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UHD Undergraduate Academic Programs - College of Business

D. Michael Fields,  PhD, Dean
Carmen Cuevas, JD, Assistant Dean & Director, Graduate Studies
B400, 713-221-8179

 


Finance, Accounting and Enterprise Information
Systems Department

 

Justo Manrique, PhD, Chair                                                      
B410, 713-221-8209

 

Faculty


Professors:

DeVries, Islam, Omer, Pelaez, Penkar, Robbins, Serrett, Smith, Wadhwa, Williams

Associate Professors:

Bose, Bressler,  Deo, Hashemi, Manrique, McMahon, Nguyen,Pence, Verma, Wright,  Zhou

Assistant Professors:

Brown,  Jones,  Liu,
Paskelian, Rowe, Wright

Lecturers:

Burrus, Butler, Holmes,  Karkoviata, Ren,  Richards,  Trevino

Emeritus:

Duangploy,  Rebhun

 

Programs of Study

 

Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in:                   
Accounting
Enterprise Information Systems
Finance
International Business


Minors in:                                                                                          
Accounting
Enterprise Information Systems
Economics
Finance
International Business

 


Management, Marketing and Business Administration Department

 

Lucille Pointer, PhD, Chair                                                              
B410, 713-221-5382

 

Faculty


Professors:

Ashe, Evans, Fields, Gupta, Jackson, Johnson, Shipley, Stanberry

Associate Professors:

Adams, Coy, Davis,T, Hale, Khoja, Nealy, Pointer, Stading, Strain, Usnick

Assistant Professors:

Davis, J.,  Degrassi, Dillard, Epstein, Gil, Hurley, Morgan, Perry, Walker, Wang, Zhou

Visiting Professors:
Lecturers:

Angert, Brown, Ketcham
Cuevas,  Francis,  Gleason,  Tannous, Wicmandy

Emeriti:

Eckles, Efraty, Hebert, Kauffman, Robinson, Rooney, Spilger, Wilkinson, Woods

 

Research Directors          Braniff, Davis (Tracy), Dudley

 

Programs of Study

 

Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in:                          
General Business                                                                            
Insurance & Risk Management
Management                                                                                    
Marketing                                                                                         
Supply Chain Management

 

Minors in:                                                                                           
Energy Management                                                                        
General Business (available only to non-Business majors)
Human Resource Management             
Insurance & Risk Management
Management                                                                                    
Marketing                                                                                        
Metro-Entrepreneurship                                                                    
Professional Land Management
Project Management                                                       
Retail Management                                                                          
Small Business Management                                                           
Supply Chain Management

 

Certificate in:
Entrepreneurship

 

Accreditation
The BBA programs of the College of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International.

 

Mission Statement
The College of Business at University of Houston Downtown, accredited by AACSB, provides a rich learning environment to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students. Our responsiveness underpins the College’s success in meeting industry requirements and student career goals. The faculty engages in research, service, and high-impact teaching to support degree offerings.

 

Shared Values
A highly qualified faculty accomplishes this mission within a dynamic learning environment based on:

  • Collegiality: respect for another's commitment to the common purpose and ability to work toward it.
  • Motivation: empowering self and others to act toward the common goals.
  • Inclusiveness: eliciting and objectively evaluating input from all stakeholders to reach a shared outcome.
  • Creativity:  exercising skills and ability to improve existing or produce new ideas and practices.
  • Mutual respect:  exhibiting tolerance and understanding of each other’s point of view.
  • Integrity: the quality of being honest, having strong moral principles, holding oneself accountable, and the belief that others will do the same.
  • Professionalism: the high standard expected from individuals who are well trained in a particular area of expertise.
  • Commitment: the willingness and aspiration to  make efficient use of available resources in order to achieve common goals.
  • Transparency: Openness, sharing, and timely communication.

 

Beta Gamma Sigma
The College of Business is privileged to have a student chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honorary society recognized by the AACSB-International. Its mission is to encour­age and honor academic achievement and personal excellence in the study and practice of business. Each year, the University of Houston-Downtown Chapter invites to membership the juniors in the college who rank in the top 10% of their class and the sen­iors who rank in the top 10% of their class who are not already members.

 

Academic Requirements
Consistent with the University of Houston-Downtown’s commitment to quality undergraduate education, the College of Business adopts this policy regarding admissions, the declaration of majors, course enrollment and requirements for graduation for BBA degree programs. 

 

Admission and Declaration of Major
Effective January 10, 2010, current students and new transfer students must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher to declare their major in the College of Business.
               
Students currently enrolled at UHD with a GPA of 2.50 or higher on all work at UHD may apply for admission to the College of Business and simultaneously declare a major in business if the following requirements are met:

  • completion of 42 hours of the common core requirements,
  • completion of College Algebra with a “C” or higher,
  • satisfactory completion of Texas Success Initiative (TSI)  requirements, and
  • no transcript or cashier holds.

Joint-Admission community college/UHD students with a GPA of 2.50 or higher at the college/university most recently attended may apply for admission to the College of Business and simultaneously declare a major in business if the following requirements are met: 

  • completion of the 42 hours of common core requirements,
  • completion of College Algebra with a “C” or higher,
  • satisfactory completion of TSI requirements, and
  • no transcript or cashier holds.


New transfer students with a GPA of 2.50 or higher at the college/university most recently attended may apply for admission to the College of Business and simultaneously declare a major in business if the following requirements are met:

  • completion of 42 hours of the common core requirements,
  • completion of College Algebra with a “C” or higher,
  • satisfactory completion of TSI requirements, and
  • no transcript or cashier holds.

 

Denial of Admission
Students with a GPA of less than 2.50 at the last college or university attended do not qualify for admission to the College of Business and must meet with University College advisors for course approvals.

