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School of Business

Academic Advising and Admission Requirements

As stated in the School of Business Values Statement (above), students are expected to act responsibly in their academic programs and to “understand the requirements and expectations of their degree programs and plan their class schedules consistent with these expectations.” More concretely, students pursuing a major within the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program have the ultimate responsibility for understanding the requirements of their degree programs, including potential scheduling conflicts between majors, for monitoring their own progress in the program, and for ensuring that the program requirements, including course prerequisites, are met in order and on a timely basis. Students are expected to understand the program requirements as outlined in this catalog and in the advising materials. In planning their class schedules, students are expected to observe basic advising principles, including course prerequisites, as well as to consult with an advisor within the School of Business to clarify any doubts. Course prerequisites are considered met when the prerequisite course is complete with a grade of “C” or better. Where needed, the students should prepare transfer course petitions in accord with the procedures below. Students should process a degree audit prior to every advising session and subsequent enrollment. Other requirements are found in the Graduation Requirement section (below). Note: The prerequisites of a course include the prerequisites of its prerequisite courses.

Transfer Credit

The School of Business reserves the right to evaluate any credit hours offered for transfer relative to the current standards before accepting or rejecting such hours to meet School of Business requirements. In accord with business accreditation standards, academic work accepted from other institutions should be comparable to that in the degree programs of the School of Business. Students should be prepared to provide catalog course descriptions and course syllabi to the School of Business. Official transcripts of all coursework should be sent directly to Washburn University Registrar. To facilitate advising and schedule planning, this review of transfer courses should be completed during the first semester of enrollment. Transfer courses that might meet University degree requirements, including general education requirements, if the transfer courses are not already on the Washburn University Transfer Guides, will need to be reviewed by the department of the discipline of the course or by the University General Education Committee. Students will need to petition for approval of the course no later than the second semester of enrollment and will need to provide catalog course descriptions, syllabi, and other information as required by the “General Education Transfer Course Petition” available on the Vice President for Academic Affairs website. Petitions should be prepared by the students and submitted through the students’ academic advisors.

International Transfer Credit

International students with transfer credit from non-U.S. institutions must provide original transcripts that should have detailed addresses of the issuing school for verification. If originals cannot be submitted, attested certified copies of transcripts must be sent to Washburn by the issuing school on the school’s official envelope and stationary. All university level foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Washburn University-recognized evaluation service (e.g. Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES)). A “course-by-course” report is required. Cost of this evaluation is borne by the student. Applications can be obtained from their respective websites (www.ece.org for ECE and www.wes.org for WES). Completed evaluations should be sent directly by the evaluation agency to the Office of International Programs at Washburn University. (https://www.washburn.edu/academics/international-programs/international-students/Transcript%20Requirements%20-%20for%20website.pdf2019)

As in the case of courses transferred from the U.S. institutions, courses in accounting, business, business data analytics, and economics not already on the transfer guides will need to be reviewed by the School of Business. In the case of courses that might meet the University degree requirements, including the general education requirements, the courses need to be reviewed by the University General Education Committee or by the chair of the department of the course. To facilitate advising and schedule planning, the School of Business review process should be completed in the first semester of enrollment at Washburn. General education courses should be petitioned for approval no later than early in the second semester of enrollment. In both cases the process starts with the posting of the results of the ECE or WES evaluation on the student’s Washburn University transcript and degree audit. For students who have completed a baccalaureate degree or associate degree with a similar duration as a domestic baccalaureate degree or associate degree from an accredited international institution, courses satisfactorily completed in the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics will be accepted for credit in the appropriate general-education area

International transfer courses completed outside of a completed degree program will need to be reviewed individually by the relevant department chair or by the University General Education Committee. The students should provide catalog course descriptions, syllabi and other information as required by the “General Education Transfer Course Petition” available on the Vice President for Academic Affairs website. Students who wish to enter School of Business programs from the Washburn University’s Intensive English program should move quickly to provide these materials, especially for courses needed for prerequisites or admission to the School of Business. Petitions should be prepared by the students and submitted through the students’ academic advisors. www.washburn.edu/academics/international-programs/international-students/gen%20ed%20transfer%20petition

Basic Advising Principle

The basic advising principle is that among courses required by the School of Business 100-level courses should be completed before 200-level courses, which should be completed before 300-level courses, which should be completed before 400-level courses. However, several general education courses should be saved until the end in order to be able to complete a class schedule when business courses are of limited availability. While the upper-division business requirement beyond the upper-division business core has room for two major areas of concentration in most cases (excluding accounting), students should not expect to complete the requirements of both in the same semester and should plan carefully to avoid class conflicts.

An early goal should be prompt admission to the School of Business. Requirements for admission are completion of 54 hours, MA 116 College Algebra, and the seven admission courses offered by the School of Business.

Each of these courses need to be taken for a grade with a grade of “C” or better. Upon admission to the School, students are permitted to take 400-level courses in accounting and business, subject to meeting the other prerequisites. No more than 30 hours of AC and BU coursework may be taken before admission to the School of Business.

Administratively, there are four steps in a student’s progress to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, apart from the course work and the separate applications for scholarships and financial aid, which need to be initiated by the student. These steps include:

  1. application to Washburn University as a degree-seeking student,
  2. declaration of major,
  3. admission to the School of Business, and
  4. application for the degree.

At the time of the application for the degree, the student should undeclare any major no longer being pursued.

Application to Washburn University as a Degree-seeking Student

Students who first enroll at Washburn University as a visiting or non-degree-seeking student and then decide to seek a Washburn degree must then apply for admission to the University as a degree-seeking student and be admitted in order to receive the benefits of degree-seeking status.

