Business (BUS)

BUS 1101  Connect to Hankamer School Bus  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Only open to pre-business majors  

An introductory course designed to facilitate the transition of first-year business students to the Hankamer School of Business (HSB). The course will include expert panels, guest speakers, alumni, faculty, and student guests, and provide exposure to HSB programming, build relationships within HSB, enhance the opportunity for academic success, and connect students with HSB. Selected topics include: role of the HSB curriculum, success in the Business School, HSB programming, business majors, building a professional portfolio, introduction to career services, and the importance of networking.

BUS 1201  Introduction to Business  (2)  
Pre-requisite(s): Open only to students with 89 hours or less  

An introductory course designed to increase the business and financial literacy of pre-business majors and lay a strong foundation for business ethics. Interactive, hands-on simulations and daily readings increase business and financial literacy. Working with the Baylor University Honor Code and various corporate codes of ethics improve both personal and professional ethics. Regular visits from Baylor alumni are a key component of the course.

BUS 1305  Software Applications for Personal Productivity  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Not open to BBA students  

This course cannot count toward the BBA degree. Introduces and develops foundational skills in applying business productivity tools to everyday tasks. Focus is on business productivity software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes modules on hardware, software, cybersecurity, and networks/Internet..

BUS 1350  Software Applications for Business Productivity and Decision-Making  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Only open to BBA students  

A hands-on course designed to familiarize students with current software application tools used by business professionals -- such as spreadsheets and databases -- that are essential to helping managers organize, store, analyze, share, and present data to help promote effective business decision-making.

BUS 2101  Career Management (Assessment & Discovery) for Undergraduate Students  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; a minimum grade of C in BUS 1101; only open to BBA students  

This course consists of a variety of career exploration and development experiences designed to help students identify their passion; prioritize and focus their job search efforts; and develop their leadership, communication, and personal marketability. Topics include self-assessment; career passion discovery; career exploration and development exercises; and interview training to assist in finding rewarding internships and full-time jobs.

BUS 2222  Introduction to Energy Commerce  (2)  
Pre-requisite(s): BUS 1201 or ECO 1380 with a grade of "B" or better  

The energy industry in the United States and the world. Fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, and coal), renewables (solar, wind, biomass, hydropower), current events, and environmental/regulatory issues. Analysis of major companies, sources of information, and career opportunities.

BUS 3101  Career Management (Strategy & Success) for Undergraduate Students  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): A minimum grade of C in BUS 2101  

Only open to BBA students, excluding Pre-business majors. This course consists of a variety of career exploration and development experiences designed to prioritize and focus the students’ job search needs; and develop the students’ leadership, communication, and personal marketability. It will introduce networking skills, company (prospective employer) analysis, internship/job analysis and search strategy, interviewing skills, and negotiation techniques to maximize the students’ new-hire potential. Credit may not be received after receiving credit in ACC 3101.

BUS 3302  Personal Financial Decisions  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing; a minimum GPA of 2.75; not open to BBA students  

Basic personal financial management. Principal topics include personal financial statements (balance sheet and income statement); budgeting and cash management; responsible use of consumer credit; personal income taxes; types of personal insurance; investment alternatives; buying and financing major assets (home, automobile, appliances); and estate planning.

BUS 3303  Managerial Communications  (3)  

This course focuses on communication situations found in business and the work world. It is designed to help students become more successful in their professional lives. It incorporates the wide range of oral communication needed in our ever-growing diverse business and professional cultures. Topics of study and practice include improving presentation skills, overcoming communication apprehension, understanding the challenges of diverse cultures in the workforce, appreciating genderlect, using successful interpersonal skills, working in teams, developing leadership, preparing for ethical challenges, and participating in business dinner etiquette.

BUS 3310  Multinational Business  (3)  

An interdisciplinary introduction to the unique problems and opportunities that face firms engaged in international business, from the point of view of the multinational firm doing business abroad. Special attention is given to the international environment. The course is taught only outside the United States.

BUS 3315  Business Communications  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Prerequisite(s): ENG 1304 or ENG 1310 or BIC 1323; Only open to BBA students  

This course prepares students for the communication challenges of the twenty-first century workplace. Essential elements of the writing process are covered. Students complete the standard brief transactional messages; follow a structured research process and produce an executive report; and make a professional oral presentation. Job search communication is included with an emphasis on strategic best practices.

BUS 3330  Cross-Cultural Communications  (3)  

Overview of communication differences between cultures and how to successfully adapt global business practices across different cultures. Taught in a global setting it will utilize both organizational and cultural experiences to enhance written and verbal communication skills.

BUS 3337  The Business Of Professional Sports  (3)  
BUS 3345  Training and Development in Business and Industry  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing; only open to BBA students; BBA students must be admitted to the Business School in order to take this course  

This course focuses on corporate training and its application to professional and staff development within business and industry. Course content includes learning styles, theories, and processes with an emphasis on the practical application to corporate training needs. In small groups, students will assess a training need, design/develop a training activity, and then conduct an actual training session.

BUS 3350  Christian Ethics Applied to Business  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Junior standing; only open to BBA students; BBA students must be admitted to the Business School in order to take this course  

A study of how business decisions and actions incorporate ethical issues. Individuals, organizations, economic/political systems and societies are influenced in significant ways by the ethical principles they use when shaping decisions about how to conduct business. The course examines, from a Christian perspective, the ethical foundations, responsibilities, and consequences of business practices in our society. Study includes the use of case studies illustrating the application of ethical theory in situations that students will likely encounter in their careers.

BUS 4370  Biblical Research Applied to Business  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Approval of instructor; not open to pre-business students  

A search of the scriptures for presuppositions, principles, and propositional statements that have modern business applications. It is independent research with the exchange of Biblical discoveries and discerned applications to ethical and social problems faced in the business world.

BUS 4380  Business Excellence and Scholarship Team (BEST)  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of the BEST faculty executive board; not open to pre-business students  

BEST is a two-semester program designed to provide an innovative educational experience for selected students in the business school. During the fall semester, students enrolled in BUS 4380 will engage in various activities in close association with numerous Hankamer Business School faculty and community leaders. Proposed activities include an international trip, plant tours, self-assessments, career development exercises, and a weekend survival course. The second component of BEST involves enrollment in a special section of the business policy course (BUS 4385) during the spring.

BUS 4385  Strategic Management  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): A grade of "C" or better must be earned in FIN 3309 or FIN 3310, BUS 3101 or ACC 3101, MKT 3305, MGT 3305 (or AS 3301 or MILS 3301), and MGT 3325 prior to enrolling in BUS 4385  

May not be taken for graduate credit. Only open to BBA students. Not open to Pre-business majors. An integrative capstone course in which materials and techniques are drawn from many disciplines. Areas examined in the course include strategy formulation, implementation, and control from the perspective of the manager. Specific themes throughout the course include interpretation of mission, goals and objectives; competitive analysis, matching the strategic direction of the firm to the organization structure; and the interface between strategy and employees. All topics are explored from both domestic and international firm perspectives.

BUS 4V95  Energy Commerce Internship  (1-6)  
Pre-requisite(s): BUS 2222, Upper-level standing, and consent of instructor  

Supervised work within the energy industry corresponding with the student’s major and career goals.

BUS 4V98  Special Studies in Business  (1-3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor and associate dean; not open to pre-business students  

May be taken for one to three hours credit.