Sigmund Weis School of BusinessDepartments
The mission of the Sigmund Weis School of Business is to engage students in theoretical, applied and experiential learning that leads to the acquisition of:
- professional knowledge and skills, and
- personal values appropriate to:
- beginning successful careers in business, and
- pursuing lives of continual learning, achievement, and service.
The program of the Sigmund Weis School of Business is wholly congruent with the mission and liberal arts tradition of Susquehanna University and also is consistent with the forces that drive contemporary business organizations and business education. Currently, these major driving forces include rapid change, globalization and information technology.
The Sigmund Weis School offers numerous opportunities and options for the study of international business, and it requires a four-year module of courses in information technology for all majors. The School encourages and supports students in securing opportunities to study abroad and in completing internships for practical business experience. Over 50 percent of business students participate in the School's semester-long London Program, and over 80 percent complete at least one internship prior to graduation.
The wide array of courses and study options includes many team projects, cooperative exercises with visiting executives, and individual research. Our highly qualified faculty enjoy working with students in a friendly and supportive environment that promotes a high level of individual performance. The Sigmund Weis School is one of the few private, exclusively undergraduate schools of business accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
The Degree Programs. The School offers the bachelor of science degree with majors in accounting, economics, and business administration. Business administration majors also select an emphasis in an area of interest from the following: entrepreneurship, finance, global management, human resource management, and marketing. Students also may substitute the minor in information systems for an emphasis. For details, please see the section of this catalog that describes the offerings of the management department. All majors in the Sigmund Weis School complete the university Core courses, as well as the business foundation courses that are described below.
The School also offers a major in information systems leading to a bachelor of arts degree.
Students who do not enter the university as majors in business may apply to transfer to the School of Business from other majors within the university. For students transferring within the university, the requirements for consideration of admission to the Sigmund Weis School are good academic standing and submission of a transfer application form.
The academic programs for the first two years are very similar for each of the three majors. This allows students in the Sigmund Weis School to wait until their second year to decide on their majors, though many choose their majors earlier. Sample course sequences appear in the departmental catalog sections that follow.
The Information Technology Curriculum. Recognizing the critical role of information technology in organizations, the Sigmund Weis School requires all majors in the school to complete 12 semester hours of information systems courses: INFS:100 Using Computers (two hours); INFS:110 Using Databases (two hours); INFS:172 Systems Analysis and Design (two hours); INFS:271 E-Business Applications Development (four hours); and INFS:472 Management Support Systems (two hours). This curricular module has two objectives: a) that students gain a theoretical grasp of complex information technology concepts that enable them to utilize new software and networking applications as they are developed; and b) that students gain the practical skills in information technology that enable them to be more successful in obtaining entry-level career positions upon graduation.
Business Foundation Courses. All majors in the Sigmund Weis School must complete the 56 semester hours of business foundation courses listed below. These include the information technology curriculum described above (excluding Using Computers, a university Core requirement). In addition they must complete those courses specific to their majors or academic emphases. Foundation courses comprise a critical basis for the study and understanding of business, no matter where a student's interests and career path may lead. No grade below a C- will be accepted toward graduation for foundation courses; upon earning a grade below C- in a foundation course, the student must retake the course the next semester in which it is offered. The timetable below is a suggested and typical sample, but is by no means mandatory. The course descriptions listed later in this section of the catalog identify prerequisites, and these suggest a certain degree of order in completing the foundation. In addition to the foundation, first semester business students enroll in MGMT:101 Business Awareness/Core Perspectives, which provides an introduction to liberal studies and college life, as well as an overview of business functional areas, career opportunities, and the Sigmund Weis School curriculum.
