Undergraduate Course Catalog

Miller College of Business

J. Bott, Interim Dean; S. Sharma, 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.  

Miller College of Business Majors
The Miller College of Business offers 13 baccalaureate majors including accounting, business administration, business analytics, economics (two concentrations), finance, entrepreneurial management, computer information systems, international business, human resource management, logistics and supply chain management, professional selling, marketing, and risk management and insurance. The business administration major is also available on-line in its entirety. Additionally, an interdepartmental major in mathematical economics and an economics (liberal arts) major are available. 

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

  • complete the following courses with a grade-point average of 2.5: ACC 201; ECON 201; ISOM 125; and MATH 111 (C or better) or credit for MATH 132; and  
  • earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

The mathematical economics and economics (liberal arts) majors do not require the above listed Requirements for Admission.

Business Courses 300/400 Levels:
Enrollment in business courses numbered 300-499 is limited to students who have fulfilled the Miller College of Business admission requirements; or non-business students who have met all course prerequisites for any 300/400 level business course.

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 120 credit hours;
  • complete all University Core Curriculum requirements;
  • complete the specific requirements of the major;  
  • 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 a minimum grade-point average of 2.0.

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

Transfer of Credit and 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 the residence requirement for the university.

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.

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
The College offers minors in 14 subjects. Note that admission requirements vary by minor.

Note: Some departments have determined that their courses will be open ONLY to business majors or minors.


MAJOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (BA/BS), 69 hours

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Miller College of Business core, 42 hours

ACC

BL
ECON


FIN
ISOM


MATH
MGT

MKG

201
202
260
201
202
221
300
210
249
351
132
300
491
300

Principles of Accounting 1 
Principles of Accounting 2  
Principles of Business Law  
Elementary Microeconomics 
Elementary Macroeconomics 
Business Statistics  
Principles of Finance  
Business Information Systems 
Foundations of Business Comm 
Operations Management
Brief Calculus  
Managing Behavior in Org  
Bus Policy and Strategy Mgt
Principles of Marketing 

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





42 hrs
Finance, 6 hours

FIN
RMI

445
270

Financial Statement Analysis  
Principles of Risk Mgt and Ins

3
3

Marketing, 6 hours from

ECON
MKG



301
310
325
345
400
410
420

Intermediate Microeconomics (3)
Consumer Behavior (3)
Professional Selling (3)
Procurement and Supply Mgt (3)
Product Management (3) 
Marketing Channels (3)
Integrated Mkg Communications (3)


6

Information Systems and Operations Management, 6 hours from

ISOM



300
355
452
453
456
460

Project Management (3)
Quality Mgt and Lean Six Sigma (3)
Inventory, Warehousing, Negot (3)
Manufacturing Plan and Control (3)
Info Tech and Bus Analytics (3)
Global Logistics, Transp Mgt (3)

6

Management and Human Resources, 6 hours from

BUSA
ECON
MGT




RMI

369
331
241
361
363
365
467
330

BUSAD Internship (1-3) 
Labor Economics (3)
The Entrepreneurial Experience (3)
Managing Human Resources (3)
Employee Development (3)
Employment Law (3)
Ldrshp Change and Talent MGT (3)
Employee Benefits and Ret Plan (3)

6

International, 3 hours from   

ECON
FIN
INTB
MGT
MKG

351
352
265
301
470

International Economics (3) 
Global Finance (3) 
Intro to International Bus (3) 
International Mangement (3) 
International Marketing (3)

3





69 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 MATH 111 or a passing grade (D- or better) in MATH 132, 161, 162, 165, or 166. MATH 132 simultaneously substitutes for the University Core Curriculum math requirement.

MAJOR IN BUSINESS ANALYTICS (BA/BS), 39-63 HOURS

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CR HRS
Business concentration, 63 hours
Miller College of Business core, 42 hours 
 
ACC

BL
ECON


FIN
ISOM


MATH
MGT

MKG
201
202
260
201
202
221
300
210
249
351
132
300
491
300
Principles of Accounting 1
Principles of Accounting 2
Principles of Business Law
Elementary Microeconomics
Elementary Macroeconomics
Business Statistics
Principles of Finance
Business Information Systems
Foundations of Business Comm
Operations Management
Brief Calculus
Managing Behavior in Org
Bus Policy and Strategy Mgt
Principles of Marketing
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
      42 hrs
Business analytics core requirements  
BA



ECON
305
345
436
482
321
Intro to Business Analytics
Data Mining for Bus Analytics
Data Warehouse and Bus Intel
Managing Big Data
Advanced Business Statistics
3
3
3
3
3
Required disciplinary analytics   
ECON
MKG
424
450
Econometrics
Soc Media Mkg, Web Analytics
3
3
      63 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 MATH 111 or a passing grade (D- or better) in MATH 132, 161, 162, 165, or 166. MATH 132 simultaneously substitutes for the University Core Curriculum math requirement. 

