College of Business Administration, Undergraduate Catalog 1996 - 1998

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Deans
General Information
Objectives
History and Facilities
Financial Assistance Available through the College of Business Administration
Student Services and Academic Advising
Self-Advising
Business Career Services
Student Organizations
Bureau of Business Research
Admission and Registration
Requirements for Admission to the College of Business Administration
Freshman Admission Requirements for Texas Residents
Freshman Admission Requirements for Nonresidents
Application Procedures for Freshman Admission
Students in Other Divisions of the University
Transfer Admission
Claiming a Major
Admission-to-Major Requirements for Students Previously Enrolled at the University
Registration
Academic Policies and Procedures
Honors
Honors Program
University Honors
Graduation with University Honors
Beta Gamma Sigma
The Business Foundations Program
Admission to the Certification Program
Business Foundations Certification Program Requirements
Graduation
Special Requirements of the College of Business Administration
The Degree Audit and Graduation Application
Degrees
Applicability of Certain Courses
Physical Activity Courses
ROTC Courses
Courses Taken on the Pass/Fail Basis
Correspondence and Extension Courses
Concurrent Enrollment
Internships
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Requirements
Program Degree Requirements
Accounting
Engineering Route to the Bachelor of Business Administration
Finance
Honors Program
International Business
Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Courses


Robert G. May
PhD
Dean

Victor L. Arnold
PhD
Associate Dean

Allen H. Bizzell
DBA
Associate Dean

R. Conrad Doenges
DBA
Associate Dean

George P. Huber
PhD
Associate Dean

Rajendra K. Srivastava
PhD
Associate Dean

Robert A. Casey Jr.
MBA
Assistant Dean

Herbert A. Miller Jr.
BS
Assistant Dean

General Information

Objectives

The objective of the College of Business Administration is to provide a well-rounded professional education. Such an education should provide the student with the opportunity to develop at least the following: an understanding of contemporary business culture; an appreciation of its historical evolution and an awareness of the social and economic forces shaping its future; an ability to recognize and promote ethical and social values; an understanding of the major functional areas of business; an opportunity for specialization for a career in business; and preparation for advanced study.

Since the student of today is the leader of tomorrow, a well-rounded professional education must include a broad foundation in the liberal arts, investigation into the major functional areas of business activity, and the chance to develop proficiency in the use of analytical techniques, the ability to think through problems and arrive at logical solutions, and an appreciation of the organization's social responsibilities. Above all, a professional education should inspire the graduate to assume the kind of business and community leadership that will perpetuate the most desirable features of the modern business system.

The business curricula emphasize development of the ability to gather and use data, to reach sound business decisions, to communicate effectively, and to foster successful human relationships.

History and Facilities

The College of Business Administration was created as a school in 1922, the outgrowth of the work in business administration first offered in the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall of 1912. In 1945, the school was reorganized as a college. The degree of Bachelor of Business Administration was first offered in 1916 - 1917. The Bureau of Business Research, organized in 1926 as one of the Extramural Divisions of the University, became the research division of the College of Business Administration in September, 1945. In addition to the Bureau of Business Research, the college includes the Departments of Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Science and Information Systems, and Marketing Administration. Coursework in business may lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master in Professional Accounting, and Doctor of Philosophy.

The College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Business are housed in the George Kozmetsky Center for Business Education. This three-building complex includes modern classrooms and offices, lecture rooms with sophisticated multimedia equipment, and conference and study rooms, as well as lounges for informal student and teacher interaction. Computer and computer-access facilities are also available to students, faculty members, and staff members.

Financial Assistance Available through the College of Business Administration

Students in the College of Business Administration are eligible for scholarships and awards funded by industry, foundations, and individuals. Some of these awards are available college-wide, while others are restricted to students in one department. Since funds are limited, students selected to receive an award must demonstrate outstanding academic aptitude and a firm commitment to a business education.

Freshman scholarships range from four-year awards covering tuition and fees to one-time five-hundred-dollar or one-thousand-dollar awards. Freshman applicants should complete a University of Texas Application for Freshman Scholarships and return it to the Office of Student Financial Services. The deadline for submission is December 1 of the student's senior year in high school.

Most scholarships for continuing students are reserved for students who have declared a business major. Generally, forty-five to fifty college scholarships are awarded annually, in amounts of $250 to $2,500; some are renewable. Criteria for awarding scholarships vary to meet the wishes of the donors but often include financial need, academic performance, major area of study, and hometown. Descriptions of college scholarships and applications for them are available in the Undergraduate Dean's Office, College of Business Administration Building 2.314, during January and February of each year. The deadline for submission is March 1 for scholarships for the following academic year. Recipients are selected by the Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee of the college and notified by mail, usually by the end of May.

