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2014-2015 Catalog 
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John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics

Dr. Jeff Steagall, Dean

The John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics is a leader in preparing students for careers in business. The Goddard School attracts students from across the nation and around the world who desire a quality education.

Nearly 2000 students are enrolled in undergraduate programs in accounting, business administration [with emphases in finance, human resource management, marketing, and supply chain management], economics, and information systems & technologies; and more than 240 students pursue degrees in the Master of Accounting and Master of Taxation programs, as well as the Master of Business Administration program. Students should note that the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the premier global accrediting agency in business and accounting education.

Courses are designed to reflect the rapidly changing business environment. Dedicated faculty use innovative teaching and learning methods throughout the curriculum. The consequences of the global economic environment and international competitive advantage are addressed at the onset of the curriculum and discussed throughout the program. The key issues of technology, quality management, ethics, and entrepreneurship are discussed in many contexts.

A unique feature in the curriculum is the endowed Ralph Nye Lecture Series. In this Series, business leaders visit Weber State University campus to serve as guest lecturers. A wide variety of speakers include executives who have risen to the top of corporate worlds, entrepreneurs who have nurtured an idea into a viable business, and authors and opinion leaders with special insight into the business environment. These speakers make an invaluable contribution to our educational programs.

Associate Dean: Dr. Seokwoo Song
Location: Wattis Building, Room 201
Telephone Contact: Mary Ann Boles 801-626-7307

Coordinator of Academic Advisement: Mara Sikkink 801-626-6534
Academic Advisor: Aleta McDaniel 801-626-6534
Location: Wattis Building, Room 211

Coordinator of Recruitment & Career Development: Patricia Wheeler 801-626-7914
Location: Wattis Building, Room 213

Department Chairs/Directors

Accounting and Taxation: Dr. David Malone   801-626-8802
Business Administration: Dr. Michael Stevens   801-626-8099
Economics: Dr. Doris Geide-Stevenson   801-626-7634

Graduate Program Directors

MACC/MTAX Programs: Mr. Ryan Pace   801-626-7562
MBA Program: Dr. Matt Mouritsen   801-626-8151


John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics Vision, Mission and Values


To become an acknowledged leader in business education that develops professionals with the facility to analyze problems, the resolve to implement change, the capacity to lead, and the courage to act justly in all chosen endeavors.


The John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics provides quality undergraduate and graduate education for developing professionals and career-oriented students. Degree programs are grounded in the University’s liberal arts tradition and focused on synthesis of theory across disciplines, the application of theory to practice, and the enhancement of professional skills. While we are primarily a regional institution, we seek to prepare our students to succeed in the global economy.

Three principles are central to our mission:


We champion continuous learning through excellent teaching, close student-faculty interaction, small class sizes, assurance of learning processes, and faculty scholarship designed to improve effective teaching.


Our portfolio of faculty intellectual contributions is diverse including application of theory to practice, advancement within and across disciplines, and utilization of research outcomes to further learning.


We enhance our community through the dissemination of best practices, the provision of economic information and analysis, the engagement in professional organizations and societies, and the creation of strategic relationships which expand life-long learning opportunities for our stakeholders.


We embrace a diverse student body admitted upon criteria which measure the promise for success. The students of Utah are our prime constituency, but we attract and welcome students from across the nation and abroad.

The Goddard School is founded on an environment where people are free to openly question any concept, voiced by any person, at any time. Similarly, we value and seek the informed opinions of those outside the School.

Our mission is chiefly supported through a community of teaching scholars who focus their efforts toward instructional improvement and the advancement of theory and practice through research. Faculty and staff also direct their expertise to enhance the broader community thereby advancing management practice and economic development at the national and international levels.

Accessibility to Business & Economics Courses


All 1000 and 2000 level courses are open to all WSU students. Students of any major may find several upper division courses of interest, although prerequisites must be met for all GSBE courses:

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Candidates for a bachelor of science degree in the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics (GSBE) must satisfy the following requirements:

John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics Requirements

The Curriculum

The program of study within the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics is designed to assist the students from admission to career placement. All degree programs within the Goddard School follow the same general pattern which is composed of six required elements: Liberal Support Curriculum, Business Foundations, Admission and Major Declaration, Cross-Functional Core, Functional Core, and Major Discipline.

Liberal Support Curriculum

The Liberal Support Curriculum consists of courses outside the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics which provide critical skills and information useful to all business students. Students should complete the Liberal Support Curriculum as soon as possible because the knowledge attained in these courses will be used throughout the business curriculum. The specific courses in the Liberal Support Curriculum are:

Liberal Support Curriculum (10 to 14 credit hours)


ENGL 2010  and MATH 1050  must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher and may not be taken on a CR/NC basis.

