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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration

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325 Somsen Hall
Business Administration website
Patrick Paulson, Chairperson


Marzie Astani, Professor; BA, Tehran University; MS, PhD, Iowa State University of Science and Technology; MBA, Central Michigan University; 1987 -
JoEll W. Bjorke, Professor; BS, St. Cloud State University; JD, William Mitchell College of Law; 1981 -
Jana Craft, Assistant Professor; BS, California State University, Bakersfield; MA, College of St. Scholastica; PhD, University of Minnesota; 2013 -
Shashi Dewan, Professor; BS, Malviya Regional Engineering College; MBA, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology; 1988 -
Baekkyoo (Brian) Joo, Assistant Professor; BA, Sogang University; MA, PhD, University of Minnesota; 2007 -
Diane May, Associate Professor; BA, Randolph-Macon Women’s College; JD, University of San Diego; 2004 -
Patrick Paulson, Professor; BS, MS, Illinois Institute of Technology; JD, Indiana University; 2000 -
Kathryn J. Ready, Professor; BA, MBA, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; PhD, University of Iowa; 2006 -
Daniel Sauers, Professor; BS, Slippery Rock State University; MBA, PhD, Florida State University; 2002 -
Kimberlee Snyder, Professor; BS, Kansas State University; MBA, PhD, New Mexico State University; 2000 -
Sohail Subhani, Professor; BS, University of Karachi; MBA, PhD, University of Texas, Arlington; 2002 -
Mussie Tessema, Associate Professor; BA, University of Asmara; MA, Groningen University; MBA, Strayer University; PhD, Tilburg University-Netherlands; 2007 -
Brian P. Winrow, Associate Professor; BA, Western New Mexico University; MBA, JD, University of South Dakota; DBA, Metropolitan State University; 2008 -
Hamid Yeganeh, Assistant Professor; BA, Isfahan University; MBA, PhD, Laval University; 2007 -


The purpose of the Business Administration program is to prepare students through a progressive discipline for careers in management and administrative positions in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. The management curriculum is designed to provide students with the tools to pursue professional careers in management of operating units or groups and more specialized areas such as human resources management. Students who pursue an education in management information systems (MIS) will develop an understanding of the integration of information systems technologies into various business units.

Department Programs

College of Business (COB) Admissions Policy

Admission to the College of Business (COB) for College of Business BS majors and minors is required before students may enroll in 300- and 400-level classes. †

College of Business Admission Requirements

  1. 30 or more earned credits at the time of application
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 (includes transfer credits)
  3. Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C” is required:

† Non-College of Business majors and minors must have junior status and instructor’s permission to take COB 300- and 400-level courses.

Math and Statistics Requirements for Minors with Non-COB Majors

  • Business Administration, Finance, Marketing and Professional Selling: refer to the math and statistics requirement listed under the COB Admission Requirement
  • Accounting, Business Law, International Business, Management and MIS minors: completion of math and statistics courses required by the major or if none required, any college-level math and statistics course

College of Business Application Process

The Application for Admission to the College of Business is available online at the College of Business home page.

Provisional Admission

A student may apply for provisional admission in order to pre-register for 300 or 400 level COB courses. In order to qualify for provisional admission, the student must be completing all of the requirements for admission in the current semester. To apply for provisional admission, contact the COB Dean’s Office in Somsen 309 prior to preregistration. Once the grades are in for the current semester, the student must immediately apply for admission. If not granted admission prior to the beginning of the next semester, the student will be dropped from the 300 or 400 level COB courses.

College of Business Common Core (33 S.H.)

Accounting (6 S.H.)


Business Administration (15 S.H.)


Economics (6 S.H.)


Finance (3 S.H.)


Marketing (3 S.H.)


Graduation Requirements for All Department of Business Administration Majors and Minors

  1. Complete all course work required for the major/minors.
  2. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in all courses that count toward the major/minor.
  3. Complete a minimum 15 credit hours of 300- and 400-level courses from the Department of Business Administration at WSU in major.
  4. All courses in  major/minor must  be taken for a grade only. No P/NC accepted.
  5. Complete a minimum of 50% of the business courses in the major/minor at WSU.
  6. Meet all WSU graduation requirements.

Note: Students declaring a minor in the BUSA department must complete 3 unique credits (as opposed to 1 unique course) from all majors declared.

For a checklist of the University’s graduation requirements, see the Academic Policies & University Requirements   section of this catalog.


The Business Administration major is available through the Path to Purple Program at WSU-Rochester. See the Business Administration - BS Major (Rochester)   section for the articulation of this program.

General Education Intensive Course Requirements

Students may use intensive courses to satisfy both General Education Intensive and major requirements.  Intensive courses will usually be in the student’s major or minor program. The Business Administration Department offers the following intensive courses in the General Education Intensive Course Requirements:


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Writing (△)
Math/Critical Analysis (◆)

Intensive courses that can be used to satisfy major/minor requirements are identified in the lists of required courses and electives.


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