Why Study Business at IU Southeast?

Whether you see yourself working in the corporate environment, traveling to distant countries for an international organization or managing your own business, an undergraduate degree in business can prepare you for a successful career. Upon graduation, you will receive a degree from one of the most respected business institutions in the United States--Indiana University!

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Earning an IU Degree in Business from IU Southeast will prepare you to succeed in today’s competitive business environment.

The IU Southeast School of Business is honored to play a role in shaping the future leaders of our community. Through a combination of expert faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, real-world learning experiences, and student-centered programs, IU Southeast offers a combination of high quality and value that is unmatched in Southern Indiana and the Greater Louisville area.

As a student, you’ll develop the skills and qualities that will prepare you to excel in today’s competitive economy, regardless of your career goals. You will develop analytical skills and hone your critical thinking abilities in small classes led by top-tier faculty and business leaders. You’ll develop the professional skills needed for working on, and leading, teams. These experiences will prepare you to meet the many challenges you will meet throughout your career, not just your first job.

The School of Business at IU Southeast is a small, highly regarded business program that offers the following advantages:

  • Small classes taught by expert faculty,
  • State-of-the-art facilities,
  • Applied learning opportunities,
  • Internships,
  • Program completion flexibility through day, evening, and summer course offerings,
  • International study opportunities,
  • As a graduate, a highly respected IU degree, and
  • Membership in a worldwide network of IU alumni.

Many large programs will say they offer the same advantages. The difference is IU Southeast offers these advantages in a small college environment and at a very affordable cost. This is what creates unmatched value.

If you wish to pursue your business education at IU Southeast, whether you are a new student or started your college career elsewhere, your next step is to apply for admissions at IU Southeast. After you are admitted you are well on your way to achieving your career goals.

The Bachelor of Science in Business degree includes:

  • The General-Education component,
  • The Business and Economics core,
  • Concentration courses and
  • Elective courses.

The General-Education Component

The general-education component is intended to foster a well-rounded education.  See guidelines for satisfying General Education requirements.
Contact a School of Business academic advisor for guidance on the selection of specific courses within the general education lists that are prerequisites for required courses in the Business degree plan.

The Business and Economics Core

All Bachelor of Science in Business students must complete a core set of required courses within business and economics. In addition to 25 credit hours of 100- and 200-level courses, this core includes 19 hours of upper-level (300- and 400-level) courses.

Concentration Courses

Students must select and complete at least one concentration. A total of 24 credit hours are required to fulfill one concentration. To complete two concentrations, students must complete all required courses for both concentrations, and at least 12 credit hours must be distinct to each.

Elective Courses

In addition to the general-education, business/economics core and concentration components, students may need to complete additional elective courses to achieve the total number of 1) credit hours and 2) 300- and 400-level credit hours required for degree completion. These elective courses may be carefully selected in pursuit of a minor, second concentration, or internship.

Core Courses

ECON-E150 Introduction to Economics (3 cr.)
First course in a two-semester sequence, including both macro- and microeconomics, and an emphasis on intuition and concepts. Explains macroeconomics issues such as economic growth and government efforts to regulate the business cycle. Explains microeconomic concepts such as demand/supply and market structures. Will cover topics such as pollution, education, poverty, health, and international trade/finance.

ECON-E 200 Fundamentals of Economics (3 cr.) 
Second-semester combined course in macroeconomics and microeconomic, with an emphasis on the more graphical and theoretical aspects of principles of economics. Explains macroeconomic issues such as economic growth and the benefits and costs of government activism in trying to regulate the business cycle. Further explains the microeconomic topics such as demand/supply and market structures. Will also cover international business and a variety of policy applications.

BUS-A 201 Introduction to Accounting I (3 cr.) 
Concepts and issues of financial reporting for business entities; analysis and recording of economic transactions.

BUS-A 202 Introduction to Accounting II (3 cr.) 
Concepts and issues of management accounting, budgeting, cost determination and analysis.

BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business (3 cr.) 
Examines the nature and functions of law as related to business. Specific areas covered include contracts, tort, corporate employment, international, product liability, property, securities, and antitrust.

BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3 cr.) 
Introduction to the role of computers and other information technologies in business. Provides instruction in both functional and conceptual computer literacy. Conceptual computer literacy is the focus of the weekly lecture. After introducing the basic concepts of computer use, these lectures devote special attention to current technological innovation in social and business environments. Topics include technology and organizational change, telecommunications, privacy in the information age, and business security on the Internet. Functional computer literacy includes use of a spreadsheet (Excel), a relational database (Access), and electronic communications software (e-mail and WWW browsers), as well as the applications of these skills to solve a variety of business problems.

