May 19, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Entrepreneurship Concentration, Business Administration, B.S.


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Business Administration


Chairperson, Business Administration
 

Michael Greenwood, Ph.D., Chair

   
Professors
Associate Professor
Assistant Professors
Michael Greenwood Andrew Chan Yiang Lu
Beverly Hollingsworth John Crawley John Lohmann
Kwahng Kim   Denise Simion
Audrey Pereira    
Reneé Scapparone    

Objectives for the Program in Business Administration

The Business Administration Department prepares each student to take a responsible position within the world of business equipped with a knowledge of business theories, policies, and procedures.

The curriculum is based in the liberal arts, coupled with professional courses and a variety of practical business experiences including the opportunity for experiential learning through internships, structured to give the participant an opportunity to apply the theory of the classroom to a specific work experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from the Business Administration program are equipped with a knowledge of business theories, policies, and procedures based on the following learning  outcomes:

  • Students will be able to integrate the major concepts in the functional areas of business to formulate informed decisions.
  • Students will be able to analyze the legal, social, and economic environments of business.
  • Students will be able to describe the global environment of business.
  • Students will be able to distinguish the legal and ethical obligations and responsibilities of business.
  • Students will be able to apply decision-support tools to business decision making.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate effective oral and written forms of professional communications.
  • Students will be able to collaborate and work in teams to solve business problems.

Accreditation Standards

Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

4+1 Program Admission and Policy Information

Students admitted into this program can take up to 6 credits of graduate coursework in their Senior year. To remain qualified for enrollment in graduate courses students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher to register for a graduate course and must maintain this GPA throughout their Senior year. The graduate courses available to 4+1 students is determined by the department and students will choose from a pre-determined department list which courses they plan to complete at the end of their Junior year. Students will also be able to choose which MBA concentration they plan to move into when they choose which courses they would like to enroll in during their senior year. The 6 graduate credits earned during the student’s senior year will count towards their graduate degree. Credits earned will not count towards a student’s undergraduate degree.

Students who graduate at the end of their Senior year in good standing with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have earned a grade of B or higher in their completed MBA course or courses may continue taking classes in the MBA program in the first summer term B after their undergraduate degree has been conferred.  Students who have been admitted to the 4+1 program and are eligible for continuing in the MBA program after the conferral of their Undergraduate Degree must enroll in their next MBA course by the 2nd semester following the completion of their bachelor’s program. Students enrolled in MBA courses through the 4+1 program who earn a grade of C or lower may be dismissed from the MBA program. Students enrolled in the 4+1 program who do not successfully complete their undergraduate degree in accordance with the MBA admission standards may be dismissed from the University. Students dismissed from the 4+1 program can apply for admission to the MBA program one year after their dismissal.

Requirements for the Major in Business Administration


Required General Education Courses


Note:


The courses beyond the core curriculum are open only to Business Administration majors. These upper-level courses are not transferable from another college if they are required within a student’s concentration.

* Junior/Senior Writing Requirement
** Speaking/Listening Requirement
*** Computer Literacy Requirement

Concentrations for the Major in Business Administration


Entrepreneurship Curriculum (15 credits)

Students’ interests may range from business and technical entrepreneurship to not-for-profit ideas that aim for social and environmental organizations that can change the world. Learners will be able to demonstrate how to use and apply a creative entrepreneurial mindset and skills that will allow them to better identify business opportunities for innovation, challenge the status quo in any field, and implement sustainable change. This concentration is also for learners who aim to be innovative change leaders within emerging or established companies internally as an intrapreneur.

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