Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Business Administration


Aaron Moses,  Adventist Health System Endowed Chair of Business Administration; Joshua Michalski, Ana Patterson, Chanda Reins

Adjunct: Scott Cain, Alex Falcon, Brianne Michalski, Judy Miles


The Department of Business Administration prepares students for Christian service and business leadership in the global economy.  Our department is built on academic excellence, integrity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. We serve and value a diverse student body, equipping them with the intellectual fortitude to change the world.

Aims of the Department

  1. Maintain a curriculum that provides students with the necessary knowledge for successful work experience in today's business environment and graduate studies.
  2. Promote student's awareness of free enterprise with an international orientation within a framework of moral and ethical guidelines.
  3. Enrich the learning-teaching experience by fostering access to and utilization of appropriate learning resources.
  4. Promote faculty and student's involvement in community activities.


B.B.A. requires 61 hours, B.S. requires 40 hours and minors require 18 hours.

  • B.B.A.  Accounting
  • B.B.A.  Finance
  • B.B.A.  International Business
  • B.B.A.  Management
  • B.B.A.  Marketing
  • B.B.A. Dual Concentration
  • B.S. Business
  • Minors in Accounting, Business, Finance, International Business and Marketing
  • Certificate in Senior Living Management

Degree Requirements

Business Core Courses

Required of all BBA students.

ACCT 211    Accounting Principles I 3
ACCT 212 Accounting Principles II 3
BUAD 202*   Introduction to Contemporary Business 3
BUAD 211 Profiles of Entrepreneurship 3
BUAD 270 Management Information Systems 3
BUAD 301 Principles of Management 3
BUAD 311 Business Law 3
BUAD 321 Business Finance 3
BUAD 460 Ethics and Business Social Responsibility 3
BUAD 466 Production and Operations Management 3
BUAD 472 Business Policies and Strategies 3
ECON 211 Macroeconomics 3
ECON 212 Microeconomics 3
MKTG 343 Principles of Marketing 3
  Total : 42

Cognate Requirements

COMM 111** Speech 3
CSIS 106 Comprehensive Spreadsheets  3
MATH 241 Intro. to Probability and Statistics 3
     Total: 3

*BUAD 202 is required of all Freshman BBA majors.  Junior level transfer students may substitute a business elective for this class with approval from their advisor.  Southwestern students who are changing from another major to a BBA are also required to take BUAD 202 unless their advisor recommends an alternative.

**BUAD 317 or COMM 113 may be taken as an alternative to COMM 111 and also fulfill the communication competency requirement.



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Senior Living Management Certificate (Click for more info)

The senior living industry (e.g., assisted living, independent living, and memory care) employs administrators who have real-world experiences, but may lack specific formal education in business and in the senior living industry.  Southwestern Adventist University's Senior Living Management Certificate meets the educational needs of current administrators of senior living facilities or professionals who are interested in transitioning into the senior living industry.  Students will gain a foundational understanding of the key areas of business administration as well as how to apply these principles in the successful operation of a senior living facility.  Additionally, students will become knowledgeable on topics specifically related to the industry such as federal and state regulations, senior wellness and the long-term care continuum.

The program curriculum consists of 4 courses, totaling 12-semester hours of college credit and is taught in an interactive and collaborative environment on the university's campus.  The certificate does not constitute a college degree, though credits may be transferred to any other accredited college or university and may be applied toward a degree at Southwestern Adventist University.  Each course meets the Texas Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities 8-hour continuing education.

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