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BUS 125 ART BUSINESS (3)
Introduces students to aspects of business within the art industry and prepares them to develop a professional artist’s statement, résumé, and portfolio. Students will develop a conversational knowledge of galleries and artist opportunities such as commissions, grants, and residencies. Presentations, critiques, criticism, and rejection will also be covered. Fall semesters.

BUS 138 FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS (3)
Provides an overview of business, management, and entrepreneurship; students gain a basic understanding of the process of establishing a new business, the environment in which a business operates, the operational components and functions of a business, and the essentials of small business. Fall semesters.

BUS 141 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (3)
An introduction to, and practice in, written and oral communication, communication theory related to business letters and reports, and the human relations approach to positive communication. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: ENG 103.

BUS 200 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACCOUNTING (3)
 Provides non-business majors with a basic knowledge of accounting to make sound financial decisions. Covers  generally accepting accounting principles (GAAP), businesses’ four basic financial statements, business organizations, basic financial ratios, budgeting, audits and auditors, and fraud and ethics. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: MAT 140

BUS 201 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I (3)
Covers the basic concepts, principles, and procedures of accounting. Major topics include the accounting cycle, financial statement preparation, and revenue recognition. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: MAT 140.

BUS 202 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II (3)
Focuses on the role of accounting information within a company. Major topics include budgeting, responsibility accounting, cost allocations, cost behavior, decision models, capital budgeting, and product costing. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 201.

BUS 205 ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS (3) 
Provides students with a thorough understanding of the design of information systems that support  the  accounting function of a firm. Topics include business transaction cycles and processes, accounting system technology, and management of accounting systems. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 202. Must be taken concurrently with BUS 206.  

BUS 206 ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS PRACTICUM (1)
Uses a common accounting software package to introduce computerized accounting applications. Spring semesters. 

BUS 222 BUSINESS COMPUTING APPLICATIONS (3)
Covers business-related computing skills, including advanced features of Excel, webpage design, and social media. Fall and spring semesters.

BUS 225 WEB PORTFOLIO AND INTERNET MARKETING (2)
Teaches basic website construction skills; the role of online portfolios in the art industry today and develops a working knowledge of Internet sales and marketing tools such as listserves, PayPal, and online sales sites. Spring semesters.

BUS 235 LEADERSHIP AND TEAM SKILLS (3)
Introduces students to leadership styles and traits and provides self-assessment activities for them to learn more about their leadership abilities. Provides students with readings and activities to engage them in the leadership process as well as foster teams that work together on a class project. Fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

BUS 240 – changed to BUS 340

BUS 271 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (3)
Examines the history, evolution and function of management in the 21st century. Classical theory through postmodern theory is examined in case studies. Students learn how management goals and strategies are set, attained and maintained using best practices. Covers topics such as business law, human resource management, and production management. Fall and Spring semesters. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

BUS 301 INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I (3)
An in-depth study of the accounting cycle and the accepted standards that govern financial reporting. Topics include current assets, long-lived assets, and intangibles. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 202.

BUS 302 INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II (3)
Builds upon BUS 301. Topics include current liabilities, long-term investments, and stockholder equity. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 301.

BUS 307 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3)
Introduces students to the role that IT systems play in managing information as a resource, and to the use of IT information for competitive advantage. Topics include IT’s relationship to organizational design and business strategies, identification of opportunities for improvement in the work environment, innovative uses of current technologies to leverage those opportunities, and issues of ethics, privacy protection, and security management. Offered as needed. Prerequisite:  BUS 222

BUS 315 COST ACCOUNTING (3)
Studies how managers use accounting information to plan production and control the costs of a manufacturing operation. Topics include cost systems, cost elements, budgeting, profit planning, responsibility accounting, and standard cost. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 202.

BUS 324 INCOME TAX ACCOUNTING (3)
An introduction to the study of federal income tax laws and how they apply to individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Fall semesters, even years. Prerequisite: BUS 202.

BUS 325 ART ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3)
Prepares students to develop and run a business. Students will demonstrate a conversational knowledge of the development and implementation of a business plan, as well as basic art business practices and terminology as they apply to new or existing small-scale business ventures. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 125.

BUS 326 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (3)
Focuses on how accountants provide information to managers who direct and control an organization’s operations. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 301.

BUS 332 BUSINESS FINANCE (3)
Presents the basic principles of the acquisition, financing and management of assets, building on the foundation of time value of money and valuation of securities, and introduces the techniques of capital budgeting and the cost of capital. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 201.

BUS 340 e-MARKETING (3)
Explores e-marketing from a marketing perspective, the Internet’s impact on business, the principles and concepts of doing business on the Web, new media-focused marketing, operational transformation, formation of electronic markets, and the digital economy. Fall semesters. Prerequisite:  BUS 345.

