Sep 27, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Business

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Paul H. Schwager, Dean
John T. Reisch, Associate Dean
Scott A. Dellana, Associate Dean for Academic Quality

Judy A. Siguaw, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Karen Kus, Executive Director, Center for Student Success
Len Rhodes, Director of Technology, Information, and Operations
Paul Russell, Director of Graduate Programs
Kevin Williams, Director of Undergraduate Programs

The College of Business provides students with the opportunity to pursue the knowledge and skills required to launch and further successful careers in today’s dynamic business community. College of Business graduates are well prepared to pursue positions in diverse organizations including large corporations, small firms and start-ups, nonprofits, or even to start their own businesses.

The college, which consists of five departments, offers the BSBA degree in accounting , finance , management , management information systems , and marketing . In addition, The Miller School of Entrepreneurship  and the School of Hospitality Leadership  are housed in the College of Business.The graduate program offers the master of science in accounting (MSA), the master of business administration (MBA), and the master of science in sustainable tourism and hospitality degrees. Academic programs within the College of Business provide a wide range of options that encourage students to build on their existing interests and strengths while also exploring new directions. The college’s unique leadership and professional development program, combined with a focus on experiential learning challenges, prepares students to become the leaders of the future.

The College of Business supports the business practitioner through the Division of Professional Services and Research, Bureau of Business Research, Small Business Institute, and applied research projects in both graduate and undergraduate classes. In addition, college faculty combine years of professional experience with award-winning teaching and impactful scholarly research to provide students with a world class education.


The undergraduate (BSBA) and master’s (MBA and MSA) business programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Since the primary objective of accreditation and the College of Business is to foster high quality in education for business administration and management, most of the school’s resources are dedicated to its degree programs. Consequently, non-business majors will not be permitted to enroll in more than 30 s.h. of undergraduate course credit offered by the College of Business.


Upon admission to the university, students may declare an intended major in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, or marketing. Students must meet the following requirements prior to taking 4000-level or concentration courses for the BSBA degree:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 45 s.h.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale.
  3. Completion of the declaration courses listed below or equivalent course work with a minimum grade of C- in each and a 2.5 average over the eight courses: ACCT 2401 , ACCT 2521 ; ECON 2113 , ECON 2133 ; FINA 2244 ; MATH 1064 , MATH 2283 ; MIS 2223 .
  4. Once enrolled at East Carolina University, a student will be limited to a maximum of two attempts per declaration course, including course withdrawals after the schedule adjustment period, regardless of the institution where attempted.

Students who have not met the above requirements may take a maximum of 30 s.h. of 2000- and 3000-level business courses.

The admission of a student seeking a second undergraduate degree in the College of Business must be approved by the director of undergraduate programs. At the time of such approval, the director will also approve the specific courses which will lead to the receipt of the second degree.


Students applying for readmission to the university who were previously enrolled in the College of Business and who have been out of school no more than three academic years must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for readmission to the College of Business.

Students previously enrolled in the College of Business who have been out of school more than three academic years and students who were previously enrolled in the university but not in the College of Business must meet the requirements for admission outlined in the section above.

Transfer Credit for Upper-Level Courses

The College of Business will not accept for credit upper-level courses (numbered 3000 and 4000 at East Carolina University) taken at a junior or community college. The department chair will determine the applicability of upper-level courses taken at senior colleges in meeting the BSBA degree requirements. No course may count as a College of Business concentration requirement and also count as fulfilling the business core requirements of the College of Business. 

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