Undergraduate Course Catalog

Miller College of Business

R. Sanyal, Dean; B. Smith, Associate Dean

All undergraduate programs in the Miller College of Business are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Department of Accounting has earned separate AACSB accreditation. AACSB requires that students not take more than 30 hours in the Miller College without formal admission to the college. Therefore, no two minors can be used in combination to fulfill any degree requirements outside the Miller College of Business (except economics).

Miller College of Business Majors
The Miller College of Business offers fourteen baccalaureate non-teaching majors, one baccalaureate teaching major, and two associate in science degrees. Additionally, an interdepartmental major in mathematical economics is available.

Requirements for Admission
Students interested in pursuing majors in the Miller College of Business, except economics, liberal arts option, will be classified as pre-business students until they:

  • demonstrate proficiency in computer skills by examination or through credit in ISOM 125, CS 104, or its equivalent;
  • attain junior standing (63 hours) with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0; and
  • complete the following courses with a grade-point average of 2.25: ACC 201, 202; ECON 201, 202, 221; ENG 103, 104; ISOM 135; and MATHS 136. (A minimum grade of C is required in MATHS 136.)

Students may register for 300- and 400-level business courses only if they have completed the admission courses or if they are currently enrolled in one final course necessary to complete the courses required for admission, if they have junior standing, and if they have met the grade-point requirement at the time of enrollment.

Degree Requirements
A bachelor’s degree in business is awarded to students who meet these university and Miller College of Business requirements. Students must:

  • complete a minimum of 126 credit hours;
  • complete all University Core Curriculum requirements;
  • complete the specific requirements of the major;
  • complete at least 63 hours from outside the Miller College of Business (for this purpose, economics and ISOM 125 are considered outside the Miller College of Business);
  • take 30 of the last 40 hours at Ball State University. In addition to this university requirement, students majoring in a program in the Miller College of Business must earn the last 30 credits of their major in residence; and
  • maintain good academic standing with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0.

Transfer of Credit

Transfers from Other Colleges and Universities
Acceptance of credit from other institutions will be determined by the Office of Admissions. The applicability of credit toward degree requirements in the Miller College of Business will be determined by the college.

Courses in upper division business subjects (300/400-level) may be accepted for specific equivalency if the course work has been taken in the junior or senior year at a four-year institution that is accredited by the AACSB. If the institution is not so accredited, credit in upper division courses accepted for transfer will be applicable only if syllabi, course text information, contact hours, and prerequisites are deemed equivalent to Ball State University course requirements. Both ISOM 249 (Foundations of Business Communication) and MGT 491 (Business Policy and Strategic Management) must be taken at Ball State. 

Any student enrolling at Ball State University to complete a second undergraduate degree in business will be required to meet both the residence requirement for the university and for the Miller College of Business. 

Business courses taken at two-year institutions will not be applied to upper division requirements.

Credit by Self-Acquired Competency
The Miller College of Business does not award credit in business courses on the basis of self-acquired competency. However, the college will give examinations for credit in specific courses. Consult the appropriate department chairperson for information. The college will not accept the transfer of credit for business courses from other institutions if the credit was awarded on the basis of self-acquired competency.

Statute of Limitation
If seven or more years have elapsed since last enrollment, the student will be required to meet the degree requirements as stated in the current undergraduate catalog.

Business Minors
AACSB requires that students not take more than 30 hours in the Miller College of Business without formal admission to the college. Therefore, no two minors can be used in combination to fulfill any degree requirements outside the Miller College of Business (except economics).

Business Courses 300/400-Level:
Enrollment in business courses numbered 300-499 is limited to

  • students who have fulfilled the Miller College of Business admission requirements;
  • non-business students who are pursuing a Miller College of Business minor;
  • non-business students who are pursuing a major that may require a specific 300/400-level business course; and
  • non-business students who have met all course prerequisites for any 300/400-level business course.

Please note that some departments have determined that their courses will be open ONLY to business majors or minors.

Prerequisites are vigorously monitored. Students who enroll in classes for which they do not have the prerequisite[s] will be dropped from the class.


Note: All economics courses are open to both business majors and non-majors who meet course prerequisites.

Teacher education students in the college are required to earn a 2.5 grade-point average in each teaching major or area.


MAJOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, 66 hours

PREFIX    NO   SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

Miller College of Business core, 39 hours

ACC

BL
ECON


FIN
ISOM


MGT

MKG

201
202
260
201
202
221
300
135
249
351
300
491
300

Prin Acct 1 
Prin Acct 2  
Prin Bus Law  
Elem Micro 
Elem Macro 
Bus Stats  
Prin Fin 1  
Bus I S 
Fnds Bus Com 
Op Mgt  
Mgt Beh Org  
Policy Strat  
Prin Market 

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3


39 hrs
Finance, 6 hours

FIN
RMI

445
270

Fin Stmt  
Prin R M I

3
3

Marketing, 6 hours

MKG

310

Consmr Behav

3

3 hours from
ECON
MKG



301
320
325
345
400
410
Intrmd Micro (3) 
Advertsg Mgt (3)
Prof Selling (3)
Pro Sup Mgt (3)
Product Mgt (3) 
Mkg Channels (3)





3
Information Systems and Operations
Management, 6 hours from

ISOM



300
311
452
453
454

Proj Mgt (3)
Int Ent Sys (3)
Inv Mgt (3)
Manu Pln (3)
Sply Chn Mgt (3)

6

Management and Human Resources,
6 hours from

MGT




BUSAD
ECON

341
361
363
461
465
369
331

Intro Entr (3)
Mgt Hman Res (3)
Empl Dev (3)
Compen Admin (3)
Hum Res Pln (3) 
Internship (3) 
Labor Econ (3)

6

Can only take 3 hours of BUSAD 369
International, 3 hours from

ECON
FIN
INTBA
MGT
MKG

351
352
265
301
470

Internat Eco (3) 
Global Fin (3) 
Internat Bus (3) 
Intrnatl Mgt (3) 
Internationl (3)

3


66 hrs
It is possible for a student, in consultation with a faculty advisor, to design an individual program to meet specific academic interests. This program will be designated as a Business Administration major. 
    To pursue this program, students must have sufficient mathematical preparation to meet the prerequisite for ECON 221. The prerequisite for ECON 221 is a C or better grade in MATHS 136 or the equivalent; sophomore standing; demonstrated proficiency in computer skills. MATHS 136 simultaneously substitutes for the University Core Curriculum math requirement. Proficiency in computer skills may be demonstrated by examination, or credit in ISOM 125 or CS 104 or its equivalent. The prerequisite for ISOM 135 is proficiency test required or ISOM 125.


MAJOR IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, 75 hours

International Business majors are required to demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language normally through the 202 level. Student may be able to earn language credit through equivalency in consultation with the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.
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CR HRS

Miller College of Business core, 39 hours

ACC

BL
ECON


FIN
ISOM


MGT

MKG

201
202
260
201
202
221
300
135
249  
351
300
491
300

Prin Acct 1 
Prin Acct 2 
Prin Bus Law  
Elem Micro 
Elem Macro 
Bus Stats  
Prin Fin 1  
Bus I S 
Fnds Bus Com 
Op Mgt  
Mgt Beh Org 
Policy Strat  
Prin Market

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3


39 hrs
International Business core, 21 hours

ECON
FIN
INTBA

MGT
MKG

351
352
265
490
301
470

Internat Eco  
Global Fin  
Internat Bus 
Sem Intl Bus  
Intrnatl Mgt  
Internationl 

3
3
3
3
3
3

INTBA 369 or 300 or an approved elective


3


21 hrs

Functional area requirement
9 hours of 300/400 approved
business electives in one
department




9

International Studies/Culture
requirement 6 hours of approved
international studies/culture
outside the Miller College of
Business. This requirement is in
addition to the University Core
Curriculum international/global
requirement








6


75 hrs
To pursue this program, students must have sufficient mathematical preparation to meet the prerequisite for ECON 221. The prerequisite for ECON 221 is a C or better grade in MATHS 136 or the equivalent; sophomore standing; demonstrated proficiency in computer skills. MATHS 136 simultaneously substitutes for the University Core Curriculum math requirement. Proficiency in computer skills may be demonstrated by examination, or credit in ISOM 125 or CS 104 or its equivalent. The prerequisite for ISOM 135 is proficiency test required or ISOM 125. 
    Students should consult the international business program administrator to receive lists of approved functional and international studies/culture courses.

MINOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
(See the Department of Technology.)

MINOR IN FOUNDATIONS OF BUSINESS, 21 hours

No two minors can be used in combination to fulfill any degree requirements outside the Miller College of Business (except Economics).

PREFIX   

NO  

SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

ACC

BL
ECON


ISOM

201
202
260
201   
202
221
135

Prin Acct 1 
Prin Acct 2  
Prin Bus Law  
Elem Micro 
Elem Macro 
Bus Stats  
Bus I S 

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

 

 

 


21 hrs

Recommended electives

 

FIN
MGT
MKG

300
300
300

Prin Fin 1 (3) 
Mgt Beh Org (3) 
Prin Market (3)

 

To pursue this program, students must have sufficient mathematical preparation to meet the prerequisite for ECON 221. The prerequisite for ECON 221 is a C or better grade in MATHS 136 or the equivalent; sophomore standing; demonstrated proficiency in computer skills. MATHS 136 simultaneously substitutes for the University Core Curriculum math requirement. Proficiency in computer skills may be demonstrated by examination, or credit in ISOM 125 or CS 104 or its equivalent. The prerequisite for ISOM 135 is proficiency test required or ISOM 125.

MINOR IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, 33 hours

Open only to Miller College of Business majors and requires a minor in a foreign language.
PREFIX    NO   SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

ECON
FIN
INTBA
MGT
MKG

351
352
265
301
470

Internat Eco  
Global Fin  
Internat Bus  
Intrnatl Mgt  
Internationl

3
3
3
3
3

3 hours from
 

INTBA

 

300
369
490  

For Field St (1-15) 
Internship (1-6) 
Sem Intl Bus (3) 



3

Minor in foreign language

15


33 hrs

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (BUSAD)

101 Introduction to Business. (3)
Emphasizes the vital role of business in our society through a discussion of both the external environment of business and the internal environment of the business enterprise. Assesses the contribution of the social and behavioral sciences in the decision-making process. 
    Not open to junior or senior business majors.

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics. (1-6)
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles will be announced before each semester. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

300 The Emerging Context of Environmental Issues for Business. (3)
Offers interdisciplinary perspectives on issues forming the environmental context for business. The life-cycle concept frames the discussion of environmental management systems and standards, pollution prevention, and product and market issues. Includes lectures, readings, case studies, and student projects. 
    Prerequisite: completion of all other requirements in the Environmental Context for Business minor (other than ID 400); junior or senior standing; or permission of the instructor.

302 Career Management: Tools, Processes, and Strategies. (3)
Students will gain familiarity with methods essential to successful career management including self-assessment tools. Topics may include marketing yourself, researching/tracking employment opportunities, decision making, career services, portfolios, values in career satisfaction, generational differences, employer size/climate issues, assessing a firm’s environment, and business protocol. 
    Prerequisite: junior standing. Cannot be used in any Miller College of Business major or minor requirements.

369 Internship in Business Administration. (1-6)
Under a Miller College of Business approved and supervised program, business administration majors work as interns for business firms, governmental agencies, or other types of organizations. Requires reporting and/or other educational activities. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson or internship coordinator. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to business administration majors.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (INTBA)

265 Introduction to International Business. (3)
Introduces the field of international business including coverage of the cultural, economic, political, and legal environments in which organizations function. Provides an overview of world markets emphasizing communications, trade, and legal matters in international relationships.

300 Foreign Field Study in Business. (1-15)
Student participation in an approved foreign field study. Includes an investigation of business and economic conditions as well as other cultural factors such as history, geography, language, and society. Requires pre-departure assignments and culminating paper(s) upon return. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the director of the International Business minor.

369 Internship in International Business. (1-6)
Under a Miller College of Business approved and supervised program, international business majors work as interns for business firms, government agencies, or other types of organizations. Requires periodic reporting and/or other educational activities. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson or internship coordinator. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to international business majors or minors.

490 Seminar in International Business Decisions. (3)
Case studies designed to stress the practical application of the management decision-making process for the purpose of professionally resolving international business problems. This seminar is designed to prepare students for careers in international business management. 
    Prerequisite: MGT 301; MKG 470; FIN 352; or permission of the instructor.