College of Business Administration
This is the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin
College of Business Administration
Dean: Donde Plowman
Associate Dean: Kathleen Farrell
Associate Dean: Ravi Sohi
Assistant Dean: D’vee Buss
Assistant Dean: Rik Barrere
The entrance requirements for the College of Business Administration are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements.
Students are encouraged to obtain information and advice through the Dean’s Office for Undergraduate Programs, CBA 114.
The staff, which includes both professional staff and peer advisers, are well trained, easily accessible, and can provide academic counseling and answer questions on specific degree requirements, transfer credits, prerequisites, changes in major or college, waivers, procedures or policies, and other available campus services.
Professional Staff: Mark Davis, Bede Bolin, Jeff Burdic, Betsy Klemme, Eric Einspahr, D’vee Buss, Megan Friesen
Career Services. While staff and faculty advisers may assist in career advising, the College works closely with the University’s Career Services Office to provide assistance to CBA students. Students should schedule time each semester to visit with the Career Coaches located in CBA 139.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the College of Business Administration are committed to providing effective academic advising to students.
Academic advisers are available to assist students in assessing educational goals, planning programs of study, understanding program requirements, and following policies and procedures.
Students are ultimately responsible for fulfilling all the requirements of the curriculum in which they are enrolled.
Students are responsible for initiating advising contacts and preparing for advising sessions.
The mentoring relationship between academic advisers and students is confidential and is strengthened by advisers’ listening with understanding to student concerns.
Students are expected to take responsibility for a successful university experience and effective advising session. For this to occur the student must:
To complete the requirements for a degree in eight semesters, a student must earn an average of 15 credit hours each semester. Most students need a minimum of two hours of preparation for every hour in class, so a schedule of 15 credit hours is actually equivalent to a 45 hour a week job (15 classroom + 30 preparation).
The student who must work or one who may need additional study time, should plan to take a lighter load and consider taking some summer sessions or an extra semester or two to complete the work required for a degree. In the event that a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 2.5, a lighter academic load may be required.
No credit for graduation is allowed for non-college level courses or for courses that deal primarily with the development of skills including the following:
Transfer Hour Restrictions
“X” Course Restrictions
Credit by examination is generally not available for courses offered by the College of Business Administration, with the exceptions noted.
BSAD 150 Credit by Examination is offered several times each year for BSAD 150. See http://cba.unl.edu/academics/busadmin/resources/bsad150/index.aspx
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is available for students wishing to test out of Macro- and Microeconomics and Principles of Marketing and several non-business courses. Additional information can be found at: http://www.unl.edu/ous/student_programs/credit.shtml
Students may obtain a dual degree by simultaneously enrolling in and completing requirements in the College of Business Administration and another college on campus. Students will need to consult with both colleges to ensure all requirements are satisfied.
Teaching certification is granted by the Nebraska Department of Education after completing endorsement requirements in one or more approved area(s). A list of approved endorsement areas can be found under “Endorsements” in the College of Education and Human Sciences section. Given the number of elective course options in the business program and with early planning and careful selection, students may integrate the certification requirements with CBA graduation requirements. Students interested in obtaining a teaching certificate should contact the director of the College of Education and Human Sciences Student Services Center, 105 Henzlik Hall.
The College of Business Administration participates in the Nebraska Honors Program both in and out of the classroom. University Honors Program courses are accepted to fulfill degree requirements and the College works with departments and individual students to design upper-level course work of specific interest to honors students. For additional information concerning the program, see “Nebraska Honors.”
Honors students also have the option to complete MNGT 475H Honors Business Policies and Strategies in place of the thesis, providing all prerequisites are completed (not in progress). This honors-section course is offered Spring Semester only.
The purpose of the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management is to produce unique graduates who combine business knowledge and computing fundamentals for enterprise information and software systems. Graduates will be professionals who understand the multiple levels of new information systems and who become the technology sector’s innovators, product developers, entrepreneurs, chief information officers, and CEOs.
The program is designed to not only improve students’ ability to create information technology applications and solutions, but also the capacity to understand the implications of information technology for business and society. The program will produce graduates with high technical proficiency as well as a strong sense of the business problems and organizational needs that information systems are intended to serve.