Departmental scholarships are generally reserved for juniors and seniors majoring in a program of the department. Because departmental scholarships are normally funded by annual contributions, the number of scholarships and the amounts awarded vary among departments and over time. Criteria for departmental awards are specified by the donors and include the same kinds of characteristics as those established for college-wide awards; deadlines and other elements of the selection process also vary among departments. Interested students should contact the major department for further information.

Student Services and Academic Advising

The Undergraduate Dean's Office of the College of Business Administration provides administrative support and student services for the college. Student services include maintenance of student academic records, academic counseling by appointment and on a walk-in basis, development of official degree audits for students, and graduation certification.

In addition, advisers in the Undergraduate Dean's Office are available to assist all students with questions about scholastic progress, degree requirements, rules and regulations, and other available campus services such as career or personal counseling. Faculty advisers are also available in each department to help students choose coursework appropriate to their career goals.

Self-Advising

Students who have been enrolled in the College of Business Administration for at least one semester are permitted to self-advise and therefore to register by telephone without consulting a college adviser. To be eligible to self-advise, the student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.00; to self-advise for registration for a long-session semester, he or she must register for a normal course load. Like all other students, those who self-advise are responsible for knowing the requirements of the degree program they have chosen, for enrolling in courses appropriate to that degree program, for meeting the prerequisites of the courses selected, and for taking courses in the proper sequence to ensure orderly and timely progress toward the degree.

Business Career Services

The College of Business Administration Career Services Office offers job placement assistance to business students and alumni. The purpose of the office is to help students determine their career goals, develop a plan for achieving these goals, and select and obtain employment commensurate with their goals, interests, and training. To help students prepare for their career search, the office presents workshops on resume writing, interviewing, conducting a job search, presenting a professional image, offer evaluation, and career interest areas (marketing, accounting, management, and finance). The office maintains a library of company literature, videotapes, employment information, and general business publications for students' use and arranges about fifteen thousand interviews annually with employers in business, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Several hundred firms conduct on-campus interviews at the College of Business Administration each year.

To assist employers, the office produces annual resume books of participating graduating students; these are sent to organizations nationwide that request them. The Jobline is a weekly publication listing current openings with employers who do not conduct on-campus interviews. To assist companies in their recruiting efforts, the office also coordinates about two hundred receptions and information sessions each year.

As a complement to the assistance available from the college, the University Career Center provides comprehensive career services to all students. The center offers professional assistance to students in choosing or changing their majors or careers, seeking an internship, and planning for the job search or for graduate study.

The University makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.

Student Organizations

Student organizations play an important role in the educational experience at the University. By becoming involved in the work of organizations, students are able to gain practical experience in cooperating with others to plan programs that benefit the student body.

The College of Business Administration Student Council, commonly known as the Business Council, is the governing body for student activities in the college. It comprises representatives from each of the business student organizations, an executive board, twelve representatives elected by the student body, and fifty members appointed by the executive board. The members act as representatives for all undergraduates and sponsor programs such as Business Week, Steps to Success, Freshman Blast-Off, Parents' Day, and VIP Lecture Series.

Business student organizations sponsor professional activities such as guest lectures, field trips, and faculty firesides; social activities are offered as well. The organizations are Alpha Kappa Psi (professional business fraternity for men and women), International Association of Students in Economics and Commerce (AIESEC), American Marketing Association, Asian Business Student Association, Beta Alpha Psi (honorary and professional association in accounting), Delta Sigma Pi (professional business fraternity for men and women), Freshman Business Association, Hispanic Business Student Association, Honors Business Association, International Business Association, Management Information Systems Association, National Association of Black Accountants, National Student Business League, Operations Management Society, Phi Beta Chi (professional business fraternity for men and women), Phi Chi Theta (professional business fraternity for men and women), University Accounting Association, University of Texas Finance Association, and University of Texas Management Association.

Bureau of Business Research

As a service to the state, the Bureau of Business Research develops and disseminates information on business and economic conditions in Texas. The bureau maintains continuing programs of data collection and tabulation and initiates special programs when new information needs become apparent; requests for information from industry, government, the faculty, and students frequently lead to new research projects. The expertise of faculty members who work with the bureau staff extends the range of projects that can be conducted.

The bureau staff makes its research available to the public through publication of research monographs, statistical periodicals, and books, an electronic bulletin board, an in-house library, and speeches before various groups.

Admission and Registration

Requirements for Admission to the College of Business Administration

Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the University director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.

