Mar 31, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration

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324 Somsen Hall
Business Administration website
Dr. Kubilay Gok, Chairperson


Jana Craft, Professor; BS, California State University-Bakersfield; MA, College of St. Scholastica; PhD, University of Minnesota; 2013 -
Marcy A. Faircloth, Assistant Professor; BBA, Baylor University; JD, University of North Dakota; MBA, University of North Dakota; 2019 -
Kubilay Gok, Associate Professor; BS, University of Ankara; MSHRLR, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MS, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 2015 -
Huh-Jung Hahn, Associate Professor; BA, Ewha Womans University; MA, Seoul National University; PhD, University of Minnesota; 2016 -
Jing Han, Associate Professor; BA, Beijing Normal University; PhD, Peking University; 2016 -
Jason Kight, Associate Professor; JD, Southern Illinois University School of Law; MBA, Eastern Illinois University; 2016 -
Sang-Phil Kim, Associate Professor; ME, BE, Inha University, South Korea; MBA, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University; PhD, Purdue University; 2014 -
Diane May, 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 -
Sohail Subhani, Professor; BS, University of Karachi; MBA, PhD, University of Texas-Arlington; 2002 -
Mussie Tessema, Professor; BA, University of Asmara; MA, Groningen University; MBA, Strayer University; PhD, Tilburg University-Netherlands; 2007 -
Hamid Yeganeh, Professor; BA, Isfahan University; MBA, PhD, Laval University; 2007 -
Zhezhu Wen, Assistant Professor; BS, Yanbian University of Science Technology; MS, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; PhD, ABD, University of Toledo; 2021 -


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 of Business Administration

Curriculum offered by the Business Administration (BUSA) Department at WSU provides students with the skills, knowledge, and experience that organizations value.

Emphasis is placed on organizational functioning within changing economic, legal, socio-cultural, and technological environments.

The BUSA department offers programs with the goal of developing the technical, analytical, and conceptual skills for the future leaders of organizations in the private and public sectors.

The objectives of the BUSA Department programs are to (source: 2018 Program Review Self Report):

  1. Provide an integrated foundation of skills and knowledge in critical content areas necessary to prepare students for professional business careers
  2. Provide students with opportunities to learn and practice, individually as well as in a team, analytical thinking skills and use of analytical tools
  3. Provide students with learning experiences that build an understanding of international business issues and practices as well as expose them to diverse cultural perspectives, both international and domestic, in business
  4. Build awareness and understanding of key concepts in ethics and apply these to realistic ethical dilemmas
  5. Provide students with opportunities to apply modern technologies to business data analysis an research, decision-making, presentations, and communication

Whatever your career path is, you will learn from academically active and practically experienced faculty about both time tested and the latest concepts and skills needed to direct and manage of an organization’s activities in keeping with its mission and objectives.

Students will develop an understanding of the critical skills required for general management in the areas of:

  • Strategic Management
  • Organizational Theory
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Information System
  • International Business
  • Business Law
  • Project Management

College of Business (COB) Admissions Policy

Admission to the College of Business (COB) for all majors and minors in the departments of Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Marketing is required before students may enroll in 300-400 level Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Marketing classes.

College of Business Admission Requirements

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

Non College of Business majors and minors must have junior status and instructor’s permission to take COB 300 or 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 Requirements.

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.

Check the appropriate major to see what mathematics and statistics courses are required.

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 Ms. Kattie Sacia ( in 318 Somsen 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.

Application to the College of Business

Applications cannot be submitted until grades for all courses required for admission are recorded on the student’s Degree Audit. Then to begin the application process, students must first read the Academic Integrity Policy.

Applications for admission to the College of Business will be reviewed and processed by Kim Vogen after grades have been posted by the Registrar’s Office. Confirmation of admission will be sent using WSU e-mail addresses to each student majoring or minoring in the College of Business. After completing the form, please allow approximately two weeks processing time.

Once you have been admitted, your Degree Audit will switch from a pre-major to your major area of study.

If you have been admitted to the College of Business and are still having difficulties registering, please contact Kim Vogen at for assistance.

College of Business Common Core (33 credits)

Accounting (6 credits)
Business Administration (15 credits)
Economics (6 credits)
Finance (3 credits)
Marketing (3 credits)

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 (BURC) - BS Major (Rochester)  section for the articulation of this program.

Students who wish to complete their upper division requirements solely online may request to be enrolled in the Business Administration Online Degree Completion program cohort. This program is designed specifically for adult learners outside of Winona who have completed the first two years of lower-division general education requirements. See the Business Administration Online Degree Completion Program for more information.

General Education Intensive Requirements

Students may use intensive courses to satisfy both General Education Program (GEP)  and major requirements. Intensive courses will usually be in the student’s major or minor program. The following are offered as GEP intensive courses:


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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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