 

Post-Baccalaureate and Special Status Admission
Students who hold bachelors or graduate degrees from accredited universities who are not seeking a degree from the University of
Houston-Downtown may apply for admission to the College of Business as a special status students prior to enrolling at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Students who desire to take courses offered by the College of Business which have been approved by external certification agencies to fulfill their continuing education requirements may apply for admission to the College of Business as special status students.  In order to qualify, the applicant must have at least 60 hours of university credit.  Additionally, the student must satisfy TSI requirements if applicable. 
Courses taken by a special status student may not be used to fulfill degree requirements of any degree granted by the College of
Business.

Transient students who need to take one or more business classes at UHD to complete their degree at another university must obtain prior written approval from their dean to enroll in specific courses which will be used to satisfy graduation requirements.

 

Satisfaction of Prerequisites
Prerequisites are NOT optional; prerequisites ARE requirements or courses that must be completed PRIOR to taking a course. The prerequisites for a course are described in the catalog course descriptions. It is the student’s responsibility to insure that he/she meets the prerequisites prior to enrollment in a course. If the student enrolls and does not meet the prerequisites, he/she may be administratively withdrawn from the course at any time. The administrative withdrawal will result in NO REFUND of tuition and fees because it appears that the student knowingly enrolled in the course in violation of catalog requirements. Any variance in prerequisite requirements or this policy must be obtained in writing from the department chair prior to enrollment in the course.

 

Dismissal from the College of Business
Students admitted to the College of Business whose overall GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters will be placed on academic suspension in accordance with the current UHD Catalog.  Students on academic suspension will be dismissed from the College of Business.

A student who changes his/her major to a discipline outside of the College of Business will be dismissed from the College of Business and their records will be forwarded to the appropriate college.

A student who is unsuccessful in a required course after three attempts will be dismissed from the College of Business for failure to progress. College of Business interprets a required course as any course in the Business Core or Major Requirements. Finally, the College of Business will interpret failure to progress as not moving forward in a degree plan. Therefore, in some majors a “D” in a course will be considered unsuccessful if the degree sequence requires a “C” or better. An attempt is registered when the student receives either a grade or “W” for the course.

If a student subsequently seeks readmission to the College of Business, she/he must reapply and meet the College of Business standards of admission in force at the time of reapplication.

 

Course Approvals and Advising
All students admitted to the College of Business will be advised by College of Business advisors. Students with declared majors will be granted self-advising privileges as long as their GPA is 2.25 or above and prerequisites are followed.  Students who fail to follow prerequisite requirements will be denied self-advising privileges. This provision applies to students who have not completed the 18 hours of required lower division business core classes in MATH, ACC and ECO before attempting upper division courses, or do not follow advisors’ directions. Students who fail to file a declaration of major when eligible will be denied enrollment in courses administered by the College of Business until the declaration has been filed.

Students not admitted to the College of Business who want to enroll in upper division business courses must have an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher, must meet all the prerequisites for the courses, and must have prior written approval of a College of Business advisor or a designated delegate. The only course that does not require prior written approval of a College of Business advisor is BA 3300 (Business Cornerstone).

Students not admitted to the College of Business (non -business majors) will be restricted to a maximum of 18 hours  of upper division Business courses. Students seeking more than 18 hours must receive written  permission from the Dean of the College of Business.

 

Graduation Requirements
In addition to meeting the general requirements established by the University of Houston-Downtown for eligibility to graduate, students receiving a degree in a program administered by the College of Business must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better for all courses taken in the College of Business at UHD. 

The final 30 semester credit hours of course work toward the degree must be taken at UH-Downtown. Prior to that time, stu­dents who wish to take junior- and senior-level courses at another college or university, including any other campus of the UH System, and apply the credits earned toward their degree, must request approval through the College of Business Student Services Office in Room B101. Courses taken without such approval will not be counted toward the fulfillment of degree requirements.

For degree completion, at least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UHD. Additionally, all of the final 30 hours must be  upper division course work taken at UH-Downtown.  Only the Dean of the College of Business may waive any portion of these requirements.

 

Courses of Instruction
Individual courses of instruction are subject to change or cancel­lation at any time and may not be offered each semester or every year. Students should be especially mindful that summer offerings are limited and vary from year to year. Therefore, careful planning is required if progress toward the degree is expected during the summer months.

 

Field Experience
Field Experience integrates theory learned in the classroom with practical work experience in a job related to the student’s aca­demic and professional goals. The work experience and the academic experience must be directly related. Positions may or may not be paid and may last the duration of the fall or spring semester or the entire summer. Field Experience generally is not approved for students already employed in their area of study.

Eligibility for Field Experience enrollment includes at least 60 semester credit hours completed in the degree program, a mini­mum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or prior approval of the department chair in whose area the course is being offered. Other requirements specified by the department may impact the applicant's eligibility. Submission of applications and other preliminary procedures should be completed during the semester prior to the one in which the student wishes to enroll.

The College of Business allows up to two courses (6 semester credit hours) in Field Experience to be applied toward gradua­tion requirements. These courses are graded on a pass/fail basis and do not apply toward calculation of the grade point average. Field Experience credit may NOT be used to satisfy minor program requirements.

 

Minor Program Requirements
Additionally, the College of Business offers a variety of minors to complement major programs. Both students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and those pursuing other degrees offered by the university can select these minors. Students planning to take a minor in the College of Business who are not seeking a Bachelor of Business Administration degree are reminded that in compliance with the accrediting principles of AACSB-International, the course work taken in the College of Business, including all courses applicable to the minor, is limited to 25% of the credit hours applied toward graduation.

The general academic requirements for minors are:

  • College of Business majors must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at UHD to declare a minor. 
  • Students majoring in a non-Business field must have a minimum 2.25 GPA at UHD to be approved for a COB minor.
  • Student must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in minor courses for minor to be certified for graduation.
  • No field experience course (ACC 4380, BA 4380, EIS 4380, FIN 4380, IRM 4380, MGT 4380, MKT 4380, PLM 4380 or SCM 4380) may  be applied to a minor program.
  • The minor field elected must be different from the major.
  • A student must complete all course work required for the minor in addition to all course work required for the degree prior to certification. 
  • All minor programs in the College of Business require at least 9 hours upper-level course work in residence at UHD.