Because there are more qualified applicants than can be adequately instructed by the faculty or accommodated within existing facilities, the College of Business Administration limits undergraduate admission to the number of students to whom a professional education of high quality can be provided. In cooperation with the college, the Office of Admissions imposes requirements for admission to business degree programs that are more restrictive than those for admission to the University and may deny admission to the college to an applicant who is admissible to the University. Students will not be admitted to any of the degree programs described in this chapter without being admitted to the College of Business Administration. Admission to the college according to the requirements in this section is granted only for the fall semester.

Freshman Admission Requirements for Texas Residents

To be considered for admission to the college, Texas-resident high school students must be granted regular admission to the University. However, because enrollment is limited by the availability of instructional resources, admission requirements for business degree programs are more restrictive than those of the University. High school rank and SAT I or American College Testing Program (ACT) scores are among the factors used in making admission decisions. Students may be placed in a deferred decision category until they submit additional information. A student who is admitted to the University but denied admission to the college may seek admission to another academic program at the University.

Freshman Admission Requirements for Nonresidents

Because of enrollment restrictions dictated by the availability of faculty and facilities in the college and limitations on nonresident enrollment imposed by the Board of Regents, nonresident applicants are considered individually.

Application Procedures for Freshman Admission

The student initiates the freshman application process by designating the University as a recipient of SAT I or ACT scores. Upon receiving the scores from the testing agency, the Office of Admissions sends the student a freshman application form to be completed and returned with an official high school transcript showing class rank. To be considered for admission to the College of Business Administration, the student should specify business as his or her intended major on the application form. All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the deadline to apply for admission to the University for the fall semester; this date is given in General Information.

Students in Other Divisions of the University

Students enrolled in other degree programs at the University who wish to enter a degree program described in this chapter must submit an application for a change of major to the Undergraduate Dean's Office by June 1 to be considered for admission in the following fall semester. The student must have completed at least thirty semester hours of college coursework by the end of the spring semester to be eligible to enter a major in the College of Business Administration the following fall. Admission is granted on a space-available basis and may not be possible if instructional resources are not compatible with enrollment demands.

Transfer Admission

A student seeking to transfer to the College of Business Administration from another university should list business as his or her intended major on the Undergraduate Application for Transfer Admission to the University. All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline for the student to be considered for admission in the following fall semester. To be considered, the student must have completed at least thirty semester hours of transferable college coursework. Because of enrollment restrictions dictated by the availability of faculty and facilities in the college and limitations on nonresident enrollment imposed by the Board of Regents, an applicant may be denied admission even though he or she meets University transfer requirements. Such an applicant may seek admission to another academic program at the University.

Claiming a Major

The student is admitted to the College of Business Administration as an undeclared major. Upon completion of sixty semester hours of college coursework, he or she may claim a specific business major. To do so, the student should file a Request to Declare a Major form in the Undergraduate Dean's Office. All students are required to claim a major before completing ninety semester hours. A student seeking admission to the Professional Program in Accounting or the Honors Program must complete a separate application; requirements for admission to these programs are given in this chapter in the section "Degrees."

Admission with Deficiencies

Students who were admitted to the University with deficiencies in high school units must remove them by the means prescribed in General Information. Credit used to remove a deficiency may not be counted toward the degree. It may be earned on the pass/fail basis. Students may not claim a major until high school unit deficiencies have been removed.

Foreign Language Proficiency

Each student must provide evidence that he or she has fulfilled the foreign language proficiency requirement for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Students may not claim a major until the foreign language proficiency requirement has been met.

Admission-to-Major Requirements for Students Previously Enrolled at the University

Students who were enrolled at the University before the fall semester 1991 - 1992 and transfer students who enrolled at the University before the fall semester 1992 - 1993 gain admission to a major in the College of Business Administration through the following procedures rather than through those previously described.

  1. If the student is classified as a prebusiness administration student or is enrolled in another college or school of the University, he or she seeks admission to the College of Business Administration according to the procedures given in the section "Students in Other Divisions of the University" in this chapter.
  2. A former student who was most recently classified as a prebusiness administration student must first be readmitted to this classification; a former student who was most recently enrolled in another college or school of the University must first be readmitted to the former major. Either student may then apply for admission to a business major according to the procedures in the section "Students in Other Divisions of the University."
  3. A former student who was most recently enrolled in the College of Business Administration and who is readmitted to the University reenters the major in which he or she was last enrolled. However, a former business student who has earned a BBA degree is readmitted with the classification "degree holder but nondegree seeker."

Registration

General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published before registration each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are sold at campus-area bookstores. They are also published on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site, http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/.

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