Carson College of Business Undergraduate Programs

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Global Focus and Practical Expertise

Students in the Carson College of Business at WSU Tri-Cities develop global competencies and practical expertise in all areas of business, including supply chain management, information age organizations, electronic commerce, assurance services, and strategic cost analysis.

As a major in the Carson College of Business you will work with faculty who are invested in your success and who will ensure that you have hands-on, relevant academic experiences to prepare you to enter the workforce.

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Degrees and Majors

The Carson College of Business at WSU Tri-Cities offers two bachelor degrees with four major options. All the programs prepare students to enter the workforce or graduate and professional programs.

No matter what your major is, you’ll find innovation, academic quality, and opportunities for hands-on experiences. You’ll learn from professors who are nationally and internationally known for their expertise and transformational contributions to industry, science, business, government, and society.

More importantly, you’ll work with mentors and researchers who are committed to providing a broad knowledge of the world and cultures that will prepare you for a career.

Pre-requisites

Because our business programs are highly accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), we require rigorous prerequisite coursework.

You must complete the following prerequisites before being admitted into a business major.

  • At least 60 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • The following courses, or equivalent courses at another institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better for the group.
    • ENGL 101 College Composition
    • ECONS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics
    • ECONS 102 Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
    • MATH 201 Mathematics for Business and Economics
    • MATH 202 Calculus for Business and Economics
    • ACCT 230 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • ACCTG 231 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
    • B LAW 210 Law and the Legal Environment of Business
    • MGTOP 215 Business Statistics
    • MIS 250 Managing Information Technology
Business Administration, B.A.

Majors: Business Administration, Management

Business administration is a wide-ranging field that touches virtually all parts of life, from work to home and leisure. Because business is conducted in so many settings — person-to-person, in large corporations, over the Internet — the business minor covers not only the basics of finance and accounting, but also marketing, business management, and current technology.

You will make internship and career connections through professors as well as WSU Tri-Cities’ involved advisory boards of alumni and established professionals. Outstanding professors take a personal interest in your goals and provide advice about career opportunities. Industry professionals and alumni are frequent guest speakers on contemporary business and economics topics.

Hospitality Business Management, B.A.

Major: Hospitality Business Management, Wine Business Management

As a student in the hospitality business management program, you will focus on management operations in the hospitality field, lodging, tourism, and food and beverage businesses. You will learn theoretical and applied methods, interpersonal skills, leadership aptitude, and teamwork strategies.

Minors and Certificates

Minoring in a discipline outside your major field of study, allows you to focus elective credits to expand your perspective and increase your skills. A minor will make you stand out to potential employers because it demonstrates an eagerness to learn and emphasizes your willingness to go above and beyond minimum expectations.

Check with your academic advisor for information on how to certify in any of the minors or certificates available at WSU Tri-Cities.

Business Administration Minor

The Carson College of Business minor in business administration is an official designation, which appears on your transcript and gives you the ability to differentiate yourself from other students. Only non-business majors may minor in business administration.

To qualify to certify as a business administration minor a student must:

  • Have a minimum of 60 semester hours
  • Be certified in a major
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Students must complete ACCTG 230 Introduction to Financial Accounting plus five (5) business courses, at least nine credits of which must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Admissible 300- or 400-level courses may not include any 498 or 499 courses. Students may transfer in up to six (6) credit hours from another college or university.

Hospitality Business Management Minor

The minor in hospitality business management requires a minimum of 19 credit hours, 9 of which must be 300-400 level, with an overall GPA of at least a 2.5 in the required courses.

The required courses are:

  • ACCTG 230 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • HBM 182 Introduction to Industry Experience or HBM 320 Industry Experience
  • 15 additional HBM credits, of which 9 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level.

Nine credit hours must be 300-400 level courses taken in residence at WSU or though WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses and they may not include any 498 or 499 courses. Up to 6 credit hours may be transferred from another institution.

Students must complete 400 hours of internship/industry experience to earn the minor. In order for hours to count for the requirement, they must meet the following criteria:
Hours must be worked after high-school graduation;

  • All hours must be documented as paid;
  • Hours must be worked at a company whose primary source of revenue is derived from hospitality services; and
  • The employer evaluation for the hours must reflect an average of 70% across the ratings criteria on the form.
Global Leadership Certificate

The certificate of global leadership emphasizes leadership development, cross-cultural understanding, and global engagement. The University College and the Global Studies Program (part of the WSU Office of International programs) work together to offer this unique program.

Students in every major and from all colleges are welcome to participate in the Global Leadership Certificate program. You will work with your academic advisor directly with the Director of Global Learning to create a course plan tailored to your education goals and requirements.

Requirements:

  • 12 credits from more than 200 courses with local/global perspectives.
  • Experiential Learning (1 credit) This can be fulfilled through local/global immersion projects, education abroad, service learning, and on-campus, co-curricular activities such as the “Leadership Adventures” programming.
  • Integrative Capstone Project (1 credit) The capstone project will allow you the opportunity to consider a variety of questions and issues related to the manner in which local and global forces impact you personally and professionally.
Global Studies Minor

The global studies minor is flexible, designed to complement any major. You can include interests outside your major, add international perspective to what you’re already studying, focus on a region or culture, pursue topics with global implications — it’s up to you.

There are three general areas to choose from – language and civilization, global communities, technology and global society – and each area includes modules that let you home in on what interests you the most.

Work with your academic advisor to set up a plan of study.

Wine Business Management Minor

To be eligible to certify in the wine business management minor, students must be certified in a major, have completed 60 credits, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Completion of the minor requires an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in the required courses

The required courses are:
ACCTG 230 Introduction to Financial Accounting
COMSTRAT 312 Principles of Public Relations
COMSTRAT 380 Advertising Principles and Practices or MKTG 477 Promotion Management
FRENCH 420 French Culture Through Wine
MKTG 360 Marketing
HBM 350 Beverage Management
ENTRP 490 or FS 422.

Nine hours must be 300-400 level courses taken in residence at WSU or though WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses and they may not include any 498 or 499 courses. Up to 6 hours may be transferred from another institution.

Students must complete 400 hours of internship/industry experience to earn the minor.

Wine Business Management Certificate - Coming Soon!

Beginning next January 2017, WSU Tri-Cities will offer a one-year online professional certificate program in wine business management.

The new non-credit certificate program will be offered in six modules developed and taught by WSU business faculty with interests in wine business, as well as industry professionals with unique expertise in wine business marketing, financial management and specific legal, compliance and trademark issues.

Apply for the certificate program online.

For more information, contact Robert Harrington, WSU Tri-Cities professor of hospitality and wine business management, at 509-372-7487 or rharrington@tricity.wsu.edu.

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