College of Business

Acting Dean:Mr. Derrick Collins

Associate Dean: Dr. Bijesh Tolia

Degree Programs

B.S. in Business and Administration

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems

Minor Programs

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • MIS
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sales and Sales Management

Vision Statement

The College of Business will be an outstanding urban-based learning center committed to excellence as it prepares students to become leaders in the local, state and global business community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Business, in keeping with the university’s mission, is to promote quality undergraduate education that is learner-centered and technologically responsive to a culturally and economically diverse student population. Through its programs, the College is committed to developing

students by:

  • Providing foundations in business for students who have the ability to and desire to learn.
  • Producing graduates who are responsible, discerning, ethical and informed citizens with a commitment to lifelong learning, business leadership, entrepreneurship, and service.
  • Fostering a collegial environment which values the personal growth and academic success of individuals through its teaching, research, service and entrepreneurial initiatives.
  • Supporting other university academic programs by providing basic business instruction to enrich their curricula.

The College of Business offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Business and Administration with professional options in: accounting, finance, management information systems, management, and marketing. The curriculum includes a broad foundation in liberal arts and sciences with a strong business core and a major core of required courses and approved electives as described in this catalog. The College of Business is a accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Admission to the College of Business

Students are admitted as intended business majors until after completion of all admission requirements for the College of Business. Sophomore or transfer students seeking admission must have completed at least 45 semester hours of coursework with at least a C (2.0) grade point average. Transfer students must have completed at least nine of their hours at CSU.

The following are College of Business admission requirements:

  • Pass all proficiency examinations (if applicable).
  • Successfully complete the following Arts and Sciences courses:

English 1270/ 127, 1280/ 128 and 2790/ 279; Speech 2030/ 203; Mathematics 1200/ 162; Natural Science (3 hours); Economics 1010/ 101 and 1020/ 102.

Registration in the following courses is restricted to admitted majors and minors in the College of Business: ACCT 4316/ 316, 4317/ 317: FIN 3690/ 369, 4700/ 370: MGMT 4890/ 389, 4100/ 310, 4850/ 358; MKTG 4880/ 386; and all BLP courses. Waivers to this restriction may be granted in special circumstances by the Dean of the College of Business.

Students not admitted as a major to the College of Business may not register for more than thirty hours of course work in the College. This may be waived only by the Dean of the College of Business under special circumstances.

Assessment

All students enrolled in College of Business courses will participate in a series of qualitative and quantitative assessment activities prescribed by each program option plus one through the College’s capstone course, MGMT 4890/ 389. Through the assessment activity, students will demonstrate their acquired professional knowledge through successful completion of courses leading to this capstone course. The College of Business will be able to evaluate the quality of the learning experience within the College and to upgrade or enhance the College’s curriculum. The assessment plan is undertaken as part of the College’s commitment to quality education and in partial fulfillment of requirements from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and ACBSP, a professional business accrediting body. 

The overall assessment plan for the College consists of the following components.

  • Comprehensive Examination: standardized examination in MGMT 4890/ 389;
  • Capstone Course: each program option designates a senior-level course required within that area and will measure student performance against a standard;
  • Senior Exit Survey: confidential questionnaire for graduating seniors administered when students apply for graduation.

For full details on all assessment activities, students should consult their department.

Transfer Credit Policies

The College of Business has entered into articulation agreements with various community colleges. Students should contact their colleges for specific details. In general, the College will grant credit for the following core courses provided that (a) the course content is similar in nature to the course at Chicago State University, and (b) a grade of C or better was received in the course: ACCT 2110/ 110, 2111/ 111, 1290/ 290, 2291/ 291, 3292/ 292; 1370/ 137; MGMT 1030/ 103; QBA 2000/ 200.

Credit for the above courses also will be accepted by successfully completing examinations offered through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Contact the community college or CSU for details.

Articulation Agreements

As part of the CSU transfer assurance plan, students from many community colleges arriving with Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees will be considered as having met the CSU University-Wide general education requirements and will have junior standing; however, students must complete each of the College of Business’s admission requirements.

