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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2003-2005

Department of Business Administration
and Economics

119 Hartwell Hall
(585) 395-2623
www.brockport.edu/bus-econ/

Chairperson and Associate Professor: Steven T. Breslawski; Associate Chairperson: Jerald Weaver; Professors: John J. Spitzer; Associate Professors: Gary P. Briggs, Charles Callahan, III, James J. Cordeiro, William H. Dresnack, Richard J. Fenton, John T. Gardner, Baban Hasnat, Sandeep Singh, Susan Stites-Doe, Jeffrey C. Strieter; Assistant Professors: Thomas E. Cone, Edward W. Eramus, Asri Jantan, John Keiser, D. Donald Kent, Yusuf Nur, Gail Rein, Jane Romal, Jan Smolarski, Ralph Trecartin, Melissa Waite, Jerald Weaver; Emeritus Faculty: Inaam A. Al-Hashimi, John D. Chasse, Rawle E. Farley, Yu-Ku Li, Edward F. Van Duzer.

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Programs: The Department's programs are AACSB accredited. AACSB accreditation is a symbol of high program quality and indicates that the Department's programs have undergone extensive outside review to ensure that they meet the rigourous standards developed by over 900 national and international business organizations and educational institutions. The Department offers degree programs in accounting, international business, and business administration. Business administration students specialize in accounting, finance, management, marketing, or pre-law. The Department also offers minors in business and economics.

Our Vision: To be recognized by our stakeholders for providing high-quality business education.

Our Mission: The department provides access to high-quality undergraduate business education for students who have demonstrated the prerequisite ability to succeed. The department's programs accommodate a broad spectrum of students with varied interests, including transfer and non-traditional students. The department contributes to student success by preparing students for entry into professional business careers and graduate studies. Students learn theories of business and economics and develop important business skills. In order of emphasis, faculty engage in teaching, scholarship, and service.

Program Goals: All of the department's programs build on a comprehensive liberal arts education and provide a broad understanding of business-related theory and practice. All programs develop proficiencies in written and oral communication, numeracy, and teamwork.

The Accounting Major prepares students to pursue careers in public accountancy as CPAs. Graduates may also assume positions that support an organization's accounting and financial systems.

The Business Administration Major prepares students to assume entry-level positions in an organization's accounting, financial, marketing, and management systems. Students are able to specialize in accounting, finance, marketing, management, and pre-law.

The International Business and Economics Major provides an interdisciplinary education that includes foreign language proficiency and cross-cultural awareness. Students gain knowledge and develop skills relevant to conducting business in the international domain. Graduates are prepared for careers with organizations with international operations.

Daytime Programs: The Department of Business Administration and Economics offers degree programs in accounting, international business and economics, and business administration. Business administration majors may specialize in accounting, finance, management, marketing, or pre-law. Additionally, the department offers minors in business administration and economics.

Evening Programs: Complementing the day program is a sizeable offering of evening courses. All of the courses required to complete the business administration degree with a specialization in finance, management, or marketing, are offered in the evening on a rotating basis. Courses supporting the accounting degree are also offered on a rotating basis. The international business degree program cannot be completed at night.

The evening program is intended primarily for part-time students and for full-time students who want to take one or two courses per semester at night. Full-time students should not expect to be able to carry a full-time load at night. Evening courses are offered at the main SUNY Brockport campus. A list of anticipated evening course offerings, projected for the next two years, is available in 119 Hartwell Hall.

Guidelines and Policies Pertaining to All Department Programs and Courses

All students majoring in the department's programs are bound by the policies and procedures labeled 1) through 16) below.

  1. Changes in Degree Requirements: Students must meet the degree requirements in effect at the time they matriculate (at the time they are formally accepted by SUNY Brockport). The degree requirements described in this catalog were in effect when this catalog went to press. However, the department continuously revises its programs in response to changes in the business environment and the changing expectations of employers. The department was contemplating several significant program changes when this catalog went to press. Prospective students should check the department's Web site for the most current program requirements, descriptions, and course offerings.

  2. Residency Requirement: At least half of the course work required to complete any department major or minor must be taken at SUNY Brockport. Additionally, as noted in the sections that follow, certain courses cannot be transferred.

  3. Required Course Grades: In general, students majoring in the department's programs need to earn a grade of at least "C-" to count a course towards a degree requirement. However, accounting majors must earn at least a "C" in their accounting courses (ACC prefix on course number). Students pursuing a minor need only to pass a course to count the course towards the minor. The overall GPA in the major or minor must be at least 2.0.

  4. Three Strikes Policy: To satisfy the minimum grade requirement described in 3) above, students may take a course up to three times. Students who are unable to earn the required grade after three attempts will be blocked from further registration in the course and, as such, will not be able to complete their program of study.

  5. Transfer Course and Grade Policy: Students completing any of the department's programs may request transfer credit for (1) any prerequisite course, and (2) any 300-level course not restricted by residency requirements. SUNY Brockport and the department must approve transferred courses as equivalent to required courses, and the number of courses transferred is subject to the residency requirements of the College and department. In general, a grade of "C-" or higher is required in order for transferred courses to be used to satisfy prerequisite, corequisite, business core, and specialty course requirements. However, accounting majors need to earn a grade of "C" or higher in any accounting course (ACC prefix) that is to be transferred.

