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    Kansas State University
  Nov 18, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Business Administration

Kevin Gwinner, Edgerley Family Dean
Stacy Kovar, Associate Dean for Academic Administration
Eric Higgins, Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Dawne Martin, Assistant Dean for Diversity
Bente Janda, Assistant Dean for Student Services

Business Building Suite 2019
1301 Lovers Lane
Fax: 785-532-7216

The College of Business Administration provides a rigorous and comprehensive undergraduate degree program that strikes a balance between general education and professional study in business administration. The College seeks to produce graduates with a broad education in the arts, sciences, and humanities; a solid knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the business world; sufficient knowledge and skill in a field of specialization to obtain positions in business; and the proven ability to think creatively and analytically in order to progress into positions of greater responsibility.

The degree programs in business offered by the College of Business Administration are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Recognizing the importance of the global nature of today’s business and the diversity in the workforce, the College places emphasis on these areas and strives to prepare its graduates to be successful in this global, diverse business environment. The business firm is examined as a vital social, economic, and political institution. To equip the prospective executive and specialist for future professional responsibilities, the college organizes instructional activities around two themes: (1) the businessperson as manager and decision maker in the firm; and (2) the businessperson as one who must analyze and adapt to the larger economic, social, and political environment of which he or she and the firm are integral parts. Both subject matter and instructional techniques focus on decision making and implementation of decisions through critical and creative analysis.

The College of Business Administration also offers numerous certificates (Professional Strategic Selling, Investment Management, International Business) and sponsors short courses and conferences for business and management groups.

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University Honors Program

The University Honors Program, or the UHP, encourages students to grow in the intellectual craft of scholarship. Through cultural and performing arts events, skill-development workshops, travel opportunities, and challenging course work, UHP students will increase their intellectual curiosity about the world, its wonders and its complexity. The UHP will challenge students to reach their full potential as scholarly, competent and fulfilled leaders.

Admission requirements

The general criteria for admission to the UHP are as follows:

  1. ACT composite of 29 or greater.
  2. A high school GPA of 3.75 or greater (weighted or unweighted).
  3. Completion of the UHP application through the Honors Administration Link.

Students who have notable extracurricular experience and/or leadership activities and who, for whatever reason, do not quite achieve the GPA and ACT scores are still encouraged to apply. All components of the application are used to reach a final decision.

Current students wishing to enter the UHP should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (K-State grades only) and are encouraged to visit with the UHP staff.

Because of the high quality and number of applicants, meeting the above criteria does not necessarily guarantee admission.

Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to remain in good standing and to graduate from the UHP.

University Honors Program - Completion requirements

1. Orientation: One (1) introductory course –1 credit

UHP students will complete the following course:

XXX189 Introduction to University Honors Program [XXX indicated students will enroll by college. All 189 sections will have the same content and format]

2. Courses: Four (4) for-credit academic courses – 12 credits minimum

At least four UHP-eligible courses must be completed for credit for a minimum of twelve credit hours. UHP students will have the flexibility to choose from a menu of three eligible options:

  • UHP-designated courses (e.g., Honors Chemistry, Honors Introduction to the Humanities) that carry course credit.
  • Contract courses (i.e., a regular for-credit course where the student and instructor agree upon additional scholarly expectations and outcomes).
  • Course credits taken for undergraduate research.

3. Experiences: Three (3) co-curricular experiences and/or additional for-credit academic courses – total credits will vary: no minimum.

This requirement accommodates multiple forms of experimental learning, co-curricular enrichment, and/or additional UHP-eligible coursework. Eligible co-curricular experiences will include items such as study abroad, International Service Teams participation, undergraduate research, internships, participation on a university competition team, and work as a teaching assistant.

The UHP will develop and maintain guidelines for what constitutes a qualifying experience, including a menu of options. Other experiences may also be proposed, pending the approval of the relevant College coordinator and the UHP staff.

In brief, eligible experiences will require students to intentionally reference and integrate knowledge from their curriculum in an applied fashion and involve active accountability (supervision, mentorship, instruction, etc.). Thus, eligible co-curricular experiences are not intended to encompass routine participation or leadership in campus clubs or “student life” activities.

Students may also choose to complete additional UHP-eligible and for-credit academic courses in this category.

4. Project: One (1) independent UHP scholarly project – 0-3 credits.

Students can select one of four tracks to complete their UHP Project. Each track emphasizes integrative, independent learning and skill development.

  • a. Research track – A traditional “honors thesis” where students complete research under the supervision of faculty members.
  • b. International track – Project based upon study or service abroad for a minimum duration of ten weeks.
  • c. Professional track –Project based upon a full-time internship or co-op experience for minimum durations of ten weeks. Two distinct internships with a single employer may also be used as the basis for a project, provided they total at least ten weeks (with UHP approval granted before the second internship).
  • d. Creative track – Project based upon the creation of original creative work, principally for students in the fine and performing arts for whom artistic production is an essential scholarly activity.