Telecommunications concentration, 39 hours

Required pre-telecommunications and departmental courses,
15 hours 
TCOM




101
204
284
384
408
Foundations of TCOM
Media Analysis and Criticism
Intro to Electronic Media Law
Electronic Media Law
Med Ethics Soc Responsibility
3
3
1
3
3
2 hours from    
TCOM


206
207
208
Writing Elec Media Scriptwrtng (1)
Writing Elec Media Copywriting (1)
Writing Elec Media Newswriting (1)


2
      15 hrs
Business analytics core requirements  
BA



ECON
305
345
436
482
321
Intro to Business Analytics
Data Mining for Bus Analytics
Data Warehouse and Bus Intel
Managing Big Data
Advanced Business Statistics
3
3
3
3
3
Required disciplinary analytics   
TCOM

306
347
Programs and Audiences
Spec Tpcs Sales and Promotion
3
3
Required core prerequisite  
ECON
221 Business Statistics  3
      39 hrs
Majors in business analytics/telecommunications concentration may not minor in telecommunications.

Media and communications concentration, 51 hours

Required core courses, 27 hours 
JOUR








101
103
104
250
261
275
348
352
382
Media and American Society
Introduction to Visual Comm
Strategic Writing
Introduction to Advertising
Principles of Public Relations
Media Law and Ethics
Emerging Media AD and P R
Advertising Media
Media Research Cons Behav
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
      27 hrs
Business analytics core requirements   
BA



ECON
305
345
436
482
321
Intro to Business Analytics
Data Mining for Bus Analytics
Data Warehouse and Bus Intel
Managing Big Data
Advanced Business Statistics
3
3
3
3
3
Required disciplinary analytics   
JOUR
495 Individual Studies Journalism (.5-12) 6
Junior year: 3 hours journalism
Senior year: 3 hours advertising and public relations 
 
Required core prerequisite   
ECON
221 Business Statistics 
3
      51 hrs
      39-63 hrs

MAJOR IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (BA/BS), 78 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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NO 

SHORT TITLE 

CR HRS 

Miller College of Business core, 42 hours   

ACC 

Bl
ECON


FIN
ISOM


MATH
MGT

MKG

201 
202
260
201
202
221
300
210
249
351
132
300
491
300

Principles of Accounting 1 
Principles of Accounting 2 
Principles of Business Law  
Elementary Microeconomics
Elementary Macroeconomics 
Business Statistics  
Principles of Finance  
Business Information Systems 
Foundations of Business Comm 
Operations Management  
Brief Calculus
Managing Behavior in Org 
Bus Policy and Strategy Mgt  
Principles of Marketing

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

     

42 hrs
International Business core, 21 hours   

ECON
FIN
INTB

MGT
MKG 

351
352
265
490
301
470 

International Economics  
Global Finance  
Intro to International Bus 
Seminar in Intl Bus Decision  
International Mangement  
International Marketing 

3
3
3
3
3
3

INTB 369 or 300 or an approved elective 

3

     

21 hrs

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

9

International Studies/Culture requirement
6 hours of approved international studies/culture outside the Miller College of Business. 

 

6

     

78 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 MATH 111 or a passing grade (D- or better) in MATH 132, 161, 162, 165, or 166. MATH 132 simultaneously substitutes for the University Core Curriculum math requirement.

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). 

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NO

SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

ACC

BL
ECON


ISOM

201
202
260
201   
202
221
210

Principles of Accounting 1 
Principles of Accounting 2   
Principles of Business Law  
Elementary Microeconomics
Elementary Macroeconomics 
Business Statistics  
Business Information Systems 

3
3
3
3
3
3
3





21 hrs
Recommended electives  

FIN
MGT
MKG

300
300
300

Principles of Finance (3) 
Managing Behavior in Org (3) 
Principles of Marketing (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 MATH 111 or a passing grade (D- or better) in MATH 132, 161, 162, 165, or 166. MATH 132 simultaneously substitutes for the University Core Curriculum math requirement. 

MINOR IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, 33 hours

Open only to Miller College of Business majors and requires a minor in a foreign language. 

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NO

SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

ECON
FIN
INTB
MGT
MKG

351
352
265
301
470

International Economics  
Global Finance  
Intro to International Bus  
International Mangement
International Marketing

3
3
3
3
3

3 hours from

INTB

300
369
490

Foreign Field Study in Bus (1-15)
Intern in International Bus (1-6)
Seminar in Intl Bus Decision (3)

3

Minor in foreign language

15





33 hrs

MINOR IN SIX SIGMA, 15 hours

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NO 

SHORT TITLE 

CR HRS 

ECON 
ISOM
TMFG

221 
355
365
465

Business Statistics
Quality Mgt and Lean Six Sigma
Six Sigma Foundations
Advanced Six Sigma

3
3
3
3

Electives, 3 hours from  

ACC
ISOM

MKG

306
300
361
350

Intermediate Mgmt Accounting (3)
Project Management (3)
Simulation, Modeling, Optimiz (3)
Marketing Res and Analytics (3)




3

     

15 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 MATH 111 or a passing grade (D- or better) in MATH 132, 161, 162, 165, or 166. Students must have credit in ISOM 125 and 210 or equivalents. Open only to Miller College of Business majors.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (BUSA)

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. Core Transfer Library: Professional/Occupational (IPO 1810) 
    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 Introduction to Sustainability in 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: sophomore standing. 

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 (1-3)
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 3 hours of credit may be earned.
    Open only to business administration majors.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (INTB) 

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. 
    A total of 15 hours of credit may be earned.

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: FIN 352; MGT 301; MKG 470; or permission of the instructor.