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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION.

B.B.A. Degree in Business Administration
(Evening Program)

Business Degree – Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with Three Concentrations

earn your business degree when it's convenient for you.

The adult evening and online program at Catawba College offers the flexible Bachelor of Business Administration degree (B.B.A.) through the Ketner School of Business. Adult students can complete this business administration management degree full-time or part-time in small, personal, face-to-face evening classes and online classes.  

co-segs4.pngCatawba College business management and administration graduates are ready to tackle many careers. They work in accounting, marketing, operations, planning, human resources, technology, finance, sales, customer support, research and development — just about any area of a company.

What can I do with a business degree? Where can you use a business degree? These are two very common questions. Any organization that provides a product or service with customers and employees needs the skills and knowledge that you will learn in our business management degree program. Our graduates work in small companies, big companies, start-up companies, manufacturing and distribution, service companies, banks, non-profits, government, education, and even law enforcement. This degree teaches the adult business management student a wide range of business skills used by entrepreneurs, supervisors, middle management, and large corporate executives.


BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE  

The versatile and flexible business management and administration degree may be earned in evening and online courses with a major concentration in one, two, or all three of the following areas

Many students complete more than one concentration so that they have two areas of focus to list on their resume. We can typically advise you on how to complete two concentrations in the same time as it takes to graduate with one concentration — we replace electives with the second concentration. 

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The Business degree program at Catawba College is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), meaning the courses we teach, the way we teach them, and the resources we provide to students in Catawba’s Ketner School of Business adhere to business world best practices. It also means that our faculty constant assess and improve their teaching styles and their curricula to stay in sync with the latest trends and cycles in business.

Catawba College Evening Students
Flexibility & Support.

We support full-time adult students and part-time adult students. Our business degree is flexible to match your schedule and your career goals. You can go to school year round, or take the summer off. You can also take a month off during a semester, and still be a full-time student for financial aid. The Catawba College adult business program is designed to give you valuable skills and a strong resume for career advancement. Our Office of Career Services can assist you with your resume to showcase your current employment and your coursework. 

Catawba College Evening Student Assisted by Faculty Member
True, Personal Attention.

We believe in small class size; our biggest classes have 24 students. We value personal attention because you value personal attention. You are never left to learn on your own; our faculty are your partners throughout your business degree.

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Scholarships & Aid.
Catawba College Evening student graduate
Catawba@CPCC

Catawba College helps busy working adults in Charlotte maintain full-time employment and earn their Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the same time through flexible evening and online classes at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

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BUSINESS DEGREE JOBS.

Catawba College Business Management and Administration graduates are making their marks out in the following careers: 

    • Accounting   
    • Marketing
    • Operations
    • Planning
    • Technology
    • Human Resources    
    • Customer Support 
    • Finance
    • Sales
    • Research and Development
 
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 LIFE AFTER CATAWBA.

Our Business Administration majors are working in the following:

    • Small and Large Companies
    • Start-Up Companies
    • Manufacturing and Distribution
    • Service Companies
    • Banks
    • Non-Profits
    • Government
    • Education
    • Law enforcement
 

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“I have enjoyed the program, being able to be with other people in the classroom who have experience, and have a family to take care of, but also need a degree, so we are all pushing each other.”

Lezley Humphrey '18
Business Administration Graduate; Member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society; Recipient of the Barbara Andrews Award 

Facilities and Resources

Information
Technology (IT)

Campus
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mputer Labs

Corriher-Linn-Black
Library

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PARTICIPATE.

Working adult students at Catawba College have access to Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and Phi Beta Lamba Business Society. An honor society is an outstanding addition to a resume, and the business society provides additional skills that are valued by employers.

Catawba College also offers various business presentations throughout the semester for students to attend where they can meet current professionals in target industries. 

Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey Bowe

Assistant Professor of Business; D.B.A., Anderson University 

Dr. Eric R. Hake

Professor of Economics; Associate Dean, Ketner School of Business; Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Dr. Stephen Hiatt

Professor of Business; Ph.D., Arizona State University 

Dr. Renee A. Just

Assistant Professor of Business

Dr. James “Jamie” W. Slate

Associate Professor of Economics; Ph.D., University of Tennessee 

Dr. Darin Spencer, CPA

Assistant Professor in Accounting; Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Ph.D., Northcentral University 

Dr. Pamela Thompson

Associate Professor of Business & Information Systems; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.B.A. in Business Administration
Required Courses for B.B.A. in Business Administration

The Department of Business & Economics at Catawba College offers the Business Administration major with a concentration in one of the following areas: Business Management, Information Systems, and Professional Accounting. 