Courses required in the Liberal Support Curriculum for GSBE majors may be used to satisfy specific university and general education requirements.

MATH 1050  is, in addition to being a specific requirement in the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics, a prerequisite for ECON 2010 , QUAN 2400 , and QUAN 2600 . Students seeking a degree within the Goddard School of Business & Economics should plan to take the necessary mathematics courses as early as possible in their program of study.

Business Foundations

The Business Foundations Curriculum provides the base for all business and economic degree programs and should be completed early in the student’s academic studies. To satisfy the Business Foundations requirement, courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or higher. However, admittance to the Goddard School requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for the five Business Foundation courses.


* IST TE2010 and an Information Literacy course will satisfy the WSU computer and information literacy (CIL) requirement. Information Literacy courses include: BSAD 2704  (strongly suggested for GSBE majors) or NTM 1504  or LIBS 1704 .

Admission and Major Declaration

See the Admissions  and Advisement  sections in the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics for additional information. The following assessment course is required for all students intending to pursue a major, minor, certificate or emphasis in Business and Economics in the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics:

Additional Information:

Students should register for this course concurrent with (same semester as) or after their last required Business Foundations Course.

Each major discipline within the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics (GSBE) designates different course work. Consult the Degrees/Programs listing for the Major course work required in Accounting, Business Administration [emphases in Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management], Information Systems & Technologies, and Economics. Generally, students should begin taking courses within their major area before completing all of the courses in the Cross-Functional and Functional Cores. Department degree maps will assist students in course sequencing.

Cross-Functional Core

The Cross-Functional Core provides the competencies needed to analyze problems and interact with individuals from different units of an organization. The focus of the Cross-Functional Core is based upon analysis, problem solving, communication and planning. Specific classes within the Cross-Functional Core are:


*BSAD 4780  should be taken near the conclusion of the program of study.

Additional Information:

Students will continue taking courses in this area throughout their undergraduate program. Many of the courses in the Cross-Functional Core are prerequisites for other classes. Keeping this in mind and using department degree maps will assist students in selecting courses.

Functional Core

The Functional Core exposes students to the traditional functional areas of business. Courses within the Functional Core include:

Additional Information:

Everyone working in business needs a knowledge of these areas. Students should take course work within the Functional Core as they are completing the courses within the Major Discipline. Many of the courses in the Functional Core are prerequisites for other classes. Keeping this in mind and using department degree maps will assist students in course sequencing.


Graduation Requirements

  1. GPA Requirement: Candidates for GSBE minors, associate degrees, and bachelor of science degrees must complete all prerequisite and required business and economics courses with a grade of “C-” or higher. In addition, the cumulative Business Foundations GPA, John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics (major) GPA, and the overall university GPA must be 2.5 or higher.
  2. Residency Requirement: Any student wishing to attain a certificate, minor, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree from the Goddard School must satisfactorily complete 50 percent of the total required course work and 60 percent of the upper-division requirements from the Goddard School. Furthermore, any transferred credit must be approved prior to beginning the program of study.
    Any student pursuing a graduate degree from the Goddard School may apply a maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate credit taken at other AACSB International accredited institutions and completed with a grade of B- or better to the Goddard School’s graduate degree requirements. Furthermore, the transferred credit must be approved prior to beginning the program of study. All candidates for degrees must be registered at WSU at least one semester following the last commencement prior to graduation.


All students seeking majors, minors, emphases and certificates within the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics must be formally admitted.

Criteria for admittance to the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics:

  • Formal admission to Weber State University (WSU)
  • Successful completion of ENGL 2010   and MATH 1050  (or their equivalent) with a “C” grade or higher
  • Successful completion (“C-” grade or higher) of Business Foundations with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA for the five foundation courses
  • Successful completion of assessment course: BSAD 2899   or ECON 2899   (for non-business Economics majors only)
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Declaration of business major, minor, emphasis or certificate

Process for admittance to the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics:

  1. Register for BSAD 2899   or ECON 2899   (for non-business Economics majors only) concurrent with (same semester as) or after final required Business Foundations Course. Course objectives are:
    1. Complete assessment of Business Foundations
    2. Complete online application which includes:
      • GSBE application student information
      • Essay as described on the GSBE application
      • Accepting to abide by the GSBE Honor Code

A grade of CR (credit) for 2899 equates to being admitted to the Goddard School.

Transcripts need not be submitted unless the student is notified by the Goddard School.