    In general, 400-level courses cannot be transferred. After matriculating at SUNY Brockport, students must take all 400-level accounting, business, and economic courses at SUNY Brockport. Freshman-level courses taken at two-year colleges generally cannot be transferred as equivalent to 300-level courses, and no two-year college course work will be transferred as equivalent to any 400-level course. Students must complete BUS 475 Strategic Management at SUNY Brockport.

  6. Time Limitation: Courses completed more than 10 years prior to matriculation (admission to SUNY Brockport) cannot be used to satisfy business program degree requirements. Courses completed more than 10 years prior to matriculation must be repeated. Under some circumstances, students may request the opportunity to earn course credit by exam rather than repeat the course; contact the department for details. This policy applies to courses taken at SUNY Brockport and courses taken at other institutions.

  7. General Education Requirements: In addition to their major course work, students majoring in the department's programs must complete all SUNY Brockport General Education requirements; these are described elsewhere in this catalog. A student's required General Education requirements varies depending on the student's matriculation (entrance) date and transfer status of the student. Each student's General Education requirements are listed on their Degree Audit Status Report (DARS), available on the Web.

  8. Program Admission: Students admitted to SUNY Brockport are not automatically admitted to the department's programs. Students must first complete prescribed prerequisite course work, which varies be degree program, and must then complete a formal application to declare a major in any of the department's programs. A minimum prerequisite course GPA, which varies by program is also required.

    Admission to the department's programs is competitive and based on GPA in the prerequisite courses. (See Prerequisite Course Requirements for each degree described below.) Students must complete all prerequisite courses, with the required overall prerequisite GPA course grades lower than "C-" or "C," depending on program, in order to be granted admission to the program.

    Students must formally declare a major in business administration immediately after completing the prerequisite course requirements. The forms required for declaring a major in the department are available in 119 Hartwell Hall. Full-time students are expected to complete their prerequisite requirements by the end of their sophomore year, and no later than the first semester of their junior year. Transfer students with an associate's degree in business should complete the prerequisites in their first semester at SUNY Brockport. Part-time students should, when possible, complete prerequisite courses before progressing into the business core courses. Students who fail to complete the prerequisite courses and declare their major in accordance with these guidelines will not be able to register for many upper-level courses, and risk delaying their graduation date.

  9. Students Who to Intend to Pursue a Major in the Department, but who have not yet completed the prerequisite courses, must indicate their intent by filing an Intent to Major form, available in 119 Hartwell Hall. Freshmen intending to major in business should complete the Intent to Major form by the beginning of their second semester at SUNY Brockport. Transfer students complete the Intent to Major form when they first register at SUNY Brockport. Declaring an Intent to Major will trigger the assignment of an advisor and will allow access to courses closed to non-majors.

  10. Participation in Assessment Activities: The Department of Business and Economics administers various assessment instruments throughout the curricula of its programs. Assessment data is used for quality control and program improvement. Assessment activities may take the form of exams, exercises, or surveys. The department expects its students to take their role in assessment very seriously. Program improvement efforts are often based on assessment results. However, assessment results are valid only when students give their best effort and serious participation. As such, students are required, as a condition of enrollment in any of the department's courses, to participate in assessment activities and to give their best and honest effort in all assessment exercises administered by the department. Assessment activities administered in a course are considered a course requirement. This course requirement is no less important than is attendance, homework, or exams. Students who are absent when assessment exercises are conducted are required to make up the exercise. If it is determined that a student did not make a good faith effort to fulfill their assessment obligation, they will be required to repeat the exercise as a condition of passing the course.

  11. Internships: The department encourages student participation in internships experiences that are relevant to the student's degree and area of specialization. Increasingly, employers are seeking to hire individuals with relevant work experience. An internship is not required for graduation, but students without significant work experience, relevant to business, are strongly encouraged to complete at least one internship experience. The Department of Business Administration and Economics limits the number of credits and internship experiences a student can complete to a maximum of 15 credits and two internship experiences. Students interested in completing an internship should contact the department's career specialist at least several weeks prior to beginning the internship to understand program requirements and to complete required forms. A GPA of 2.75 is required to participate in the internship program.

  12. Academic Advisement: Students will be assigned a faculty advisor when their Intent to Major or Declaration of Major Form is processed. Faculty advisors assist students in academic planning, but each student is ultimately responsible for knowing and understanding the degree requirements as specified in this catalog and on their Degree Audit Status Report (DARS), available on the Web. Students are required to meet with their advisor each semester and are expected to prepare a proposed schedule of classes for the following semester prior to meeting their advisor. Advisors assist each student by reviewing the courses that the student selects each semester and by answering questions about degree requirements, course sequencing, transfer course work, electives, careers, and graduate school. However, advisors will not create the student's schedule for them. Students who do not contact their faculty advisor on a timely basis or who register for courses after their designated registration date may find themselves closed out of required courses, causing the student's graduation date to be delayed. Students who fail to register during the designated registration period will not be added to closed sections or otherwise accommodated. As such, students are strongly advised to take seriously their obligation to register at the designated time.

