College of Business and Entrepreneurship

For updated information, see our website at www.fhsu.edu/cob.

The College of Business and Entrepreneurship includes the Departments of: Applied Business Studies; Economics, Finance and Accounting; Informatics; and Management.

Mission Statement

The Fort Hays State University College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers highly engaging educational experiences, preparing and supporting our students and alumni for professional success in a dynamic, global environment.  Our focus is on instructional engagement. Faculty add value to student instruction and the community through scholarly activity and ongoing professional engagement. The College provides service that benefits the university, our disciplines, and the greater community.


Vision Statement

The College of Business and Entrepreneurship engages and educates quality students with a world-class business education. Our students are thoughtful, entrepreneurial leaders, both professionally and in their communities.


Center for Economic Education (CEE)

The College of Business and Entrepreneurship will have programs of distinction with quality on-campus and distance learning instruction.  Its faculty will be respected scholars and experts in their fields and dedicated to serving the business and academic community.


College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dean’s Executive Advisory Council (DEAC)

DEAC members identify opportunities for partnerships between the College of Business and Entrepreneurship and the business community through activities such as:

  • Developing student internships and employment opportunities,
  • Exploring faculty and student consulting opportunities,
  • Involving faculty members in practical business problems through the Management Development Center and the Small Business Development Center,
  • Arranging for guest speakers from industry and other types of student-business interactions,
  • Supporting outreach and funding operations, and
  • Bringing students into direct contact with business leaders (e.g., mentoring relationships, sponsoring business luncheons, etc.).

College of Business and Entrepreneurship Student Advisory Council (COBESAC)

The COBESAC serves as a liaison between the students, the administration, and the faculty of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship by coordinating student activities within the COBE. It is the voice of the student body and has the responsibility of creating and implementing programs of value to all Business and Entrepreneurship students.

The Student Advisory Council will:

Provide an open forum for innovation and changes at the COBE;

  • Enhance the visibility and augment the reputation of the COBE on campus and in the community;
  • Be a supporting resource for prospective and incoming students; and
  • Take a leadership role in activities that recognize Business and Entrepreneurship student achievements and promote the College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Management Development Center (MDC)

The MDC is the executive education component linking Fort Hays State University’s College of Business and Entrepreneurship and the served constituents. We are dedicated to providing clients with:

High-quality business, management, and leadership training programs to enhance professional and organizational effectiveness;

  • Result-oriented consulting services to help address the changing nature of the market place more successfully;
  • A setting to build contacts with high-performing professionals and organizations; and
  • Resources of the university and its faculty, scholars, and practitioners in designing and facilitating training activities that brings value to people and organizations.

Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC)- Regional Center in Hays

The KSBDC is a service of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University that provides management assistance to the small business community.  The KSBDC provides individual, confidential assistance and seminars on small business topics. It is our goal to help you run the most profitable business possible.

The KSBDC is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDOC). SBA and KDOC funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. The partnership program is with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing.


Student Groups

Accounting Club

Alpha Kappa Psi

DISC (Data Information Systems and Communication Club)

Financial Management Association

Marketing/Management Club

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Omicron Delta Kappa

Student Advisory Council

Tiger Investment Club


College of Business and Entrepreneurship Scholars

Each semester regular full-time undergraduate students majoring in programs administered by the College of Business and Entrepreneurship who finish in the top two percent of their class are designated College of Business and Entrepreneurship Scholars.  Names of these scholars are publicized in the news media and also displayed prominently on the bulletin boards of the college. (Consent must be obtained before names are publicized.)


Scholarships for College of Business and Entrepreneurship Students

Individuals, businesses, and professional organizations contribute annually to support scholarships for worthy students majoring in programs offered by the College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Annual scholarship award ceremonies distribute scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students.


