Richards College of Business
Faye S. McIntyre, Dean
To become a globally recognized college of business preparing forward-thinking, responsible leaders.
We are in the business of transforming lives through education, engagement and experiences.
Strategic Goals and Values
Admit quality students and provide them with an education that is rich in experiences and engagement opportunities to prepare them to be effective and ethical professionals.
Recruit, retain and develop faculty and staff by providing sufficient resources to support dynamic and up-to-date bachelor and master-level curricula, to conduct research and other professional activities, and to support engagement with all stakeholders.
Recruit, retain and develop administrative management and staff personnel to manage, develop and support infrastructure and those activities that build internal and external partnerships while working in an ever-changing environment.
The Richards College of Business community (administrators, faculty, staff, students, and business partners) share a commitment to the principles of honesty and integrity in interactions and undertakings, accountability for personal behavior, and respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others. In addition, we strive to continuously improve our abilities to recognize unethical behavior and to make ethical and moral decisions.
The Richards College of Business offers the Bachelor of Business Administration degree (B.B.A.) with majors in accounting, economics, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and real estate. The College also offers the B.S. degree with a major in economics, the B.A. degree in international economic affairs, the B.S. degree in economics with secondary education certification, and certification in business education for BBA degree majors. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, business education (working with the College of Education), and professional accounting (see the Graduate Catalog for information).
These programs are administered through four departments: (1) Accounting and Finance, (2) Economics, (3) Management, (4) Marketing and Real Estate.
The Richards College of Business at West Georgia provides students a high-quality business education at both undergraduate and graduate levels, either to secure entry level managerial/professional employment or to continue graduate studies. A liberal arts based education is provided to undergraduate students.
Faculty members are committed to professional development through intellectual activities. The primary means by which instructors enhance and update the content of their present courses and design new ones is through research and other professional development activities. Intellectual activities are also essential to enhance the status of the Institution among accredited member schools, potential employers, and other publics.
Service to the Institution and to the professional community supports the activities necessary to accomplish the mission. This involvement promotes the design of a superior curriculum, placement of graduates, discovery of new ideas for intellectual activities and classroom instruction, and the procurement of external funding for College activities.
To provide the student with an awareness of the legal, social, political, and economic environment in which business functions, the first two years of study are devoted primarily to the arts, sciences, and basic business courses. The junior and senior years emphasize the development of skills, understandings, and knowledge in particular areas of business. Enrollment in upper division courses is reserved for students satisfying the criteria contained in the Policy for Major Status.
Note: All Richards College of Business students must be advised each semester before attempting to register.
The undergraduate B.B.A. and graduate M.B.A. and M.P.Acc College of Business programs are accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The B.B.A. and graduate M.P.Acc accounting programs at West Georgia are separately accredited by AACSB International. The B.S. degree in Economics with Secondary Education certification and the B.S.Ed. degree in Business Education are accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
POLICY FOR MAJOR STATUS
Any student seeking a business degree at the University of West Georgia must select a major. All business students will begin as pre-majors. A business pre-major will become eligible for full business major status when he/she completes 45 hours of academic coursework with a cumulative grade point of 2.0 or higher and the following courses are completed:
MATH 1111 or 1113 (C or higher)
ECON 2105 or 2106
ENGL 1101 (C or higher)
After earning major status, a business student may advance register for Upper Division business courses, those numbered 3000-4000, provided he/she has met the necessary prerequisites. All academic courses taken at West Georgia and at other colleges or universities will be used to determine eligibility for major status. Any business major whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will lose major status and the opportunity to enroll in upper division courses except to repeat courses previously taken until that student’s GPA improves to 2.0 or higher.
Students may be denied enrollment in the Richards College of Business for acts such as engaging in unprofessional behavior in a class or in any interaction with UWG faculty, staff, or students or engaging in dishonest or unethical conduct.
Non-business majors except those enrolled in the B.S. degree in Economics, the B.A. degree in International Economic Affairs, and the B.S. Ed. degree in Business Education may enroll in up to 18 semester hours in selected 3000-4000 level business courses provided they have met the necessary prerequisites and have completed 45 hours of academic coursework with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
Business Core Requirements and Major Course Requirements for B.B.A. Majors are listed in each major.
The following Learning Goals and Objectives are applicable for all BBA degrees, regardless of major. Please see specific majors for additional learning goals for the major.
Learning Goal 1: Communicate effectively
Objective 1: Students will produce professional quality business documents.
Objective 2: Students will make a professional presentation.
Learning Goal 2: Apply basic quantitative skills to business problems
Objective 1: Students will construct and interpret tabular and graphical methods of presenting qualitative and quantitative data.
Objective 2: Students will use spreadsheet software to evaluate and use the results of regression models.
Objective 3: Students will solve and interpret quantitative business models using spreadsheet software.
Learning Goal 3: Use information technology to solve business problems
Objective 1: Students will effectively use a word processing program.
Objective 2: Students will effectively use a spreadsheet program.
Objective 3: Students will effectively use a presentation program.
Learning Goal 4: Possess a basic knowledge of accounting, economics, finance, the legal environment of business, management, and marketing
Objective 1: Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the fundamental concepts of accounting, economics, finance, the legal environment of business, management, and marketing.
Learning Goal 5: Understand how ethical decision-making and globalization affect organizations
Objective 1: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze issues and situations having ethical and legal implications for business.
Objective 2: Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of international economic and business concepts.
Learning Goal 6: Utilize general and management-specific knowledge and skills in the analysis of business and economic problems
Objective 1: Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of relevant costs for decision making.
Objective 2: Students will incorporate strategic thinking, analyze the current situation of an organization, and develop a plan to ensure its viability.