Undergraduate Edition 2019-2020

Department of Business, Accounting and Sports Management

The Department of Business, Accounting and Sports Management develops students into business professionals, engages in relevant research, and serves its stakeholders, particularly those in Northeast North Carolina.

We prepare students for success in life and in their chosen careers. The Department provides a full spectrum of post-secondary business education courses with high academic and professional standards. Our graduates are prepared for careers in a technologically oriented and competitive global environment.

For students seeking degrees outside the Department of Business & Economics, business courses that count toward graduation must comprise less than 25% (30 semester hours) of the coursework required for the undergraduate degree received.

Admission Process

Purpose

The purpose of the admission process is to ensure that only students who are prepared to be business administration or accounting majors are admitted to those majors. Admission to Elizabeth City State University, while obviously required, does not constitute admission to the Department of Business & Economics.

General Process

Students enrolled at Elizabeth City State University or transferring from other institutions may be considered for admission to the Department of Business & Economics. Students will complete an "intent to major" form in business as the first step and will be assigned a business department faculty advisor. To be eligible for admission to the Department, however, students must satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours at ECSU or at a regionally accredited college or university;
  • cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. (Transfer credits of students from other institutions must have a grade of "C" or better); and
  • completion of the following courses or equivalent courses with a minimum grade "C" in each:
  • GE 115 College Algebra
  • ACCT 210 Financial Accounting
  • BUAD 190 Management Information Systems I
  • BUAD 115 Introduction to Business
  • ECON 201 Principles of Economics I (Macroeconomics)

Upon completion of the above courses, students must submit an application for official admission to the Department. Students not accepted may retake courses to meet eligibility requirements and reapply.

Once admitted to the Department, the student’s progress will be monitored and subject to the Department’s retention process.

Curriculum

The Department of Business, Accounting and Sports Management offers the following Accounting and Business Administration degree:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. (Requires a concentration in one of the following three concentrations: Economics and Finance, Management and Entrepreneurship, or Marketing and Data Analysis).

The Department also offers a minor in Business Administration and a minor in Entrepreneurship for students who are pursuing majors in other departments. Individuals may also pursue a certificate in Entrepreneurship.

In addition to residential offerings at the Elizabeth City campus, the Department participates in the University’s Distance Learning Program.

Mission Statement

The Department of Business, Accounting and Sports Management develops students into business professionals engages in relevant research, and serves its stakeholders, particularly those in Northeastern North Carolina.

Retention Process

Purpose

The purpose of the retention process is to ensure timely completion of the business administration and accounting degree programs through early intervention in meeting academic eligibility and graduation requirements. This process applies only to those students who are admitted to the Department and is separate from the University’s "academic eligibility standards" in the ECSU catalog. Students admitted to the Department are those who meet the requirements established in the Department’s Admission Process.

General Process

In order to graduate with a degree in Accounting or Business Administration, students are allowed no more than two "Ds" in courses offered in the Department of Business & Economics. Furthermore, they must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, the grade for all courses serving as a prerequisite for another course must be "C" or better:

  • WARNING: The semester in which a business student’s cumulative GPA in the major courses falls below the minimum requirement of 2.0 will result in the issuance of a "Warning" letter from the Department. Students under warning must retake courses in which they earned a grade below "C", and the student will be allowed to enroll in no more than 12 semester hours of both business and non-business courses.
  • PROBATION: A student who fails to meet the minimum cumulative GPA in the major courses the semester after the warning will be placed on probation. Students placed on probation will be required to meet with their academic advisor for counseling. The advisor will direct the students to tutorial and developmental student services to help them improve their academic performance. Students on probation will be required to sign in with tutors for at least two hours each week in order to document time-on-task.

While on probation, students will not be allowed to take additional business courses but will be limited to retaking business courses in which they earned a grade below "C". However, they may take general education and non-business elective courses to attempt to improve their overall GPA.

NOTE: Repeating courses is subject to the limitations specified in the University’s catalog "Repeating of Courses Policy." A student may "repeat a given course only twice." In addition, a student "may repeat a maximum of 15 semester hours during the matriculation toward a degree."