Transfer Policy for Transfer of Community College Credits

A large number of students transfer each year into the programs offered by the College of Business and Entrepreneurship. For this reason, each year the various departments of the college prepare course transfer equivalency statements which are distributed to appropriate community colleges located in the FHSU service area. Students entering community colleges as freshmen and subsequently transferring into a College of Business and Entrepreneurship academic program will be allowed to transfer the following courses toward a major:

Course                                                                                      Hours

ACCT 203 Principles of Accounting I and

ACCT 204 Principles of Accounting II..................................................................... 6

GBUS 204 Business Law I.................................................................................... 3

MATH 250 Elements of Statistics........................................................................... 3

MATH 331 Calculus Methods................................................................................. 3

MIS 101 Introduction to Computer Information Systems.......................................... 3

ECFI 201 Principles of Economics: Micro and

ECFI 202 Principles of Economics: Macro............................................................... 6

In conjunction with this policy, and consistent with American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International guidelines, the college will follow a validation procedure for certain upper-division courses. These courses are: BCOM 301 Business Communication; MKT 301 Marketing Principles; MGT 301 Management Principles; ACCT 305 Intermediate Accounting I; and ECFI 305 Managerial Finance. Business courses other than those noted above will generally be acceptable for elective credit only. Specific transfer and articulation agreements take precedence over this transfer policy. 

Students planning to transfer into programs offered by the college should check with the departmental chairs for transfer policy information.


Transfer Policy for Students Seeking Degrees in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship

It is a College of Business and Entrepreneurship requirement that at least 50% of the business credit hours required for the business degree be earned at FHSU. Transcript analysts from the Registrar’s Office will monitor this standard to ensure compliance.

 


Second Degrees

Students who wish to obtain a second degree in business (BBA) from FHSU and already have a degree in business from a regionally accredited American university may have the FHSU Business Core requirements waived by the department chair associated with the major for the second degree. The department chair may waive all or part of the business core requirements depending on coursework needed for the specific major.  Other university requirements for a second degree do not change.

 


College of Business and Entrepreneurship Core Requirements

The Top 10       

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) majors planning to enroll in upper-division business core courses (courses numbered 300 and above) must satisfy the following requirements: (1) achieve junior standing by completing a minimum of 60 semester hours; and (2) complete the following 10 specific courses with a GPA of at least a 2.25: ACCT 203, ACCT 204, ECON 201, ECON 202, ENG 101, ENG 102, COMM 100, MATH 110, MATH 250, and MIS 101.

Students who have close to 60 hours and have enrolled in the required lower-division (100-200 level) courses may enroll in introductory upper-division courses to complete a full schedule during the first semester that the introductory upper-division courses are taken. Advisors may petition, on behalf of a particular student, the COBE’s BBA Continuous Improvement Committee for special permission to enroll in upper-division courses.


Professional Pathways in the College of Arts and Sciences: The College of Business and Entrepreneurship MBA Option

A special cooperative program for undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences is available for those students interested in pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree. Under this program, College of Arts and Sciences students will be prepared to begin the MBA program without additional foundation courses. This joint program gives students the advantage of a solid liberal arts undergraduate education and the excellent employment prospects of a degree in business.

A student will take the following courses in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship as part of an undergraduate program:

 

ACCT 203 Principles of Accounting I.................................................................... 3

1ACCT 204 Principles of Accounting II................................................................. 3

1ECFI 305 Managerial Finance............................................................................ 3 

1MGT 301 Management Principles....................................................................... 3 

1MKT 301 Marketing Principles............................................................................ 3

1&2MATH 250 Elements of Statistics.................................................................... 3 

1 & 2ECFI 201 Principles of Economics: Micro.........................................................3 

1 & 2ECFI 202 Principles of Economics: Macro....................................................... 3

 1Courses are part of the minor in Business Administration.

2Courses can be used to fulfill requirements in General Education. 

BCOM 301 Business Communications, GBUS 204 Business Law I, and MATH 331 Calculus Methods are recommended as electives.

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will have a minor in Business Administration and the necessary pre-requisites completed to finish an MBA in one year.

Participation in the 4 + 1 program does not imply automatic admission to the MBA program. Regular application procedures are required and existing admission criteria must be met. Students should plan to submit application materials to the graduate business programs in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship during their senior year and take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prior to submitting their applications. Application materials for graduate business programs are available through the Director of Graduate Programs for the College of Business and Entrepreneurship.


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