Students should note that in some instances courses listed as requirements or options for the minor program may have pre­requisites that are not listed as part of the program. Prerequisites will not be waived. The procedure to declare a minor is available from the College of Business Student Services Office, Room B101.

 

Certificate Requirements
Students completing both BA 3305 (Entrepreneurship) and BA 3306 (Intrapreneurship) are eligible to receive a certificate in Entrepreneurship from the MMBA Department, regardless of major.   UHD Students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, along with those pursuing other degrees will qualify if the student earns a minimum grade of C  in both courses. Information concerning this certificate is available from the College of Business Student Services Office, Room B101.

 

Bachelor of Business Administration
Programs

 

All majors within the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program administered by the College of Business share a com­mon core of general education requirements and a common core of business course requirements. These two core areas must be completed in addition to the major discipline requirements.

Students must complete all general education core requirements prior to enrolling in upper-division courses. Upon completion of the Common Core requirements and earning the requisite GPA, students should file for admission to the College of Business.

 

General Education Requirements
All students seeking a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston-Downtown must complete the general education requirements. These requirements include the common core requirements, application course require­ments, enhancement course requirements, and writing skills.

 

Common Core Requirements
To fulfill the common core’s speech requirement, COMM 3306 is recommended. To fulfill the mathematics requirement, MATH 1301 is recommended. To fulfill the computer literacy require­ment, EIS 1301 is recommended. All other common core requirements may be filled by taking any of the courses listed as options under the heading of Common Core Requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section.

 

Application Course Requirements
BA 3350 and BA 4302 (see Business Core Requirements below) satisfy the writing skills requirement. The nonverbal ana­lytical skills requirement is satisfied by MATH 1306 (see Business Core Requirements below).

 

Enhancement Course Requirements
The general education requirements related to ethical and moral issues and the world community are addressed throughout the required business core courses. The College of Business faculty believes that for investigation of these issues to be most meaning­ful, they must be studied in direct relationship with the career path chosen by the student. Thus, within each area of the business core, relevant material related to these dimensions is presented.

 

Business Core Requirements

Lower Level

MATH 1305

Finite Math with Applications

MATH 1306

Fundamentals of Calculus with Applications

ACC 2301

Financial Accounting

ACC 2302

Managerial Accounting

ECO 2301

Principles of Economics I

ECO 2302

Principles of Economics II

Upper Level

 

BA 3300

Business Cornerstone

BA 3301

Legal Environment of Business

MKT 3301

Principles of Marketing

MGT 3301

Principles of Management and Organization Behavior

BA 3350
EIS 3302

Business Communications
Management of Information Systems (Not required for Accounting majors)

STAT 3309

Statistical Analysis for Business Applications

FIN 3302

Business Finance

MGT 3332

Operations and Supply Chain Management

BA 4302

Business Strategy

 

Major in Accounting (120 hours)

 

Accounting faculty: Bressler, Liu, Omer, Pence, Rowe, Serrett, Wadhwa, Williams

 

Accounting graduates have flexibility in career choices due to the wide variety of accounting specializations and the breadth of accounting applications. The program prepares graduates for careers in public accounting, accounting within business entities, or accounting within governmental or not-for-profit agencies. Accounting serves as an excellent background for students plan­ning to pursue graduate studies or careers in law.

 

The Texas Public Accountancy Act of 1991 requires that a CPA candidate sitting in Texas for the CPA Exam for the first time as of May, 1998 have (1) a baccalaureate degree with any major, (2) two basic accounting courses plus an additional 30 hours of accounting as defined by the Board including a minimum of two semester hours in research and analysis (accounting or tax), (3) 24 hours of upper division business related courses as defined by the Board including a minimum of two semester hours in accounting communications or business communications, (4) an approved 3 semester hour ethics course, and (5) a total of 150 unduplicated college transcript hours. The candi­date is NOT required to complete a master’s degree.  Contact the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (512-505-5599) for further information.

 

The accounting program offers sufficient number of required accounting courses and accounting electives to meet the above mentioned requirements for sitting in the Uniform Certified Public Accountants examination.   The accounting program also provides the basic courses related to preparing for the Certified Management Accountants exam as well as other specialized accounting certification examinations.

 

General Education Requirements (42 hours)
Students must complete all common core requirements listed under the heading of Common Core Requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section  prior to enrolling in upper-level courses.

 

Business Core Requirements (45 hours)
See the list of Business Core requirements under the section titled Bachelor of Business Administration Programs.

 

Accounting Major Requirements (27 hours*)


ACC 3300

Intermediate Accounting I

ACC 3301

Intermediate Accounting II

ACC 3302

Intermediate Accounting III

ACC 3303

Cost Accounting

ACC 3304

Accounting Information Systems

ACC 4301

Individual Income Taxation

ACC 4302

Corporation Taxation

ACC 4303

Advanced Accounting

ACC 4304

Auditing

 

*For purposes of taking the CPA exam in Texas, the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) will accept not fewer than 30 passing semester hours of upper division accounting courses. The TSBPA requires that at least 15 of these hours must result from physical attendance at classes meeting regularly on the campus.

 

Upper Division Business Electives (6 hours)
Accounting majors may, but are not required to, choose one of the following professional tracks. Students following a particu­lar track will select one course from Group A and one course from Group B within the chosen track. Students who do not wish to follow a track may choose any two upper level courses in the College of Business.