Students interested in learning more about the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management program are encouraged to call 402-472-6000 or visit the program website at raikes.unl.edu.
Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management requirements differ from those listed in the bulletin. Students work closely with the program’s advisers on appropriate sequencing and enrollment in Raikes-specific requirements.
The College recognizes students for academic achievement during the fall and spring semesters by placement on the College Dean’s List. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must complete 12 or more credit hours for a grade (excluding hours with P, NP, NR and I marks) during the semester and attain a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.
In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, the college recommends the bachelors degree With Distinction, With High Distinction, and With Highest Distinction. Students are recommended for this honor by the Scholarship, Honors, and Awards Committee of the College.
To be eligible for consideration students must:
To determine the level of distinction, the Committee uses the cumulative grade point average based on all credit hours taken at UNL prior to the beginning of the term in which the student receives his or her degree. No specific cumulative grade point average is required but the honor is limited to approximately ten percent of the graduating class. This usually means a 3.8 (or higher) GPA. Students will be notified of the distinction, high, or highest distinction designation approximately one month before graduation.
The College of Business Administration has several outstanding education abroad programs where students may enroll and complete course work for their degree requirements at a foreign institution or at an international site. Students should identify their intentions early in their program to ensure the appropriate sequencing and transfer of credit. More information can be found at: http://cba.unl.edu/outreach/abroad/index.aspx and http://educationabroad.unl.edu.
The Nebraska at Oxford program allows undergraduate students to study British political and economic policy at Oxford University in the summer. Students earn credit for ECON 466 and ECON 467 which count for the BSAD, IBUS, and ECON majors; and non-business students may also participate and earn ECON 466 and THEA 398 credit. ECON 211 and ECON 212 must be completed to participate in this program.
Senshu University in Japan gives students an opportunity to study and earn 17 hours in business and Japanese language in Tokyo, Japan. Credit for BSAD 491 (up to 6 hours) will count for BSAD and IBUS majors (6 hours) and 3 hours for MNGT and FINA majors. The advisers in CBA 114 can explain the language credit options for IBUS majors; other business majors receive elective credit for completion of the language courses.
The Consortium of Universities for International Business offers summer and semester graduate and undergraduate business courses in the Veneto region in Italy. Due to the extensive credit options available, students should reference the above website for applicable degree credit.
ESCEM School of Business and Management in Poitiers, France, offers graduate and undergraduate work in management. Depending on fall/spring semester options, students should reference the above website for applicable degree credit.
Education abroad in China is a three-week summer program on Chinese business and culture, with an extended opportunity for those interested in an international internship. Students earn 3-6 hours of credit for BSAD 491 which will count in the major for BSAD and IBUS majors.
Mexico, Spain, Australia, and Others. Other programs are available in many countries with many credit hour options. Students should refer to http://www.unl.edu/affairs/ for additional information and opportunities.
In the term after which a student has completed 85 hours, Graduation Services (109 Canfield Administration Building) will perform a “senior check.” Students will be provided with a copy of the degree audit which informs students about requirements that need to be completed to receive the degree.
Students are responsible for informing the Office of the University Registrar of the manner in which they are completing their requirements (i.e., by independent study, clearance of incompletes, enrollment at another institution, special examinations, etc.); and of any revision of such plans. In addition, any change in address, email, or phone number should be specifically directed to this office (and updated through MyRED) to avoid a postponement of graduation until a later semester.
Second semester freshmen who have completed MATH 104 (or higher) with a grade of “C” or better and have a cumulative 2.5 GPA over at least 14 credit hours earned at UNL, may enroll in ACCT 201 (which normally requires sophomore standing). Freshmen are also permitted to enroll in ECON 211 or ECON 212 upon completion of 12 hours of UNL credit.
Sophomore Standing. For admission to sophomore standing, a student must have earned a minimum of 27 semester hours of credit. It is expected that students will have removed any entrance deficiencies by this point in the program and should maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA to remain on sequence for graduation.
Junior Standing. A student has junior standing after meeting the requirements for sophomore standing and completing 53 semester hours of credit. It is expected that students will maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA to remain on sequence for graduation.