BUS 345 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING (3)
Covers marketing principles, including classification of goods, retailing, wholesaling, physical distribution, personal selling, advertising, pricing, market forecasting and research, and the economic and legal environment in which a business enterprise functions. The emphasis is on small businesses. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

BUS 346 Marketing Communication (3)
Prepares students to develop marketing, advertising, and public relations strategies for their business endeavors or for a small business where they may work. Students develop a conversational knowledge of why and how a small business with limited resources can benefit from developing and implementing a plan. Presents practical techniques, as opposed to theory, to help students understand business fundamentals as they immediately apply them to new or existing small-scale business ventures. Spring semesters beginning 2013. Prerequisite: BUS 345.

BUS 348 RELATIONSHIP SALES (3)
Covers the evolution of personal selling, an important part of marketing; studies the interpersonal interactions between buyers and sellers to initiate, develop and enhance customer relationships.  Fall semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 345.

BUS 350 TOPICS IN BUSINESS (3)
Investigates aspects of business not covered or only lightly touched on in other business courses. Topics vary depending upon the instructor. Offered as needed.

BUS 351 SPORTS MARKETING (3)
Applies the principles of promotion and marketing for college and high school athletics, professional sports, corporate fitness clubs, and resorts. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

BUS 352 SPORT BUSINESS AND FINANCE

A study of theory and applications in the fundamental business practices as applied to sport management. Topics covered include revenue sources, budget development, ownership, taxation, financial analysis and economic impact studies. An emphasis on ticket, group, sponsorship, food service, and broadcast sales as well as fundraising development will be a major emphasis. Prerequisite: Junior standing.                                                                                                                                                                           

BUS 361 BUSINESS LAW (3)
Examines legal terminology, contracts, agencies, partnerships, corporations, property, negotiable instruments, sales, court proceedings, federal laws, and business ethics from the perspective of their relevance and importance in today’s organizations. Students participate in activities that teach them how to manage a business legally with high ethical and moral standards. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

BUS 374 PRINCIPLES OF SPORTS MANAGEMENT (3)
Analyzes effective management strategies and the knowledge associated with pursuing a career in sports management. Emphasizes fundamental sports management principles and skills and information on current issues. Introduces students to sports management career opportunities and sports principles as they relate to leadership style, communication, and motivation. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

BUS 381 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3)
Explores effective human resources management in the dynamic legal, social, and economic environments of public and private organizations. Topics include federal statutes that influence the recruitment, selection, training, and development of organizational members. Various performance appraisal systems are studied along with examining changing benefits and compensation packages. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 271.

BUS 384 ENTREPRENEURIAL LEARNING I (1)
Engages students in real-world practical experiential learning at entrepreneurial  ventures in Finlandia’s Jutila Center. Fall and spring semesters.  Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing.

BUS 385 ENTREPRENEURIAL LEARNING II (2)
Engages students in real-world practical experiential learning at entrepreneurial ventures in Finlandia’s Jutila Center. Fall and spring semesters.  Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing.

BUS 386 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3)
An interdisciplinary study of the variables that affect both the formal and the informal culture within an organization. These include employee motivation, team dynamics, and work performance. Examines leadership from the perspective of how it shapes and sustains the organization’s customs and mores. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 271.

BUS 388   GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3)
 Studies the challenges and opportunities of international business from the viewpoint of the small entrepreneurial venture. Topics include understanding the level of readiness to internationalize, finding and analyzing markets, methods of entry, finding international distributors and partners, exporting and importing, marketing mix decisions, legal aspects, understanding cultural differences, available assistance, and managing international operations.  Spring  semesters.  Prerequisite:  BUS271 or permission of instructor.

BUS 392 PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (3)
Provides students with a sound understanding of the concepts, techniques, and applications of contemporary production and operations management; discusses needs for improvement in quality and productivity to meet current and future demands; and examines production and operations as they relate to international competitiveness and survival in the global marketplace. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: BUS 271.

BUS 395 PROJECT MANAGEMENT (CREDITS)
Examines the fundamentals of project management including organizing, planning, and controllingprojects. Covers concepts such as developing project proposals, project scheduling, managing costs and risk, team management, and communication and documentation issues. Utilizing Microsoft Project, students will plan, schedule and manage a project over the length of the course. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 271 and BUS 222.

BUS 395 PROJECT MANAGEMENT (3)
Examines the fundamentals of project management including organizing, planning, and controllingprojects. Covers concepts such as developing project proposals, project scheduling, managing costs and risk, team management, and communication and documentation issues. Utilizing Microsoft Project, students will plan, schedule and manage a project over the length of the course. Fall semesters. Prerequisites: BUS 271 and BUS 222.

BUS 401 ADVANCED ACCOUNTING (3)
Examines the specialized issues, problems, practices, and skills required when accounting for business combinations, including preparation of consolidated financial statements for organizations that are wholly- and/or partially-owned subsidiary operations, transactions associated with international operations, and partnership accounting. Fall semester even years. Prerequisite: BUS 302.

BUS 411 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3)
Introduces students to corporate financial analysis and decision-making by building on fundamental financial concepts; incorporates the principles of risk/return ratio analysis techniques to corporate finance; covers working capital management, capital structure and intermediate and long-term financing. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: BUS 332.