  13. Contacting Your Academic Advisor: The academic advisor to which each student is assigned appears at the top of each student's Degree Audit Status Report (DARS), available on the Web. The advisor's office hours will be posted on his or her door or are available from the department secretary at (585) 395-2623. Students should contact their advisor at least two weeks in advance of the registration period for the purpose of understanding how to schedule advisement. Some advisors work by appointment while others work on a drop-in basis. Voice and e-mail messages left for advisors should include the student's name, phone number, e-mail address, and times when the advisor may contact the student. The department recognizes that there may be times when a student cannot meet with his or her designated faculty advisor because of work or class schedule conflicts. Students who are unable to arrange advisement with their designated advisor should call (585) 395-2623 to request an appointment with the department's general advisement staff.

  14. Career Advisement: The department is very committed to the success of its graduates, which includes obtaining good jobs related to the student's degree. Students in the department's programs have several sources of career-related support and advisement available to them, including a dedicated career specialist located in 110 Hartwell Hall. The department also offers a one-credit career planning seminar designed to help students develop a career plan and job-search strategy, as well as to learn about internship and graduate school opportunities and application processes. Additionally, SUNY Brockport's Office of Career Services (Rakov Center) has an extensive reference library and a staff of career specialists who can help students identify career opportunities, develop their resume, prepare for interviews etc. Career Services office also sponsors on-campus interviews, job fairs, and graduate school information events.

  15. Academic Dishonesty: The department offers degree programs designed to produce business professionals who meet the contemporary expectations and needs of employers who hire business majors. The need for business professionals who are trustworthy and ethical is paramount. As such, the department desires to have, as its students and graduates, individuals whose moral and ethical compass directs them to avoid behaviors associated with academic dishonesty (cheating). The department reserves the right to expel from its programs and courses any student who participates in blatant and premeditated acts of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty in its various forms is defined in the College publication Your Right to Know & Academic Policies and Procedures Handbook. Students enrolling in the department's courses are responsible for familiarizing themselves with this publication.

  16. Enrollment Restrictions: To ensure adequate capacity for its students, the department may place restrictions on course enrollments. Initial enrollment in 200- and 300- level ACC, BUS, and ECN courses is currently restricted to:

    a. Declared majors in accounting, business administration, and international business.

    b. Students who have declared an Intent to Major in accounting, business administration, and international business.

    c. Students who have declared a minor in business administration or economics.

    d. Students in certain majors that require business courses as part of the major. Students in this category may need to get permission from the department to register for their required business courses.

Students not meeting the requirements above will be allowed to register, on a space-available basis, after business transfer students have had the opportunity to register for their courses. This restriction on enrollment does not apply to summer and winter intersession courses.

Business Administration Major

The Business Administration Major prepares students to assume entry-level positions in an organization's accounting, financial, marketing and management systems. Students are able to specialize in accounting, finance, marketing, management, and pre-law.

Business Administration Degree Requirements

All business administration majors are bound by the policies, terms and conditions described earlier in the section above titled "Guidelines and Policies Pertaining to All Department Programs and Courses." Business administration majors must complete all SUNY Brockport General Education requirements and degree requirements for students earning the Bachelor of Science. In addition to prescribed business course work, students majoring in business administration must complete a minimum of 60 credits of non-business, non-accounting course work. Up to nine credits of economics courses and up to six credits of statistics may be included in this 60-credit total.

Students earning a degree in business administration must complete four groups of courses: (1) prerequisites, (2) corequisites, (3) the business core, and (4) a specialization of their choosing (accounting, finance, management, marketing, or pre-law). See "Course Requirements for the Business Administration Major" below for details.

Course-Grade and GPA Requirements for the Major in Business Administration

Students pursuing the business administration major must satisfy four course-grade and GPA requirements as follows:

(1) A student's cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses is used to determine whether a student will be admitted to the major. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses, with no grade lower than "C-," to be granted admission to the major in business administration. Transfer grades are included in this GPA.

(2) Students must earn a grade of at least "C-" in each course used to satisfy a business administration major requirement. This applies to the prerequisite, corequisite, business core, and specialization course requirements described in "Course Requirements for the Business Administration Major" below.

(3) Students must earn an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in the SUNY Brockport courses used to satisfy the corequisite, business core, and specialization course requirements described in "Course Requirements for the Business Administration Major" below.

(4) All General Education, upper-division (300/400 level) course work, and GPA requirements of SUNY Brockport must be met, including an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all SUNY Brockport course work used to meet bachelor's degree requirements.

Course Requirements for the Business Administration Major

Students must satisfy prerequisite, corequisite, business core, and specialization course requirements as specified below. Students may complete multiple specializations, but should remember that a maximum of 54 credits of course work with a BUS prefix, including transferred courses, internships, and independent studies, can be applied towards the 120 credits required to graduate.

