Department of Business and Accounting website

Department Chair: Stephen W. Kleisath
Office: 1111 Ullsvik Hall
Phone: 608-342-1460
E-mail: kleisath@uwplatt.edu
Professors:
John C. Borke
Robert C. Conway
Roxane Gunser
Susan L. Hansen
Margaret F. Karsten
Stephen W. Kleisath
Louis Nzegwu
Donna J. Perkins
Machelle Schroeder
Scott A. White
Associate Professors:
Bernard W. Harris
Assistant Professors:
Wendy Brooke
Todd Carothers
Sharif Gias
John Hammermeister
Syed M. Moiz
Scott Wright
Lecturers:
James J. Jarrard
Academic Staff:
Kelly Curtiss
D.W. Bill Haskins
Christine Storlie
Elizabeth Swift
Academic Department Associate:
LaVon M. Blum

Majors

Accounting
Business Administration
Finance Emphasis
Food Marketing Emphasis
Human Resource Management Emphasis
Management Emphasis
Sales and Marketing Communications Emphasis
Applied Management Emphasis
Computer Science Emphasis
International Business Emphasis
General Business Emphasis
Supply Chain Emphasis

Minors

Accounting
Business Administration
Food Marketing

Certificates

Leadership and Human Performance
Human Resource Management
International Business
Marketing

About the Department and Major

The UW-Platteville Department of Business and Accounting educates undergraduates for productive careers in a diverse, global business environment. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business administration or in accounting, the two majors that the department offers, may begin learning about business-related subjects in their first year of college. Students are urged to participate in the department's active student organizations. For students interested in accounting, there is Beta Alpha. For those interested in business, there is the Pioneer Investment Club, and student chapters of the Society for the Advancement of Management, the Society for Human Resource Management and UW-Platteville"s Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization. Go to the business and accounting webpage for more information on these organizations.

The accounting major is designed to prepare students for careers in public accounting, industry or governmental agencies. Students completing the requirements of the major are qualified to take the certified management accountant examination and, after completion of 150 hours of college credit, the certified public accountant examination.

Internships that have the prior approval of either the department internship coordinator or chairperson are required for business administration majors and accounting majors.

Because they will interact with people worldwide during their careers, business and accounting students are urged to increase their exposure to and awareness of various nations and cultures. The university provides many ways in which they can do this including exchange programs and an acclaimed study abroad program. For those who are uncomfortable with going overseas but wish to have an experience away from UW-Platteville, we have a domestic exchange. In this program the student can spend a semester studying at over 500 schools in the United States and Canada.

Statement of Mission - Department of Business and Accounting

The UW-Platteville Department of Business and Accounting educates students for productive careers in a global business environment. We:

Desired Student Outcomes - Business Administration

Students who earn a bachelor's in Business Administration from UW-Platteville should:

  1. have a basic knowledge of accounting, economics, marketing, management, computer applications, finance, human resource management and legal, social and international issues affecting business
  2. communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  3. develop effective interpersonal skills that will enable them to work with other individuals and within teams as either leaders or participants
  4. know how to gather, use, and critically evaluate electronic and other information
  5. enhance their understanding of and sensitivity to diversity in the workplace
  6. develop a knowledge and appreciation of ethical principles as applied to business
  7. use critical thinking skills to solve real or hypothetical business problems
  8. have had experiences that cultivate or enhance an entrepreneurial spirit

Desired Student Outcomes - Accounting

Students who earn a bachelor's in Accounting from UW-Platteville should:

  1. possess the technical knowledge in financial accounting, management accounting, tax and auditing that is necessary to be successful in their careers
  2. possess the broad understanding of the related subject matter (economics, marketing, management, computer applications, finance, human resource management, business law, business ethics) needed to be successful in the business world
  3. possess effective interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  4. possess enough familiarity with computer applications to be able to learn quickly the specific accounting applications which they may encounter in their careers
  5. be able to obtain and retain accounting positions upon graduation and be successful in those positions

Distance Education Degree Program in Business Administration

Toll-free phone in U.S.: 1.800.362.5460

Website: www.uwplatt.edu/disted

The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration at a distance. The program allows students to balance work and personal commitments with their educational goals. The degree is delivered at a distance, yet is the same degree that students earn on campus. Students may choose to take online or print courses, and no campus attendance is required. Courses are taught by experienced faculty who guide students' work.

