Department of Business
Department Chair: Martha A. Brock
Professors: Kimberly Dorsey, Dee Anne Larson, C. Scott Tollison
Associate Professor: Martha A. Brock, Andrew Luccasen
Instructors: Hugh Cooper, Elaine Evans, Thomas Haffey, John Williams
Purpose Statement for Department of Business
The purpose of the Department of Business at Mississippi University for Women is to provide quality undergraduate business programs in Business Administration and Accounting for local, regional, national, and international students. Through small class sizes and the implementation of current technologies, the qualified faculty and staff strive to graduate highly qualified and competent individuals who have developed critical thinking skills, leadership and technical skills, high ethical standards, and an awareness and understanding of national and global business issues, cultural diversity, and women’s issues. The Department of Business supports the Mississippi University for Women’s mission of delivering high-quality instruction designed to assist students in attaining their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Mississippi University for Women, through its Department of Business, is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the following business degrees:
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in General Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing
The department also offers the following degrees:
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Health Care Management and
Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Technology in Professional Studies, with concentrations in General Business, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Legal Administration, and Management Information Systems
Certain prerequisite courses are required for junior and senior level courses in the Business Minors. Refer to the course descriptions for required prerequisites. A grade of C or higher must be earned in each required course in the minor, including the prerequisites.
Field Experience (Internship)
Business majors may elect to complete an approved, faculty-supervised internship (BU 400). To be eligible, students must be classified as juniors or seniors in their majors and must possess a 2.5 or higher overall grade point average. During the enrollment semester, students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of on-site work experience. Students may or may not be compensated for their internship experience. Additional internship requirements include an academic research component and an acceptable evaluation by the internship supervisor. Business majors may earn up to 6 credit hours of internship credit with advisor approval.
Accounting Major, BS
Business Administration Major, General Business Concentration, BAS
Business Administration Major, General Business Concentration, BS
Business Administration Major, Health Care Management Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration Major, Health Care Management Concentration, BAS
Business Administration Major, Human Resource Management Concentration, BAS
Business Administration Major, Human Resource Management Concentration, BS
Business Administration Major, Legal Administration Concentration, BAS
Business Administration Major, Management Concentration, BS
Business Administration Major, Management Information Systems Concentration, BAS
Business Administration Major, Management Information Systems Concentration, BS
Business Administration Major, Marketing Concentration, BS
Business Minor, General
Executive Certificate in Applied Accounting
Executive Certificate in Electronic Commerce
Executive Certificate in General Business
Executive Certificate in Health Care Management
Executive Certificate in Human Resource Management
Executive Certificate in Management
Executive Certificate in Marketing
Executive Certificate in Software Development
Health Care Management Minor
Human Resource Management Minor
Leadership Studies Minor
Management Information Systems Minor
Department of Legal Studies
Director: Wesley Garrett
Legal Studies Faculty
Professor: David Smith
Associate Professor: Wesley Garrett
Assistant Professor: Elizabeth A. Chisolm
The objectives of the Legal Studies are as follows:
- To train students as paralegals to assist attorneys in law offices, legal services corporations, banks, corporations, and various government agencies by providing instruction and experience in general education, business, and law.
- To provide students with a basic understanding of legal concepts and terms of subjects which are vital to practicing paralegals. To provide students with legal writing and research skills to enable graduates to perform as efficient members of a legal team.
- To support the general principles of ethical legal practices and professional responsibilities and to support the prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law by lay persons.
- To provide knowledge of the principles of ethical and professional responsibilities as these relate to lawyers, legal assistants, and clients and to the legal profession.
- To provide a broad background in general education for the development of a well rounded individual.
- To constantly improve and adjust the program to meet the needs of the community by seeking input from judges, local attorneys, legal assistants, and students.
- To maintain equality of opportunity in the education program without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, natural origin, or gender.
Culinary Arts Institute
Interim Associate Director: Amanda A. Dahl
Culinary Arts Institute Faculty
Assistant Professor: Jessica Henry
Chef Instructor: Carol Dowdy, Alexei Harrison, Mary Hawkins, Amanda Thacker
Instructor: Amanda A. Dahl
The purpose of the MUW Culinary Arts Institute, established in 1996, is to provide interdisciplinary instruction in culinary arts in order to prepare students for employment and leadership in diverse areas of the food industry. The Culinary Arts Institute supports the University’s mission by providing instruction in a highly interactive environment through which students develop skills in communication, technology, and critical thinking in addition to fundamental culinary skills. The Culinary Arts Institute further supports the University’s mission by offering students a broad perspective on their chosen profession and encouraging leadership and learning activities outside the traditional classroom setting.
The MUW Culinary Arts Institute offers the following:
- a Bachelor of Science Degree in Culinary Arts;
- an emphasis in one of five correlate areas-culinary entrepreneurship; food journalism; food art (food styling and photography); nutrition and health; Culinology®
- a Bachelor of Science Degree in Culinology®
- a Bachelor of Technology in Professional Studies with a concentration in Culinary Arts
- a minor in Culinary Arts or Nutrition and Health
Students majoring in culinary arts are required to complete a 6 or 12 credit-hour internship following their junior year. Internship opportunities are offered in locations throughout the U.S. or internationally and include, but are not limited to, hotels and restaurants, catering services, bed and breakfast operations, publishing firms, and food manufacturers. Sites and assignments are based on the individual student’s professional interests and abilities.