College of Business

Location: McDowell Business Administration Building Room 215, 903.886.5191, Fax 903.886.5650
Dean: Shanan Gibson
College of Business Web Site:

Business as a field of study is very practical - everything has a "business" side to it! Whether your passion is social media, basketball, or starting your own company, every industry needs accountants, marketers, managers, financial analysts, and data analytics professionals. In other words, business majors!

The AACSB accredited programs offered by the College of Business (COB) are designed to produce career-ready professionals who add value tot eh global business environment. Graduates may be employed in financial services, manufacturing, sales, advertising and market research, accounting, information technology, and general management as well as in a wide range of educational, municipal, state and federal government agencies. Others capitalize on their business education and skills and pursue entrepreneurship.  

The COB curricula are designed to challenge and sustain a student’s intellectual curiosity while providing the general and specialized knowledge necessary for professional success, personal growth, and responsible citizenship. Specifically, the various programs have been developed to provide:

  1. a firm academic base supported by a strong general education foundation;
  2. an understanding of the social, ethical, regulatory, global, political, and cultural environments within which American enterprise exists and operates;
  3. an understanding of the major functional areas of business and industry;
  4. an opportunity for specialized study; and
  5. preparation for advanced graduate study.

Students receiving a BBA or the BS degree in Business Administration will demonstrate competencies in a common body of business knowledge areas including financial and managerial accounting, the business environment and strategy, finance, behavior and organizational issues, marketing, business analytics, quantitative analysis, and production/operations management.

Business majors learn how to research information using quantitative skills, develop creative solutions to real-world business problems, and successfully implement solutions by collaborating as members of diverse teams. Because organizational and individual success requires well-developed soft skills in addition to traditional business acumen of our business curriculum, too.


The College Of Business at A&M-Commerce produces career-ready business professionals who add value to the global business environment. We accomplish this through experiential learning, impactful scholarship, and partnership with the business community.


Become the College of Choice for those seeking a highly relevant, accessible business education from a well-respected institution.



In support of our mission, we value:

  • conducting ourselves with the highest level of integrity and mutual respect

  • embracing diversity in all its aspects

  • fostering stakeholder engagement

  • striving toward innovation and continuous improvement

  • conducting ourselves in a socially responsible and transparent manner

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree

The following majors are offered:  Accounting, Finance, General Business, Management, Business Analytics, Marketing.

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree

Business Administration. Major in business administration, including a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Masters Degrees: The Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Marketing, Master of Science in Business Analytics, and Master of Science in Accounting degrees are offered. Requirements for the Master’s degrees are outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Please note: Courses used in business core cannot be used in other business major or minor sections.


Business Core Courses
A. Required Courses Suggested to be Completed before Junior Year
ACCT 2301Principles of Acct I 3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II 3
ECO 2301GLB/US-Prin Macro Economics *3
ECO 2302Principles of Micro Economics *3
BUSA 1305Business Computing Systems 3
US-Math for Business Applications I *
US-College Algebra
MATH 1325Mathematics for Business Applications II3
B. 300 Level-30 semester hours required
ECO 302Business and Economic Statistics3
MGT 301Legal Environment of Business3
MGT 303Business Communications3
FIN 304Introduction to Business Finance3
MGT 305Principles of Management 3
MKT 306Marketing3
MGT 307GLB/Operations Management3
ECO 309Economic Forecasting3
BUSA 326Data & Information Management3
C. 400 Level- 3 semester hours required and Senior Standing Required
MGT 439GLB/Business Strategy3
Total Hours48

Requirements for a Minor in a Business Discipline

Students may elect to complete a minor in a business discipline in the College of Business. The business discipline minors offered by the CBE include either

  1. a broad-field minor in general business, including courses from several departments within the college; or
  2. minors in specialized areas such as accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, general business, corporate management, marketing, business analytics, international business or international studies, economics, or personal financial planning.

Most business minors require the completion of ACCT 221, ECO 2301 or ECO 2302, and a minimum of four advanced courses as approved by the appropriate department head in the College of Business.  Marketing or Management minors must complete six courses approved by the department head.

Center for Excellence (CFE)

Frank M. Smith, Director, Center for Excellence

McDowell Business Administration Bldg., Room 348; 903-468-6058; Fax, 903-886-5650


The Center for Excellence (CFE) serves to enhance and strengthen North Texas business and industry in the global marketplace via customized professional consulting, seminars, and workshops with programs in leadership, management development, team building, process and productivity improvement, business and industry development, communication skills, innovation, knowledge management, safety and quality improvement.

COB 111 - Critical Thinking
Hours: 1-3
This course introduces students to theories of learning and critical thinking and provides a learning framework to apply them to their college and life experiences. Concepts studied include research and theory on how people learn, critical thinking, problem solving, perception, learning styles, memory, creativity, and how attitudes and values affect the learning and thinking processes. The course also shows students how to apply these theories and research findings to help develop practical skills in critical thinking, time management, reading, note taking, testing taking, other areas that will help them be more successful students and lifelong learners.

COB 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-3
Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

COB 499 - COB UG Comp Exam
Hours: 0