Department of Business and Economics
Dr. Michael Engdahl
All candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in business administration are required to take a broad program of business foundation courses prior to seeking admission into one of the following concentrations: accounting, comprehensive business administration, economics, financial services, forensic accounting and fraud examination, management information systems, and marketing.
Students may elect to complete a second (or even a third) concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Of course, careful course planning is required and more than 120 credits (123 in Forensic Accounting) may be required. Students interested in dual concentrations should consult with their academic advisor early in their degree course work.
In addition, students may elect to complete a second degree within the School of Business by supplementing the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with the Bachelor of Science in Economics. Such a dual concentration would require the student to complete 150 credit hours as, unlike a dual concentration, a dual degree requires 30 credits beyond the 120 hour Bachelor Degree requirement set by the University. As with a dual concentration, careful course planning is required. Students interested in a dual degree should consult with their academic advisor early in their degree course work to discuss this option.
Many public accounting firms now offer a full range of financial services to their clients. In order to gain an understanding of savings, investment and financial management strategies for individuals and organizations, many accounting students interested in public accounting are pursuing dual concentrations: Accounting and Financial Services. With careful course planning, accounting students can earn both concentrations by exceeding the 120 credits of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration by only 3 credits (i.e. for a total of only 123 credit hours).
Students concentrating in accounting may take specified courses from the criminal justice program to earn a Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination focus. The Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination program prepares students for financial fraud-detection work. Forensic accountants often work for law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and for public accounting firms.