May 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

College of Business

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Dean: Balaji Rajagopalan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: Daewoo Park, Ph.D.

Programs leading to the degree Bachelor of Science (B.S.) are offered in all departments in the College of Business and are accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Inquiries concerning guidelines for the College of Business should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Student Resources.

Department Names and Undergraduate Programs Offered

Department of Accountancy
B.S. in accountancy

Department of Finance
B.S. in finance

Department of Management
B.S. in management
B.S. in business administration

Department of Marketing
B.S. in marketing

Department of Operations Management and Information Systems 
B.S. in operations and information management

College Mission Statement

Create knowledge; transform business; and develop principled, adaptable global citizens through innovative active learning and personalized experiences.

College Learning Competencies and Objectives

Learning Competency 1: Our graduates will integrate and apply Functional and Foundational Business Knowledge.

Learning Objective 1: College of Business graduates will solve business issues by integrating knowledge of business disciplines and applying problem solving frameworks.
Learning Objective 2: College of Business graduates will apply technology to manage data for effective business decision making.
Learning Objective 3: College of Business graduates will examine implications of conducting business across global cultures and contexts.

Learning Competency 2: Our graduates will demonstrate Leadership and Professional Skills.

Learning Objective 4: College of Business graduates will influence, motivate, and collaborate to achieve a common goal.
Learning Objective 5: College of Business graduates will communicate business information clearly and persuasively.

Learning Competency 3: Our graduates will recognize how Ethical Norms impact decision making.

Learning Objective 6: College of Business graduates will apply an Ethical Framework to a business issue.

Career Compass

Students will complete an assessment of their interests, skills, and motivators. Based on this assessment and in conjunction with the college developmental advising program, students will connect personal characteristics to the College of Business majors and business career paths to solidify major selection.

Passport to the Business World

Passport is a non-credit program required for all students who are pursuing a major in business. Passport helps students become aware of the variety of co-curricular options the College of Business has to offer outside the classroom as well as course electives that particularly strengthen the likelihood of a student’s eventual success in the “real world.” Before graduation, students are required to participate in activities in each of these areas: Professional Communication, Diversity and Inclusion, Citizenship, Ethics, Experiential Learning, Global, and Leadership.

Limited Retention Requirements

All majors in the College of Business are limited retention to assure students’ continuing competence. Students who want to continue their enrollment in the College of Business must fulfill the College of Business Limited Retention criteria.

All business majors must complete the Fundamental Business Requirements with a minimum grade of C or equivalent.

Students must meet MGMT 335 requirements to transition to departmental advising and specific major course work. Consult your advisor for course planning.

To enroll in 400-level business courses students must earn a C or better in FINA 320, MGMT 335, MKTG 295, and OMIS 338.

Additional retention requirements for each major can be found under Department Requirements.

Additional Requirements

The major portion of the professional business courses must be taken during the junior and senior years.

Students may be allowed to audit a business course with permission from the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Student Resources; however, enrollment preference goes to students who are taking course work for credit.

Students may enroll in a business course no more than twice without permission.

A minimum of 6 semester hours of credit in senior (400-level) courses required in the major must be earned at NIU.

Transfer Credit in the College of Business

Students who plan to transfer to NIU and major in an area of business should have taken as many of the lower-division Fundamental Business Requirements as possible. Students should not take the equivalents of any 300- or 400-level business courses restricted to juniors and seniors while enrolled at transfer institutions.

Undergraduates Completing Phase One Requirements for an Advanced Degree in Business

Students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in business at NIU may satisfy most of the Phase One requirements as a result of their successful completion of an undergraduate business degree or a business minor. Contact the degree-granting department or office in the College of Business to determine what restrictions apply to Phase One course work.

Dean’s List Criteria

Through the Dean’s List, the College of Business recognizes undergraduates whose academic performance has been outstanding. The Dean’s List recognizes those students who achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) while completing a minimum of 12 graded semester hours within a fall or spring semester.

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