 

Financial Reporting

Group A (choose one of the following)
FIN 3301         Small Business Finance
FIN 3306         Treasury Risk Management
FIN 4301         Cases in Managerial Finance
FIN 4303         International Finance
FIN 4305         Investments

Group B (choose one of the following)
ACC 3305       Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting
ACC 3307       Oil and Gas Accounting
ACC 3323       International Accounting
ACC 4321       Financial Reporting Theory

 

Auditing and Taxation

Group A (choose one of the following)
     FIN 3306        Treasury Risk Management
     FIN 4301        Cases in Managerial Finance
     FIN 4303        International Finance
     FIN 4305        Investments

Group B (choose one of the following)
     ACC 3305      Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting
     ACC 4309      Computer Control and Audit
     ACC 4322      Estate, Gifts, and Trust Taxation
     ACC 4325      Tax Research Methodology

 

Cost Management and Decision Analysis

Group A (choose one of the following)
ECO 3302       Managerial Economics
ECO 3303       Economics of Industrial Organization
ECO 4303       International Economics
ECO 4307       Health Economics
FIN 4301         Cases in Managerial Finance
FIN 4305         Investments
MGT 4308       Managing People and Teams 

Group B (choose one of the following)
ACC 3323       International Accounting
ACC 4307       Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
ACC 4321       Financial Reporting Theory

 

Accounting Information Systems

Group A (choose one of the following)
EIS 3301         Systems Analysis and Design
EIS 3304         Microcomputer Applications in Business 

Group B (choose one of the following)
ACC 4307       Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
ACC 4309       Computer Control and Audit
ACC 4321       Financial Reporting Theory

 

Major in Enterprise Information Systems (120 hours)

 

Enterprise Information Systems faculty: Brown, Bose, DeVries, Hashemi, McMahon, Robbins, Wright, Zhou

 

The Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce equipped with knowledge and skills in information systems development processes, web technologies, domain fundamentals, and the use of large-scale Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and information technology control and infrastructure frameworks.  The EIS curriculum plan is structured to instill business skills; foundations of information systems; knowledge of data and information management; enterprise architecture; information systems project management; information technology infrastructure; systems analysis and design; information systems strategy; management and acquisition; and a choice of electives for the student.  The choice of electives includes programming languages, enterprise systems, web technology, information security, microcomputer applications, and E-commerce. An environment is offered to students that allows them to prepare for a lifetime of learning and growth in various information technology careers such as programmer, systems analyst, database administrator, knowledge systems developer, network systems administrator, electronic commerce systems developer, or information systems consultant.

 

The program is frequently updated with the help of an industry advisory board comprised of information technology professionals from major corporations and public institutions, in order to keep abreast of new information technologies and business methods. The program is based on a national model curriculum developed by educators and computer professionals, endorsed by the Association for Information Technology Professionals, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for Information Systems, and adopted by leading universities across the nation.

 

General Education Requirements (42 hours)
Students must complete all common core requirements listed under the heading of Common Core Requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section prior to enrolling in upper-level courses.

 

Business Core Requirements (48 hours)
See the list of Business Core requirements under the section titled Bachelor of Business Administration Programs.

 

Enterprise Information Systems Major Requirements (12 hours)
EIS 3301                                 Systems Analysis and Design
EIS 3315                                 Enterprise Architecture
EIS 3317                                 Information Systems Infrastructure
EIS 3306                                 Data and Information Management Systems

 

One of the following Technical Electives (3 hours):
EIS 3318                                 Enterprise Systems using SAP
EIS 3330                                 Application Development in Java 
EIS 4316                                 Information Security Management
EIS 4320                                 Decision Support and Business Intelligence Systems

 

Capstone Courses (6 hours):
EIS 4312                                 Systems Development Project
EIS 4340                                 IS Strategy, Management & Acquisition

 

Two of the following Upper Level EIS Electives (6 hours)
EIS 3304                                 Microcomputer Applications in Business
EIS 3311                 Programming Languages: Procedural, Non-Procedural and Fourth Generation
EIS 3313                                 Web-based Technologies
EIS 3316                                 Supply Chain Information and Control Systems
EIS 3318                                 Enterprise Systems using SAP
EIS 3330                                 Application Development in Java
EIS 3399                                 Directed Study in EIS
EIS 4309                                 Computer Control and Audit
EIS 4313                                 Electronic Commerce
EIS 4316                                 Information Security Management
EIS 4320                 Decision Support and Business Intelligence Systems
EIS 4380                                 Field Experience in EIS
EIS 4390                                 Special Topics in EIS

 

One upper-level Business elective (3 hours)

 

Major in Finance (120 hours)

 

Finance faculty: Deo, Jones, Paskelian, Pelaez, Penkar, Smith, Verma

The finance degree program presents students with the opportunity to learn a body of theory and analytical techniques needed to perform various finance functions in corporations and financial services firms. Finance graduates may pursue careers as financial managers, personal financial advisors, security analysts, real estate brokers and sales agents, insurance sales agents, and securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents, among others. One of the most promising careers paths is that of personal financial advisors. As government regulation of the financial sector increases, the regulatory agencies will employ finance graduates as financial examiners to ensure compliance with laws and regulations. Ideally, the finance graduate will have strong analytical skills, good communication skills, and excellent sales ability.

 

General Education Requirements (42 hours)
Students must complete all common core requirements listed under the heading of Common Core Requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section prior to enrolling in upper-level courses.

 

Business Core Requirements (48 hours)
See the list of Business Core requirements under the section titled Bachelor of Business Administration Programs.

 

Finance Major Requirements (12 hours)
FIN 3305                                 Money, Markets and Institutions
FIN 4303                                 International Finance
FIN 4305                                 Investments
FIN 4309                                 Advanced Financial Management

 

Electives (18 hours)
Lower-level Business elective
Upper-level Business elective
Upper-level Finance Electives (12 hours)

  • A student majoring in Finance must earn a grade of C or better in FIN 3302.
  • A student majoring in Finance must have a GPA of 2.0 or better in all finance courses.
  • A student majoring in Finance must earn a grade of C or better in FIN 4309.

 

Major in General Business (120 hours)

 

General Business faculty: Angert, Ashe, Brown, Epstein, Evans, Gil, Khoja, Nealy, Stanberry, Usnick

A vital part of UH-Downtown’s mission is to offer high quality business education to prepare students for immediate entry into the local business community. Designed for students who seek a strong interdisciplinary business program, the General Business major combines a solid foundation of general education with understanding of the fundamental theories and procedures of basic business functions.