Senior Standing. A student has senior standing after meeting the requirements for junior standing and completing 89 semester hours of credit. It is expected that students will maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA to remain on sequence for graduation.
The faculty of the College has established degree requirements and policies and procedures. Any exceptions to the rules (substitutions and/or waivers) are made as a written appeal to the faculty through the Academic Planning Committee of the College. This request can be made only in unusual circumstances and cannot serve as an excuse for not following college guidelines. Students should meet with an adviser in CBA 114 to discuss options, specific instructions, and procedures for consideration of an appeal.
Students who believe they have received an unfair grade may take the following sequential actions to appeal a grade:
Appeals to change the grade option in a course after the deadline, as well as any late withdrawal requests must be made in writing to the College Grading and Examinations Committee. Restrictions, options, and forms for either of these procedures may be obtained from the Dean’s Office for Undergraduate Programs, CBA 114. The College generally expects any appeal request to be made within a reasonable time frame.
All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at ace.unl.edu. Students may also use the Bulletin’s course search facility to search for ACE groups. Example: Enter ACE one in the search to generate a list of all possible ACE 1 courses.
This is the university’s innovative, outcomes-focused general education component designed to enhance the undergraduate experience by providing broad exposure to multiple disciplines, complementing the major and helping students develop important reasoning, inquiry, and civic capacities.
Important rules to remember when selecting course work to meet this requirement:
Students (including transfer students) must follow the Undergraduate Bulletin in effect when they enroll in the College of Business Administration. Students who leave the college and return or those applying for ‘readmission’ to the College are subject to requirements in place at the time of their re-enrollment in the College.
The curriculum requirements for the College consist of course work in three areas.
All course work (except electives and where otherwise noted) must be taken for a grade.
The three areas include the following:
Non-Business Requirements (NBR)
– which consist primarily of College and University ACE (Achievement-Centered Education) course work
– Foundation (BCF), which also includes ACE 6 & 8
– Intermediate (BCI)
– Advanced-Major (BCA-M)
– Advanced-Capstone (BCA-C), (ACE 10)
(Most of the ACE requirements)
Choose ONE of the following:
ENGL 101 Writing: Rhetoric & Reading
ENGL 150 Writing: Rhetoric as Inquiry
ENGL 151 Writing: Rhetoric as Argument
Students should refer to the course descriptions to select the one course best suited to individual interests. While several communication courses can be selected to fulfill the university ACE 1 outcome, one of the above is a specific requirement for the College of Business Administration and will fulfill both requirements with one course.
Choose ONE of the following:
MATH 104 Calculus for Managerial & Social Sciences (3 cr)
MATH 106 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (5 cr)
Any advanced calculus course above the 106 level
Notes regarding the selection of course work for NBR 2 (ACE 3):
– A first semester student’s score on the Math Placement Exam will determine eligibility for MATH 104 or 106. The student should select between these classes based on the following sets of circumstances.
– Actuarial Science majors MUST take MATH 106 (or a higher-level calculus).
Students admitted to the College of Business Administration are required to take a Math Placement Examination prior to enrolling in the college math requirement of MATH 104 or MATH 106 (or higher math).
Whether required to enroll in preparation course work first, as indicated on the MPE (MATH 100A, MATH 101 and/or MATH 103), or in one of the required courses, it is critical to begin MATH the first semester on campus.
Choose one course from ACE 4 Certified Courses. (Course credit will vary between 3-4 credit hours.)
Choose one course from ACE 5 Certified Courses.
Choose one course from ACE 7 Certified Courses.
Choose one course from ACE 9 Certified Courses.
Students enrolling for their first semester with junior standing (or more), will see that the list of approved courses includes a few business courses. While this section is labeled “non-business requirements,” students may elect to enroll in one of the business courses to fulfill the ACE 9 requirement as long as prerequisites are completed (which are generally reserved for juniors or seniors). Work closely with your adviser to bring this to their attention and to question how this course may potentially satisfy other degree program requirements, including the major. The options include:
In any of the above instances where a double counting is an option, only 3 hours of credit are awarded; student will still need to meet the 120 hours for graduation.
