George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology


2016-2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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--This page was modified on 16 August 2016.--
--Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--


Thomas Johnson, dean

Walker School of Business & Technology website (external to catalog)


Mission Statement

To develop skilled, innovative, and responsible leaders with a global perspective through a challenging, supportive, and dynamic academic environment.

Senior Thesis or Thesis Project

The following applies to Walker School of Business & Technology Majors:

Completing a Senior Thesis or Thesis Project (MNGT 4970) is a research requirement for some majors and an elective option for other majors at an international campus. Students doing a thesis will invest significant time and energy in preparing primary and secondary research that will explore the existent body of knowledge of their fields of study, or they will produce a significant project. Due to the faculty supervision requirement online students may not pursue the senior thesis or project option.

Students doing a senior thesis or thesis project must have completed all core course requirements for their major, as well as any specific prerequisite course specified for the thesis course. A thesis may not be substituted for any core course or for any capstone course requirement for the student's field of study. Students should see their international campus academic director for the necessary guidelines and forms for pursuing this course. The thesis option is not available in all degree programs and majors, and not in online format. Further, the thesis option is only available for undergraduate degree seeking students in the following international campuses: Austria, The Netherlands, Thailand, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

The student registered for a senior thesis initially registers for a minimum of 3 credit hours and subsequently maintains a minimum enrollment of 2–3 credit hours until the thesis is completed. A maximum of 9 credit hours may be applied toward the undergraduate degree, with appropriate prior approvals. Credit for the thesis may be awarded in non-letter grade format (Credit/No Credit.)

Walker Joint MBA Program

For any undergraduate degree student at Webster University who is considering the Master of Business Administration degree, the Walker Joint MBA enables completion of the MBA in a shorter amount of time.

How it works

Webster undergraduate students are permitted to take up to 6 hours of graduate credit toward their BS or BA degrees. For students considering the MBA, they should take the following two courses during their senior year at Webster:

  • MRKT 5000 Marketing
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior

These courses will be counted as 6 hours of elective credit toward the BS or BA degree, and also will complete the requirement for those two courses within the MBA degree program. With the completion of these two courses, students will need only 30 hours of graduate coursework to complete the MBA, excluding any necessary pre-requisite coursework, if applicable.*

For further information, please contact Academic Advising, or the MBA Director. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Non-Business majors (BSBA, BA Economics, BS Finance, BS Accounting) and non-BA in Management majors are also encouraged to use undergraduate elective credit during sophomore, junior, or senior years, to take MNGT 2100, ACCT 2010, ACCT 2025, ECON 2020, and ECON 2030 to fulfill the necessary pre-requisite courses for the MBA. Otherwise, any non-applicable majors applying to the MBA will also be required to complete BUSN 5000, BUSN 5600 (Accounting), and BUSN 5620 (Economics) prior to starting the MBA, or to pass qualifying waiver exams for those courses.


Business Department

David Porras, chair

Majors and Degrees

Minors

A minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of formal coursework from the University curriculum completed at Webster University.   Courses used to fulfill a major may not also be used to fulfill a requirement for a minor.

Double Majors

Students who wish to double major within Accounting and Finance may do so. The student will complete the following Business Core Curriculum plus the specific requirements beyond that for each major. It is not necessary to make substitutions for the Business Core Curriculum. However, substitutions will be required for common required courses that are specific to the majors in question. Students may not have a double major of Business Administration with Accounting or Finance.

Students who wish to double major with Economics and either: Accounting, Finance or Business Administration may do so. These students will not need to substitute for MATH 1430, ECON 2030, ECON 2020, and BUSN 2750 reducing the required hours for the second major by 12 hours. Substitutions will be required for common required courses beyond these four.

Students who wish a double major in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration along with a Bachelor of Arts in Management may do so. These students will not need to substitute for ACCT 2010, ACCT 2025, ECON 2030, ECON 2020, and MNGT 2100, reducing the required hours for the second major by 15 hours. Substitutions will be required for common required courses beyond these five.

Students who wish to double major in Economics along with a Bachelor of Arts in Management may do so. These students will not need to substitute for ECON 2030 and ECON 2020 reducing the required hours for the second major by 6 hours. Substitutions will be required for common required courses beyond these two.

Special Study Opportunities

Students in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology have opportunities to study abroad at one of Webster University’s international campuses. Students also can choose to participate in internships and practicum.

Webster University also offers upper-division degree-completion programs in business and management for adults with professional work experience and the equivalent of two or more years of previous college-level work at its metropolitan campuses in Kansas City, Missouri; Orlando, Florida; Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina. These students must complete general education requirements.

Special Requirements

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of academic work in the Departments of Business and Management at Webster University. The accounting degree requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of accounting courses taken at Webster University. These courses may be part of the residency requirement.

