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  Oct 22, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Business Administration BS


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Business Programs (Undergraduate and Graduate)

College of Business
Interim Department Chair Zhen Ma, PhD

Faculty

Soumendra N. Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Business, BSc University of Calcutta; MA Jawaharlal Nehru University; MA, PhD Clark University

Mary B. Carden, Professor Emerita of Business, BS College Misericordia; MA New York University; MBA University of Scranton

Fred J. Croop, Professor of Business, BS, MBA Wilkes University; EdD Northcentral University

Joan Foster, Assistant Professor of Business, BS College Misericordia; MBA Wilkes University; MET Lehigh University

David Gargone, Associate Professor of Business, BS University of Scranton; MAT Rockford College; EdD United States Sports Academy

Zhen Ma, Assistant Professor of Business, BA City University of New York Queens College; PhD City University of New York Graduate Center

Charles J. Makar, Instructor of Business, BA, BS, MBA Wilkes University

John Mellon, Associate Professor of Business, BS The Pennsylvania State University; MBA University of New Haven; EdD George Washington University

Allen C. Minor, Associate Professor of Business, BS University of Baltimore; MS University of South Carolina; DBA Nova Southeastern University

Ronald V. Petrilla, Assistant Professor of Business, BA Bloomsburg State College; MS University of Scranton; PhD University of Pennsylvania

Corina Slaff, Associate Professor of Business, BS, MBA Wilkes University; PhD Capella University

Thomas J. Sweetz, Instructor of Business, BA Moravian College; MS College Misericordia

Joshua D. Winneker, Assistant Professor of Business, BA Muhlenberg College; JD Seton Hall University School of Law

David F. Zinn, Instructor of Business, BS West Virginia University; MS University of Tennessee; MA Cumberland College

Goals and Objectives

The business department aims to prepare students for success in both their careers and life. This is accomplished through a holistic and integrated approach to learning which enable students to adapt to new and changing business paradigms. The deparment aims to develop students analytical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to help them to integrate real-world based learning experiences with business concepts and practices. Importantly, the department emphasizes the development of a framework for ethical decision-making, and strives to give students the ability to recognize and understand awareness of social and ethical issues relevant to business. Consequently, students should develop the ability to recognize and understand the values of mercy, justice, and hospitality.

Upon completion of any business program (accounting, business administration, health care management, management, marketing, sport management, MBA, master of science in organizational management), graduates will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use a holistic and integrated approach to learning
  • Demonstrate the ability to transfer knowledge across courses
  • Demonstrate the ability to approach decision making with analytical problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate real world based learning experiences with business concepts and practices
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a variety of communication media
  • Demonstrate the ability to use relevant technology
  • Demonstrate awareness of social and ethical issues relevant to business
  • Demonstrate awareness of the need to pursue life long learning

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences
Degree, Four-year Track BS, Business Administration, Five-year Track BS, Business Administration and MBA
Department Chair Corina Slaff, PhD

Students who major in business administration choose to focus on a specific area of business. The business administration major allows students to choose a minor sequence in areas such as management, accounting, marketing, financial services, operations and supply chain management or management information systems. The major requires all students to take at least 12 required courses, at least 15 credits in one of five business specialty sequences, and 24 credits in electives, one of which is recommended to be a 3 credit internship, and 9 credits of which are free electives. Majors must complete the 48-credit university core as required by all students.

The business administration major permits students to freely fashion their studies to meet their professional and personal needs. The curriculum contains sufficient flexibility to meet most needs and expectations of students, both those who intend to go on to graduate school and those who seek immediate entrance into the profession. Students in the major need to work very closely with their advisor in the selection of courses. Accounting, health care management, information technology, marketing, management, and sport managment majors cannot choose business administration as a second major, nor can a business administration major choose a second major in any of these areas.

The major permits students to take an aggressively quantitative or qualitative track or an equal balance between the “management by numbers” position and the “management through people” concept. Students are given instruction in business writing and presentation skills.

Sequence of Required Courses


First Year


First Semester


Total Credits 15

Total Credits 16

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total Credits 15

Second Semester


Total Credits 15

Junior Year


First Semester


Total Credits 15

Second Semester


Total Credits 15

Senior Year


First Semester


Total Credits 15

Second Semester


Total Credits 15

Total Required for Graduation 121 Credits


For description and requirements of the Five-year Track BS, Business Administration and MBA, see MBA program description .

Business Administration Major Sequence


(choose five from one area)

Sport Managment Specialization


(all courses required for specialization)

Select Specialization


The select specialization is available only to transfer students with a minimum of 15 completed credit hours (grade of “C” or better) in a business-related field not offered at Misericordia University. Students with credits in a business-related field not offered at Misericordia University may apply those credits as a sequence in the business administration major.

General Business Specialization


Five business non-core 300 and 400 level BUS, ACC and MIS courses (minimum 15 credits) for which the prerequisites have been met.

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