JGEN 220 Business Communication Strategies
COMM 286 Business & Professional Communication
NOTE: In the selection of course work for any of the above NBR’s, prerequisites, when stated anywhere in this bulletin, means course work MUST BE COMPLETED to enroll in the class. Concurrent enrollment in any identified prerequisite(s) is NOT permitted unless so indicated in the course description.
The foundation and intermediate courses are designed to expose students to the various business disciplines. The advanced courses are those courses identified for each of the nine majors, and the capstone course is taken the final semester of the program. All course work for the Business Core (except where noted differently), must be taken for a grade.
All students in the College of Business Administration will take the following courses (unless otherwise noted).
ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I
ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II
ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics
Students may pursue and reference specific major requirements by clicking on the major: accounting, actuarial science, agribusiness, business administration, economics, finance, international business, management, or marketing.
Electives round out the rest of the 120 hour curriculum where students have the option to choose courses toward a second major, a dual degree, a minor (or two); or, students can simply select courses of personal interest.
The course must be chosen from the following approved list of International Business Course Requirement (IBCR) courses. Many of these courses have prerequisites. Some are restricted for education abroad and others may only be offered once a year. Thus, you are advised to plan ahead in scheduling this requirement into your program.
BSAD 491 International Studies in Business and Economics (1-15 hrs)
ECON 321 International Economics
If not already completed, ECON 321 may double count for the ECON major AND NBR 6–ACE 9, Global Awareness (or toward an ECON or IBUS minor and NBR 6–ACE 9).
ECON 322 Developmental Economics (not regularly available)
ECON 323 Economic Development of Latin America (not regularly available)
ECON 388 Comparative Economics Systems (not regularly available)
ECON 421 International Trade
ECON 422 International Finance
ECON 423 Economics of Less Developed Countries
ECON 440 Regional Development
Courses for the Nebraska at Oxford Program
ECON 487 Economies in Transition (not regularly available)
FINA 450 International Finance
MNGT 398 Special Topics: Comparative International Small Business Management
Must be taken for a grade to count.
MNGT 414 Leadership in a Global Context
If not already completed, MNGT 414 may double count for the MNGT or BSAD or IBUS major AND NBR 6–ACE 9, Global Awareness (or it can count for the MNGT or IBUS minor and NBR 6–ACE 9).
MRKT 453 International Marketing (requires 6 hrs of MRKT prerequisites)
If planned carefully, the IBCR course can count in two places. It is not an extra 3 hours of credit, but rather, is 3 hours embedded within other requirements. If selected carefully, it can also count for 3 hours of credit in the major (i.e. MRKT 453 counts for MRKT elective in MRKT major and would count for the IBCR; FINA 450 counts for FINA elective in FINA major and would fulfill the IBCR as well; etc.). On the other hand, if course work for the major is already determined by personal choices, the IBCR can count in electives, and more specifically, for one of the ‘business’ electives needed for most majors.
As part of the degree requirements, all students must complete 12 hours of 300/400 level course work.
This can be business or non-business course work.
Sixty (60) hours of business courses are required for the BSBA degree.
The required hours WILL VARY BY MAJOR, dependent on how requirements have been accepted and/or completed throughout the previous components of the program. While GENERAL MINIMUM guidelines by major are noted below, the Degree Audit will specify minimum business credit hour expectations for each student. You will generally see this addressed under the ELECTIVE section (BUSINESS ELECTIVES) on DARS.
Course work must be taken for a grade except for 398/399 options where grades are generally not permitted
Other than meeting the minimum requirement for admission to the University, the College does not require any additional work in foreign languages except for the international business major. Students, however, are always encouraged to take language courses.
A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation; more may be necessary if specific degree requirements have not yet been completed. Most students will graduate with 121 hours as BSAD 150 is not applicable toward degree requirements.
While students may earn grades of C- or D, there are restrictions and recommendations for such grades and further enrollment options:
The Pass/No Pass option is designed for students who want to study areas or topics in which they may have minimum preparation. If used for this purpose, the option can enrich the student’s academic experience without lowering the student’s grade point average. Several restrictions apply when considering the Pass/No Pass option:
Exceptions to the above rules are limited to the following and no other exceptions will be made.