BUS-X 220 Career Perspectives (1 cr.) 
Assists students in developing career goals. Academic planning, career exploration, and planning in the fields of business and economics. (Students currently working in a professional position may substitute a 300/400 business course for BUS-X 220 and BUS-X 410. Contact the undergraduate advisor.) Must be taken before the student completes 60 credit hours.

ECON-E 280 Applied Statistics for Business and Economics I (3 cr.) 
Summary measures of central tendency and variability. Basic concepts in probability and important probability distributions. Sampling, sampling distributions and basic estimation concepts such as confidence interval estimation and hypothesis testing. B.S. in Business students must complete ECON-E 280 and ECON-E 281 in first 80 hours of course work.

ECON-E 281 Applied Statistics for Business and Economics II (3 cr.) 
Balanced coverage of statistical concepts and methods, along with practical advice on their effective application to real-world problems. Topics include simple and multiple linear regression, time-series analysis, statistical process control and decision making. Use of Excel in statistical applications required. B.S. in Business students must complete ECON-E 281 in first 80 hours of course work.

BUS-M 301 Introduction to Marketing Management (3 cr.) 
Overview of marketing for all undergraduates. Marketing planning and decision making examined from firm’s point of view; marketing concept and its company-wide implications; integration of marketing with other functions. Market structure and behavior and their relationship to marketing strategy. Marketing system viewed in terms of both public and private policy in a pluralistic society. Note: Students currently in the Academic Success Center cannot register for this course.

BUS-F 301 Financial Management (3 cr.) 
Corporate finance emphasizing investment, dividend, and financing decisions. Topics include analysis of financial statements, risk and rates of return, discounted cash flow analysis, stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, short-term financial management.

BUS-P 301 Operations Management (3 cr.) 
Production and its relationship to marketing, finance, accounting, and human resource functions are described. Forecasting demand, aggregate planning, master scheduling, capacity planning, and material planning provide the basis for linking strategic operations plans. Other topics include facilities design, performance measurement, productivity improvement, quality control, JIT, TOC, and project management. Note: Students currently in the Academic Success Center cannot register for this course.

BUS-K 321 Management of Information Technology (3 cr.) 
Introduction to Management Information Systems (MIS), including the key building blocks of information systems, namely: hardware, software, telecommunications (including the Internet/intranet/extranet), databases and DBMS. The focus of this course is on using and managing information technologies to derive business value.  Note:  Students currently in the Academic Success Center cannot register for this course.

BUS-Z 302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations (3 cr.) 
Integration of behavior and organizational theories. Application of concepts and theories toward improving individual, group, and organizational performance. Builds from a behavioral foundation toward an understanding of managerial processes. Students currently in the Academic Success Center cannot register for this course.

BUS-X 410 Business Career Planning and Placement (1 cr.) 
Assists students in obtaining positions consistent with career goals. Career planning, organized employment campaign, job-application methods, interview, initial conduct on job. Although this course is offered each regular academic semester, seniors should enroll in the first semester of their senior year. Accounting students especially should enroll in the fall term to take advantage of on-campus recruiting activity. Also open to second-semester juniors and seniors of other schools. (Students currently working in a professional position may substitute a 300/400 business course for BUS-X 220 and BUS-X 410. Contact the undergraduate advisor.)

BUS-J 401 Administrative Policy (3 cr.) 
Administration of business organizations; strategy formulation, organization, methods, and executive control. Should be taken in final semester. Authorization required.

Accounting is defined as communicating financial information about a business to users such as shareholders, managers, investors, regulators, and the general public. Accountants engage in a wide variety of tasks, including preparing financial statements; recording business transactions in order to keep track of a firm’s liabilities, assets, income, and expenses; working with new technologies, and developing and using information systems.

Business Economics & Public Policy
Economics is a social science that develops models for organizing facts and thinking effectively and critically, preparing students to be interested, alert, and competent observers of current events.  A degree in economics empowers a student to make well-reasoned decisions about personal matters, business problems, and public policy.

Finance is both the science and art of managing money. As a science, modern finance is based in scientific inquiry, statistics, and mathematics. However, there are also many non-quantitative variables that matter including individuals’ – and sometimes entire markets’ – behavior patterns. This is where the “art” part comes into play.

General Business
Students build a custom business degree program through their choice of courses from all of the business disciplines. This concentration might be attractive to entrepreneurs who need exposure to all aspects of a business, non-business students who would like to double major in business, or those who plan to specialize later with a graduate degree.