 

Through this major, students have the opportunity to tailor their course work to meet individual career goals. For example, a stu­dent with an entrepreneurial interest might choose courses in small business management, marketing and personnel. A student interested in working in the oil industry might choose profession­al land management courses. Students interested in focusing on international business might take the courses offered in interna­tional business, international marketing, international business law, international accounting and international economics.

 

A student majoring in General Business can combine this major with any minor(s). The General Business major cannot be com­bined with a second business major to form a double major unless the student takes 30 additional upper-level hours. At least 50% of the upper-level business hours must be taken from the University of Houston-Downtown.

 

General Education Requirements (42 hours)
Students must complete all common core requirements listed under the heading of Common Core Requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section prior to enrolling in upper-level courses.

 

Business Core Requirements (48 hours)
See the list of Business Core requirements under the section titled Bachelor of Business Administration Programs.

 

General Business Major Requirements (27 hours)
BA 3302 Commercial Law
24 hours of business courses beyond the Business Core from at least three of the following areas:
Accounting
Business Administration
Enterprise Information Systems
Economics
Energy Management
Finance
Insurance & Risk Management
Management
Marketing
Professional Land Management
Supply Chain Management

No more than 12 of these 24 hours may be taken in any one area. At least 21 of these 24 hours must be upper-level courses that are not being counted toward a second business major.

 

Electives (3 hours)
An upper-level non-Business course.

 

Major in Insurance & Risk Management (120 hours)

 

Wendall Braniff, JD, Director, Insurance and Risk Management Center
B401, 713-226-5552

 

Insurance & Risk Management faculty: Braniff, Hurley, Ketcham
           
Students are taught Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) processes for handling business and personal risk exposures including property and liability risks, financial, health, employee benefits and international loss exposures, with an emphasis on risk identification and analysis,  alternative methods of risk control and risk finance.  Courses include content from industry professional designations including Certified Risk Manager, Charter Property Casualty Underwriter, Chartered Life Underwriter, Registered Health Underwriter, and Registered Employee Benefits Counselor.  Students that graduate with this degree will be provided the knowledge and skills required to enter the high paying and dynamic insurance and risk management industry. Typical career positions include risk analysis and management, underwriting, adjusting, marketing, and producing.

 

General Education Requirements (42 hours)
Students must complete all common core requirements listed under the heading of Common Core Requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section prior to enrolling in upper-level courses.

 

Business Core Requirements (48 hours)
See the list of Business Core requirements under the section titled Bachelor of Business Administration Programs.

 

IRM Major Requirements (18 hours)
IRM 3300                                Introduction to Risk and Insurance
IRM 3301                                Life and Health Insurance
IRM 3304                                Insurance Operations
IRM 3305                Risk Management Theory and Practice
IRM 3306                Legal and Political Aspects of IRM
IRM 4380                                Field Experience in IRM

 

IRM  Electives  (12 hours)
IRM 3303                Value Analysis in IRM
IRM 3307                Surety and Bonds
IRM 3308                                Reinsurance
IRM 3309                Insurance Market & Depository Regulations
IRM 3310                Insurance in Estate Planning
IRM 3311                Business Owners Planning
IRM 3312                Group Benefits
IRM 3399                                Directed Study in IRM
IRM 4301                                Advanced Employee Benefits and Applications
IRM 4302                                Advanced Life Insurance and Applications
IRM 4303                                Advanced Property Insurance and Applications
IRM 4304                                Advanced Casualty Insurance and Applications
IRM 4305                Special Projects in IRM
IRM 4306                Survey Property & Casualty Insurance
IRM 4307                Advanced Managed Care
IRM 4308                Advanced Risk Management Theory and Practice
IRM 4309                Personal Risk Management
IRM 4390                                Special Topics in IRM

 

Major in International Business (120 hours)

 

Given the significant role of the United States in world affairs and the importance of globalization of business to American business enterprise, this major offers a combination of basic business knowledge with an interdisciplinary study of inter­national practices and policies. The curriculum of this major is designed to prepare students for positions in government, busi­ness or international agencies in the fields of international trade, international finance, international marketing, interna­tional management, and international accounting.

 

General Education Requirements (42 hours)
Students must complete all common core requirements listed under the heading of Common Core Requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section prior to enrolling in upper-level courses.

 

Business Core Requirements (48 hours)
See the list of Business Core requirements under the section titled Bachelor of Business Administration Programs.
               

IB Major - Foreign Language Requirement: (6 hours):
Six hours of college level credit in a foreign language (other than English).

 

Required International Core Courses (9 hours)
BA 3320                  International Business
ECO 4303               International Economics
MGT 4301 International Management

 

Functional Skills Requirement: 2 courses or 6 hours from the
following:

FIN 4303                                 International Finance
MKT 3304               International Marketing
ACC 3323               International Accounting
BA 3304                  International Business Law

 

Electives Requirement: select 2 courses or 6 hours from the
following:

MKT 3304               International Marketing*
ACC 3323               International Accounting*
BA 3304                  International Business Law*
FIN 4303                                 International Finance*
BA 3303                  Global Environmental Issues in Business
ECO 3303               Economics of Industrial Organizations
MKT 4308               Exporting and Importing
ECO 4309               Economic Development
PHIL 3322               World Religions
COMM 2307           Intercultural Communications

*If course taken to fulfill Functional Skills Requirement may not be double counted or retaken to fulfill the Electives Requirement.

 

International Experience Requirement: 3 hours from the following with prior approval of the Department Chair:

  1. Study abroad program – actual study outside of U.S. may be approved for more than 3 semester hours.
  2. Participating in COB international field trip*. (see below)
  3. International Internship (inside or outside the United States) with pre-approval from college and organization.