A 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required to apply for graduation, as well as a requirement for enrollment in ACCT 201 and ACCT 202, ECON 215, BLAW 371 and BLAW 372, FINA 361, MNGT 331, MNGT 360, MNGT 475, MNGT/MIST or MRKT 350, and MRKT 341. In some instances, a specific grade is required in certain courses to continue with upper-level course work.
See Maximum/Minimum hour restrictions under Course Exclusions and Restrictions
In addition to the Business Core Intermediate and Business Core Advanced and Business Course Advanced Capstone requirements, business students must complete an additional 12 hours of 300/400-level course work in their program (not required for ACTS majors and RAIKES students). Students generally fulfill this requirement through their electives, but there may be a few upper-class students who can fulfill the requirement with the ACE course requirements.
There are many opportunities to earn college credit through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education. While many of these credits may be applicable toward fulfilling college-specific requirements, there are restrictions for enrollment and completion. Please refer to http://onlineundergraduate.unl.edu/ for additional information.
Actuarial Science (also offered through the College of Arts & Sciences)
Agribusiness (also offered through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources)
Economics (also offered through the College of Arts & Sciences)
Given the number of elective hours available to most CBA students, consideration should be given to the opportunity to pursue a dual degree, which allows simultaneous enrollment in CBA and another college on campus. Students will need to consult with both colleges to ensure all requirements are satisfied in a timely, efficient manner and that double counting of course (where appropriate) is identified in advance of enrollment.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Architecture
Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctorate
Master of Professional Accountancy/Juris Doctorate
Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA)
Master of Science in Actuarial Science
Master of Arts in Business with a specialization in Marketing
Master of Arts in Economics
Business with specializations in:
Business with emphasis in:
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Additional information on all graduate degree programs, including those listed above, can be found in the Graduate Studies Bulletin. For more information, please go to http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies.
The faculty of the College encourages students to minor in a discipline outside the College to develop logical and critical thinking, curiosity, understanding of the external environment and sensitivity to ethical issues. By developing these abilities, students can enrich their lives and provide a broader basis for informed and responsible decision making.
These are the only minor options available outside the College of Business Administration.
African American Studies
Applied Science (formerly Diversified Agricultural Studies)
Art or Art History
Astronomy (see Physics)
Child, Youth and Family Studies
Community and Regional Planning
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Czech (see Modern Languages)
French (see Modern Languages)
German (see Modern Languages)
Great Plains Studies
Greek (see Classics & Religious Studies)
Human Rights and Human Diversity
Individualized Program of Studies
Latin (see Classics & Religious Studies)
Latino and Latin American Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Meteorology-Climatology (see Geosciences)
Native American Studies
Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Religious Studies (see Classics & Religious Studies)
Russian (see Modern Languages)
Spanish (see Modern Languages)
Textiles, Clothing and Design
U.S. Latina/Latino Studies (see Latino and Latin American Studies)
Women’s and Gender Studies
The College of Business Administration offers the following business minors to business students only.
There are several options available to finance majors:
Management majors can emphasize areas of concentration (as described under the management major) in:
Marketing majors can pursue tracks (as described under the marketing major) in:
Unlike the major and minor, recognition of completion of these emphases/tracks do not appear on the student’s transcript.
ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions (3 hrs)
ECON 200 Economic Essentials & Issues (3 hrs)
BLAW 300 Business Government & Society (3 hrs)
FINA 300 Financial Decision Making (3 hrs)
MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations (3 hrs)
MRKT 300 Contemporary Marketing (3 hrs)
The following guide allows for completion of degree requirements within four years. Use the guide to plan for each semester and always refer to the Degree Audit (accessible on MyRED) to determine requirements specific to the major.
ACE 4, 5, 7, 9
Total: 31 hours
ACE and/or Electives
Total: 30 hours
BLAW 371 (non-accounting majors)
Departmental Major Requirements (if prerequisites are completed)
Departmental Major Requirements
ACE and/or Electives (300/400 level if not done)
Total: 30 hours
IBCR (if not taken in major)
ACE and/or Electives (300/400 level if not done)
MNGT 475 Business Policies & Strategies (final semester)
BSAD 98 Senior Assessment (final semester)
Total: 30 hours