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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

The goals of the Walter E. Heller College of Business are to:

  • Give students a career-oriented business education 
  • Emphasize personal and professional integrity
  • Stress the social responsibility of business
  • Develop competencies in: 
    - Written and oral communication 
    - Quantitative analysis 
    - Critical and creative thinking 
    - A breadth of business knowledge 
    - A functional business area (major)

The Heller College of Business provides an environment focused on academic excellence, leadership and hands-on experience through internships with leading Chicago-area companies and instruction from our experienced faculty members. The college grants the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration(BSBA).  Each student chooses a major from:

We believe students should know and understand the learning objectives of their degree program. Student Learning Outcomes are what a student can expect to learn, know and be able to demonstrate upon completion of their degree.

Accounting Major

The accounting program provides:

  • Business administration and liberal arts students with an understanding of the development and use of accounting records and statements, budgeting funds, and cash flow analysis. For this purpose a two-semester course is offered that covers the development and use of the records, accounts, and financial statements of merchandising, service, and manufacturing concerns, whether organized as proprietorships, partnerships, or corporations.
  • Non-accounting business administration majors with accounting courses to strengthen their fields of specialization.
  • Students interested in accounting as a profession with the courses needed to prepare them for work as internal and external auditors, cost accountants, staff accountants, comptrollers, and public accountants or for positions in governmental and not-for-profit agencies and institutions. 

Accounting Program Requirements and Course Descriptions 

Finance Major

The finance program: 

  • Equips business students with the primary concepts and skills necessary to understand the problems involved in providing funds for a business and controlling, planning, and evaluating the flow of funds through the enterprise. 
  • Provides advanced education in business finance for those seeking employment in corporate finance, banking, securities exchanges, or personal financial planning. 

Finance Program Requirements and Course Descriptions 

Human Resource Management Major

The human resource management program equips the student with:

  • An education in the fundamentals of management
  • Professional and technical competence in the management of human resources
  • The attitudes and motivational skills necessary for developing employees.

The emphasis is on managerial techniques and procedures developed by experience and research for harmonizing economic objectives with individual and group needs in business organizations.

Psychological and sociological principles, statistical techniques, and practical business economics blend to produce effective knowledge and skill for the specialist in human resource management.

Students are encouraged to:

  • Take courses in non-business areas such as Psychology to complement their HRM skills
  • Find practical experience through part-time work or internships

Human Resource Management Program Requirements and Course Descriptions 

Management Major

The management curriculum emphasizes human values and a sense of responsibility to employers, employees, consumers, and the community. The curriculum provides professional education and training for students preparing to manage their own business or to seek managerial positions in the private or public sectors.

Managers are responsible for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and representing a business or organization to its many constituencies. It is essential that a manager possess an understanding of human relations, skills in directing group efforts, and knowledge of the functional aspects of business, such as production, marketing, finance, personnel, and accounting. Management majors study the many fields with which managers must interact as well as topics directly related to managerial roles. 

Management Program Requirements and Course Descriptions

Marketing Major

The marketing curriculum demonstrates the role that marketing plays in the management process provides a comprehensive understanding of marketing concepts and practices. By program end, you will be able to develop the essentials of a marketing program.

Marketing management has a major role in all aspects of the business firm. As Peter Drucker, a leader in management thought, said: "Any business enterprise has two, and only these two, basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing is the distinguishing, the unique, function of business."

The Marketing Department’s program rests on the concept that the wants and needs of the customer are the reasons for a firm’s existence, and courses in the department stress the relationship of the behavioral and social sciences to the marketing concepts employed by the organization.

Students completing a major in marketing can expect to move into management training programs in a variety of business organizations or into similar positions with advertising agencies, research organizations, not-for-profit institutions, health organizations or the government. This program also prepares students for graduate education. 

Marketing Program Requirements and Course Descriptions

Social Entrepreneurship Major

As many social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders have adopted and adapted tools and techniques from the world of business, the lines that have traditionally divided the business and nonprofit sectors have blurred. These developments have created an attractive opportunity for individuals with business skills to make a significant contribution to shaping the “new” social sector. However, pursuing this opportunity is not easy. The social sector is different from the business sector in several fundamental ways. When a leader’s primary objective is to catalyze social impact rather than to accumulate profits, that objective affects how the leader assesses opportunities, mobilizes resources, structures the organization, markets its products or services, and considers expansion. A simple mapping of business frameworks and principles onto a social sector challenge is often neither appropriate nor effective. Rather, tools from the business world need to be adapted to a social purpose. In addition, the operating environment in the social sector has distinctive features. “Capital markets” function quite differently when the expected return is social rather than financial. The market discipline that promotes efficiency in business is often muted in the social sector. In many situations, strong cultural norms in the social sector can resist the kinds of changes that business-oriented social entrepreneurs might want to make.

The field of social entrepreneurship is at a formative stage. It is rich with opportunities for learning, innovation, service, and impact.

Social entrepreneurship- What is behind this phenomenon? In part the growth of social entrepreneurship reflects an increasing recognition of the limits of capitalism. There’s only so much that business – small and large – can do to create jobs, wealth and the prosperity needed to meet the needs of the population and the global challenges we face. It reflects too a growing realization that there is a limit to what governments can do in terms of providing services such as health, education and housing.

Just as entrepreneurship is rooted in a sense of opportunity so too social entrepreneurship is rooted in a sense that the limits of capitalism, combined with the limits of government, is creating both a new set of needs as well as new, innovative opportunities for meeting those needs. Needs that are best met by social entrepreneurs committed to starting and building organizations that have a demonstrable commitment to creating social as distinct from purely economic value; organizations that make a difference to the communities and societies from which they spring. Over the next decade this is a revolution that will transform many of the institutions of our society and re-define our understanding of entrepreneurship.

Social Entrepreneurship Program Requirements and Course Descriptions

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