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Business Administration

A business degree can be the starting point of a career in many fields. Few organizations can operate successfully without trained administrators. Today’s business leaders must be effective decision makers with business skills and insight.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program provides students with a strong foundation of business practices and how to apply them to real-world circumstances.  Students complete introductory courses in accounting and economics, social responsibility and the legal environment in business.  The program focuses on providing students with the skills of analysis of business problems and opportunities, key business functions as well as analysis and implementation of business practices.

The Business Division’s Business Leadership Advisory Board is comprised of corporate leaders from Fortune 500 companies, as well as principals from across the United States. These leaders provide valuable information concerning course content, internships, job opportunities and current business issues critical to the success of our students.

A broad range of experiences are offered to business students, including:

  • Project courses providing practical hands-on experiences in real-world application.
  • Internships with diverse businesses and organizations.
  • Field visits to industry leader organizations.
  • Business expert series and guest lecturers.
  • Membership in ENACTUS, an international service-oriented organization.
  • Mentor opportunities with industry leaders.
  • Membership in the Sigma Beta Delta, international business honor society.

Thomas University’s Business Administration program offers three tracks allowing students to focus on particular areas in business.

+Accounting

Thomas University’s Business Administration–Accounting concentration provides students with the necessary skills, background and theory in accounting practices including cost accounting, finance, auditing and accounting information systems. Students learn to identify problems, make decisions and interpret results based on quantitative techniques. Each spring, students have the opportunity to participate in a supervised community-wide service project, attaining IRS certification and providing local individuals with tax preparation assistance.

Apply for Admission.

Send official transcripts.

Students with no prior college, please provide an official high school transcript or GED. Students with prior college credit  must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges. You can order college transcripts from prior colleges at www.getmytranscript.com.

Send official transcripts to admissions@thomasu.edu.

Or

Admissions Office
Thomas University
1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792

GENERAL EDUCATION

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Oral Communication for Professionals
  • University Studies
  • College Algebra
  • Math and Science electives (2 courses)
  • Inquiry electives (2 courses)
  • Creativity electives (2 courses)
  • Cultural Foundation electives (3 courses)

BUSINESS CORE

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Legal Environment of Business

MAJOR COURSES

  • Money and Banking
  • Principles of Finance
  • Professional Communication
  • Organization Behavior
  • Operations Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Business and Social Responsibility
  • Business Strategy
  • Senior Business Seminar

Accounting Concentration          30 Credits

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost Management I
  • Cost Management II
  • Income Tax Accounting – Individuals
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Advanced Business Law
  • Upper Level Business elective

TOTAL CREDITS                             123

CIP Code 52.0201

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this sector are expected to grow at 10% annually (faster than average) through 2026. In addition, those with accounting degrees may elect to pursue careers in:

  • Internal auditing
  • Tax accounting
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Stockbroker
  • Arbitrage manager
  • Cost accounting
  • Budgeting Managers
  • General Management

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Thomas University Business Division is dedicated to providing students with real-world experiences by serving communities throughout the region. For the last three years, Thomas University has participated as a partner in the AARP Income Tax Program. Currently, TU has its own income tax preparation campus location, in addition to preparing returns at the Thomas County Library. Last tax season, under the direction of Professors Randy Minton and Dr. Pauline Ray, students began actual tax preparation work on February 5th and continued through April 16th.

Each student and faculty member volunteered four consecutive hours, per day, every Monday during tax season. TU students and faculty devoted well over 500 total hours, over an eleven-week period, which included site set-up, return preparation, site break-down and study time for the examinations.

Prior to each tax season, participating students and faculty are required to take three IRS examinations and complete VITA/TCE Certification courses. Students and faculty earn certifications by successfully passing the Volunteer Standards of Conduct and Intake/Interview Exam. They can earn the advanced tax preparation certification by passing the Quality Review Exam, which includes a section on Health Savings Accounts (HSA). Additionally, Dr. Ray completed the Military Exam. These exams are quite difficult but are required in order to do returns with itemized deductions.

During this past tax season, the Thomas University Tax Team prepared over 100 returns at our campus location. Between TU and the Thomas County Library sites, approximately 280 returns were prepared. Returns were completed for senior citizens and low-income populations from Brooks, Emanuel, Thomas, Tift, Grady, Lowndes and Colquitt counties in Georgia and Taylor, Jefferson and Leon Counties in Florida. Incoming TU Tax Site Director, Randy Minton, is making plans for an even larger group of student tax preparers for the 2018 tax season, The Thomas University Tax team hopes to exceed past numbers and expand the many citizens served this year.

+Management

A major in Business Administration-Management prepares students to think about diversity, ethics, work culture and other work environmental issues. The ability to work in small groups is a key skill of management as well as accounting principles and general knowledge of marketing, policy development and human resources. For students interested in leadership,  who balance sensitivity with fairness and innovation, and are creative problem solvers, this is an excellent career choice.

Apply for Admission.

Send official transcripts.

Students with no prior college, please provide an official high school transcript or GED. Students with prior college credit  must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges. You can order college transcripts from prior colleges at www.getmytranscript.com.

