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2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog 
2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Business Administration

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The undergraduate business program prepares students to participate in a global economy.  The program provides the broad education necessary for successful business management in a rapidly changing environment and is designed to develop skills and attitudes of mind that will enable students to cope successfully with the emerging problems of business management.

School/Departmental Requirements:

To earn a B.S. in Business Administration at least 50% of the total credits earned in business and economics must be taken at the University of Maine.  Business and economics coursework must be completed with a 2.0 (“C”) cumulative average. 

A C- or better is required in all business core classes and those classes may be repeated only once.   

First year students may take BUA 201, BUA 202 and BUA 135.  Sophomores (24 or more degree hours) may take BUA 325, BUA 220, BUA 301 and BUA 302.  Juniors (54 or more degree hours) may take any other 300- or 400-level business course for which prerequisites have been met unless the course specifies “Senior Standing”.

The Business Program has three components:

  1. The General Foundation (60 credits).  Throughout the program students acquire a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences.  Through courses in English, communications, international studies, mathematics, computer science, economics and psychology, as well as electives, students build a strong foundation for lifelong learning.  Within this component, the student will satisfy the University’s general education requirements.

  2. The Business Core (30 credits).  The core business courses provide an understanding of the functional areas common to most businesses. This core program includes courses in accounting, finance, law, marketing, management, management information systems, production and operations, international business and business policy (the capstone course).

  3. The Fields of Concentration (15-18 credits).  Students acquire advanced knowledge of a major field (accounting, finance, management, marketing, management information systems and international business) by taking five courses (six in accounting) beyond the introductory level in a chosen concentration.  Note: Students interested in International Business must complete a concentration in another area as well - this will add a minimum of nine credits to the student’s program.

    Note: The remaining 15 credits (or 12 credits if in accounting) needed to qualify for graduation can be filled with any course offered at the University.

Prospective CPA students:
Students who intend to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accounting) examination must have completed 150 credits including a baccalaureate degree and a minimum of 15 credits in accounting. One option recommended for University of Maine students is to complete the baccalaureate degree in business with a concentration in accounting and then complete the UMaine MBA or MS in Accounting. Students should strongly consider an internship in accounting sometime during their program.  

General Foundation Subjects - 60 credits

I. Arts and Sciences Core Foundation (37 credits)

II. Outside Electives (23 credits)

These 23 credits may be chosen from the offerings of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or any non-business course that satisfies a general education requirement.  Students should use these credits to complete the University’s general education requirements that are not satisfied by the courses above (3 credits each in Western Cultural Tradition, Population and the Environment, Artistic and Creative Expression, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives) as well as to complete a minor or pursue an area of interest.

Core Requirements in Business (30 credits)

A C- or better is required in each.  These courses may only be repeated once.  (Effective for students entering the University of Maine in Fall 2005 or later).

Field of Concentration (15 - 18 Credits)

All students complete a field of concentration in at least one area of Business Administration: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, or Management Information Systems. International Business may be chosen as a second area of concentration.

International Business (15 credits - plus one of the other concentrations)

Plus any two:

Plus one from the following:

Plus any one of the previous six classes not already taken.

Plus one of the following:

Free Electives (15 credits, 12 if in Accounting)

Any courses offered at the University of Maine will fill these electives.

Suggested Curriculum

Note: The Curriculum of the Maine Business School is in transition.  Students should consult their advisors and take responsibility for satisfying all prerequisites.  This curriculum is only a sample and assumes the student is a traditional first year rather than a transfer student.  Mathematics, for example, should be taken as soon as possible.  BUA 135 may be taken as early as the student’s first semester or as late as his or her fourth semester.

Second Year - First Semester

Second Year - Second Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year

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