Lee University Catalog 2014-2015 
    Dec 03, 2020  
Lee University Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog]


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Dewayne Thompson, Chairperson


Assistant Professor Gregory Della Franco gdellafranco@leeuniversity.edu
Assistant Professor Ingrid Hart ihart@leeuniversity.edu
Assistant Professor Randy Miedaner rmiedaner@leeuniversity.edu


Assistant Professor Alan Burns aburns@leeuniversity.edu
Associate Professor Guy DeLoach gdeloach@leeuniversity.edu
Professor Evaline Echols eechols@leeuniversity.edu
Associate Professor Shane Griffith sgriffith@leeuniversity.edu
Associate Professor Hermilo Jasso hjasso@leeuniversity.edu
Assistant Professor David Smartt dsmartt@leeuniversity.edu
Professor Dewayne Thompson dthompson@leeuniversity.edu

Information Systems

Professor Bill Jaber bjaber@leeunveristy.edu
Associate Professor Mava Wilson mwilson@leeuniversity.edu


Healthcare Administration
Information Systems

In keeping with the goals of Lee University, the Department of Business seeks to provide major programs of 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, nonprofit, the teaching profession and the community at large. This is done by imparting 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 profession.

The department offers majors in Accounting, Business Administration (with emphases in Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, and Management Information Systems), Business Education/Corporate Training with teacher certification, Healthcare Administration, and Information Systems (with emphases in Systems Development and Systems Operation). Minors are offered to non-departmental majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Information Systems, and Finance. Additionally, a student may select Accounting and/or Information Systems as concentration areas for the major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

An Accounting major who wishes to add Business Administration as a second major must select an emphasis other than Accounting. An Information Systems major who wishes to add Business Administration as a second major must select an emphasis other than Management Information Systems. 


The degree program in Accounting equips students with broad training in the field of business and intensive preparation in the field of accounting from a Christian worldview.  The coursework focuses on accounting principles and theories necessary for preparing financial statements under U.S. GAAP and to support decision-making. The program balances the concepts with the practical knowledge to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skillset to enter careers in the private sector, corporate, governmental, and public accounting arena, or to pursue advanced degrees in accounting, business or law.   Students may enter careers in the accounting field as public accountants, corporate accountants, financial analysts, tax preparers, management accountants, or internal auditors.  Basic preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam, and other related certifications are provided.  Most states require 30 credit hours beyond the Bachelor of Accounting degree to be eligible to sit for exams so students are encouraged to consider 150-hours and confirm state requirements.

Business Administration

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. The emphases in business administration are designed to allow students to focus the program of study in a particular area.  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.

Healthcare Administration

The Healthcare Administration major is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for careers in healthcare administration. With a solid foundation in business administration supported by courses from health science and behavioral sciences, graduates from this program should be prepared for leadership roles in a variety of healthcare organizations. The curriculum is enriched with courses from disciplines offered by the three cooperating departments in addition to the practical expertise of multiple professionals.

Information Systems

The Information Systems curriculum is designed to prepare professionals for employment in Information Systems and for graduate studies. The IS student may focus on either a systems development or systems operation emphases.  A systems development student will concentrate on learning programming languages such as Visual Basic and Java; mobile and web app development; and database design and business intelligence.  A systems operation student will explore computer hardware and operating systems; network design and IT security; and troubleshooting.  The liberal arts education and IS curriculum will provide students with a broad understanding of the role of IS in an organization with critical and ethical thinking as key components. Students will be prepared for a variety of IS related fields such as network and system analyst, support specialist, information systems manager, information security, programming, and web development.  Students will have the opportunity for internships in various businesses and organizations integrating course concepts and practical applications. 

Programs of Study

The Department of Business offers the following programs of study:

Major   Code
BS Accounting   ACCTG.BS
BA Business Administration (Accounting Emphasis)   BUSAC.BA
BS Business Administration (Accounting Emphasis)   BUSAC.BS
BS Business Administration (Business Education / Corporate Training, Teacher Licensure in Business or Teacher Licensure in Business and Business Technology - Grades 7-12)   BUSED.BST
BA Business Administration (Finance Emphasis)   BUSFN.BA
BS Business Administration (Finance Emphasis)   BUSFN.BS
Business Administration (International Business Emphasis)
Business Administration (International Business Emphasis)
Business Administration (Management Emphasis)
BS Business Administration (Management Emphasis)   BUSMN.BS
Business Administration (Management Information Systems Emphasis)
Business Administration (Management Information Systems Emphasis)
BA Healthcare Administration   HLTHC.BA
BS Healthcare Administration   HLTHC.BS
BS Information Systems (Systems Development Emphasis)   ISDEV.BS
BS Information Systems (Systems Operation Emphasis)   ISOPS.BS


The Department of Business offers four minors to non-departmental majors (18 hours each): accounting, business, information systems, and finance. All prerequisites for minor courses must be met in addition to the required courses. 

Business Cross-Cultural Opportunities

Students with an international business emphasis must participate in a Department of Business cross-cultural experience.  Trips may include travel to the former Soviet Union, various Asian countries, Europe, various South American countries, Middle East / North Africa, and Western Europe. Domestic travel opportunities exist as well.

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