The Collins College of Business offers two degrees. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree provides a basic understanding of issues in organizational behavior, negotiation, and managerial functions. Students can choose to major in accounting, computer information systems, economics, energy management, finance, management or marketing. The Bachelor of Science in International Business and Language (BSIBL) degree combines the business core, emphasis on international business, and language proficiency in Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish. Students entering the program should have a high ability in one of these languages. Graduates will have fluency in a language along with an in-depth understanding of the country’s culture, preparing them for entry-level international business jobs, government foreign service jobs or for work on graduate degrees in international business. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs and have priority for TU-approved international business internships hosted by companies abroad.
Accountants are the investigators of the business world, hunting for answers to important questions and helping decision makers determine the right course of action. They’re also as good with people as they are with numbers. Jobs in accounting are plentiful and diverse. Accountants fight white-collar crime, steer businesses toward financial success and help individuals make smart decisions with their money. Students who study accounting step into one of the most critical business functions. TU’s accounting curriculum keeps pace with changes in the industry, preparing students to excel in accounting roles starting on day one.
If you’re a tech-savvy problem solver, then the computer information systems (CIS) field is for you. A career in CIS is quickly becoming one of the most alluring in the business world. In the age of digital information and communications, employers demand business professionals who can analyze the information needs of decision makers, design and specify systems to meet those needs and manage the computer technology requirements crucial to an organization’s competitiveness. CIS experts design and build systems to help gather the information necessary to run a business and help managers make critical decisions. CIS offers opportunities to work closely with professionals in accounting, finance, management and operations. New applications of technology in the workplace will continue to drive demand for CIS professionals.
Do you ever wonder what motivates people to buy what they buy when they buy it? Economics deconstructs consumer behavior, explaining why your favorite brand of shoes costs so much and how the principle of supply and demand affects prices. Economists study how society distributes resources, such as land, labor, raw materials and machinery, to produce goods and services. They may conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends or develop forecasts. Economists research a wide variety of issues including energy costs, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, business cycles, taxes and employment levels, among others. Majoring in economics hones students’ technical competence and analytical abilities. Typically, economics majors pursue MBA degrees, landing jobs as business consultants in the nonprofit, private or public sectors or becoming college professors or government economists. The Economics Department of the College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.S.B.A. with a major in economics within the Collins College of Business.
TU’s interdisciplinary energy management major gives students a foundation in accounting, business law, finance, environmental economics, geology, petroleum engineering and energy commodities trading. Energy management graduates can land lucrative jobs upstream in exploration and production, midstream in energy commodities trading or downstream in processing and manufacturing. The job outlook for the energy management field is optimistic. An aging workforce that will soon retire means younger professionals have the opportunity to advance quickly in this career.
The number of career paths and options in finance is extensive, including corporate finance, banking and investment planning. Finance majors help track daily operations within an organization, analyze the current financial position and plan for future corporate expenditures and acquisitions. TU students can gain hands-on experience by managing the Student Investment Fund, a $5 million portfolio of real money. In our Risk Management Center, a lifelike financial laboratory complete with stock ticker boards, extensive financial databases, Bloomberg terminals and computers, students can apply concepts learned in the classroom.
TU’s international business and language degree prepares students for success in the global marketplace. IBL combines foreign language competency and course work in international business with a business degree. IBL students participate in study abroad and often find international business internships hosted by foreign companies. A comprehensive business foundation combined with an understanding of cultural nuances position graduates to compete successfully in an international arena.
Management majors can specialize in innovation and entrepreneurship, business law, sport management or human resources management. They formulate the policies and direct the operations of corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, or chart their own path by pursuing new ventures as entrepreneurs. Students have numerous opportunities for practical, hands-on learning. At TU, management majors develop communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills while learning management concepts.
Marketing professionals solve a fundamental problem — how to connect a product or service to its customers. TU marketing majors develop communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the classroom. After learning the theory of marketing, students are given opportunities for practical, hands-on experience with real-world clients. Studio Blue, TU’s creative greenhouse, encourages innovation and problem solving in a free-flowing environment equipped with mobile furniture, magnetic and dry-erase walls, a viewing room for focus groups and other brainstorming tools.