Jun 01, 2023  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business

Thomas Payne, Dean
Jack Matson, Associate Dean
Nat Natarajan, Associate Dean

Departments and Programs

Philosophy Objectives

The mission of the TTU College of Business is to excel in preparing students for business and business-related careers by blending scholarship and business experience in quality undergraduate programs and a case-oriented MBA program.

The College’s highest level of dedication is to its academic program exemplified by its focus on excellence in instruction, which is supported by a commitment to scholarly activity and intellectual contribution by the faculty and interaction with business and industry. We believe that teaching, research, and service are interdependent components of our mission. The following values guide us in striving for excellence in these three areas identified in order of relative emphasis:

Teaching–We encourage our faculty to be sensitive to the educational needs of our students and to strive for excellence in teaching skills and content.

We seek to educate business leaders and potential leaders who are capable of making lasting contributions to business and society and who are also skilled in using an interdisciplinary approach to decision making in an increasingly global and technology-dependent business environment.

Intellectual Contributions–We encourage our faculty to engage primarily in applied research and scholarly activities that provide insights into business practice. We believe such scholarly activity should be a career-long endeavor of faculty engaged in educating current and future business leaders and that such activity enhances the effectiveness of classroom instruction and external interaction.

Service–All members of the business school faculty are encouraged to share their expertise to benefit external constituencies and to offer opportunities for students and faculty to apply their skills and knowledge. We believe these activities and involvement with business and government leaders significantly increase the abilities of faculty to deliver current information in the classroom and that they build important bridges between the academic community and our external constituencies.

We encourage professional and service endeavors that strengthen relationships with the broader academic community–activities within this University, interaction with other universities, and involvement in professional organizations.

The College offers the B.S.B.A. degree that is structured on a firm base of liberal education courses, a core area of business studies, and an area of specialization. We seek to prepare students from culturally diverse backgrounds for careers in business. In the degree, the College seeks to:

  1. Develop an analytical approach to sound business decisions.
  2. Develop understanding and appreciation of the social, ethical, legal, political, and economic environment of business.
  3. Promote appreciation of the civic and social obligations of business managers.
  4. Develop understanding and appreciation of business in its international context.
  5. Equip students to respond to the demands of business in a changing technological environment.
  6. Create a professional attitude and provide the foundation for professional competence in a chosen career specialization.

Business Program

The business program includes studies in three major categories: general education, the business core, and a major field of specialization. The core courses and the distribution of credit hours for the  three categories of studies are listed as follows:


Total: 60

Total: 36

Major Field of Specialization

See note 4

  • Accounting
  • Business Management or Decision Sciences
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Marketing

Total: 21

Business Electives

See note 2

Total: 3

Total Required for Graduation: 120

See notes 3,5


1 Select from the approved list of TTU General Education courses in Humanities/Fine Arts.
2 Elective courses are to be selected in consultation with the academic advisor.  MATH 1000 and READ 1010 does not count as credit toward BSBA degree completion, including as elective.
3 Business students may not take business courses on a pass/fail basis.
4 Business majors must complete at least 50% of the upper-division hours required in the major field of specialization at Tennessee Technological University.
5 Business majors must earn at least 50% of the business hours required for the degree at Tennessee Technological University.


See Admission for requirements for admission to the University.

COB Retention Policy

Any student majoring in the College of Business must have a cumulative QPA of at least 2.0 upon reaching junior status (60 hours) to be eligible to enroll in upper-division (3000- and 4000-level) courses.

A student who does not meet these requirements must make a reasonable effort, in consultation with the advisor, to repeat 1000- and 2000-level courses as soon as the courses are next offered to bring the QPA to a 2.0.

Having met these requirements, the student must maintain at least a 2.0 overall average, as well as a cumulative 2.0 in all business courses.

A student who does not maintain these averages for any two consecutive semesters after becoming a junior will be required to repeat upper-division courses to raise the average to the required level.

All repetition of courses shall be in accordance with the university policy governing course repetition as described in this Catalog.

Diversity Program

The College of Business administers a diversity scholarship endowment designed to encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to enter the College and pursue careers in business.

Requirements for Degree

Each curriculum in the College of Business leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. To obtain a degree, the student must complete the curriculum for the major subject chosen and comply with the general requirements of the University. Advisors in the COB Student Success Center serve as academic counselors for the first two years or until Basic Business requirements have been completed. The department chairperson, or a faculty member designated by the chairperson, serves as the student’s academic advisor for the junior and senior years.

At least 50 percent of all business credit hours and 50 percent of upper-division hours in the major must be earned at Tennessee Technological University.


The pre-law student may complete the requirements for a degree in any curriculum of the College of Business with a major in accounting, business management, economics, finance, marketing, or International Business and Cultures (joint degree with the College of Arts and Sciences). A college degree and a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test are generally required for admission to an approved law school. The pre-law program in business is designed to supplement departmental counseling and to assist the student in planning a program for a career in law. The pre-law advisor provides the information relevant to professional law programs, admission requirements, and standards.

B.S. in International Business and Cultures

This joint-degree program, shared by the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, is designed to prepare American and international students for the arena of international relations and trade. Track 1, designed for American students, emphasizes competence in basic and international business, a high level of proficiency in foreign languages, and solidly grounded knowledge of foreign cultures and the world business community. Track 2, designed for international students, offers specialized concentrations in American studies and aspects of American and international business cultures. The capstone course for both Tracks 1 and 2 is a domestic or international internship (IBC 4980 ). Track 1 students  may also choose to spend a semester or year studying abroad in order to improve their foreign language proficiency and deepen their knowledge of foreign cultures.

Master of Business Administration

The MBA is intended for business and non-business undergraduate majors and experienced managers. For details of the MBA program, see the Bulletin of the Graduate School.