 

*The COB International Field Trip requirements mentioned may be completed by taking one of the following two course options:
INT 3350: Foreign Country/Regional Study Tour
INT 3360: Foreign Country/Region Study Project (this option is only available by department and college approval as a substitute for INT 3350)

 

Major in Management (120 hours)

 

Management faculty:  Coy, Davis, T., Degrassil, Gupta, Hale, Morgan, Perry, Shipley, Tannous, Walker , Wang

 

The management major introduces the student to the processes and activities required for effective functioning of organi­zations in a global environment. The management program offered at UHD provides flexibility in course selection. Organizational and group behavior, human resource management, small business/entrepreneurship, international management, quality management, project management, diversity management, and quantitative methods are among the subjects offered in this pro­gram. Emphasis is placed on the team building and critical thinking skills necessary for effective managerial decision making. Career opportunities in management exist in both production-oriented and service-oriented organizations in the public and private sectors. Graduates may be employed in management positions within any functional area of a company including human resources and oper­ations planning and control. This program is recommended for stu­dents who are interested in the management of organizations as well as those interested in managing their own businesses.

 

General Education Requirements (42 hours)
Students must complete all common core requirements listed under the heading of Common Core Requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section prior to enrolling in upper-level courses.

 

Business Core Requirements (48 hours)
See the list of Business Core requirements under the section titled Bachelor of Business Administration Programs.

 

Management Major Requirements (24 hours)
MGT 4308               Managing People and Teams
MGT 4330               Project Management

Minimum of 4 of the following courses:
MGT 3302               Human Resource Management
MGT 3304               Labor Management Relations
MGT 3306               Compensation Management
MGT 3307               Diversity Management
MGT 3310               Service Operations Management
MGT 3399               Directed Study  in Management
MGT 4301               International Management
MGT 4303               Small Business Management
MGT 4314               Quality Management
MGT 4310               Staffing, Recruitment and Selection
MGT 4332               Foundations in Management Science
MGT 4345               Leadership in Organizations
MGT 4390               Special Topics in Management

 

Maximum of 2 of the following courses:
MGT/SCM 3303      Negotiating Skills and Techniques
SCM 3308               Purchasing Management
SCM 3309               Materials Management
BA 3303                  Global Environmental Issues in Business
BA 3305                  Entrepreneurship
BA 3306                  Intrapreneurship
BA 3308                  Business Ethics

Electives (6 hours)
Upper-level Business electives (3 hours)
Lower- or upper-level non-Business elective: (3 hours)

 

Major In Marketing (120 hours)

 

Marketing faculty: Dillard, Fields, Jackson, Johnson, Pointer, Strain , Wicmandy

 

Marketing is universally needed in both domestic and interna­tional businesses. Careers in marketing offer a large variety of activities utilizing different skills and talents. Those who want to emphasize their creativity may enjoy the promotional aspects of marketing including personal selling, advertising and marketing strategy. Others whose abilities are more quantitative may prefer pricing, distribution and marketing research. The marketing pro­gram at UHD is designed to allow students the freedom to devel­op their individual skills and talents in marketing while providing the marketing fundamentals needed for a career in marketing.
Wherever students’ interests lie, there are areas of emphasis in marketing to match their employment objectives. Career oppor­tunities in marketing are not limited to the private sector. Students interested in working in governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations will find that marketing majors are sought by these employers as well.

 

General Education Requirements (42 hours)
Students must complete all common core requirements listed under the heading of Common Core Requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section prior to enrolling in upper-level courses.

 

Business Core Requirements (48 hours)
See the list of Business Core requirements under the section titled Bachelor of Business Administration Programs.

 

Marketing Major Requirements (27 hours)
Required (21 hours)

MKT 3302               Personal Selling
MKT 3305               Promotional Strategy
MKT 4305               Consumer Behavior
MKT 4306               Marketing Research
MKT 4309               Marketing Management & Strategy
One of the following:
     MKT 4301 E-Marketing or MKT 3320 Social Media Marketing
One of the following:
     MKT 3330 Retail Management or MKT 3304 International Marketing or MKT 3340 Customer Relationship Management

Marketing Electives (6 hours)
MKT 3303               Business Marketing
MKT 3304               International Marketing
MKT 3310               Marketing Channels
MKT 3320               Social Media Marketing
MKT 3330               Retail Management
MKT 3340               Customer Relationship Management
MKT 3399               Directed Study in Marketing
MKT 4301               E-Marketing
MKT 4304               Supply Chain Logistics Management
MKT 4308               Exporting & Importing
MKT 4310               Seminar in Retail Strategy
MKT 4390               Special Topics in Marketing

 

Electives (3 hours)
Any upper-level business or marketing courses.

 

Major in Supply Chain Management (120 hours)

 

Supply Chain Management faculty: Adams, Davis, J., Stading, Zhou

 

Every year more than $1,500 billion of materials are purchased by manufacturing firms alone. Federal, state and local govern­ments purchase another $1,000 billion of goods and services per year. In Houston and across the nation, supply manage­ment, the acquisition and management of supplies and services, plays an important role in the economy. In the private sector, every dollar saved by purchasing and supply management pro­fessionals adds another dollar to profit. In the public sector, every dollar saved by a government purchasing office repre­sents either a dollar available for another project or for tax reductions.
Career opportunities in the Supply Chain Management area are available for students with a sound understanding of purchasing and supply management strategies. Hospitals, city and county health departments, public utilities, and such diverse industries as engineering design and construction manufacturing, parts distri­bution, chemicals, oil, foods, trucking, pipelines, and retail organ­izations currently employ graduates of UHD’s program. A major in Supply Chain Management combined with a minor in engi­neering technology, marketing, or management provides a broad background, which can enhance students’ career opportunities.

 

The University of Houston-Downtown offers one of the two AACSB-International accredited Supply Chain Management majors in Texas. The program is frequently updated in consultation with the National Association of Purchasing Management-Houston and the local chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

 

General Education Requirements (42 hours)
Students must complete all common core requirements listed under the heading of Common Core Requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Programs section prior to enrolling in upper-level courses.

 

Business Core Requirements (48 hours)
See the list of Business Core requirements under the section titled Bachelor of Business Administration Programs.