All four tracks will require a significant intellectual product that is supervised and approved by a K-State mentor with appropriate expertise. All proposals and completed projects must also be approved by the mentor, the College coordinator and the UHP.

Project approval must be obtained prior to beginning the proposed project.

Additional Notes:

  • Students may not “double dip” by counting any single course or activity in more than one UHP requirement category.
  • In both the “Experiences” and “Project” categories, experiences such as internships, if they are required parts of a student’s declared major, may only satisfy a UHP requirement if an additional enrichment and/or intellectual product is agreed upon and verified.
  • Transfer students who completed Honors coursework at another institution will have the opportunity to petition the UHP Director to apply those credits towards the completion of UHP course requirements.
  • The completion of graduate-level coursework above and beyond the stated requirements of the student’s declared major may be counted for UHP credit through the process of course contracting.

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Additional Learning Opportunities

Distance Education

The major in general business is a 63 credit hours degree completion program offered through the K-State Global Campus and is available only to off-campus students.

The degree is suitable for individuals who have an associate of science degree, who are employed full time and want to continue their education, or who have family responsibilities that make it impossible to take courses in a traditional on-campus manner.

Admission to the program requires the student to have completed at least 45 hours of the Business Pre-Professions Program (BAPP) with a GPA of 2.5 or higher on the first 12 hours of K-State course work. Application for admission to the general business degree program should be made through the K-State Global Campus, non-traditional studies program, at 1-800-622-2KSU or on the website.

Experiential Learning

The College of Business Administration, through the internship program, offers opportunities for students to obtain experience in business and industry as part of their college education. Students work through the Career Center and are selected through formal interviews with participating companies.

Pre-Business Education

Pre-business education majors are enrolled in and advised by the College of Education. Students interested in teaching business education at the high school level are instructed to refer to the licensure requirements for details.


Law schools emphasize various objectives in pre-law study for the development of basic skills and insights. These objectives are: the acquisition of skills in comprehension and expression; understanding human institutions; and the ability to think clearly, carefully, and independently. A pre-law student enrolled in the College of Business Administration not only achieves these important goals, but also obtains a broad business background that is desirable preparation for study of the law.

General Education: K-State 8

Objective of the K-State 8

The K-State 8 General Education Program encourages students to be intellectual explorers. Students and advisors will plan programs of study to promote exposure to a breadth of learning that includes the eight areas below. The emphasis and the amount of study in each area will vary for each student, depending upon his/her choice of major and other interests.

The K-State 8 Areas: 

Aesthetic Experience and Interpretive Understanding Aesthetic Interpretation

Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning

Ethical Reasoning and Responsibility Ethical Reasoning and Responsibility

Global Issues and Perspectives Global Issues and Perspectives

Historical Perspectives Historical Perspectives

Human Diversity within the U.S. Human Diversity within the U.S.

Natural and Physical Sciences Natural and Physical Sciences

Social Sciences Social Sciences

The K-State 8 icons shown above are also used in Kansas State University’s student information system (KSIS).

Overview of K-State 8 requirements

The intent of The K-State 8 is for students to explore the perspectives of disciplines that may be quite different from those of their own majors. For that reason, a minimum of four different course prefixes (e.g., AGEC, MATH, FSHS) must be represented to fulfill K-State 8 requirements.

Each student must successfully complete credit-bearing courses to cover all of the K-State 8 areas. Some of the K-State 8 areas may be covered in the student’s major.

Departments have decided which courses to designate for one or two K-State 8 areas. K-State 8 designations are noted both in the Undergraduate Catalog and in KSIS.

When a course is tagged for two K-State 8 areas, the student may count that course toward both areas. However, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a variety of courses and experiences that offers them a genuine breadth of perspective.

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K-State 8 policy for changing majors

Changing majors will not affect students’ general education requirements in the K-State 8.

K-State 8 policy for double majors and dual degrees

A student must meet K-State 8 requirements for only one degree/major.

Transfer students

Transfer students are required to cover all eight (8) of the K-State 8 areas and should check with their academic advisors to determine how best to apply transfer credits to the K-State 8.

General Education: UGE

University General Education Requirements

The College of Business Administration requires 18 credit hours to fulfill the university general education requirements. These 18 UGE credit hours may overlay with the business general studies requirements in communication electives, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. At least 6 of the 18 UGE credit hours must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above. The business general education requirements include:

  • ECON 110 - Principles of Macroeconomics Credits: (3)
  • ECON 120 - Principles of Microeconomics Credits: (3)

The remaining 12 hours may be taken from communications courses, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences or any course (except business) approved as UGE. Students must choose courses from at least three different categories to fulfill UGE requirements, keeping in mind that at least 6 credit hours must be 300 level or above.

Subject Credit hours
Social sciences Variable
Humanities Variable
Natural sciences Variable
Communication Variable
Non-business Variable
Total Credits: 18

For more information about UGE requirements, see the Degrees & Certificates Offered section of this catalog. For a current list of approved UGE courses, see the Registrar’s Office web page.



Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)


Dual Degree