College of Business
Jacob Chacko, Dean
Margaret Thompson, Associate Dean
Reza Kheirandish, Chair, Department of Accounting, Business Law, Economics, & Finance
Keith Miller, Chair, Department of Management
George Nakos, Chair, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management
Tameka Womack, MBA Director
The College of Business at Clayton State University is accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). This prestigious accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Founded in 1916 by seventeen of the nation’s premier business schools, AACSB is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools and is committed to quality and continuous improvement in management education. Clayton State is part of the elite group that makes up only about five percent of the world’s business schools.
To earn AACSB accreditation, a business school must undergo meticulous internal and external review, evaluation, and adjustment—a process that can take from three to seven years. All accredited schools have a commitment to continuous improvement, scholarly output, and maintaining curricula that is responsive to the needs of business.
The vision of the College of Business is to be known for our model of Impactful Engagement, and Career-Based Curricula.
The mission of the College of Business is to develop business professionals through Impactful Engagement, Career-focused Curricula, and Dedicated Faculty, Staff, and Strategic Partners.
Our goals are to:
- Ensure Impactful Engagement
- Implement Career-based Curricula
- Emphasize Faculty and Staff Development
- Launch a Comprehensive Communication Plan
Our Values are:
The BBA curriculum is designed to enable all graduates to meet the following learning outcomes that apply to all majors. In addition, each major within the BBA has additional field-specific learning outcomes that are listed with the appropriate curricula later in this section. BBA graduates will demonstrate the following Program Outcomes (PO) and supporting Program Learning Outcomes (PLO):
PO1: Our Graduates will be Career Ready.
PLO #1a. Critical Thinking: Our Graduates will practice making effective, evidence-based decisions.
PLO #1b. Oral Communication: Our Graduates will speak effectively in business settings.
PLO #1c. Written Communication: Our Graduates will write effectively in business settings.
PLO #1d. Teamwork/Collaboration: Our Graduates will apply the principles of effective teamwork.
PLO #1e. Technological Agility: Our Graduates will use current and emerging technologies in decision-making.
PLO #1f. Leadership: Our Graduates will demonstrate the ability to initiate, organize, lead others.
PLO #1g. Ethics: Our Graduates will differentiate ethical and unethical practices in decision making.
PLO #1h. Career Management: Our Graduates will identify and practice effective career management skills (Career Spine).
PO #2. Students will be able to apply business concepts to decision-making in a business environment.
PLO #2a. Accounting: Our graduates will be able to identify, analyze, and record basic business transactions, prepare, analyze and interpret the general-purpose financial statements, and analyze and interpret costs for planning, performance measurement, and other management decision-making purposes.
PLO #2b. Economics: Our graduates will be able to identify the basic economic concepts and apply the basic macroeconomics and microeconomics models to their decision-making process.
PLO #2c. Finance: Our students will be able to apply basic finance concepts to evaluate real and financial investments.
PLO #2d. Marketing: Our graduates will be able to recognize the role of marketing in the business environment. They will also be able to understand and identify the importance of product strategy, pricing strategy, distribution strategy, and promotion strategy to the success of business enterprise.
PLO #2e. Management: Our graduates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic functions of management and their supporting principles, concepts, and tools.
PLO #2f. Business Law: Our graduates will be able to identify the concepts of the legal business environment and synthesize these concepts of law into the challenges that people encounter in business and society.
PLO #2g. Global: Our graduates will be able to understand the importance of the global business environment to the success of a business enterprise.
PLO #2h. Quantitative: Apply operations, supply chain management, and statistical techniques to make business decisions and solve quantitative problems.
PLO #2i. Information Systems: Demonstrate a basic level of knowledge of spreadsheet and database software applications.
The faculty in the College of Business are organized into three departments:
- Accounting, Business Law, Economics, and Finance
- Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Honor Societies and Clubs
Among the honor societies, clubs, community activities, and service organizations designed to support, augment, and supplement the educational and professional development of Business students are the Accounting Club, APICS Student Supply Chain Roundtable, Beta Gamma Sigma, Entrepreneurship Club, Financial Executives International, Financial Management Association (FMA), Marketing Club, Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM), and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Students intending to enroll in the BBA program must meet all university admission and academic requirements. Following acceptance by Clayton State University, students enrolling in the BBA program must select a specific major (Accounting, General Business, Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management). If a student is uncertain which BBA major they want to study, the General Business major should be selected. Students will be able to change their major from General Business to any of the other BBA majors at any time in the future.