 

Supply Chain Management Major Requirements (24 hours)
MGT/SCM 3303      Negotiating Skills and Techniques
SCM 3308               Purchasing Management
SCM 3309               Materials Management
SCM 4307               Supply Chain Logistics Management
SCM 4311               Management of Supply Chain Contracts
MGT 4314               Quality Management
SCM 4315               Supply Chain Management
SCM 4350               Advanced Purchasing and Supply Management Seminar

 

Electives (6 hours)
Upper-level Business elective (3 hours).
The following courses are recommended:
BA 3302                  Commercial Law
ECO 3303               Economics of Industrial Organization
ECO 4301               Business and Economic Forecasting
SCM 3301               Introduction to Supply Chain
SCM 3316               Supply Chain Information and Control Systems
MGT 4330               Project Management
MKT 3303               Business Marketing
MKT 3304               International Marketing
MKT 4308               Exporting and Importing
Upper-level non-Business elective (3 hours)

 

Minor Programs

 

General Academic Requirements for Minors

  • College of Business majors must have a minimum 2.5  GPA  at UHD to  declare a minor. Students majoring in a non-Business field must have a minimum 2.25 GPA at UHD to be approved for a COB minor.
  • Student must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in minor courses  for minor to be certified for  graduation.
  • No field experience course (ACC 4380,  BA 4380, EIS 4380, FIN 4380, IRM 4380, MGT 4380, MKT 4380,  PLM 4380, or SCM 4380) may be applied to a minor program.
  • The minor field elected must be different from the major.
  • A student must complete all course work required for the minor in addition to all course work required for the degree prior to
    certification. 
  • All minor programs in the College of Business require at least 9 hours upper-level course work in residence at UHD.

 

Students should note that in some instances courses listed as requirements or options for the minor program may have pre­requisites that are not listed as part of the program. Prerequisites will not be waived.

 

The procedure to declare a minor is available from the College of Business Student Services Office, Room B101.

 

Minor in Accounting (21 hours)

 

Required courses (15 hours)
ACC 2301               Financial Accounting
ACC 2302               Managerial Accounting
ACC 3300               Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 3301               Intermediate Accounting II
ACC 4301               Individual Income Taxation
Elective courses (6 hours)
Choose two of the following:
ACC 3302               Intermediate Accounting III
ACC 3303               Cost Accounting
ACC 3304               Accounting Information Systems
ACC 3307               Oil and Gas Accounting
ACC 4302               Corporate Taxation
ACC 4303               Advanced Accounting
ACC 4304               Auditing
ACC 3323               International Accounting

 

 

Minor in Enterprise Information Systems (18 hours)

 

Required courses (6 hours)
EIS Technical Elective course (3 hours)
EIS 3302                                 Management of Information Systems

Elective courses (12 hours)
Choose a minimum of two from the following:
EIS 3301                                 Systems Analysis and Design
EIS 3315                                 Enterprise Architecture
EIS 3317                 Information Systems Infrastructure
EIS 3306                                 Data and Information Management Systems

Choose a maximum of two courses from the following other than
the above courses:
Any 3000-level EIS course
Any 4000-level EIS course

 

Minor in Economics (18 hours)

 

Required courses (6 hours)
ECO 2301               Principles of Economics I
ECO 2302               Principles of Economics II
Elective courses (12 hours)
Any 4 upper-level economics courses. One of the following may
be substituted for one of the economics courses:
FIN 3305                                 Money, Markets and Institutions
ACC 3300               Intermediate Accounting I

 

Minor in Energy Management (18 hours)

 

Required courses (15 hours)
EM 3301                  Introduction to the Petroleum Industry
EM 4301                  Energy Law
EM 4310                  Energy Transactions and Practical Solutions
EM 4350                  Hydrocarbon Marketing
MGT/SCM 3303      Negotiating Skills and Techniques

Elective course (3 hours)
Choose one of the following:
ACC 3307               Oil and Gas Accounting
EM 3399                  Directed Study in Energy Management

 

Minor in Finance (18 hours)

 

Required courses (12 hours)
FIN 3305                                 Money, Markets and Institutions
FIN 4303                                 International Finance
FIN 4305                                 Investments
FIN 4309                                 Advanced Financial Management
Elective courses (6 hours)
Two additional upper-level finance courses

 

Minor in General Business (18 hours)
Available only to non-Business majors.

 

Required courses (6 hours)
MGT 3301               Principles of Management  and Organization Behavior
MKT 3301               Principles of Marketing
Elective courses (12 hours)
Select 4 courses from Business Administration, Energy Management, Insurance & Risk Management, Management, Marketing, Professional Land Management, or Supply Chain Management. No more than 2 courses may be from any one field. At least 2 courses must be upper-level.

Minor in Human Resource Management (18 hours)
Required Courses (12 hours)
MGT 3301               Principles of Management  and Organization Behavior
MGT 3302               Human Resource Management
MGT 3306               Compensation Management
MGT 3307               Diversity Management

 

Elective Courses (6 hours)
Choose and two of the following:
MGT 3303               Negotiating Skills and Techniques
MGT 3304               Labor Management Relations
MGT 4308               Managing People and Teams

 

 

Minor in International Business (18 hours)

 

Required course (9 hours)
BA 3320                  International Business
ECO 4303               International Economics
FIN 4303                                 International Finance

Elective courses (9 hours)
Choose three of the following:
ACC 4323               International Accounting
BA 3304                  International Business Law
ECO 4309               Economic Development
MGT 4301               International Management
MKT 3304               International Marketing
MKT 4308               Exporting and Importing

Choose one of the following:
COMM 2307           Intercultural Communication
PHIL 3322               World Religions

 

 

Minor in Insurance & Risk Management

 

