The Bachelor of Science in Business degree allows students to specialize in professional fields integral to contemporary enterprise and management. It prepares students in north central Indiana to become effective organizational leaders and managers. The School of Business offers the Bachelor of science degree in business with the following concentrations:
Finance and Economics
The baccalaureate program of the School of Business is based on the principle of a balanced education in business administration and economics with a foundation in the arts and sciences. The undergraduate program allows students to specialize in professional fields integral to contemporary enterprise and management. It prepares students in north central Indiana to become effective organizational leaders and managers. The undergraduate curriculum consists of three parts: (1) general education, (2) basic business administration, and (3) professional courses. In addition, the program includes courses covering the principles, practices, and trends involved in managing organizations in today's dynamic economic, social, and political environment. Seniors have a range of elective courses in their concentration area. Courses on this level require participation by students in the discussion and solution of cases, projects, and special problems drawn from the contemporary business world. Students enrolled in other degree programs may fulfill the coursework for the Business Minor. Students who have already earned their bachelor's degrees can take the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting to prepare for professional positions in public, industrial, or governmental accounting. After completing the program, students are prepared to take the Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) examination.
A minimum of 120 credit hours are required for the baccalaureate degree (126 credits in the accounting concentration) in courses meeting the various requirements stated in the Academic Bulletin. Of these, at least 56 credit hours must be in courses other than business and economics. Thirty of the last 45 credit hours must be taken at IU Kokomo, and at least 50% of business credits must be earned at Indiana University.
The Accounting curriculum equips the prospective business executive with tools for analysis, prediction, decision making, and control. It also provides an excellent background for students considering graduate work in business administration or law. The Accounting concentration prepares students for careers in auditing, corporate accounting and management services, governmental and nonprofit organizations, and taxation.
Finance and Economics Concentration
The concentration in finance and economics prepares students for management careers in banking, investing, manufacturing, and insurance. In addition, graduates will be attractive candidates for positions in government, utilities, communications, and nonprofit organizations. The finance and economics curriculum also provides an excellent background for students who desire to pursue graduate work in business administration, economics, finance, or law. The courses offered in this concentration are designed to equip students with the necessary background for interpreting data, forecasting, and decision making in a changing global economy.
The management and human resources curriculum is designed with maximum flexibility to accommodate those students who have explicit career objectives and interests in several management areas including human resources. The courses offered in this concentration develop the student's capacity as a decision-maker in an organization. The student, working with a faculty advisor, can design a course of study that allows in-depth work in an area while attaining comprehensive understanding of managerial and processes associated with the human resource function in organizational settings.
This concentration is concerned with activities related to the marketing and distribution of goods and services from the source of supply to the source of demand, both locally and internationally. This concentration is particularly appropriate for careers in advertising, sales, brand management, retailing, wholesaling, market planning, industrial marketing, international marketing, marketing research, distribution, and marketing management in various types of organizations.