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    May 26, 2024  
Lee University Catalog 2017-2018 
Lee University Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog]

School of Business

Dewayne Thompson, Chairperson


Associate Professor Philip Rickard
Assistant Professors Randy Miedaner


Professor Dewayne Thompson, Shane Griffith and Hermilo Jasso
Associate Professor Guy DeLoach
Assistant Professors Allison Pierce and David Smartt
Associate Lecturer Coty McFarland

Information Systems

Professor Bill Jaber
Associate Professor Mava Wilson


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 professional experiences in business, government, nonprofit, the teaching profession and the community at large. This is done by imparting the ethical, philosophical and diversity 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 Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing Management, and Nonprofit Management), 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 Information Systems major who wishes to add Business Administration as a second major must select an emphasis other than Management Information Systems. 


The program in accounting is designed to equip students with broad training and intensive preparation for the practice of accounting from a Christian worldview.  The coursework focuses on the principles and theories that support preparation of financial statements according to U.S. GAAP and information that supports the decision-making process of internal and external users. The undergraduate accounting program incorporates accounting standards, financial statement preparation, managerial accounting, budgeting, taxation, accounting information systems, and auditing, risk assessment and control.  It is intended to prepare undergraduate students to expand, create, and employ accounting knowledge for practical impact as scholars, practitioners, educators, and policy-makers with an ethical disposition. Students should be prepared to enter careers in the private, public, governmental, or the nonprofit sector as accountants, consultants, financial analysts, tax or business advisors, tax preparers, or internal auditors.  The curriculum is designed with consideration given to preparation for the CPA exam.

Business Administration

The Business Administration program is designed to prepare graduates to either enter a professional career in business or to pursue graduate studies. The curriculum cultivates critical thinking skills, strengthens faith integration, broadens research, enhances teamwork, and applies experiential learning to produce a competent entry level business professional with a strong sense of moral integrity. Students should have the skills needed to be effective in areas such as manufacturing management, professional sales, consulting, customer service, financial services, retail management, and bank management. The emphases in business administration allow students to focus the program of study in a particular business area enhancing their skill set.  Students should be prepared to function effectively in the business environment living out 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 to begin careers in a variety of organizations related to the healthcare industry. 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 database 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:

Degree   Major   Code
BS Accounting   ACCTG.BS
BS Business Administration (Business Education / Corporate Training, Teacher Licensure in Business or Teacher Licensure in Business and Business Technology - Grades 6-12)   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 Business Administration (Marketing Management Emphasis)   BUSMK.BA
BS Business Administration (Marketing Management Emphasis)   BUSMK.BS
BA Business Administration (Nonprofit Management Emphasis)   BUSNP.BA
BS Business Administration (Nonprofit Management Emphasis)   BUSNP.BS
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 Europe, the Middle East / North Africa, various Asian or South American countries, or the post-Soviet states. Domestic travel opportunities exist as well.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Other Programs