BUS 420 AUDITING(3)
Studies the attest functions of public accounting. Topics include professional ethics, generally accepted auditing standards, internal control, and the design of audit programs. Spring semester, odd years. Prerequisite: BUS 302. 

BUS 435 ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3)
Introduces students to the entrepreneurship process. Provides a thorough analysis of the entrepreneurial process, including coupling motivation with accurate and timely information, a solid business idea, an effective business plan, and sound execution to maximize chances of success. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 271.

BUS 447 MARKETING FOR SMALL BUSINESS (3)
Incorporates current theory and practice relating to starting, managing, and marketing small firms; provides comprehensive coverage of critical small business issues, using real-world examples to help students understand how to apply business concepts for small companies; incorporates material to help students explore small business issues with respect to marketing, financial management, and human resource management. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 345.

BUS 446 CONSUMER BEHAVIOR (3)

Covers the parameters of consumer behavior including motivation, prersonality and self-concept, the decision-making process, external influences on consumer behavior and the effect of culture. Fall semester, odd years. Prerequisite: BUS 345.

BUS 448 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING (3)
Studies the development and implementation of a marketing strategy in a global setting. Topics include how to devise a mission, utilize limited resources, and design and measure the effectiveness of an international marketing plan. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 345.

BUS 453 ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATION AND INTERNATIONAL SPORT (3)
Introduces the management of amateur athletics, including review of the organizational structures of intercollegiate athletic departments, conferences, and the NCAA. Analyzes, in light of an expanding global sport industry, the organization and management of international sport, including the European “Club” structure and Olympic movements. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

BUS 454 FACILITY AND GAME EVENT MANAGEMENT (3)
Offers an overview of the operation, management, and financing of public and private assembly facilities, including arenas, coliseums, and stadiums and the elements of managing sport games and events. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

BUS 481 RESEARCH METHODS IN BUSINESS DECISION-MAKING (3)
Introduces applied research methods to guide managerial decision-making in a real world practice. Topics covered include quantitative and qualitative research methods by collecting data through surveys, questionnaires, observations, artifacts, focus groups, and desktop research. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: MAT 144 or MAT 145 and junior standing.

BUS 484 ENTREPRENEURIAL LEARNING III (1)
Continuation of BUS 384; engages students in real-world practical experiential learning at entrepreneurial ventures in Finlandia’s Jutila Center. Fall and spring semesters.  Prerequisite: BUS 384 or BUS 385.

 BUS 485 ENTREPRENEURIAL Learning IV (2)
Continuation of BUS 385; engages students in real-world practical experiential learning at entrepreneurial ventures in Finlandia’s Jutila Center. Fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 384 or BUS 385.

BUS 488 BUSINESS STRATEGY (3)
Through lectures, in-class discussion, case studies, assignments and a course project the student will develop an understanding of the strategic planning process and the important role that strategy plays in an organization’s success.  Students will furthermore develop a “strategic mindset” that will enable them to understand strategic implications of decisions made at all levels in an organization. Fall semesters. Prerequisites: BUS 271 and BUS 345.

BUS 489 SENIOR PROJECT IN BUSINESS ( 3)
Students or student teams work on projects related to material in BUS 488. They prepare papers and presentations based upon their project experiences that demonstrate their capacities to synthesize and apply knowledge from an organizational perspective. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 488.

BUS 489 SENIOR PROJECT IN BUSINESS (3)
Students or student teams work on projects related to material in BUS 488. They prepare papers and presentations based upon their project experiences that demonstrate their capacities to synthesize and apply knowledge from an organizational perspective. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 488.

BUS 498 BUSINESS INTERNSHIP (6)
Students work for individual employers in job activities that meet the objectives of the International School of Business, the employer, and the student. A learning agreement is developed between the student and a faculty mentor, who then ensures that the student’s knowledge is applied and utilized in the work setting. With the dean’s approval of courses, this course may also be used for overseas study. Fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

BUS 499 SENIOR THESIS OR PROJECT IN BUSINESS (6)
The end product of this class is a comprehensive and integrated research paper and presentation focusing on a topic of interest to the student. This thesis or project is intended to demonstrate the student’s capacity to synthesize and apply knowledge from an organizational perspective. Offered as needed. Prerequisites: Senior standing and instructor permission. 

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CIS 102 INTRODUCTORY COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (3)
Provides an overview of how computers work, computer terminology and concepts, and the use of a computer as a tool in various disciplines and extensive coverage of the use of Microsoft Office®software for problem solving and decision-making, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Students create documents, worksheets, databases, and presentations suitable for coursework, professional purposes, and personal use. Also included is information about Microsoft Office®Outlook, communications and scheduling software, creating Web pages, and the integration of software applications with the World Wide Web. Fall and spring semesters.

CIS 202 INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (3)
Builds on CIS 102; covers advanced features of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, including integration among them and with the Internet. Students work with various business situations and are required to use problem-solving, critical thinking, and hands-on computer skills to design documents for each situation. Offered as needed.

CIS 350 TOPICS IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3)
Covers the use of the Internet as a resource and common software packages frequently used for Internet problem-solving and decision-making. Offered as needed.