A minimum of 120 semester hours are required:

  • 36-48 hours of General Education courses
  • 57 hours of Major Courses
  • Elective Courses to complete the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours

BUSINESS CORE (required of all majors)

ACC 1901, 1902 Principles of Accounting I, II 6
ECON 1901, 1902 Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics 6
FIN 2535 Managerial Finance 3
IS 2501 Management Information Systems 3
MGT 1902 Business Data Analytics, or ECON 2101 Business & Economic Statistics 3
MGT 2501 Principles of Management 3
MGT 2566 Business Ethics 3
MGT 3990 Strategic Management 3
MGT 4991 Strategic Simulation 3
MKT 2501 Principles of Marketing 3
CORE TOTAL:   36
   

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Business Management Concentration  21
MGT 2453 Business Law I (3 hours)
MGT 2562 Human Resource Management (3 hours)
MGT 2564 Motivation & Leadership (3 hours)
MGT 2565 Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
MGT 2902 International Business
MGT 3563 Operations Management (3 hours)
MATH 1132 Introduction to Statistics (3 hours)
 
Core and Concentration Total:   57
   
Information Systems Concentration 21 
IS 2505 Application Program Development (3 hours)
IS 3502 Information Systems Planning (3 hours)
IS 3510 Introduction to Databases (3 hours)
IS 3514 Electronic Commerce (3 hours)
IS Elective - Elective Above 2000 (3 hours)
MGT 2453 Business Law I (3 hours)
MATH 1132 Introduction to Statistics (3 hours)
 
Core and Concentration Total:   57
   
Professional Accounting Concentration 21 
ACC 3701 Auditing
ACC 4101 Seminar: Special Topics
ECON 2101 Business and Economic Statistics
FIN 3201 Financial Statement and Securities Analysis
MGT 2453 Business Law I
MATH 1132 Introduction to Statistics
ACC Elective 3000 and above
 
Core and Concentration Total:   57

 

GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

Core Requirements in Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Science, Natural Science/Math, and Non-Western Perspectives may be met through Foundations & Skills and Perspectives:

 

Foundation & Skills

 

First Year Writing

3

Second Year Writing

3

Quantitative Literacy

6
   
Perspectives  

Historical/Social

6

Interpretive

6

Creative

3

Scientific

6

Additional Historical/Social, Interpretive, Creative

3
   

Electives

 
Elective Courses to complete the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours 36-48
TOTAL:   120 (minimum)

 

 

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

Required Core Business Courses

ACC 1901 – Principles of Accounting I 
A study of the accounting principles with emphasis on the use and analysis of financial information for decision-making purposes.

ACC 1902 – Principles of Accounting II
A continuation of the study of accounting principles from a user's perspective with an introduction to the internal information needs of management. Prerequisite: ACC 1901.

ECON 1901 – Principles of Macroeconomics 
A study in the foundations of economic analysis, national income accounting, economic growth, and the public sector, with emphasis on macroeconomics.

ECON 1902 – Principles of Microeconomics
A study of markets, the price systems and allocation of resources, distribution of income, international economy, and perspectives on economic change, with emphasis on microeconomics.

ECON 2101 – Business & Economics Statistics
A study of statistical techniques in business and economics, including collection and presentation of business and economic data, measures of control tendencies, dispersion, index numbers, probability, sampling distributions and test of hypotheses. Prerequisite: Completion of Quantitative Literacy Requirement (MATH 1132 is highly recommended).

FIN 2535 – Managerial Finance
A study of financial management for business firms to include financing and investing decisions. Prerequisite: ACC 1901

IS 2501 – Fundamentals of Information Systems for Organizations
A comparison of various sources and uses of information and their interaction: merging of data processing, word processing & communications for optional management decision making.

MGT 1902 – Business Data Analytics
This course provides an introduction to the field of business analytics, including statistical and quantitative analysis of data, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Data warehouse, data marts, and data mining techniques are introduced.

MGT 2501 – Principles of Management
An examination of major concepts, theories and practices in business management, with emphasis on planning, decision-making, basic organizational structures, motivation and leadership styles.

MGT 2566 – Business Ethics
A consideration of the major ethical theories that guide human and business behavior. Topics will include ethical issues in advertising, product safety, pursuit of profits, employee rights, treatment of workers, effects on the environment, use of natural resources, and multi-national operations.

MGT 3990 – Strategic Management
An integrative capstone course examining the setting of strategic objectives, developing corporate strategies, and translating objectives and strategies into current operational plans. Prerequisites: MKT 2501, FIN 2535, MGT 2501, Senior Standing

MGT 4991 - Strategic Simulation 
The course places the students into a competitive business environment using interactive simulation software to apply all concepts from the business degree in a multi-year strategic planning and implementation scenario.

MKT 2501 – Principles of Marketing
A study of the marketing environment; marketing, planning, and information; market segmentation; buyer behavior; strategies for product distribution, promotion, and pricing; societal issues, service, nonprofit and international marketing.


Courses for Business Management Concentration

MGT 2453 – Business Law I
An introduction to the legal system as it applies to commercial transactions and a study of the substantive law of contracts.

