psi is a national honorary scholastic organization recognizing academic excellence in the business information field, including the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems. Membership in Beta Alpha Psi complements members' formal education by providing students with opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility. Currently only schools that are either AACSB International or EQUIS accredited have Beta Alpha Psi chapters.

Beta Gamma Sigma
Faculty Advisor: Susan Taylor

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition for scholastic success that a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Beta Gamma Sigma is open to all business majors.

Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX)
Faculty Advisor: Jeff Cornwall

Delta Epsilon Chi is an international organization for college students preparing for a variety of careers.  Delta Epsilon Chi programs engage students from a variety of educational disciplines, while maintaining a strong focus on business-related areas such as marketing, management and entrepreneurship.  Activities promoted by Delta Epsilon Chi integrate with and enhance the student's college curriculum.

Student Organizations

Business Student Advisory Board (S.A.B.)
Staff Advisor:  Jocelyn Gutekunst

The Business Student Advisory Board is an on-campus organization open to all undergraduate School of Business Administration students.  Members have the opportunity to network, provide important feedback, develop business skills and serve the community.

International Business Society (IBS)
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Marieta Velikova

The International Business Society is a professional organization of Belmont University students interested in the field of international business.  Members come from various backgrounds and majors but are united by their interests in international business issues and career opportunities.  

Entrepreneurship Club
Faculty Advisor: Jeff Cornwall

The Entrepreneurship Club provides students from all majors the opportunity to learn more about new venture creation through a variety of activities. Members learn how to manage an actual entrepreneurial business through the club's operation of This and That, a student run retail store specializing in CDs and a variety of items for dorms and apartments. The Entrepreneurship Club introduces its members to community entrepreneurs, as well as creating opportunities to network with other students interested in entrepreneurship. The club is affiliated with two national student organizations, Delta Epsilon Chi and Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (CEO), and sends students to their conferences each year. The E-Club has within its mission a strong commitment to contributing to the community.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Faculty Advisor: John Gonas

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a global non-profit organization active in more than 40 countries. SIFE is funded by financial contributions from corporations, entrepreneurs, foundations, government agencies and individuals. Working in partnership with business and higher education, SIFE establishes student teams on university campuses. These teams are led by faculty advisors and they are challenged to develop community outreach projects that advance SIFE's five educational topics:
• Market Economics
• Success Skills
• Entrepreneurship
• Financial Literacy
• Business Ethics
SIFE team members leverage their personal educational experiences, the expertise of their faculty advisors, the support of their local business advisory boards, and the resources of their institutions to implement programs that create real economic opportunities for members of their communities.