1.Prerequisite Course Requirements (21 credits, must be completed before declaring the major): Prerequisite courses provide a foundation for upper-division course work. As described in "Course Grade and GPA Requirements for the Major in Business Administration" above, grades in prerequisite courses are used to determine admission to the major.

Course Requirements

 
Credits
ECN 202 Principles of Economics (Macro)
3
CIS 106 End-user Computing
3
ECN 204 Introduction to Statistics
3
ACC 281 Introduction to Financial Accounting
3
ACC 282 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
3
MTH 201 Calculus I (or MTH 221 Calculus for Business)
3
Total:
21

Notes: (1) It is expected that full-time students will complete all prerequisite courses no later than the first semester of their junior year. Part-time students should complete prerequisites before undertaking a substantial number of 300-level business courses.

(2) An introductory statistics course from another discipline (e.g., psychology) may be substituted for ECN 204. However, credit towards graduation will be allowed for only one introductory statistics course.

2. Major Course Requirements

Completion of the business major requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the corequisite, core, and specialty area courses requirements specified in 2a, 2b, and 2c below. Students must earn a grade of at least "C-" in each course to satisfy degree requirements.

2a. Corequisites Requirements (9 credits)
Credits
ENL 308 Business Writing
3
ECN 304 Intermediate Statistics AND
3
one of the following four courses:
3
ECN 301 Intermediate Microeconomics
ECN 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECN 305 Managerial Economics
BUS 461 Production and Operations Management
Total:
9

Notes:
(1) ECN 301 and ECN 305 may not both be taken for credit.

(2) ECN 302 is required for students who elect the finance specialty area.

(3) BUS 461 may be taken to satisfy the corequisite requirement, or as a management specialty elective, but not both.

 

2b. Business Core Requirements (21 credits)
Credits
BUS 325 Principles of Finance
3
BUS 335 Principles of Marketing
3
BUS 345 International Business Environment
3
BUS 366 Organizational Behavior
3
BUS 375 Business Law I
3
BUS 378 Business, Government, and Society
3
BUS 475 Strategic Management
3
Total:
21

Note: BUS 475 must be taken at SUNY Brockport.

2c. Business Specialty Options (12-15 credits)

Students must complete at least one of the specialty areas described below. Students may take additional specialty courses on an elective basis. Note that, if the accounting or pre-law specialization is selected, at least five courses must be completed. Regardless of which area of specialization is selected, students should consult with their academic advisor to determine which combination of specialty area courses is most consistent with the student's professional goals. After matriculating at SUNY Brockport, students must take all 400-level business and economics courses at SUNY Brockport.

Accounting Specialty (15 credits)

The accounting specialization is intended for students who have an interest in an accounting- related career, but who are also certain that they do not wish to pursue licensing as a Certified Public Accountant. Students with an interest in accounting should give serious consideration to completing the major in accounting. The major in accounting satisfies the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in New York and also provides a general business education similar to that provided by the Business Administration degree. To complete the accounting specialty, students must successfully complete a minimum of five courses from the list below.

2c. Business Specialty Options (12-15 credits)
Credits
ACC 385 Intermediate Accounting I
3
ACC 386 Intermediate Accounting II
3
ACC 388 Cost Accounting
3
ACC 485 Federal Income Tax
3
ACC 486 Advanced Accounting
3
ACC 487 Auditing
3
ACC 488 Federal Income Tax II
3
ACC 489 Accounting for Nonprofit Entities
3
Total:
24

Note: (1) A minimum of 12 credits of upper-level accounting must be taken at SUNY Brockport, including all 400-level accounting courses.

Finance Specialty (12 credits)

Finance specialty courses are appropriate for students who have an interest in a finance-related career, including corporate financial analysis, cash management, brokerage, banking, investment banking, marketing financial instruments and insurance, and personal financial and estate planning. In addition to providing a sound foundation for graduate work in business and finance, the specialty also prepares students to pursue professional certification, including the Certified Cash Manager (CCM) exam, required for the CCM designation.

Finance students must take the following two courses:

BUS 421 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management 3

BUS 422 Corporate Financial Policy 3

 

Finance Students must also select two electives from the list below.

At least one elective must be from group A.

Group A Finance Electives

BUS 420 Short-term Financial Management 3

BUS 428 Seminar in Finance 3

BUS 445 International Financial Management 3

Group B Finance Electives

ACC 385 Intermediate Accounting I 3

ACC 388 Cost Accounting 3

ECN 321 Money and Banking 3

ECN 425 Financial Institutions 3

Notes: (1) Finance students must take ECN 302 to satisfy their corequisite requirement.

(2) Only one course from Group B may be used to satisfy finance specialty requirements. However, finance students are encouraged to take additional Group B courses as electives or to complete the economics minor.

 

Management Specialty (12 credits)

The management specialization prepares students for success in a wide variety of management related careers. Management students' career options may include general management, human resource management, information systems management, operations management, retail management, and small business management. The specialty is also ideal for students seeking a general management degree, and is especially appropriate for those who envision going to graduate school and/or seeking promotions in their current career paths.

