Dewayne Thompson, Chairperson
Assistant Professors Gregory Della Franco and Ingrid Hart
Professors Evaline Echols and Dewayne Thompson
Assistant Professors Alan Burns, Guy DeLoach, and Hermilo Jasso
Instructor Shane Griffith
Computer Information Systems
Associate Professor Bill Jaber;
Assistant Professor Mava Wilson
Computer Information Systems
In keeping with one of the goals of Lee University, the Department of Business seeks to provide major programs of sufficient quality to prepare students for success in graduate and professional schools and in the early stages of their careers as they consider their calling. The Department of Business offers programs of study designed to prepare men and women for positions of leadership in business, government, the teaching profession and the community at large. This is done by imparting to them the ethical and philosophical principles upon which our society and our economy rest and by equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed for success. A pedagogical emphasis is placed on experiential learning bolstered by a focus on critical thinking skills. Since a significant dimension of the business curriculum includes the integration of one’s faith with the discipline, graduates should demonstrate a Christian worldview as they discharge the duties of their vocation or profession.
The department offers majors in Accounting, Business Administration (with an emphasis in Business Education with teacher certification), and Computer Information Systems. Minors are offered in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Finance and International Business. Additionally, a student may select Accounting and/or Computer Information Systems as concentration areas for the major in Interdisciplinary Studies.
The Accounting program prepares graduates for careers in accounting and for graduate or professional school. Graduates will be prepared for the various fields of financial accounting, cost accounting, auditing, and taxation, and to sit for the CPA Exam. Graduates will be trained in a Christian worldview to make a significant impact in their vocation.
The Business Administration program takes seriously the commitment to produce graduates who are well prepared to enter a professional career in business or to pursue graduate studies. The business administration curriculum is integrated with critical thinking skills, students’ calling, research, teamwork, and experiential learning. Students who graduate with the business administration major are expected to perform competently and ethically in entry-level positions in such fields as manufacturing management, professional sales, consulting, customer service, financial services, retail management and bank management. Since a significant dimension of the business administration curriculum includes the integration of one’s faith with the discipline, graduates should demonstrate a Christian worldview as they discharge the duties of their vocation.
Business Education/Corporate Training
The Business Education program prepares graduates for initial employment as business teachers in secondary schools, careers in business, corporate training and for graduate school. Given the diverse and dynamic nature of today’s world, the program emphasizes decision making, problem-solving, technological skills and pedagogical skills.
Computer Information Systems
The Computer Information Systems curriculum is designed to equip and prepare students to function in an entry-level CIS position and for graduate studies in a computer field. The university liberal arts education along with the CIS curriculum and business courses will provide students with a broad understanding of how information systems assists in the decision-making process and the operation of the business organization. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of computer fields such as application development, database design, help desk/end-user support, Internet/Intranet development, networking, programming, and systems analysis. The CIS program will prepare these students to work in a changing technical environment and to communicate effectively in an individual and/or group setting. The curriculum will train graduates to integrate their faith and Christian worldview, demonstrating this through the moral and ethical use of technology in the business environment.
Programs of Study
The Department of Business offers the following programs of study:
(Business Education/Corporate Training, Teacher Licensure in Business or
Business and Business Technology, Grades 7-12)
Computer Information Sys.
The Business Department offers five minors (18 hours each): accounting, business, computer information systems, finance, and international business. All prerequisites for minor courses must be met in addition to the required courses.
Computer Literacy Placement Test
Students may take a computer placement test to be exempt from CISS-100. Students may also take a computer placement test for exemption from CISS-101. If the student passes the test, he/she will not be required to take CISS-101; however, the student must take a higher-level computer class in its place.
Business Cross-Cultural Opportunities
Students interested in an international business experience must participate in a Department of Business Cross-Cultural experience. Students may stay with local families or at other facilities provided by the hosting institution. In addition to visits to several indigenous sites of interest, opportunities include site visits to various local companies. These trips meet the university cross-cultural experience requirement. Current trips include travel to the former Soviet Union, various Asian countries, Europe, various South American countries, and Western Europe. Domestic travel opportunities exist as well.