Business


The Division of Business seeks to prepare students for successful leadership positions in small and large businesses in the private sector and in public and non-profit organizations. We view the core curriculum and the business curriculum as complementary parts of the Spring Hill educational experience.

The Division of Business offers a degree in business administration with concentrations in the following areas: accounting, economics and finance, computer information systems, marketing and management. The lower-and upper-division business requirements impart to all students a broad-based, principles-level exposure to each of the functional areas, after which each student selects one area as a concentration for more in-depth study. The faculty believes that the business sector of American society is a vital set of institutions and that, consistent with the Jesuit ideals of the College, our students should be prepared to make a positive contribution to these institutions and to society in general. Accordingly, business and management concentrations aim to impart knowledge in accordance with liberal arts ideals and to communicate to students appropriate principles of ethical, professional and socially responsible behavior.

Concentrations

Accounting

Spring Hill College offers a four-year accounting degree and a minor in accounting. The four-year accounting degree is designed for students interested in a solid accounting background who do not wish to sit for the “Certified Public Accountant” (CPA) exam or who desire to take additional courses at other institutions to qualify for the CPA exam. Students pursuing the non-CPA path might consider careers in corporate accounting departments, taxation, banking, or many other areas. The program gives the student a firm background that includes mathematical and statistical analysis essential to understanding the technological developments in modern management. The specialized instruction, together with that provided by the liberal arts courses included in the program, is intended to give the student a foundation suitable for leadership positions in industry, commerce, or institutional management.

In most states, however, the four-year accounting degree will not give the student adequate hours to be eligible to take examinations leading to the designation “Certified Public Accountant” (CPA). Under guidelines of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), most states, including Alabama, require students to pursue a 150-hour degree program to sit for CPA examinations. Under the four-year accounting degree option, students desiring CPA status will need to return to school to complete the AICPA 150-hour requirement.

Computer Information Systems

The objective of the concentration in computer information systems is to equip the student with the skills and knowledge needed to assist organizations with their diverse information processing needs. In addition to completing the common core of business classes, students choosing CIS will study systems analysis and design, database tools and concepts, networking, and other key information processing concepts. The program is particularly designed to prepare students for careers in computer and management information departments of firms or for additional information systems or business studies at the graduate level.

Finance and Economics

The objective of the concentration in finance and economics is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of economic theory and policy, and how economics relates to the financial environment of business. Specific knowledge is taught in optimal decision-making, fiscal and monetary policies, managerial finance, international trade and finance, investments, real estate, and risk. Students completing the finance and economics concentration can reasonably expect to continue their study at the graduate level or to pursue a career in financial, commercial, or manufacturing firms.

International Business

The objective of the international business concentration is to provide the student with a sound background in business administration, combined with specialized courses in international business, economics, and political science. The program is designed to prepare students for employment in business firms that operate internationally or for graduate studies in international business and/or international relations. Students are encouraged to take a history course with an international orientation as a core requirement. Many students choose to take a career development internship with an international focus.

Management and Marketing

The objective of the management and marketing concentration is to provide the student with an understanding of many of the various aspects of modern organization management and marketing practices. Specific knowledge is taught in the areas of organizational behavior, human resources management, marketing research, and marketing management. Students completing this program can reasonably expect to find employment in businesses or organizations where they will apply and expand the skills developed in the classroom or continue study at the graduate level.

Minor in Business Administration

As a service to students majoring in programs other than those offered by Business and Management, the discipline offers a comprehensive business administrative minor. The objective of this minor is to assist the student in preparing for entering a career in the business world although the student has chosen to major in a subject area outside the business and management field. The minor curriculum is designed to provide knowledge in each of the functional areas of business administration. In addition the minor is designed to include the prerequisite courses normally required for admission to most Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) programs.