The Department of Business Administration offers a major in business administration for the Bachelor of Science degree. Within the major, students may choose a specialized concentration in accounting, financial economics, international business relations and management. Students may also pursue a joint baccalaureate degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in conjunction with the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. A concentration is available in Music Business through Belmont University. Exceptional students may also pursue a joint baccalaureate degree and Master of Business Administration. Finally, a joint major in business administration in conjunction with a major from outside the department is another option.
The courses in the Department of Business Administration meet the needs of students wishing to pursue graduate study in business administration, economics, management, or other social sciences, and those who wish to pursue careers in business, government, or other organizations without prior graduate or professional study. The program also offers a strong base for professional careers in accounting, law, and financial consulting. The courses emphasize problem-solving techniques and stress the development of analytical skills involving quantitative methods and computer literacy.
In addition to formal course work, the department offers opportunities for personal development and community involvement on a practical level. Credit is granted for various internships, which are designed to combine practical "world of work" experience with academic study.
Students enrolled in the Department of Business Administration are eligible for membership in the Society for the Advancement of Management; the National Association of Black Accountants; and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). Qualified students are inducted into the international honor society in business, Delta Mu Delta.
The mission of the Department of Business Administration is to provide students with excellent education and training in the fundamental and cognate fields of business and to prepare students for leadership within a high quality liberal arts environment.