Required Courses (12 hours)
IRM 3300                                Introduction to Risk and Insurance
IRM 3301                                Life and Health Insurance
IRM 3304                                Insurance Operations
IRM 3305                Risk Management Theory and Practice
Elective courses (6 hours)
IRM 3303                Value Analysis in IRM
IRM 3306                Legal and Political Aspects of IRM
IRM 3307                Surety and Bonds
IRM 3308                                Reinsurance
IRM 3309                Insurance and Market & Depository Regulations
IRM 3310                Insurance in Estate Planning
IRM 3311                Business Owners Planning
IRM 3312                Group Benefits
IRM 3399                                Directed Study in IRM
IRM 4301                                Advanced Employee Benefits and Applications
IRM 4302                                Advanced Life Insurance and Applications
IRM 4303                                Advanced Property Insurance and Applications
IRM 4304                                Advanced Casualty Insurance and Applications
IRM 4305                Special Projects in IRM
IRM 4306                Survey Property and Casualty Insurance
IRM 4307                Advanced Managed Care
IRM 4308                Advanced Risk Management Theory and Practice
IRM 4309                Personal Risk Management
IRM 4380                Field Experience in IRM
IRM 4390                                Special Topics in IRM

 

Minor in Management (18 hours)

 

Required courses (6 hours)
MGT 3301               Principles of Management  and Organization Behavior
MGT 4308               Managing People and Teams
Elective courses (12 hours)
Choose a minimum of two of the following:
MGT 3302               Human Resource Management
MGT 3304               Labor Management Relations
MGT 3306               Compensation Management
MGT 3307               Diversity Management
MGT 3310               Service Operations Management
MGT 3332               Operations & Supply Chain Management
MGT 3399               Directed Study in Management
MGT 4301               International Management
MGT 4303               Small Business Management
MGT 4310               Staffing, Recruitment and Selection
MGT 4314               Quality Management
MGT 4332               Foundations in Management Science
MGT 4345               Leadership in Organizations
MGT 4390               Special Topics in Management
MGT 4330               Project Management
Choose a maximum of two of the following:
BA 3305                  Entrepreneurship
BA 3306                  Intrapreneurship
BA 3308                  Business Ethics
MGT/SCM 3303      Negotiating Skills and Techniques
SCM 3308               Purchasing Management
SCM 3309               Materials Management

 

Minor in Marketing (18 hours)

 

Required courses (12 hours)
MKT 3301               Principles of Marketing
MKT 3302               Personal Selling
MKT 4305               Consumer Behavior
MKT 4309               Marketing Management and Strategy

Elective courses (6 hours)
Choose two of the following:
MKT 3303               Business Marketing
MKT 3304               International Marketing
MKT 3310               Marketing Channels
MKT 3320               Social Media Marketing
MKT 3330               Retail Marketing
MKT 3340               Customer Relationship Management
MKT 3399               Directed Study in Marketing
MKT 4301               E-Marketing
MKT 4304               Supply Chain Logistics Management
MKT 4306               Marketing Research
MKT 4308               Exporting & Importing
MKT 4310               Seminar in Retail Strategy
MKT 4390               Special Topics in Marketing

 

Minor in Metro-Entrepreneurship (18 hours)

 

Required courses (15 hours)
Choose five of the following:
BA 3306                  Intrapreneurship
BA 3340                  Entrepreneurial Revenue
BA 3341                  Entrepreneurial Costs and Budgeting
BA 4304                  Entrepreneurial Capitalization and Funding
BA 4305                  The Business Plan
BA 4379                  Implementing the Business Plan

Elective courses (3 hours)
Choose one of the following:
BA 3305                                  Entrepreneurship
MGT 4303               Small Business Management

 

Minor in Professional Land Management (18 hours)

 

Required courses (15 hours)
EM 3301                  Introduction to the Petroleum Industry
EM 4301                  Energy Law
MGT/SCM 3303      Negotiating Skills and Techniques
PLM 3305                Engineering, Geology and Geophysics for the    Land Professional
PLM 4303                Land Management Practices
Elective courses (3 hours)
Choose one of the following:
BA 3302                  Commercial Law
BA 3309                  Real Estate Law
PLM 3399                Directed Study in PLM

Minor in Project Management (18 hours)

 

Required courses (6 hours)
MGT 3301               Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior
MGT 4330               Project Management

Elective Courses (12 hours)
MGT 3302               Human Resource Management
MGT 3399               Directed Study in Management
MGT 4308               Managing People and Teams
MGT 4314               Quality Management
MGT 4332               Foundations in Management Science
MGT 4345               Leadership in Organizations
MGT 4390               Special Topics in Management
MGT/SCM 3303      Negotiating Skills and Techniques
SCM/EIS 3316        Supply Chain Information & Control Systems
BA 3302                  Commercial Law
BA 4307                  Ethical Decision Making
IRM 3305                Risk Management Theory & Practice

 

Minor in Retail Management (18 hours)

 

MKT 3301               Principles of Marketing
MGT 3301               Principles of Management and Organization Behavior
MGT 3310               Service Operations Management
MGT 4308               Managing People and Teams
MKT 3330               Retail Management
MKT 4310               Seminar in Retail Strategy

 

Minor in Small Business Management (18 hours)

 

Required courses (15 hours)
BA 3305                  Entrepreneurship
ECO 3302               Managerial Economics
FIN 3301                                 Small Business Finance
MGT 4303               Small Business Management
MKT 4306               Marketing Research
Elective course (3 hours)
Choose one of the following:
SCM 3308               Purchasing Management
SCM 3309               Materials Management
MGT 4308               Managing People and Teams

 

Minor in Supply Chain Management (18 hours)

 

Required courses (12 hours)
MGT 3301               Principles of Management and Organization Behavior
MGT/SCM 3303      Negotiating Skills and Techniques
SCM 3308               Purchasing Management
SCM 3309               Materials Management

Elective courses (6 hours)
Choose two of the following:
BA 3302                  Commercial Law
SCM 3301               Introduction to Supply Chain
SCM 3316               Supply Chain Information and Control Systems
SCM 4307/MKT 4304 Supply Chain Logistics Management
SCM 4311               Management of Supply Chain Contracts
MGT 4314               Quality Management
SCM 4315               Supply Chain Management
MGT 4330               Project Management
MKT 3303               Business Marketing
MKT 3304               International Marketing

 

Certificate in Entrepreneurship (6 hours)
The following two courses must be completed. To receive the certificate, students must earn at least a C in both courses.
BA 3305                  Entrepreneurship
BA 3306                  Intrapreneurship

 

 

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