Human Resources Management
Human Resources Management (HRM) consists of the policies, practices and systems that influence and support the behavior, attitudes and performance of employees. The type of work HR professionals typically perform includes the development and implementation of a large variety of human resource functions and programs such as hiring, staffing, training, human resource development, performance management, equal opportunity compliance, safety management, employee relations, wellness, communication, and motivation programs.

Information & Operations Management
Information and Operations Management (IOM) is the use of analytical tools to logically grapple with today’s business problems. The IOM program emphasizes the integration of business operations, information systems, project management, and related use of information technology. The Operations Management (OM) part of the program includes such concepts as Quality Management and Project Management. The Management Information System (MIS) part focuses on creating, capturing, and analyzing business data using modern information technology.

International Business
As the global economy continues to expand, the demand for international business education is higher than ever and expected to increase in the foreseeable future. Language difficulties and cultural differences make international business both challenging and rewarding. Survival of many U.S. companies is dependent on the ability to expand into new markets. Multinational enterprises need people who are sensitive and knowledgeable about cultural differences and able to learn the needs and wants of their international customers. Multinational companies operate production facilities in numerous foreign countries, so business students need to learn about the underlying economic, political, and social trends of foreign nations.

General Management
Management is the act of working through others to accomplish desired goals and objectives. Managers must be able to plan, organize, lead, and control. These actions may involve motivating, budgeting, communicating, leading a team, disciplining, strategizing, or rewarding, all in the effort to help the organization run as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Marketing is the business function responsible for generating the ideas and connections that make money for the firm. You would be a good marketer if:

  • You are perceptive and empathetic
  • You practice creative problem-solving
  • You are interested in the use of technology
  • You enjoy social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • You would like to start your own business
  • You want to learn how to promote your #1 product – You


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Janardhanan A. (Johnny) Alse
Professor of Economics
Director, Center for Economic Education
Phone: (812) 941-2520
Office Location: HH 219 B
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J. Brian Atwater
Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
Phone: (812) 941-2058
Office Location: HH 008
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David Baird
Lecturer in Economics
Phone: (812) 941-2054
Office Location: HH 002
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Douglas K. Barney
Professor of Accounting
Coordinator of Accounting and Business Law
Phone: (812) 941-2532
Office Location: HH 217 M
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Chris Bjornson
Associate Professor of Accountancy
Phone: (812) 941-2694
Office Location: HH 118
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Linda Christiansen
Professor of Business
Phone: (812) 941-2519
Office Location: HH 011 B
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K. Chris Cox
Associate Professor of Marketing
Phone: (812) 941-2334
Office Location: HH 012
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David Eplion
Associate Professor of Management
Coordinator Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing & International Business
Phone: (812) 941-2269
Office Location: HH 006
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Kathryn W. Ernstberger
Professor of Business Administration
Phone: (812) 941-2651
Office Location: HH 219 C
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George Richard (Rick) French
Professor of Accounting
Phone: (812) 941-2429
Office Location: HH 219A
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Kenneth J. Harris
Associate Professor of Management
Phone: (812) 941-2501
Office Location: HH 117
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Michael Harris
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Phone: (812) 941-2455
Office Location: HH 016
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Ranida B. Harris
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Phone: (812) 941-2324
Office Location: HH 026
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Yan He
Associate Professor of Finance
Phone: (812) 941-2308
Office Location: HH 032
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Thomas J. Keefe
Professor of Business Administration
Phone: (812) 941-2628
Office Location: HH 024
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Alysa D. Lambert
Associate Professor in Human Resources Management
Co-editor of the Journal of Business Disciplines
Phone: (812) 941-2453
Office Location: HH 014
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Carolyn “Casey” Findley Musgrove
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Phone: (812) 941-2052
Office Location: HH 010
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Paul H. Pittman
Professor of Operations Management
Phone: (812) 941-2524
Office Location: HH 022
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Elizabeth Reisz
Lecturer in Finance
Phone: (812) 941-2545
Office Location: HH 219 H
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Lisa Russell
Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
Phone: (812) 941-2053
Office Location: HH 215 M
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D. Eric Schansberg
Professor of Economics
Coordinator of Economics, Finance, and Statistics
Phone: (812) 941-2527
Office Location: HH 018
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Arun K. Srinivasan
Associate Professor of Economics
Phone: (812) 941-2067
Office Location: HH 216 M
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A. Jay White
Associate Professor of Finance
Dean, School of Business
Phone: (812) 941-2521
Office Location: HH 214A
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Alan Wong
Professor of Finance
Phone: (812) 941-2423
Office Location: HH 020
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Eldon L. Little
Professor of Business Administration
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