Declaration of Major Area of Concentration/Degree/Catalog Year

Early in their program of study, all students interested in earning the Bachelor of Business Administration degree should declare their degree goal and major area of concentration. Declarations of major program are done in person at the School of Business office by filling out and turning in the “Declaration of Major Program Form.” After the declaration of major program has been approved and the faculty advisor has been assigned, the students should meet with the faculty advisor for enrollment advising and to plan their academic program. This procedure also applies to changes of major program and declarations of an additional major program. The concentrations available within the BBA degree are accounting, business data analytics, entrepreneurship and innovation, economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, and general business. Students interested in the BBA degree but who have not yet decided on a concentration initially can declare a concentration in general business and then later change their declaration to align with their final decision. Declaring a major is not the same as being admitted to the School of Business. A declaration of major is simply a statement of student intentions which also establishes an advising relationship. To be admitted to the School of Business, students must satisfy the conditions for admission detailed under Application for Admission to the School of Business below.

Application for Admission to the School of Business

Upon completion of 54 semester hours of college credit, MA 116 College Algebra, and the seven required lower-division School of Business courses, students should apply for admission to the School of Business. Each course must be taken for a grade and a grade of “C” or better must be earned in each course. The seven courses required for admission:

MA 116College Algebra3
AC 224Financial Accounting3
AC 225Managerial Accounting3
BU 248Foundations of Data Analysis3
BU 250Management Information Systems3
EC 200Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
EC 211Statistics for Business and Economics3

MA 346 Regression Analysis may be substituted for EC 211 Statistics for Business and Economics. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned after being admitted to the School of Business. Admission to the School of Business is a requirement for enrolling in BU 449 Strategic Management, the capstone course of the BBA degree as well as all 400-level accounting (AC) and business (BU) courses. As part of the application for admission to the School of Business and prior to each semester’s advising, students are asked to process a degree audit and to confirm that all transfer credit is correctly posted. Students should file an application for admission with the Office of the Dean of the School of Business as soon as the student becomes eligible to apply. Students are limited to no more than 30 credit hours of accounting and business courses without being admitted to the School of Business. Upon admission students should process a degree audit to determine the remaining courses and to develop a plan to graduation.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree

  1. Requirements Common to all Bachelor Degrees
    The student must meet the requirements common to all bachelor degrees established by the University. These requirements include the core requirements in freshman and advanced composition and in mathematics, as well as the general education distribution requirements in the areas of Arts and Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The general education distribution requirement for the BBA degress is nine hours in each of the three areas and is partially met by the correlate courses required for the BBA degree. For a description of the University general education requirement, see Requirements Common to all Bachelor Degrees in the index.
  2. Specific Degree Requirements
    A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for graduation with the BBA degree.

    BBA candidates must complete the following required correlate courses with a grade of “C” or better:
    MA 116College Algebra3
    MA 140Statistics3
    CN 150Public Speaking3
    Select two of the following:6
    Cultural Anthropology
    Basic Concepts in Psychology
    Introduction to Sociology
    Select one of the following:3
    Academic Reading & Research
    Understanding Short Fiction
    Introduction to Literature
    Shakespearean Afterlives
    Beginning Nonfiction Writing
    Professional Writing
    Beginning Fiction Writing
    Total Hours18

    All of these courses can be used to meet a University general education area requirement as well. In meeting the 51-hour requirement, BBA candidates must complete an additional three-hour course in one general education distribution area beyond the nine hours required in each of the three distribution areas.

    The following School of Business courses must be completed by all candidates for the BBA degree. These courses include seven lower-division courses and seven upper-division courses for a total of 42 semester hours.
    Lower-division Core
    AC 224Financial Accounting3
    AC 225Managerial Accounting3
    BU 248Foundations of Data Analysis3
    BU 250Management Information Systems3
    EC 200Principles of Microeconomics3
    EC 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
    EC 211Statistics for Business and Economics3
    Upper-division Courses
    BU 315Legal Environment of Business3
    BU 342Organization & Management3
    BU 347Production and Operations Management3
    BU 360Principles of Marketing3
    BU 381Business Finance3
    BU 449Strategic Management3
    Select one of the following:3
    International Business 1
    International Economics 1
    International Finance 1
    1

    BU 355 International Business, EC 410 International Economics, and BU 477 International Finance cannot be used to meet both the core requirement and the requirements of a major area of concentration.


    A grade point average of at least 2.0 is a prerequisite for enrollment in the six upper-division business courses required of all BBA students (BU 315 Legal Environment of Business, BU 342 Organization & Management, BU 347 Production and Operations Management, BU 360 Principles of Marketing, BU 381 Business Finance, and BU 449 Strategic Management), as well as for enrollment in EC 300 Microeconomic Analysis and EC 301 Macroeconomic Theory. Prerequisites are met only by successfully completing a prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or better. A student must be admitted to the School of Business to enroll in 400-level accounting (AC) and business (BU) courses.

    BBA candidates must complete an additional 24 hours of upper-division coursework offered by the School of Business. This may be done in either of the following ways. A student may select courses from a number of subject areas within the School of Business and receive a BBA with a major area of concentration in general business. Alternatively, a student may complete one (or more) of the following concentrations within the 24 semester hours. These concentrations are accounting, business data analytics, entrepreneurship and innovation, economics, finance, international business, management, and marketing. The specific requirements of each of these concentrations are found below. When two major areas of concentration are selected, the student should seek advice from faculty member in both major areas and prepare a graduation plan two semesters before the intended graduation date to check for feasibility.

    A grade of C or better must be earned in each course required by the School of Business and in each additional required course applied to a major area of concentration, including courses used to meet the 24-hour upper-division requirement noted above.

    At least 50 percent of the accounting, business, and economics hours used to meet requirements for the BBA degree must be earned at Washburn University.

    Candidates for the BBA degree may not use economics courses to fulfill the Social Science general education distribution requirement