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Abbott Turner College of Business - Columbus State University

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Abbott Turner College of Business

Supporting the University's statement of purpose, the mission of the Abbott Turner College of Business (ATCOB) is to provide a quality educational experience in the field of business administration to both traditional and non-traditional students. Men and women at any stage in their careers should be prepared to meet the challenges of today's rapidly changing environment and make significant contributions to their profession. Through our undergraduate and graduate programs, and in conjunction with Columbus State University's liberal arts orientation, we seek to instill a passion for life-long learning, promote an awareness of cultural diversity, and develop the problem-solving skills necessary for successful careers in business. We seek to serve our business community by providing accomplished graduates, offering educational opportunities, and conducting applied research. A strong component in this mission is in collaborative relations with the businesses themselves. It is critical that partnerships be maintained between the faculty and business practitioners, through continuous dialogue about developments in their respective areas of knowledge, questioning each other's methodologies and practices, and ultimately, learning from each other. The mission is pursued with high-quality programs. At the undergraduate level, the mission emphasizes three distinct components of the degree program: a firm base in liberal arts, a central core of business knowledge which focuses on contemporary academic thought and practices, and an area of business specialization. The major areas of specialization are accounting, computer information systems, finance, management, and marketing. Students who wish to pursue a broad course of study may select business administration as a major area.

In pursuit of this mission, special ATCOB emphases are placed upon:

  • practical, high-quality programs based on a solid foundation in the traditional functional areas of business that meet service area needs but recognize the international dimension of business in an increasingly interdependent world
  • awareness of cultural diversity
  • analytical skills requiring critical thinking using inductive and deductive reasoning processes
  • communication skills through classroom writing and speaking assignments
  • computer skills leading to proficiency in using applications software and understanding the role of information systems within the organization
  • active pursuit of collaborative relationships with local business focusing on the definition of needs and the development of internships which provide students with relevant business experience
  • a commitment to academic excellence through applied research

The Abbott Turner College of Business offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Expected Outcomes

The outcomes expected for the BBA common core curriculum are:

  • Knowledge, understanding, and application of the tenets, practices, and theories of the functional areas of business enterprises
  • Historical understanding of the roles of business enterprises
  • Knowledge and understanding of business ethics
  • Knowledge and appreciation of global, international, multicultural, and diversity issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of analytical tools and processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of computer technology
  • Acquiring and exhibiting critical thinking and decision making skills
  • Knowledge, development, and practice of enhanced communication skills
  • Knowledge, understanding, and application of the multifaceted leadership roles in business
  • Understanding internal and external influences that affect the organization
  • Knowledge and understanding of operational, tactical, and strategic aspects of business
  • Knowledge and understanding of individual organizations, industries, and economic and information systems

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree

Areas A-E and Wellness Courses - Required Hours: 45

Area F - Courses Related to Major - Required Hours: 18

A minimum C grade average is required in the following courses. A minimum C grade is required in ACCT 2101 and ACCT 2102 for accounting majors.ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting 1

  • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting 2
  • BUSA 2106 The Environment of Business
  • CISM 2105 Introduction to Computer Information Systems
  • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics

Area G - BBA Core - Required Hours: 24

A minimum C grade average is required in the following courses.

  • BUSA 3111 Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions 1
  • CISM 3115 Principles of Information Technology Management
  • ENGL 3158 Organizational Communications
  • FINC 3105 Managerial Finance
  • MGMT 3115 Management and Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 3125 Production and Operations Management
  • MGMT 4185 Strategic Management
  • MKTG 3115 Principles of Marketing

Area H - Major Course Requirements - Required Hours: 21

Select one functional area. A minimum grade of C is required for each major course.


  • ACCT 3111 Financial Accounting 1
  • ACCT 3112 Financial Accounting 2
  • ACCT 3113 Financial Accounting 3
  • ACCT 3125 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 3135 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 4141 Income Taxation 1
  • Select one of the following courses:
    • ACCT 4155 Auditing
    • ACCT 4156 Internal Auditing

Business Administration


Computer Information Systems

  • CISM 1111 Structured Programming with COBOL 1
  • CISM 3125 Information Systems Analysis
  • CISM 4135 Database Design
  • CISM 4145 Data Communications
  • CISM 4555 Selected Topics in Computer Information Systems
  • CISM 3***/4*** Elective
  • CISM 3***/4*** Elective


  • FINC 3115 Financial Analysis
  • FINC 3125 Investments
  • FINC 3146 Real Estate Finance
  • FINC 4135 Financial Institutions
  • FINC 4185 Financial Planning and Control
  • FINC 3***/4*** Elective
  • FINC 3***/4*** Elective


  • MGMT 3135 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 4115 Advanced Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 4165 Managerial Communication
  • MGMT 3***/4*** Elective
  • MGMT 3***/4*** Elective
  • MGMT 3***/4*** Elective
  • MGMT 3***/4*** Elective


  • MKTG 3135 Consumer Behavior
  • MKTG 3136 Advertising and Promotional Strategy
  • MKTG 3137 Personal Selling
  • MKTG 4135 Marketing Research
  • MKTG 4185 Marketing Management
  • MKTG 3***/4*** Elective
  • MKTG 3***/4*** Elective

Area I - General Electives - Required Hours: 15

A maximum of nine hours of non-business 3000-4000 level courses that support a student=s major may be substituted for business electives with departmental approval. The term non-business elective refers to any course not taught by the Abbott Turner College of Business.

  • Non-Business Elective 1***/2***/3***/4***
  • Non-Business Elective 1***/2***/3***/4***

Total Hours Required 123

General BBA Degree Program Notes


Students may take additional courses to achieve a minor concentration in a field outside of their major. (See the Undergraduate Minors section of this catalog.) Courses applied to a minor must be in addition to the BBA core and major core course requirements.

University System Business Transfer Credit

The following courses satisfy the Area F business core for University System of Georgia transfer credit to other member institutions:

  • ACCT 2101 and ACCT 2102, Principles of Accounting 1 & 2
  • BUSA 2106, The Environment of Business
  • CISM 2105, Introduction to Computer Information Systems
  • ECON 2105 and ECON 2106, Principles of Economics 1 & 2

Transfer Students

The specific credit for work done at other institutions that will apply toward the BBA is determined by the dean of the Abbott Turner College of Business. Transfer students should have credits evaluated by the dean to determine which credits will be accepted for the BBA. Allowance of transfer credit by the director of admissions does not mean that all credit will be accepted toward a BBA degree. At least one-half of the 69 business credit hours required for the BBA must be earned in the ATCOB.

Students Holding a Baccalaureate Degree

Students who wish to work towards a BBA degree and have previously earned a bachelor's degree in a non-business discipline should contact the dean's office to determine individual requirements.

The Abbott Turner College of Business is located in Jordan Hall. The dean's office is located in room 332; the associate dean is located in room 302; and the assistant dean is located in room 330.  

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