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College of Business

Location: McDowell Business Administration Building Room 215, 903.886.5191, Fax 903.886.5650
Interim Dean: John Humphreys
College of Business Web Site:

Careers in business offer exciting challenges and opportunities to well-prepared men and women.

The programs offered by the College of Business (CB) are designed to provide successful academic experiences and to facilitate students’ abilities to perform responsibly and effectively in their chosen professional roles in business, industry, government, and education. Graduates generally may be employed in financial services, manufacturing, sales, advertising and market research, accounting, information technology, and general management as well as in a wide range of educational, municipal, state and federal government agencies.  Many others develop entrepreneurial careers employing their business training and skills.

The CB curricula are designed to challenge and sustain the student’s intellectual curiosity while providing the general and specialized knowledge necessary for professional success, personal growth, and responsible citizenship. Specifically, the various programs have been developed to provide

  1. a firm academic base supported by a strong general education foundation;
  2. an understanding of the social, ethical, regulatory, global, political, and cultural environments within which American enterprise exists and operates;
  3. an understanding of the major functional areas of business and industry;
  4. an opportunity for specialized study; and
  5. preparation for advanced graduate study.

Students receiving a BBA or the BS degree in Business Administration will demonstrate competencies in the common body of knowledge in business areas of financial and managerial accounting, the business environment and strategy, finance, behavior and organizational issues, marketing, management information systems, quantitative analysis, and production/operations management.

As part of the commitment to quality education, the College of Business programs are designed to meet the needs of society, including the growing need for graduates to be computer literate. Accordingly, the programs offered provide students with an understanding of the capabilities and applications of computing systems as tools for improved decision-making. This understanding is achieved through a fundamental background in computer programming complemented by a variety of discipline-related applications. The College of Business  instructional programs utilize extensive technology, computer and network resources to support all aspects of the academic and research programs.

Academic programs of study in business in the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Commerce are accredited by:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)—undergraduate and graduate programs in business.


The mission of the College of Business (CB) at Texas A&M University-Commerce is to provide quality AACSB accredited educational programs, services, and resources that foster the advancement of careers, opportunities, and entrepreneurial activities for our students, faculty, staff, regional business community, and global collaborators.


The College of Business will be a provider of lifelong skills preparing a community of learners for success in a changing world through high quality programs of study.

Strategic Goals and Principles

Guiding Principles: The following strategic principles built on the University Core Values of Integrity, Innovation, and Imagination, guide the College of Business.  The Guiding Principles are tied to individual objects under each college goal.

  • Diversity: Foster a culture of inclusion which attracts to our university highly qualified students, faculty, and staff who represent the diversity of the population we serve, and who will engage with us in the pursuit of our university's vision and mission.
  • Service: Promote excellence in service to members of all internal and external communities.
  • Student success: Pursue and implement effective, research-based strategies that provide all students the resources, support, and high-quality instruction they need to achieve their goal of earning a college degree.
  • Stewardship: Advance the university by demonstrating the quality of our programs and services to an ever-expanding community of supporters.  Leverage the value of public, private, and human resources through business practices that are founded in accountability and transparency, and academic practices that are continuously improved through research, assessment, and innovation.
  • Globalization: Cultivate an academic environment enlivened by global interconnections that transverse the boundaries of culture, custom, and place.
  • Research: Strengthen the nexus between teaching and research in ways that speak to the University's imperative both to create and disseminate knowledge.
  • Communication: Develop a consistent authentic, and reliable message that effectively conveys our commitment to extending opportunity, transforming lives, and shaping futures through education.
  • Career Readiness: Prepare students for careers in their discipline and to lead in their respective communities
  • Ethics: Promote ethical leadership, personal and business integrity, and social responsibility as hallmarks of successful business activities.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree

The following majors are offered: Accounting, Finance, General Business, Management, Business Analytics, Marketing.

Finance. Major in finance, including minors in personal financial planning, and in economics.

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree

Business Administration. Major in business administration, including a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Masters Degrees: The Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Marketing and Master of Science in Accounting degrees are offered. Requirements for the Master’s degrees are outlined in the Graduate Catalog.


Business Core Courses
A. Required Courses Suggested to be Completed before Junior Year
ACCT 221Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 222Prin of Accounting II3
ECO 2301GLB/US-Prin Macro Economics *3
ECO 2302Principles of Micro Economics *3
BUSA 128Business Computing Systems3
US-Math for Business Applications I *
MATH 176Math Bus App II *3
B. 300 Level-33 semester hours required
BA 301Legal Envirn of Business3
BA 3023
MGT 303Business Communications3
FIN 304Introduction to Business Finance3
MGT 305GLB/Management & Organizational Behavior3
MKT 306Marketing3
MGT 307GLB/Operations Management3
MGT 308Entrepreneurial Strategy3
ECO 309Economic Forecasting3
FIN 312Money, Banking & Financial Markets3
ACCT 311GLB/Fin Stmt Analys Gbl Entr3
C. 400 Level- 9 semester hours required and Senior Standing Required
MKT 420GLB/International Business3
MIS 426Management Information Systems3
MGT 439GLB/Business Strategy3
Total Hours60

 This course can be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Requirement


Requirements for a Minor in a Business Discipline

Students may elect to complete a minor in a business discipline in the College of Business. The business discipline minors offered by the CBE include either

  1. a broad-field minor in general business, including courses from several departments within the college; or
  2. minors in specialized areas such as accounting, finance, general business, management, marketing, information technology, international business or international studies, economics, or personal financial planning.

Most business minors require the completion of ACCT 221 , ECO 2301 or ECO 2302 , and a minimum of four advanced courses as approved by the appropriate department head in the College of Business.  Information Technology, Marketing or Management minors must complete six courses approved by the department head.

Center for Excellence (CFE)

Dr. Steve Williams, Dean of College of Business

McDowell Business Administration Bldg., Room 215; 903-468-6052; Fax, 903-886-5650


The Center for Excellence (CFE) serves to enhance and strengthen North Texas business and industry in the global marketplace via customized professional consulting, seminars, and workshops with programs in leadership, management development, team building, process and productivity improvement, business and industry development, communication skills, innovation, knowledge management, safety and quality improvement.

COB 111 - Critical Thinking
Hours: 1-3
Critical Thinking - One semester hour This course introduces students to theories of learning and critical thinking and provides a learning framework to apply them to their college and life experiences. Concepts studies include research and theory on how people learn, critical thinking, problem solving, perception, learning styles, memory, creativity, and how attitudes and values affect the learning and thinking processes. The course also shows students how to apply these theories and research findings to help develop practical skills in critical thinking, time management, reading, note taking, testing taking, other areas that will help them be more successful students and lifelong learners.