Feb 02, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 Archived Catalog

Soderquist College of Business

Fast, Faust, Gatlin, Heinrich, Ladner (dean), McCollum, Peddicord, Pierce, Reimer, Terrill, Togami, Vytlacil, Waldron, Walenciak

The Soderquist College of Business (College of Business) at John Brown University consists of the Departments of Business, Construction Management, Online Undergraduate Business, and Graduate Business. The Soderquist College of Business has adopted the following vision, mission, and core values, which have been embraced by each department within the College of Business.

Vision of the College of Business

To be nationally recognized as a leader in Christian higher education in business through the accomplishments of our students, our contributions to the academy and industry, and our impact on the world.

Mission of the College of Business

We provide challenging, practical business education from a Christian perspective, equipping students to succeed in their lifework and impact their world.

Core Values of the College of Business

Christian Faith - We are committed to John Brown University’s Articles of Faith.

Relationships - We value our relationship with God which guides collaboration, respect, and trust among all.

Teaching and Learning - We are passionate about excellence in teaching and lifelong learning.

Global Focus - We value global perspectives and experiences that stretch our understanding of business and provide opportunities to impact the world.

Intellectual Curiosity - We value an active, investigative pursuit of knowledge.

Gratitude - We promote a culture of being thankful to God and each other.

The College of Business is committed to the assessment of student learning and to the continuous improvement of its programs. The undergraduate Department of Business uses formative, summative, and comparative assessments of student learning to ensure that each program is effectively preparing students to be responsible business professionals in the world they are entering. Assessments include internship evaluations, portfolios, capstone reviews, mid- and post-program surveys, competitions, embedded assessments, and nationally-normed exams. Faculty meet regularly with the dean to review and assess outcomes measures, identify issues, define areas of opportunity, and revise the program accordingly.

The College of Business offers three undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), and the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.).

The Bachelor of Science degree features majors in Accounting, Economics, and General Business. The Bachelor of Arts features a major in Economics. The Bachelor of Business Administration features majors in Accounting, Data Analytics, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing. Students not pursuing one of the two undergraduate degrees may choose from the following areas as minor fields of study: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, International Business, Leadership Studies, Management, and Marketing. Students who are pursuing one of the two undergraduate degrees offered by the College of Business may choose a minor in the following areas: Economics and Leadership Studies.

Graduation Requirements

Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 in all College of Business course work and in each minor to be eligible for graduation.

Preparation for the MBA or MS Degree

The undergraduate degree programs at John Brown University are excellent preparation for JBU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) and business-related MS degrees. The College of Business offers a general MBA degree and specialized MBA degrees in the areas of Cybersecurity, Design Thinking and Innovation, Healthcare Administration, International Business, and Marketing Research and Consumer Insights. The College of Business also offers MS degrees with specializations in Leadership, Design Thinking and Innovation, and Outdoor Program Management. All master’s level programs are described on the web site www.jbu.edu/grad/business.

Students planning to enter graduate studies at another university should check the specific prerequisite requirements of that program.

Graduate Pathway

The College of Business also offers the ability for students to complete up to 12 credit hours of graduate courses during their junior and/or senior year that will count toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students must meet certain requirements (including prerequisites) and should meet with their advisor for more information.

Department of Business

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Other Programs

Department of Construction Management

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