Two-Year Colleges

The College of Business will accept lower division courses in business provided they are similar in nature to respective courses at Chicago State University, and students receive at least a C grade. In addition, selected upper division courses in business will be accepted provided the student successfully passes a proficiency examination for each course based upon the relevant material. The following upper division courses can be accepted through this method: ACCT 2120/ 212, 3213/ 213, and 3293/ 293; FIN 2660/ 266; MGMT 3010/ 249; MKTG 3110/ 276. The department chairpersons and coordinators may waive the requirement for a proficiency examination.

Four-Year Colleges

The College of Business will accept courses in business from four-year colleges accredited by their regional accreditation body. These courses may be applied to the core requirements or the professional option requirements where applicable, provided they are (a) similar in nature to the course at Chicago State University and (b) a grade of C or better is received in the course.

Academic Policies

Academic departments will not accept any D letter grades in the professional option. The College will accept no more than one D letter grade in the business core requirements. The Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Administration will be awarded after completion of 120 semester hours credit in the following disciplines: 6 hours in composition; 3 hours in Business Writing; 6 hours in a single foreign language; 9 hours in humanities (3 hours in fine Arts, 3 hours in Diversity); 3 hours in mathematics; 6 hours in natural sciences; 6 hours in economics; 45 hours in the business core; 36 hours in the professional option. Note: Students in Business comply with university Gen-education critical thinking requirements with 3 credits in math. Waivers, substitutions, and other modifications of this policy will be considered after the student has submitted an academic petition to the appropriate department chairperson.

College of Business Grievance Policy

The College of Business Student Grievance Policy

Complaints, grievances, and appeals relating to admissions, academic status, financial assistance, faculty oral English proficiency, student conduct, and other topics are described at appropriate places in the CSU Undergraduate Catalog or student handbook. When a grade or evaluation dispute occurs, students are required to file their written petition or grievance within 60 days after the grade has been rendered. Petitions or grievances initiated after the 60 day deadline will not be considered. Students should take the following steps when filing a petition or grievance:

  1. Students who receive failing grades because of nonattendance are required to submit medical evidence documenting their incapacity to complete the course during the period in question. Such petitions are forwarded to the Appeals Committee in the Registrar's Office for review. The decision of the Appeals Committee will be final.
  2. When a grade or evaluation dispute occurs, students should discuss with the instructor how the grade was determined. This conference should be held as soon as possible after the grade has been rendered. As far as possible, the student and the instructor should attempt to resolve through communication with the instructor. Many times,questions about grades can best be resolved through communication with the instructor.
  3. If questions still remain following the conference with the instructor, the issue should be referred first to the course director and the matter shall be discussed by the team instructing that course. At the request/discretion of the student or course director, the person against whom the complaint is made may or may not be present at the initial discussion. The course director representing the team will meet with the instructor and student for the purpose of clarification as the matter warrants, and in an attempt to arrive at a solution. A written statement should be given to the student within one (1) calendar week regarding the decision. If no satisfaction is obtained, the matter then shall proceed to the College of Business Admission, Progression, Retention and Graduation (APRG) Committee.

Petitions by students based on circumstances that could constitute a request for an academic adjustment or modification on the basis of a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 will be referred to and processed by the Abilities Office for Disability Services. 

Channeling to the Admission, Progression, Retention and Graduation Committee:

  1. Within one (1) calendar week after the student has received written notice regarding the decision of the team the student may present a written complaint to the APRG Committee.
  2. Upon receiving the complaint, the APRG Committee will request from the team concerned a written account of the situation and the action taken.
  3. Within one (1) week, the APRG Committee will respond to the student's issue in writing, to the Chairperson.

If no satisfactory decision is reached, the student will submit a written account of the situation to the Chairperson of the Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems or the Department of Accounting and Finance.

Channeling to the Department Chairperson:

  1. Upon receiving the complaint, the department chairperson will request from the course director and the APRG Committee a written account of actions that have been taken.
  2. The complaint will be discussed with student and all other persons involved. If appropriate, all persons involved will meet to discuss the details of the complaint.
  3. If the department chairperson or program chairperson is unable to arrive at a resolution that is satisfactory to both the student and the instructor, the issue may be referred to t appropriate academic dean.

Channeling to the Dean of the College:

The dean will appoint a grievance committee to hear the complaint and provide advice. The ordinary rights of parties at a hearing (student or instructor) shall apply, including the right to notice of hearing and decision reached; the right to be present at the hearing, together with legal counsel; and the right to present and inspect evidence. Specific procedures for the hearing of each case shall be determined by members of the committee. Following the hearing, the committee will present its advice to the dean and communicate its recommendations to the department chairperson or program director, to the instructor, and to the student. The decision of the dean will be final.