MGT 2562 – Human Resource Management
An examination of major concepts, theories and practices in personnel management, with emphasis on job evaluation, selection and placement, employee development, employee relationships and industrial relations. Prerequisite: MGT 2501

MGT 2563 – Operations Management
An introduction to the concepts involved in managing the operations and production function. Course will include quantitative approaches to topics such as scheduling. Prerequisites: MGT 2501 and ECON 2101 or MGT 1902

MGT 2564 – Motivation & Leadership
Study of the theories of motivation & leadership in relationship to management processes. Prerequisite: MGT 2501

MGT 2565 – Organizational Behavior
A study of managerial consequences of behavioral concepts such as motivation, communication, leadership, organizational structure, and decision- making, to provide the framework needed for the understanding, prediction and control of human behavior in organizations. Prerequisite: MGT 2501

MGT 2902 – International Business An in-depth analysis of international business with special emphasis on the environmental and cultural issues facing global organizations. Prerequisite: MGT 2501

MATH 1132 – Introduction to Statistics
An introduction to elementary statistics, including topics such as normal distribution, histograms, mean, standard deviations, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing techniques. 


Courses for Information Systems Concentration 

IS 2505 – Application Program Development
A study of the physical design, programming, testing and implementation of information system applications using structured and object-oriented design principles. Programming logic is covered.

IS 3502 – Information Systems Planning
Development of a systematic plan for determining a company's technology needs; the planning cycle, available hardware and software, acquisition considerations, and the selection and implementation of the system. Prerequisite: IS 2501

IS 3510 – Introduction to Databases
This course covers database design, development and the use of database management systems for applications. Data mining and data warehousing topics are introduced.

IS 3514 – Electronic Commerce
A study of electronic data interchange and internet technologies for electronic commerce applications. Prerequisite: IS 2501

IS Elective – Elective Above 2000

MGT 2453 – Business Law I
An introduction to the legal system as it applies to commercial transactions and a study of the substantive law of contracts.

MATH 1132 – Introduction to Statistics 
An introduction to elementary statistics, including topics such as normal distribution, histograms, mean, standard deviations, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing techniques.


Courses for Professional Accounting Concentration

FIN 3201  –  Financial Statement and Securities Analysis 
A comprehensive analysis of financial statements and securities from an investor's perspective. Prerequisite: FIN 2535.

ACC 3701  – Auditing
Fundamentals of auditing procedures and objectives with emphasis on audit reports, internal control, working papers, examination of auditing records, impact of computers on auditing procedures and professional ethics. Prerequisite: ACC 2501 and Junior standing.

ACC 4101  – Seminar in Accounting
A course designed to afford the student with a major concentration or minor in Accounting an opportunity to study an area that is not fully covered in a standard accounting course. This is a seminar-style course that requires independent reading, presentations and open class discussions. Prerequisite: ACC 2501 and permission of instructor.

ACC 3000+  – Any Elective over 3000

ECON 2101  – Business and Economic Statistics
A study of statistical techniques in business and economics, including collection and presentation of business and economic data, measures of control tendencies, dispersion, index numbers, probability, sampling distributions and test of hypotheses. Prerequisite: completion of the Mathematics General Education Requirement (MATH 1132 is highly recommended).

MGT 2453 – Business Law I
An introduction to the legal system as it applies to commercial transactions and a study of the substantive law of contracts.

MATH 1132  – Introduction to Statistics 
An introduction to elementary statistics, including topics such as normal distribution, histograms, mean, standard deviations, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing techniques.


General Education Courses

GEN 1102 TOPICS 
A study of selected topics within a format designed to enhance the first-year student experience.

GEN 1120 INFORMATION RESEARCH METHOD 
An introduction to library services and electronic access of information. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies).

GEN 1130 FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF INFORMATION AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY 
A comprehensive introduction to information systems, providing students a broad foundation in information and computing technology, to include hardware and software concepts and terminology, the impact of computers on society, ethics and technology, electronic research, and electronic communication. Students use current operating systems and applications software to access and manipulate information and solve problems. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

GEN 1200 FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR
An introduction to the liberal arts and to the skills necessary to succeed in college.

GEN 1500 PACE: PREPARING ADULTS FOR CAREER EXCELLENCE
An introduction to the liberal arts and the skills necessary to succeed in college, and how to integrate those skills for long-term career success. This is a required course for all students entering the B.B.A., B.A.E., and B.S.N. (RN to B.S.N.) degree programs with less than 89 hours of credit.

GEN 2100 FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR FELLOWSHIP 
Under the direct supervision of a faculty member, a fellow will help first-year students make a healthy transition to college life, both academically and socially. Students must have approval of the instructor and coordinator of the First-Year Seminar. (May be taken twice toward graduation. Cannot be used toward General Education requirements or major.) Prerequisite: 1200 First-Year Seminar; sophomore, junior or senior status; a 3.0 or higher grade point average. (S-U grading)

GEN 3000 TOPICS 
An intensive investigation of a topic or topics involving the interactions among the sciences, technology, society and the individual.