Send official transcripts to admissions@thomasu.edu.

Or

Admissions Office
Thomas University
1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792

GENERAL EDUCATION

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Oral Communication for Professionals
  • University Studiesv
  • College Algebra
  • Math and Science electives (2 courses)
  • Inquiry electives (2 courses)
  • Creativity electives (2 courses)
  • Cultural Foundation electives (3 courses)

BUSINESS CORE

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Legal Environment of Business

MAJOR COURSES

  • Money and Banking
  • Principles of Finance
  • Professional Communication
  • Organization Behavior
  • Operations Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Business and Social Responsibility
  • Business Strategy
  • Senior Business Seminar

Management Concentration

  • Human Resource Management
  • International Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Upper Level business electives (three courses)
  • Upper Level Accounting elective
  • Upper Level Management elective
  • Upper Level elective

TOTAL CREDITS                        123

CIP Code 52.0201

Managers are responsible for the daily activities across all industries. Managers work directly with individuals to ensure effective and efficient operations of their unit. Managers plan and execute strategies, coordinate with other departments, handle basic human resource activities and oversee their departmental budget.

Employment in management occupations is projected to increase 8 percent through 2026.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

+Marketing

The Business Administration–Marketing program at TU combines broad-based business education with a practical understanding of marketing strategy and evaluation of marketing, including product and service development, research, planning, distribution channels, pricing strategy, and advertising.

Apply for Admission.

Send official transcripts.

Students with no prior college, please provide an official high school transcript or GED. Students with prior college credit  must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges. You can order college transcripts from prior colleges at www.getmytranscript.com.

Send official transcripts to admissions@thomasu.edu.

Admissions Office
Thomas University
1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792

GENERAL EDUCATION

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Oral Communication for Professionals
  • University Studies
  • College Algebra
  • Math and Science electives (2 courses)
  • Inquiry electives (2 courses)
  • Creativity electives (2 courses)
  • Cultural Foundation electives (3 courses)

BUSINESS CORE

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Legal Environment of Business

MAJOR COURSES

  • Money and Banking
  • Professional Communication
  • Principles of Finance
  • Organization Behavior
  • Operations Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Business and Social Responsibility
  • Business Strategy
  • Senior Business Seminar
Marketing Concentration
  • Sales Management
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing Research
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing Elective
  • Upper Level Accounting course
  • Upper Level Business electives (3 courses)
  • Upper Level elective

TOTAL CREDITS                             123

CIP Code 52.1201

Careers in advertising, promotions and marketing are available across all industries. They are responsible for planning programs to create interest in products or services through media, print, sales and promotional activities.

The job outlook for this profession is expected to be faster than average through 2026.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Other Available Minors

Sigma Beta Delta is an International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration is available for students in all TU business programs. For more information visit Sigma Beta Delta.

TU's The Sigma Beta Delta chapter has the first Executive Mentoring Program in the University States. Students are mentored by successful professional who hold executive positions in top companies through the Big Bend and South Georgia area. The program was designed and implemented by TU MBA alumni. The goal is to have a mentor available and ready for students when their first day at Thomas University.

Meaning of Sigma Beta Delta

Sigma is the initial letter of the Greek word for wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge gained over time, analyzed and used with discernment. Wisdom is not merely information, but allows one to acknowledge information, consider its validity and relevance, and then incorporate into one’s own life what is appropriate.

Beta is the initial letter of the Greek word that signifies honor. Honor is a personal quality of the highest value. Honorable persons are held in esteem, considered to be trustworthy, and admired by others because they live a life that is worthy of such recognition. Honorable persons have chosen to live a life that is bound by integrity and ethical decision-making. They respect others and are willing to provide leadership to the benefit of humankind.

Delta is the initial letter of the Greek word that signifies the pursuit of meaningful aspirations. Persons of wisdom and honor must aspire to a course to achieve their objectives, for goals without action are no more fulfilling than action without goals. To aspire toward the fulfillment of one’s goals to serve humankind and develop personally and professionally will lead to a life of meaning and satisfaction.

Motto

The Sigma Beta Delta motto is Wisdom… Honor… Aspirations.

Lifetime Membership

Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the top 20 percent of the junior, senior or graduate class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers.
Enactus membership is 72,000 world-wide. Participating students are entrepreneurial, values-driven social innovators across 1,730 campuses in 36 countries, positively impacting the lives of 1.3 million people each year. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, teams of students conduct needs assessments in their community, identify potential solutions to complex issues and implement community impact projects. This results in communities benefiting from collaboration and fresh innovation. Plus, students gain the valuable experience to advance their personal and professional lives.

As in business, we believe that competition encourages innovation. An annual series of regional and national competitions showcases Enactus teams’ impact, evaluated by global business leaders. National champion teams advance to the prestigious Enactus World Cup for competition, collaboration and celebration.

If you are interested in participating in the TU Enactus group, please contact Mina Haretos, faculty advisor at  mharetos@thomasu.edu.

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