Stephen F. Austin State University

General Business

The Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies offers two degree programs; a major in general business and another major in business communication and corporate education. The general business major is for students who are interested in a broad-based business degree that involves choices of classes offered in the College of Business. The business communication and corporate education major is designed to prepare individuals to fill the business-related communications and employee development roles in traditional and virtual business environments. An integral part of the Nelson Rusche College of Business, the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies offers an excellent variety of majors, emphasis areas, minors, and courses. The unique blend of diverse courses is taught by an extremely qualified, talented and experienced faculty.

All undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Business are fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. Students completing a major in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies must qualify for a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree. The department offers a selection of two majors with optional areas of emphasis, four minors, and an opportunity to earn business teacher certification.

Majors

The general business major allows students to select courses from different academic departments within the College of Business. This major features a broad-based general knowledge of business. General business majors may choose to take a variety of business-related courses including

The general business major with an emphasis in teacher certification prepares the student for teaching school business subjects or technology applications.

The business communication and corporate education major is designed to accentuate and integrate the practical application of methods from business, education, training, and human resource development to prepare students for the communication management and employee development challenges of business. The program emphasizes leadership; technology-driven performance and improvement solutions; training, developing, and coaching human assets; and effective communication. It prepares students to utilize and integrate communication and "people" skills needed by leaders for improvements in workforce performance beneficial to individuals, teams, and organizations.

A wide variety of courses for both the general business major and the business communication and corporate education major are offered online. The Bachelor of Business Administration Online Completion Program allows students who have completed certain required courses and/or equivalents to finish the last two years or more of a degree program through web-based classes. The program is designed for students who are limited by time and distance in their options for completing the B.B.A. with a major in general business.

Minors

Administrative Law emphasizes structure, rules and requirements of governmental regulatory agencies related to the business environment.

Business Communication enables both business and non-business students to develop advanced communication skills for a variety of work environments.

General Business offers non-business majors basic business knowledge and skills.

General Business Technology Applications provides business and non-business students with applied technology skills applicable in business and educational settings.

A certificate in Petroleum Land Management can be earned by completing 15 semester hours of specified course work. The certificate can be completed simultaneously with requirements for the general business major or minor and prepares the student for various employment opportunities in the energy-related fields.

Faculty

Providing quality instruction, scholarly activity and service to the community, the faculty is committed to teaching and genuinely cares about students' success. The faculty includes nationally known speakers, noted researchers, and textbook authors. In addition to providing relevant classroom instruction, the faculty is easily accessible for student advising and career counseling.

For more information contact the Department of Business Communication & Legal Studies at 936-468-3103.