College-Level Student Grievance Procedure

The programs in the College of Business provide students with a written copy of student and instructor responsibilities, and procedures for enforcing them. Causes for grievances include:

  • Admission to professional course sequence,
  • Admission to clinical experiences,
  • Evaluation of student performance in courses, clinical settings, or other program-related activities. Student grievance procedures and guidelines and the "Petition for Hearing" are available from the respective programs.

Steps Prior to Hearing:

  • To initiate a formal grievance, the student must file a completed Petition for Hearing with the student's program chairperson.
  • Before a formal grievance can rise to the college level, it must have proceeded through the prior levels of deliberation indicated below:

a) Conference between instructor and student.

b) Conference between program chairperson and student.

c) Hearing before program level grievance committee.

College Level Grievance Process:

The dean will appoint a grievance committee to hear the complaint and provide advice. The ordinary rights of parties at a hearing (student or instructor) shall apply, including the right to notice of hearing and decision reached; the right to be present at the hearing; and the right to present and inspect evidence. Specific procedures for the hearing of each case shall be determined by members of the committee. The primary role of the grievance committee is to ascertain whether the department followed their published policies and procedures. Following the hearing, the committee will present its advice to the dean and communicate its recommendations to the department program chairperson, to the instructor, and to the student. The decision of the dean will be final.

If the student requests, and the instructor does not object, the dean may resolve the problem without the intervention of a grievance committee.

Composition of College-Level Grievance Committee:

  • The Dean of the College or his/her representative from the College of Health Sciences.
  • One faculty member from the program involved.
  • One faculty member from the other academic departments in the College.
  • One College of Business student not from the program.
  • One student from the program involved.

Resolution of the committee will be based on two-thirds of the majority

Minor in Business Administration (24 credit hours)

To be admitted as a minor in Business Administration, a student will submit to the College of Business’s Office of Academic Advising (BHS 435) a program application form. Each applicant must:

  • Not already be a business major;
  • Successfully complete qualifying examinations in reading, math, and English;
  • Complete 24 hours of college credit or university-level work, including: MATH 1200/ 162 (or other appropriate math course), ENG 1280/ 128, and ENG 2790/ 279; and either ECON 1010/ 101 or 1020/ 102; and
  • Have at least a 2.0 or better grade point average for all courses taken.

The minor must be completed prior to graduation.

Minor in Entrepreneurship

Non-Business Majors (24 credit hours)

Required courses (21 credit hours)

ACCT 2110 Intro to Financial Accounting

ACCT 1290/2291 Legal and Ethical Env of Bus/Bus Law I

FIN 2660 Principles of Finance

MGMT 2520 Small Business Management

MGMT 4505 Business Plan Development

FIN 3805 Entrepreneurial Finance

MGMT 4100 Field Exp in Small Bus

Electives (3 credit hours)

MKT 3705 Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing

MGMT 3755 Social Entrepreneurship

FIN 4505 Entrepreneurial Mergers and Acquisitions

INSY 2900 E-Commerce

Business Majors (24 credit hours)

Required courses (15 credit hours)

MGMT 2520 Small Business Dev

MGMT 4505 Business Plan Development

FIN 3805 Entrepreneurial Finance

INSY 2900 E-Commerce

MGMT 4100 Field Exp in Small Bus

Electives (9 credit hours)

MKT 3705 Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing

MGMT 3755 Social Entrepreneurship

FIN 4505 Entrepreneurial Mergers and Acquisitions

Minor in Sales & Sales Management (For Non-Business Majors)
(21 credit hours)

Required courses (18 credit hours)

ACCT 2110 Intro to Financial Accounting

ACCT 1290/2291 Legal and Ethical Env of Bus/Bus Law I

MKTG 3110 Principles of Marketing

MKTG 3200 Principles of Sales (Personal Selling)

MTKG 3790 Sales Management

MKTG 4200 Advanced Sales Techniques

Electives (3 credit hours)

MKT 3600 B-to-B Sales

MKTG 3650 Retail Sales and Merchandizing

BLP 2070 Business lab Internship