To complete the management specialty, students must take the following two courses:

BUS 368 Management Skills 3
BUS 369 Survey of Current Topics in Management 3

and two electives from the list below:

BUS 317 Management Information Systems 3
BUS 318 Advanced MIS 3
ECN 361 Labor Market Analysis 3
BUS 415 Data Management 3
BUS 417 Systems Analysis and Design 3
BUS 461 Production and Operations Management 3
BUS 462 Quality Management Systems 3
BUS 463 Small Business Management 3
BUS 464 Electronic Commerce 3
BUS 465 Human Resources Management 3
BUS 467 Employment Law and Compliance 3
BUS 468 Advanced Human Resources Management 3

 

Marketing Specialty (12 credits)

The marketing specialty prepares students for successful careers in business or marketing. Career opportunities in marketing are extensive and diversified, including opportunities in consumer and industrial sales, supply chain management, direct marketing, marketing management, marketing research, merchandising, promotion, public relations, sales management, and retail management. In addition, the marketing specialty provides an excellent foundation for students pursuing graduate studies in business or marketing. To complete the marketing specialty, students must successfully complete a minimum of four courses from the list below.

BUS 432 Sales Management 3
BUS 433 International Marketing 3
BUS 434 Direct Marketing 3
BUS 435 Consumer Behavior 3
BUS 436 Marketing Research 3
BUS 437 Promotional Policy 3
BUS 438 Marketing Channels and Logistics 3
BUS 439 Retail Management 3
BUS 440 Business-to-business Marketing 3
BUS 441 Marketing Management 3

Pre-law Specialty (15 credits)

Business Administration is one of the most popular pre-law degrees. The pre-law specialization is designed specifically for business students interested in attending law school. Students completing the specialization are able to make informed decisions about pursuing a law degree, elevate skills and cognitive abilities that are key to success in a law-degree program, and develop a fuller understanding of various aspects of the law, the legal profession, and the legal environment. Students who choose not to enter a law program are able to pursue business-related careers and graduate programs.

To complete the pre-law specialty, students must complete the following three courses:

BUS 376 Business Law II 3
PLS 320 Law and the Legal Process OR CRJ 305 The Adjudication Process 3
CRJ 311 Criminal Law 3

and at least two electives from the list below:

ECN XXX: Any upper-division economics course not used to meet business corequisite requirements. 3
BUS 467 Employment Law and Compliance 3
CRJ 313 Constitutional Criminal Procedure 3
CRJ 315 Constitutional Law of the Detained 3
CRJ 438 Security Law 3
ENL 305 Advanced Composition 3
PHL 305 History of Modern Philosophy 3
PHL 342 Business Ethics OR PHL 321 Medical Ethics 3
PLS 324 Constitutional Law I 3
PLS 326 Constitutional Law II OR CRJ 483 Fair Trial/Free Press Conflicts 3

Notes:

(1) Students may substitute an approved six-credit (or greater) internship for one of the elective courses listed above. PLS 492, 493, 495, and OAP 413 (in law practice), are all approved internship experiences. Other experiences may be used, provided that they are approved in writing by the student's business advisor.

(2) Students completing this specialty should take PHL 102, 104, or 202 to satisfy a General Education humanities requirement. Students should consider taking all three courses on an elective basis.

(3) Students in the pre-law specialty are encouraged to complete a minor in economics, criminal justice, philosophy, or political science. Students may also wish to complete a second specialization in the business administration program.

(4) Students may wish to consult with Dr. William H. Dresnack, area coordinator for pre-law, in designing their program.

Major in Accounting

Students completing the major in accounting will have met the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in New York state and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.

Note: When this catalog went to press, New York state was considering changes to its requirements for registered accounting programs; modifications to the current program are likely. Interested students should contact the department at (585) 395-2623 for the most current information regarding accounting program requirements.

Accounting Degree Requirements

All accounting majors are bound by the policies, terms and conditions described earlier in the section titled "Guidelines and Policies Pertaining to All Department Programs and Courses." In order to graduate, and to meet the New York state requirements for taking the CPA exam, accounting majors must complete 60 credits of prescribed business and accounting course work plus 60 credits of non-business, non-accounting, liberal-arts course work. In completing the required 60 credits of non-business, non-accounting course work, students should ensure that they have met all SUNY Brockport General Education requirements and degree requirements for students earning a Bachelor of Science. Accounting majors must work closely with their advisor to determine the applicability of both their accounting and non-accounting courses towards the requirements for this degree.

Students majoring in accounting must complete four groups of courses: (1) prerequisites, (2) corequisites, (3) business core courses, and (4) a prescribed series of upper-division accounting courses. See "Course Requirements for the Accounting Major" below for details. Students without significant work experience relevant to accounting are strongly encouraged to also complete at least one internship experience.

Course-Grade and GPA Requirements for the Major in Accounting

Students pursuing an accounting major must meet six course-grade and GPA requirements as follows:

(1) Any course with an ACC prefix, which is counted toward the degree requirements, must be completed with a grade no lower than "C." This includes program prerequisites, corequisites, and upper-division course work.

