At Florida Southern, being guaranteed a business internship means you will study hands-on with global business executives on real-world, real-time practical business projects.

As a student in the Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise, you will receive an opportunity to establish critical relationships with more than eight faculty members during your first semester through the Business and Society class. This provides a unique and extensive professional networking experience that is unparalleled.

AACSB Accredited logoThe Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College has taken its place among the most respected university business schools in the world by earning accreditation from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

TOP REASONS TO CHOOSE FSC FOR
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

  • Accreditation by AACSB is a mark of excellence in business education, earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs.
  • Focus on your area of interest with career tracks in international business, sports business, marketing, management—or develop your own specialty, like non-profit management or business marketing and communication.
  • Study with professors whose experience includes leading Fortune 500 companies and spans industries as diverse as hospitality, manufacturing, and information systems.
  • Gain firsthand experience through a guaranteed internship, which is guided by our business executives in-residence.
  • Collaborate with faculty on applied research projects for global organizations to produce real-world results.
  • Benefit from mentoring and CEO Leadership programs, business symposia, field trips, simulations, business competitions, and many other engaged learning opportunities.
  • Access to business executives in-residence that work with you one-on-one to achieve an internship that matches your specific career goals.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Learn management principles by participating in a simulation requiring you and your team to make decisions relevant to running a large airline. Apply marketing strategies by developing marketing plans for real products. Conduct an applied research project for a local business that includes research design, data collection and analysis, and a professional presentation to a real client. Analyse local businesses and non-profit organizations in Strategic Management. At FSC, you’ll put learning into practice.

Course Information

Our business administration major provides you with a broad-based, hands-on, real-world business education. The breadth of courses we offer means you’re prepared for traditional career paths or more specialized fields such as event planning, theatre management, resort management, or church administration.

We also offer unique courses such as:

  • Sales Management and Personal Selling
  • New Venture Creation
  • Leadership Competencies
  • Law in Film and Business Ethics
  • Communication and Risk Management

Get complete descriptions of all our business courses  


Career Tracks

Finance

Finance

If you are good with numbers and have an aptitude for understanding economics and statistics, finance may be the career path for you. Financial analysts focus on details while keeping an eye on the big picture. | Explore Finance »

International Business

International Business

If you are good with numbers and have an aptitude for understanding economics and statistics, finance may be the career path for you. Financial analysts focus on details while keeping an eye on the big picture. | Explore International Business »

Management

Management

If you’re a born leader, consider a career in management. The management career track offers practical training, studying leadership, entrepreneurship, human resources, and more. | Explore Management »

Marketing

Marketing

Marketing is among the most popular career tracks. The “people” side of doing business, marketing prepares you for careers in sales or advertising. | Explore Marketing »

Sport Management

Sport Management

Do you have a love of management and sports? Why not combine both interests with a career track in Sport Management. | Explore Sport Management »

 

Faculty Highlights

FSC’s accomplished faculty have taught all over the world—from New Zealand to the United Arab Emirates. They’ve spent years practicing law, working as investors, and advising Fortune 500 companies. They also serve on the boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations, as well as consultants for businesses.

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

Many extra-curricular organizations are associated with this program, including Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity; Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law fraternity; Toastmasters International; and the Elite Student Board.

Internship Opportunities

With more internship positions than we can fill—many of them paid—you’ll have lots of options and opportunities to gain experience, build your resume, and expand your professional network.  

Our students intern with companies like:

  • AAA Auto Club
  • Bank of America
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Disney Resorts
  • GEICO
  • Goldman Sachs London
  • Lakeland Flying Tigers
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Merrill Lynch
  • MetLife
  • NASA
  • OPEC
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Raymond James
  • SunTrust Bank

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Last year, business administration students received over $50,000 in scholarships (for academic merit) from organizations that include:

  • Allen and Company
  • Anheuser Busch
  • Bank of America
  • The Duda Scholarship
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Hollis Family Scholarship
  • Lanier Upshaw
  • Rita Staffing
  • The Sharp Fellowship
  • SunTrust Bank

 

Program Requirements

In keeping with FSC's mission to prepare students to make positive and important contributions to society, you will benefit from core courses along with your business course work.