  1. Await Notification Letter from GSBE Admissions Committee


GSBE majors are strongly encouraged to pursue advising opportunities in the Goddard School. Receiving timely advisement at critical junctures in an academic program will assist students in choosing the appropriate classes, in the appropriate sequence, and in preparing for employment opportunities. Advising for:

  • transfer credits, general education, business foundation courses, admission into the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics, major selection, major requirements, minors, second degrees, and certificates is provided by the GSBE Coordinator of Academic Advisement, Mara Sikkink, WB 211, (801) 626-6534 and the GSBE Academic Advisor, Aleta McDaniel, WB 211, (801) 626-6534;
  • major declaration is provided by the GSBE major departments;
  • major selection, employment preparation, including internships and resumes, and business etiquette is provided by the GBSE Career Center, WB 213, (801) 626-7914.

Credit Policy

  1. Obsolete Credit: John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics credit earned more than ten (10) years earlier than the proposed date of graduation will not be accepted toward University or major requirements unless validated through a challenge examination or approved by appropriate academic department chair.
  2. Waiver Requests: Any exceptions to the printed John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics graduation requirements must be approved by the appropriate academic department chair prior to waiving, substituting, or taking the course(s) in question.

Transfer Credit Policy

  1. Transfer students should submit transcripts from all institutions of higher education to the Weber State University Admissions office. Student Recruitment at (801) 626-6050 will consult with Admissions to determine which general education credits will be accepted by Weber State. Most courses with a grade of “C-” or higher are eligible for credit. However, some courses, such as the General Education MATH and ENGL Core requirements, may require a higher grade.
  2. Students should establish transfer of general education work prior to meeting with the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics’ Advisement Center. The Advising Center will consult with Goddard School academic departments to determine credit toward specific Goddard School requirements and address further transfer issues.
  3. The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) Transfer Credit Guide has been established to indicate articulation of equivalent courses between the in-state public colleges and universities. Credits from business courses transferred from institutions not covered by the USHE Transfer Credit Guide are accepted only if approved by the appropriate Goddard School academic departments. Documentation which allows the Advising Center and department chairs to assess the content of courses taken may be required. This documentation may include: catalogs or bulletins; course outlines or syllabi; and transcripts. In the majority of cases, course credit which is not obsolete (see above) taken at institutions accredited by AACSB International will be accepted and applied to the Goddard School’s graduation requirements.
  4. The Goddard School may require validation for courses taken at other institutions before credit is applied to Goddard School requirements. This validation may consist of either: passing a challenge exam; or completing the next course in a related sequence with a grade of “C” or better. Validation may be required where upper division credit is sought for lower division course work taken at another institution.
  5. Students are reminded that the Weber State catalog states, “Acceptance of credit should not be confused with its application. Transfer credit may or may not apply to Weber State’s graduation requirements, regardless of the number of credits transferred. Credit other than that intended wholly to meet general education requirements, will be applied to Weber State’s specific degree program requirements upon the recommendation of the appropriate department chair.” This means credit that is accepted by Weber State may, or may not, apply to specific requirements within the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics.
  6. Students transferring credits from institutions outside the U.S. should follow the guidelines for International Students. Transfer credits should appear on the student’s WSU transcript before meeting with the GSBE Advising Center or major department chair.   

Bill Child Start-Up Center

The Bill Child Start-Up Center provides entrepreneurship students with a comfortable, collaborative space in which to work on their fledgling businesses.  The Center also hosts activities for student clubs, such as the Weber Entrepreneurs Association (WEA), and the Young Automotive Entrepreneurship Lecture Series.  Each week, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence hold office hours so that students can talk about their start-ups with entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, startup lawyers and other key professionals.  The Center is located in room 203 of the E.O. Wattis Building.

International Programs

The John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics offers a number of curricular programs and study opportunities designed to enhance the global expertise of our students.

  • Study abroad programs to China, Hong Kong, South-east Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe are regularly offered through the WSU Foreign Language Department, WSU Asian Studies Alliance and other academic departments on campus.
  • The John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics has signed cooperative agreements with Fachhochschule Hof of the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Business School in Paris, France and Blaise Pascal University in Vichy, France.  Under the terms of these agreements, our students can enroll at these partner institutions without any additional tuition charge. The same privilege is extended to students from partner institutions who enroll at WSU.

  • The School offers an International Certificate which may be awarded with a baccalaureate degree offered by the School. This program is described below.

Departments and Programs


Master of Business Administration Program (MBA) Go to MBA website

Go to information for Master of Business Administration Program (MBA).

Master of Accounting Program (MACC) Go to Master of Actg website

Go to information for Master of Accounting Program (MACC).

Master of Taxation (MTAX) Go to Master of Tax website

Go to information for Master of Taxation (MTAX).

School of Accounting & Taxation Go to ACTG website

Go to information for School of Accounting & Taxation.

Department of Business Administration Go to Business Admin website

Go to information for Department of Business Administration.

Department of Economics Go to Econ website

Go to information for Department of Economics.