(2) Accounting majors must earn a grade of at least "C-" in all other courses used to satisfy a prerequisite, corequisite or business core requirement within the accounting major.

(3) A student's cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses is used to determine whether a student will be admitted to the major. Currently, students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses, with no grade in an ACC-prefix course lower than "C" and no other grade lower than"C-."

(4) Students must earn an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in the SUNY Brockport courses used to satisfy corequisite, business core, and upper-level accounting course requirements specified in "Course Requirements for the Accounting Major" below.

(5) All General Education, upper-division (300/400 level) course work, and GPA requirements of SUNY Brockport must be met, including an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all SUNY Brockport course work used to meet bachelor's degree requirements.

(6) No courses graded "Pass/Fail" or "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" may be counted towards accounting degree requirements.

Transfer Course and Grade Policy: Accounting students are bound by the policies concerning transfer courses and grades described earlier in the section titled "Guidelines and Policies Pertaining to All Department Programs and Courses." A grade of "C" or higher is required to transfer accounting courses (ACC prefix); other required business and economics courses must be completed with a grade of at least "C-." In general, the department's accounting course numbered ACC 386 cannot be transferred. A minimum of 12 credits of 300/400-level accounting course work, including all required 400-level courses, must be taken at SUNY Brockport.

Participation in Assessment Activities: Accounting students are bound by the policies concerning assessment activities described earlier in the section titled "Guidelines and Policies Pertaining to All Department Programs and Courses." In addition to other required assessment exams, accounting majors are required to participate in an Accounting Assessment Exam given in ACC 487 Auditing every semester.

Course Requirements for the Accounting Major

1a. Prerequisite Course Requirements (21 credits)

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following seven prerequisite courses, with no grade lower than "C" in courses with an ACC prefix and no grade below "C-" in the other courses to earn admission to the major.

CIS 106 End-user Computing 3
ECN 201 Principles of Economics (Micro) 3
ECN 202 Principles of Economics (Macro) 3
ECN 204 Introduction to Statistics 3
ACC 281 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3

ACC 282 Introduction to Managerial Accounting

3
MTH 201 Calculus I OR MTH 221 Calculus for Business 3
TOTAL 21

Note: An elementary statistics course from another discipline may be substituted for ECN 204. However, credit will be allowed for only one introductory statistics course.

2. Major Course Requirements

Completion of the accounting major requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the courses taken under 2a, 2b, and 2c below, with no grade less than "C" in ACC-prefix courses and no grade less than "C-" in all other courses.

2a. Corequisite Courses (12 credits)

Professional Skills Corequisites: Credits
ENL 308 Business Writing 3
ACC 283 Introduction to Accounting Systems and Software 3
Analytical Skills Corequisites
ECN 304 Intermediate Statistics 3
AND one of the following four courses:
ECN 301 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
ECN 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
ECN 305 Managerial Economics 3
BUS 461 Production and Operations Management 3
   
TOTAL 12

Note: (1): ECN 301 and 305 may not both be taken for credit.

2b. Business Core Courses (24 credits) Credits

BUS 325 Principles of Finance 3
BUS 335 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 345 International Business Environment 3
BUS 366 Organizational Behavior 3
BUS 375 Business Law I 3
BUS 376 Business Law II 3
BUS 475 Strategic Management 3
AND one of the following four finance electives:
BUS 420 Short-term Financial Management 3
BUS 421 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management 3
BUS 422 Corporate Financial Policy 3
ECN 321 Money and Banking 3
TOTAL 24

Note: BUS 475 Strategic Management must be taken at SUNY Brockport.

2c. Upper-level Accounting Courses (21 credits)

 

ACC 385 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC 386 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC 388 Cost Accounting 3
ACC 485 Federal Income Tax 3
ACC 486 Advanced Accounting 3
ACC 487 Auditing 3
ACC 488 Federal Income Tax II 3
TOTAL 21

Note: All 400-level accounting courses must be taken at SUNY Brockport.

3. Other Requirements: In addition to the major course work described above, accounting majors must meet all of SUNY Brockport General Education requirements. Further, in order to meet the New York state requirements for sitting for the CPA exam, and for a degree to be conferred, accounting majors must complete 60 credits of non-business, non-accounting liberal arts course work. Students need to work closely with their advisor to understand which of their courses count towards this required 60 credits. Because of the 60-credit liberal arts requirement, accounting majors are limited in the number of additional (elective) business or accounting courses that can be used towards the 120 credits required for a degree. Implied is that, at most, a total of 60 credits of business and accounting course work will count towards the 120 credits required for a degree. Again, it is very important for students, especially transfer students, to work closely with their advisor to understand the limitations on the number of business and accounting courses that can be counted towards the 120-credit graduation requirement.

International Business and Economics Major

The international business and economics major provides an interdisciplinary education that includes foreign-language proficiency and cross-cultural awareness. Students gain knowledge and develop skills relevant to conducting business in the international domain. Graduates are prepared for careers with organizations with international operations.