Business Foundation Courses
- (2) INFS:110 Using Databases
- (4) ECON:201 Macroeconomics (also fulfills the university Core requirement for Society and the Individual)
- (4) ECON:202 Microeconomics
- (4) MGMT:202 Business Statistics or MATH:141 Introduction to Statistics or PSYC:123 Elementary Statistics (also fulfills the Core requirement for Mathematics and Logic)
- (2) INFS:172 Systems Analysis and Design
- (4) ACCT:200 Financial Accounting
- (4) ACCT:210 Legal Environment
- (4) MGMT:280 Marketing
- (4) INFS:271 E-Business Applications Development
- (4) ACCT:330 Cost Management
- (4) MGMT:340 Corporate Financial Management
- (4) MGMT:360 Management and Organizational Behavior
- (4) MGMT:390 Operations Management
- (2) INFS:472 Management Support Systems
- (4) MGMT:400 Business Policy and Strategy
- (2) MGMT:404 Business and Social Responsibility
Prerequisite Requirements. A student must earn a grade of C- or better in all listed prerequisite courses.
Internships (Mr. Ron Keefer, SWSB Internship Director). An internship is an experiential opportunity that may be undertaken in a business, government or nonprofit organization. Some students take internships for academic credit, while others merely register and complete the internships on a not-for-credit basis, so that the internships appear on their transcripts. Enrolling for internship credit includes coordination by a faculty member and by the host organization supervisor. For further information, please see the Active Learning section of the catalog.
Internships typically provide exposure to career options, a valuable frame of reference for senior course work, and, most importantly, an experience base that is a significant competitive advantage for graduates in seeking employment. The Sigmund Weis School strongly encourages an internship or equivalent work experience for all students prior to the senior year. Students may identify their own internship opportunities or request assistance from the Sigmund Weis School internship coordinator.
The London Program. The Sigmund Weis School of Business offers a semester in London program exclusively for junior business majors. Courses are taught by Sigmund Weis School faculty and by adjunct faculty from the London academic community. Students earn a full semester of Susquehanna University credit, and the course offerings are designed for the normal junior level schedule. Students pay regular on-campus tuition, and receive round-trip air transportation to London, a London tube pass, and numerous field trips in the UK and continental Europe. Students participating in the London program are required to complete a one-semester-hour preparatory course during the semester prior to attending the London Program.
Minor in International Business and Foreign Language. The Sigmund Weis School also offers a minor in international business and foreign language. This minor is designed for students majoring in business administration, accounting, or one of the modern languages. It provides a strong background for students interested in careers in the international corporate world or the international public sector. Students gain a good functional knowledge of a foreign language, exposure to the culture and civilization of that language, and knowledge of economic, management and cultural variables related to business organizations. Students wishing to enter this program should apply to the Department of Modern Languages or the Sigmund Weis School of Business.
To fulfill the minor requirements, students complete, with grades of C- or better, 24 semester hours from the Sigmund Weis School of Business, including: ECON:105 Elements of Economics, or ECON:201 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECON:202 Principles of Microeconomics; ACCT:200 Financial Accounting; MGMT:280 Marketing; ECON:330 International Trade and Finance; MGMT:350 International Business; and ECON:442 Emerging Market Economics. They must also complete 12 semester hours above the 202 level in the Department of Modern Languages in their chosen language, including 301 and 303.
Minor Programs in accounting, information systems, economics, and business administration are described in the departmental catalog sections. The interdisciplinary minor in human resource management is described in the departmental catalog section for psychology and sociology. The international studies major with a concentration in international trade and development is described in the catalog section for international studies.
Elective Courses for Non-Business Students. Many students whose major fields of study are not in business choose to take business courses as electives. The Sigmund Weis School of Business welcomes these students and suggests the following courses: ECON:105 Elements of Economics, ACCT:200 Financial Accounting, ACCT:210 Legal Environment, MGMT:202 Business Statistics, ACCT:310 Advanced Business Law and MGMT:280 Marketing.
Please note that all students must satisfy course prerequisites. Also, students who have not declared either a major or minor in accounting or business administration may not take more than 20 semester hours of courses from the departments of Management and Accounting and Information Systems without permission from the dean of the Sigmund Weis School.