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Department of Business Administration

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Department Chair: Michael Stevens
Location: Wattis Business Building, Room 216
Telephone: Liz Hill 801-626-6075
Professors: Anthony Allred, Stanley Fawcett, Taowen Le, Shane Schvaneveldt, Seokwoo Song, Michael J. Stevens, E. K. Valentin; Assistant Professors: Clinton Amos, Jennifer Anderson, Sebastian Brockhaus, Amydee Fawcett, Wendy Fox-Kirk, Shaun Hansen, David Noack, David Read, Jeremy Suiter, Bryant Thompson; Instructor: Chuck Kaiser; Visiting Professors: Zhuolin Yu, Lixuan Zhang

The student who majors in business administration is seeking the most general business degree that is offered at the bachelor’s level. This major has been described as an undergraduate MBA because of its emphasis on breadth of education across all of the functional areas of business. This degree might be especially appropriate for students who intend to become entrepreneurs.

The Information Systems & Technologies is also under the Department of Business Administration.

Business Administration Finance Emphasis

After studying in the School’s core courses about the various functions in organizations, the student who concentrates in finance learns how to acquire, allocate, and control a firm’s financial resources efficiently.

A background in finance will prepare the student to: (1) conduct detailed financial analyses; (2) relate the financial environment of an organization to the policies that organization will need for optimum returns; and (3) select and analyze investment opportunities for both individuals and organizations. For those students desiring to pursue careers as analysts or consultants, a graduate degree is recommended.

Business Administration Human Resource Management (HRM) Emphasis

The student who concentrates in Human Resource Management prepares to apply the knowledge and skills needed to design, manage and deliver key organizational HRM functions. Through this, the HRM professional aids the effective alignment of people management objectives with organizational strategy for the purpose of increasing organizational efficiency and effectiveness. In addition to the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics core requirements, the HRM student studies organizational behavior, continuous improvement, effective communication, and information technology. HRM students will also take courses in such specialized areas as employment and labor law and compensation and benefits.

Business Administration Marketing Emphasis

This is the only business marketing program on WSU’s campus. Students concentrating in marketing specialize in course work that deals with business activities involved in getting the right goods and services to the right customers at the right time, the right place, and in the right way.

Courses provide students with vital marketing concepts and experience in applying them. These courses prepare students to assume responsible positions in industry. Those desiring careers in marketing research or higher levels of corporate management are well prepared to enter graduate programs of their choice.

Business Administration Supply Chain Management Emphasis

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is “the value creation engine of every organization.”
Everyone who participates in the creation and distribution of a product is part of a supply chain, and a Supply Chain Management major learns how to choreograph and manage this entire chain of activities from suppliers, manufacturers, service providers and distributors, to consumers.

With its origins dating back to 1969, Weber State University’s Supply Chain Management program is one of the oldest programs in the United States. Our program covers the depth and breadth of SCM, giving our students the foundation for successful careers in logistics, purchasing, operations, and other areas of supply chain management.

Employers recognize our graduates as some of the best in the field, and demand for Weber State University SCM graduates is strong. Traditionally, graduates from our SCM program enjoy the highest average starting salary of all business majors, and job opportunities exceed the number of graduates. Global and area companies hiring our SCM graduates include Kimberly Clark, Toyota, Ford Motor Company, Autoliv, ATK, Intermountain Healthcare, Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney Company, UPS, Northrop Grumman, and the U.S. Air Force.

In addition to many opportunities for internships, our supply chain management majors also receive several scholarships from professional associations and area companies.

Information Systems & Technologies

A bachelor’s degree in Information Systems & Technologies provides students with a broad background in basic business knowledge, problem solving, and computer systems analysis and design skills. Graduates from this major are prepared to help organizations use computer technology to support their business processes. Technologies that all IST majors study include software development, computer architecture, database design, web development and management, and networks. Then, depending on the electives the student chooses, the student will also study advanced software development, and systems analysis and design, or advanced networks, information security and computer forensics.

Information Systems & Technologies graduates may work for a large organization, specializing in one aspect of information technology. Or, they may work for a small firm as one of a few people who helps support all areas of the firm’s technologies. The job will involve working with people to understand how they do their jobs and where computers can be most effective, as well as implementing computer-based solutions; training people to use the systems; installing and troubleshooting hardware, software and networks; and helping management understand and plan for the best new technologies to integrate in the organization’s business processes.


Business Administration Course Descriptions  


    Associate of ScienceBachelor of ScienceEmphasis Option for Bachelor of Integrated Studies

       BIS emphases are also offered for most programs with a minor.

    MinorHonors, Departmental

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