Jul 22, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business and Professional Studies

Marty Brock, Dean

Department of Business

Department Chair: Dee A. Larson

Business Faculty

Professors: Marty Brock, Kimberly Dorsey, Dee A. Larson, Andrew Luccasen C. Scott Tollison
Assistant Professor: Kristy Alpe
Instructors: Thomas Haffey, John Williams, Lestonio Yarbrough

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 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.

Business Majors

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 Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting, General Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing

The department also offers the following undergraduate degrees:

The Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Health Care Management, Human Resources Management, Nonprofit Management, and Sports Management

Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Culinary Management, General Business, Health Care Management, Human Resources Management, Legal Administration, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, and Sports Management

Business Minors

The College of Business and Professional Studies offers the following minors Accounting, General Business, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing

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.


Department of Legal Studies

Director: Wesley Garrett

Legal Studies Faculty

Professors: Wesley Garrett, David Smith
Assistant Professor: Elizabeth A. Chisolm

Legal Studies

The objectives of the Legal Studies are as follows:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To provide a broad background in general education for the development of a well rounded individual.
  6. 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.
  7. To maintain equality of opportunity in the education program without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, natural origin, or gender.

MUW’s legal studies program is designed for the education of paralegals. Paralegals shall not provide legal services directly to the public, unless otherwise permitted by law.


Culinary Arts Institute

Director: Alexei Harrison

Culinary Arts Institute Faculty

Assistant Professors: Alexei Harrison, Jessica Henry
Chef Instructor: Carol Dowdy, Mary Hawkins, Amanda Thacker
Instructor: Amanda A. Dahl

Purpose Statement

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:

  1. a Bachelor of Science Degree in Culinary Arts;
  2. an emphasis in one of five correlate areas-culinary management; food journalism; food art (food styling and photography); nutrition and health; Culinology®
  3. a Bachelor of Business Administration, Culinary Arts, BAS
  4. a minor in Culinary Arts or Nutrition and Health

Internship Opportunities

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.