International Business Degree Requirements

All international business majors are bound by the policies, terms and conditions described earlier in the section titled "Guidelines and Policies Pertaining to All Department Programs and Courses." International business majors must complete all SUNY Brockport General Education requirements and degree requirements for students earning a Bachelor of Arts. In addition to prescribed business course work, students majoring in international business must complete a minimum of 60 credits of non-business, non-accounting course work. Up to nine credits of economics courses and up to six credits of statistics may be included in this 60-credit total.

The international business and economics major requires completion of 15 credits of prerequisite courses (I below), 27 credits of international business core courses (II below), foreign-language proficiency at the 212 (four-semester) level or higher (see III below), 12 credits of cross-cultural core courses (IV below), and a significant foreign experience (V below). See "Course Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major" and "Course-Grade and GPA Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major" below for details.

Course-Grade and GPA Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major Students pursuing the international business and economics major must satisfy four course-grade and GPA requirements as follows:

(1) A student's cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses is used to determine whether a student will be admitted to the major. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses, with no grade lower than "C-," to declare the major in international business and economics.

(2) Students must earn a grade of at least "C-" in each course used to satisfy prerequisite and international business core courses specified in "Course Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major" below.

(3) Completion of the international business and economics major requires an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the courses used to satisfy the international business core, foreign-language, cross-cultural core, and foreign experience requirements specified in "Course Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major" below.

(4) All General Education, upper-division (300/400-level) course work, and GPA requirements of SUNY Brockport must be met, including an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all SUNY Brockport course work used to meet bachelor's degree requirements.

Course Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major Students must satisfy (1) prerequisite, (2) international business core, (3) cross-cultural, (4) language, and (5) foreign-experience requirements as specified below.

I. Prerequisite Course Requirements (15 credits, must be completed before declaring the major)

Prerequisite courses provide a foundation for upper-division course work. As described in Course Grade and GPA Requirements for the Major in International Business above, grades in prerequisite courses are used to determine admission to the major.

 

ECN 201 Principles of Economics (Micro) 3
ECN 202 Principles of Economics (Macro) 3
ECN 204 Introduction to Statistics 3
ACC 281 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
MTH 2XX Calculus-level Math requirement 3
TOTAL 15
   

Notes:
(1) It is expected that full-time students will complete all prerequisite courses no later than the first semester of their junior year. Part-time students should complete prerequisite before undertaking a substantial number of 300-level business courses.

(2) The MTH 2XX requirement is typically satisfied by taking Calculus I (MTH 201), Business Calculus (MTH 221), or Finite Math (MTH 245). However, any mathematics course at or above the level of MTH 201 (excluding MTH 243, 313, and 441 can be used to satisfy the math requirement.

(3) Students are encouraged to take ACC 281 and 282.

(4) An introductory statistics course from another discipline (e.g., psychology) may be substituted for ECN 204. However, credit towards graduation will be allowed for only one introductory statistics course.

II. International Business Core Requirements (27 credits)

BUS 317 Introduction to Management Information Systems 3
BUS 325 Principles of Finance 3
BUS 335 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 345 International Business Environment 3
BUS 433 International Marketing 3
BUS 445 International Financial Management 3
ECN 443 International Economics 3
ECN 453 International Business Seminar 3
BUS 462 Quality Management Systems 3
TOTAL 27

III. Foreign Language (3 or more credits assumed)

One 212 level or higher course in a foreign or second language. 3

IV. Cross-cultural Core (12 credits) Credits

Four cross-cultural courses (see Suggested Cross-cultural Courses below) 12

Cross-cultural courses are typically upper division, internationally focused, social science courses focusing on current cultural issues. With the written approval of the student's ad- visor, an appropriate internship may also be used to satisfy up to six hours of this requirement.

V. Additional Requirement: Foreign Experience (required for graduation)

Students are required to participate in a significant foreign experience. Subject to written approval of the student's adivsor and the department, this requirement can be satisfied by (1) completing an overseas (foreign counry) internship, (2) participating in a study abroad program,(3) completing an appropriate domestic internship (typically with a local busi- ness heavily engaged in international commerce), or (4) completion of two 300-level courses in a foreign language with a grade of "C-" or better in each course. International business majors may not graduate without completing the foreign experience requirement.

In completing the foreign experience requirement, international business and economics majors can take advantage of one of SUNY Brockport's many opportunities to study abroad. Overseas programs may take the form of traditional studies or an internship program. With one of the largest study abroad programs in the nation, SUNY Brockport has programs in England, France, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, Ghana, Jamaica, Russia, Germany, The Netherlands, Oxford, and many other locations. Summer programs include countries such as Greece, Australia, Mexico, England, and Costa Rica. Internship opportunities are avail- able with many organizations and businesses in Australia, Canada, England, Mexico, Costa Rica, Scotland and Germany.

Suggested Cross-cultural Courses

The following courses are approved for use in satisfying cross-cultural core requirments. Additional and/or alternative courses may be approved by the department for inclusion in the cross-cultural core.