College-Specific Academic Requirements
Students in a BBA major must meet all University admission, academic progression, and graduation requirements (see the Graduation Requirements section). In addition, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) has the following program-specific requirements:
In addition to general Clayton State baccalaureate residency requirements, the BBA has the following additional restrictions:
- At least 30 hours of business courses must be taken at Clayton State University. Business courses are defined as any course with the following prefixes:
- At least 21 of the 30 hours of business courses must be upper division.
- Of the 21 upper division business hours that must be taken from Clayton State University, the following must be included:
- MGMT 4750 Strategic Management;
- for Accounting majors, at least 12 hours of ACCT prefix numbered higher than ACCT 2102 Principles Managerial Acct.;
- for Management majors, at least 12 hours of MGMT prefix numbered higher than MGMT 3101 Mgmt. Prin. & Org. Behavior;
- for Marketing majors, at least 12 hours of MKTG prefix numbered higher than MKTG 3101 Principles of Marketing;
- for General Business majors, at least 12 hours of business courses numbered higher than MGMT 3101 Mgmt. Prin. & Org. Behavior (not counting MGMT 4750 Strategic Management).
- for Supply Chain Management majors, at least 12 hours of business courses numbered higher than MGMT 3101 Mgmt. Prin. & Org. Behavior.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) Grades
- Students must earn a grade of C or better in all Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) courses.
Upper Division Grades
- All upper division BBA courses (including transfer courses) applied toward graduation (except for non-business electives) must be completed with a grade of C or better (or K). (K grade is given for credit by examination, e.g., CLEP).
- The Office of the Registrar normally accepts equivalent or substitutable transfer courses toward graduation at Clayton State University; however, the College reserves the right to determine whether credit earned at other institutions can be applied toward graduation. Acceptance of transfer credit by the University does not guarantee that it will be applied toward BBA requirements. In general, credit for courses completed at other institutions must have been taken at the same level as the equivalent course at Clayton State University.
- Students should pay careful attention to course prerequisites in order to sequence courses appropriately in their programs of work. This is especially important at the sophomore-junior transition and as students near the end of their graduation requirements. All business prerequisites for College of Business courses require that a student earn a grade of C or better (or K) in the prerequisite business courses before the student may take a course requiring the prerequisite. A student may be removed from any course for which he or she has not met the prerequisite. College of Business Administrators have the authority to waive prerequisites for College of Business courses.
Policy on credit by exam in business courses for BBA majors
- For the BBA, grades of K (credit by exam such as CLEP) will be accepted only for Macroeconomics (ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics), Microeconomics (ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics), Financial Accounting (ACCT 2101 Principles of Financial Acct.), Management Principles (MGMT 3101 Mgmt. Prin. & Org. Behavior), and Principles of Marketing (MKTG 3101 Principles of Marketing). Transfer students will be required to meet the same criteria as Clayton State University students. (CLEP credit for other business courses may be allowed in non-BBA majors. Contact the appropriate college for details.)
Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements
All normal University policies on academic standing (probation, suspension, dismissal, and course repeats) apply to the College of Business.
Students are limited to two minors per degree program. Minor requirements must be completed within a student degree program to be documented on a student’s transcript. A minimum of six semester hours of minor requirements must be complete at Clayton State University. Students pursuing two minors must have at least six hours that are not used in the other minor. The grade of a C or higher is required for all business minor courses. Students pursuing a minor in business must meet all necessary pre-requisites for business courses. Students pursuing a business minor need to complete a Change/Addition of Minor Form available on the Registrar's website. Students will also need to submit a minor supplement form by the appropriate deadline as part of the graduation application process.
The College of Business is composed of several academic programs and offers the following undergraduate degrees. Graduate degree programs can be found under the School of Graduate Studies.
- Department of Accounting, Business Law , Economics, and Finance
- Department of Management
- Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
The Center for Advising and Retention is responsible for assisting student with the development of an academic program, career plan, and academic success strategies. The office exists to provide advisement to ensure that students meet graduation requirements in a timely fashion and are informed of the program and services available to them at Clayton State University.
Center for Advising Retention
Magnolia Hall, Room 143
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260