No more than one course completed with a grade of D may count toward fulfilling the specific requirements of the major.

Business Core Curriculum

The business core curriculum is designed to provide business students majoring in Business Administration, Finance and Accounting with a common core of courses that represent the “foundation” which provides students with the basic skills and tools necessary to compete successfully in today’s business environment. Building on this foundation will be the additional coursework necessary to develop the specific knowledge and skills defined by each major area of study.

Economics majors are excluded from the business core curriculum. 

Accounting majors will have a lesser number of business core requirements.  Please see Accounting program information for more details.


Management Department

Joe Roberts, chair

Majors and Degrees

Minor

A minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of formal coursework from the University curriculum completed at Webster University.   Courses used to fulfill a major may not also be used to fulfill a requirement for a minor.

Certificates

  • Entrepreneurship
    (Emphasis Areas: Animation; Audio Production; Business; Film; Graphic Design; Mobile Computing; Music; Photography; Sports Business; Video Production)
  • Marketing
    (Geneva only)

Special Study Opportunities

Management is the art and science of effectively coordinating people and resources to achieve the goals of an organization. It includes the administration of commerce and industry, banking, insurance, health, communications, government, and various facets of culture, education, and the arts. Students study principles and institutions through accounting, management, and economics, as well as the humanities, mathematics, and political and social sciences. The Department of Management prepares students for graduate studies, law school, and business careers.

The Department of Management at Webster University has been designed to meet the needs of younger students as well as mature adults who have had business and professional experiences before completing their academic careers.

The goal of the school is to provide the student with the foundation and perception necessary for leadership positions in the dynamic areas of industry, commerce, government, and institutional administration. To this end the program is offered on campus as well as at a number of locations in close proximity to the workplaces of prospective students. Moreover, the Department of Management makes extensive use of part-time faculty members with experience and skills in business and government.

Webster University management courses are also offered at Webster’s international campuses, providing an opportunity for Webster University students to study with faculty members and students from various parts of the world.

Webster University also offers upper-division degree-completion programs in management for adults with professional work experience and the equivalent of two or more years of previous college-level work at its metropolitan campuses in Kansas City, Missouri; Orlando, Florida; Irvine, Los Angeles and San Diego, California These students must complete general education requirements. Degree-completion programs at campuses in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina, are also available.

Special Requirements

Students are required to complete at least 36 credit hours in management courses, including MNGT 2100 Management Theory and Practices, MNGT 3400 Human Resource Management, courses in accounting, law, and economics, as well as an overview. The required minimum distribution of coursework varies, depending on the emphasis selected by the student.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of academic work in the Departments of Business and Management at Webster University.

Required courses must be completed at Webster University once the student begins to matriculate at Webster University. Transfer courses taken prior to enrollment at Webster University may be used to substitute for required courses if accepted by the chair.

No more than one course completed with a grade of D may count toward fulfilling the specific requirements of the major.

At the international campuses, MNGT 3320 Business Law: International may substitute for MNGT 3280 Introduction to Business Law I.


Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Martha Smith, chair

Majors and Degrees

Minors

A minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of formal coursework from the University curriculum completed at Webster University.   Courses used to fulfill a major may not also be used to fulfill a requirement for a minor.

Certificates

These certificates require all formal coursework to be completed at Webster University. Courses used to fulfill a certificate may not also be used to fulfill the requirement for a minor.

Internships and Co-Op Education

An internship is a thoughtfully planned and monitored work or service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he/she is learning through the experience. This credit-bearing experience should be completed in one semester. The student may be paid or unpaid.

Cooperative education is a structured educational strategy integrating classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences in a field related to a student’s academic or career goals. It provides progressive experiences in integrating theory and practice. This credit-bearing experience must span two or more semesters. The student must be paid. Interested students should contact the department co-op coordinator.

Students are encouraged to explore internship opportunities to get hands-on IT experience and to broaden and deepen their classroom knowledge. Such opportunities will give them a better understanding of the many ways in which their skills can potentially shape their careers. Most of the internships are paid which enables students to be compensated while enhancing their knowledge in a real-world business environment.

Teacher Certification Opportunity

Students interested in middle school or secondary mathematics education generally earn majors in mathematics and education while completing the requirements for state certification. The coordinator of Mathematics Pre-Service Education works closely with these students to assure they are prepared and qualified for their practice teaching experience.

Pre Engineering Opportunity (3-2 Program)

Students interested in a pre-professional program in engineering generally earn a BA with a major in Mathematics from Webster University and a BS in Engineering from a cooperating school, such as Washington University. Typically this involves three years of study at Webster and two years at the engineering school.

Special Requirements

All courses required for a major, minor, or certificate must be completed with a grade of C or better.

--This page was modified on 16 August 2016.--
--Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--