 

ANT 322 Culture and Power  
ANT 330 (AJ) World Poverty and Underdevelopment  
ANT 332 (AJ) China in Transition  
ANT 402 Latin America  
ANT 404 Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa  
CMC 418 Cross-cultural Communication  
ENL 365 Asia and the West  
ENL 366 Arabic Culture and the West  
FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the USA  
HST 300 Modern Europe  
HST 325 Modern Irish History  
HST 341 Middle East Crisis  
HST 343 (AJ) History of the Soviet Union  
HST 356 War Since 1945  
HST 361 History of Japan  
HST 363 Islam  
HST 364 History of Britain  
HST 387 Asian Survey  
HST 388 Traditional China  
HST 424 American Foreign Relations  
HST 431 History of Canada  
HST 432 20th-century Latin America  
HST 435 US-Latin-American Relations  
HST 449 Europe in the 20th Century  
HST 456 Modern France  
HST 460 (AJ) Modern Africa  
HST 463 Revolution and Communism in China  
HST 470 Capitalism and Culture  
HST 494 History of Mexico  
PLS 304 International Organization Simulations  
PLS 305 Politics of European Integration  
PLS 333 American Foreign Policy  
PLS 338 Global Issues  
PLS 342 Latin-American Politics  
PLS 343 Canadian Politics and Society  
PLS 348 Politics of the Pacific Rim  
PLS 364 Politics of Developing Countries  
PLS 383 Middle East in World Politics  
PLS 410 International Political Economy  
PLS 445 International Law and Organization  
PLS 447 Russia in Transition  
PLS 470 Nationalism  
PLS 475 Political Geography  
SOC 306 Social Change in the Third World  
SOC 317 Prejudice, Personality and Culture  
SWO 321 Cultural Diversity  
SOC 325 Social Class, Status and Power  
SOC 427 Power in Human Societies  
WMS 422 Women's Education In Developing World  
   

Minor in Business Administration

All students pursuing the minor in business are bound by the policies, terms and conditions

described earlier in the section above titled "Guidelines and Policies Pertaining to All Department Programs and Courses." A minor in business consists of 21 credits of selected business and economics course work as described in "Course Requirements" below, with a minimum of 12 credits of course work completed at SUNY Brockport. A student's cumulative GPA, in the Brockport courses used to satisfy requirements of the minor, must be at least 2.0.

Declaring the Minor in Business

To declare the minor in business administration, students are required to have (1) a 3.0 GPA or better on a minimum of 30 credits, and (2) a grade of "B" or better in one of the following math courses: MTH 121, 122, 201, 202, 221, 245, or 281. Students not meeting the GPA requirement may petition the department to be allowed to declare the minor. Student grades, major, and space-available will be considered when reviewing a petition.

Students should declare the minor in business immediately after completing any one of the required courses. It is important to declare a minor as soon as possible as it will allow the department to plan for enrollments and ensure that an adequate number of course seats are available for students minoring in business. The forms required to declare the minor are available in 119 Hartwell Hall.

Course Requirements Credits

 

ECN 201 or 202 Introductory Economics(or ECN 1003) 3
ACC 280 Introduction to Accounting 3
ECN 204 Introduction to Statistics or equivalent 3
BUS 325 Principles of Finance 3
(prerequisites include MTH 121 or equivalent) 3
BUS 335 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 365 Principles of Management 3
One additional BUS/ECN course at the 300/400 level, excluding BUS 366 3

Total: 21

Notes: (1) Students may substitute the ACC 281/282 sequence for ACC 280.

(2) An introductory statistics course from another discipline (e.g., psychology) may be substituted for ECN 204. However, credit towards graduation will be allowed for only one introductory statistics course.

(3) Students must complete the minor with an overall GPA of 2.0 in the courses taken at SUNY Brockport.

(4) Students majoring in accounting or international business and economics may not declare a business minor.

(5) The number of minors may be limited to ensure an adequate number of seats for business majors; students should declare the minor as soon as possible to ensure admission.

Advisement: The student's advisor provides pre-registration approval for courses in the minor.

Department faculty can serve as informal advisors in helping the student select the required upper- division elective course.

Minor in Economics

All students pursuing a minor in economics are bound by the policies, terms and conditions described earlier in the section above titled "Guidelines and Policies Pertaining to All Department Programs and Courses."

A. Economics Minor with a Liberal Arts Major

Eighteen credits must be successfully completed, including: ECN 201, 202, 301, 302, and two additional upper-division economics courses. ECN 305 may be substituted for ECN 301, but both courses may not be taken for credit. A minimum of nine credits of course work must be completed at SUNY Brockport. A student's cumulative GPA, in the Brockport courses used to satisfy requirements of the minor, must be at least 2.0.

B. Economics Minor with a Business Administration Major

ECN 201, 202, 302, 304, and 301 or 305, plus one additional upper-division economics course must be successfully completed. A minimum of nine credits of course work must be completed at SUNY Brockport. A student's cumulative GPA, in the Brockport courses use to satisfy requirements of the minor, must be at least 2.0.

Departmental course descriptions are listed under Accounting (ACC), Business administration (BUS) and Economics (ECN):

Note: Whenever the terms "MTH 121 or higher" or "MTH 201 or higher" are used, the following math courses are excluded: MTH 243, 313 and 441.

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