Online courses are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters (for rotation schedules, please visit the website) and they emphasize student interaction. Print courses feature self-paced study, and students may register for print courses any working day of the year.

General Requirements

Accounting Major

Professional Certifications

Upon graduation, accounting majors typically pursue professional certifications. In addition to the CPA and CMA certifications noted above, accountants also may become Certified Internal Auditors. All professional certifications require individuals to pass a national examination and complete several years of professional practice.

Most states have changed the education standards that individuals who wish to take the CPA examination must meet. Typically, applicants must have completed 150 hours of college credit.

UW-Platteville graduates majoring in accounting have several attractive options for meeting the 150-credit-hour requirement.

These include:

Required Core Courses (51 credits):

Required Accounting Courses (27 credits):
Two courses from:

Note: 4990 satisfies both the internship requirement and one of the two optional courses.

Mathematics requirement:

Additional requirements:

  1. At least 40 percent of a student's total credits at UW-Platteville must be in areas outside of accounting and business.
  2. Students must have G.P.A.s of 2.50 or better in accounting and business courses to graduate in the major.
  3. Satisfactory completion of an approved accounting or business internship is required.
  4. At least 12 credits must be taken at UW-Platteville.

Business Administration Major

The major includes required courses in the core and completion of an emphasis area.

Required Core Courses (48 credits):

Finance Emphasis (15 credits)

Required Courses (9 credits):

Electives (6 credits):

Food Marketing Emphasis (15 credits)

Required (9 credits):

Electives (6 credits, one course from each list):

One course from:
One course from:

Human Resource Management Emphasis (15 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits):

Electives (9 credits):

Management Emphasis (15 credits)

Sales and Marketing Communications Emphasis (15 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits):

OPTIONS: Select a minimum of 9 credits in one of the two options. Each area has a required course.

(A) Advertising and Promotion
(B) Sales Techniques

Applied Management Emphasis

Required Courses:

To complete this concentration, a second major or a minor that can be neither the business minor nor the ones designed for education majors must be completed.

Computer Science Emphasis (18 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits):

Electives (12 credits):

International Business Emphasis

Required Courses (21 credits):

Either:

12-credit education abroad experience which includes six credits of preapproved business courses (consult with international coordinator)

General Business Emphasis (15 credits)

Select 15 credits from any 3000-or 4000-level business administration courses, not in the core, in consultation with an advisor. Courses selected must have a BUSADMIN prefix.

Integrated Supply Chain Management Emphasis (15 credits)

Required Courses:

Electives (6 credits)

Additional Requirements for Business Administration Degree:

  1. At least 40 percent of a student's total credits at UW-Platteville must be in areas outside of accounting and business.
  2. Students must have G.P.A.s of 2.25 in all courses required for the business administration major.
  3. Students majoring in business administration must complete BUSADMIN 4990 for three credits. If a student taking an internship from another department wishes it to fulfill the three-credit internship requirement of business or accounting, it must be pre-approved by a business and accounting internship coordinator and signed off by the business and accounting department chairperson.
  4. At least 18 credits must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty.

Minors

Accounting Minor (24 credits)

At least 12 credits must be taken at UW-Platteville.

Required Courses:

Business Administration Minor (24 Credits)

At least 12 credits must be taken at UW-Platteville.

Required Courses:

BUSADMIN #### Business Administration electives which must have the BUSADMIN prefix 12 cr (BUSADMIN 4990 Internship cannot be used.)

Food Marketing Minor (24 credits)

At least 12 credits must be taken at UW-Platteville.

Required Courses:

Electives (12 credits):

Certificates

The department offers certificates for those who wish to gain specialized expertise in an area but who do not plan to seek a degree. Certificates are primarily intended for those completing business courses at a distance.

Requirements for all certificates are:

Student must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course required in the certificate.

All courses must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty. Transferred courses and course substitutions are not allowed.

It shall be the student's responsibility to request a certificate from the department within one year upon completion of the final course in the certificate.

Human Resource Management Certificate (9 credits)

International Business Certificate (9 credits)

Leadership and Human Performance Certificate (9 credits)

Marketing (9 credits)