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 66 hours
ACC 2111 Foundations of Financial Accounting
ACC 2112 Foundations of Managerial Accounting
BUS 1115 Business and Society
BUS 2217 Principles of Management
BUS 3125 International Business Environment
BUS 3160 Marketing Principles
BUS 3311 Legal Environment of Business
BUS/ECO 3320 Applied Statistics of Business and Economics
BUS 3453 Managerial Finance
BUS 3705 Business Information Systems
BUS 4999 Seminar in Strategic Management of the Business Enterprise
ECO 2205 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 2207 Principles of Macroeconomics
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 6 hours
E. Total 124 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to the
Academic Catalog  

Interested in minoring in Business?

Get an overview of the fundamentals of business by earning a minor in business administration. Knowledge of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, or management can help you reach your goals irrespective of your field of study. To earn your minor, you must complete twenty credit hours selected from the courses below.

ACC 2111 Foundations of Financial Accounting
BUS 2217 Principles of Management
BUS 3160 Marketing Principles
BUS 3311 Legal Environment of Business
or  
BUS 3453 Managerial Finance
ECO 2205 Principles of Microeconomics
Total hours in the minor 20

3-Year Fast Track

You can earn your business degree in three years. View the 3-Year Fast Track Plan for a B.S. in business  

Management Certificate

The Evening Program in Business offers students who complete a common set of core business courses a "Management Certificate." The Management Certificate is awarded at the undergraduate level. The certificate requires a completion of ten (10) core business management courses consisting of 40 credit hours of instruction. No more than two courses may be accepted as transient course credit for the certificate. The courses required for the Management Certificates are:
ACC 2111 Foundations of Financial Accounting
ACC 2112 Foundations of Managerial Accounting
BUS 2217 Principles of Management
BUS 3160 Marketing Principles
BUS 3311 Legal Environment of Business
BUS/ECO 3320 Applied Statistics of Business and Economics
BUS 3453 Managerial Finance
BUS 3705 Business Information Systems
ECO 2205 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 2207 Principles of Macroeconomics

 

Course Descriptions

BUS 1005 PERSONAL FINANCE
Four hours. An overview of personal and family financial planning with an emphasis on financial record-keeping, spending, budgeting, tax planning, consumer credit, buying decisions, purchasing insurance, selecting investments, and retirement and estate planning.

BUS 1115 BUSINESS AND SOCIETY
Four hours. A survey course designed for taking a first look at business in society. An interdisciplinary systems approach is used to explore the nature of business and its role in society emphasizing several business disciplines in the overall context of the enterprise. Ethics and values are emphasized, and the interfaces of business with its environment, the issues of work, careers, and the parameters for success in life are explored. The development of basic business related vocabulary is used to understand and interpret business news and information. This course may not be taken after earning credit for upper-level business core classes. Gen Ed: SW (Aw), Ql

BUS 2217 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Concepts, principles, and functions of management applicable to all types of organizations; different managerial styles.

BUS 3115 SALES MANAGEMENT AND PERSONAL SELLING
Four hours. Prerequisite: BUS 3160. This course addresses sales management methods and concepts applicable to the efficient recruitment, deployment, and retention of an effective sales force in the twenty-first century business environment. Class demonstrations in different facets of selling and exercises in the art of persuasion will illustrate theories of buyer motivation, and help students develop a command of the language of sales. The course follows a process model of selling that applies across product concepts. There is an emphasis on participative exercises including classroom discussion of written assignments, presentations and role playing exercises.

BUS 3125 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
Two hours. This course is designed to provide students with an initial examination of the differences between business in a domestic context and business in an international context. Content will include exposure to culture, political, and social environment considerations, as well as trade theory, government influence on trade, and global management strategy. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An)

BUS 3155 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING STRATEGIES
Four hours. Prerequisite: BUS 3160. International Marketing Strategies is intended to provide undergraduate students with awareness, an analysis of global, international, and multicultural issues as they relate to companies and countries with an integrated course project that is applied to an actual organization. In this integrated course project students will develop several drafts, including a final draft to be submitted and presented to the client. The project requires students learn, analyze, and creatively solve a problem and then determine the best method to communicate a solution to the problem.

BUS 3160 MARKETING PRINCIPLES
Four hours. Prerequisite: ECO 2205. Marketing principles, functions, organizations, methods, and problems involved in the exchange process known as marketing; a managerial perspective that revolves around the marketing concept and the marketing mix. Gen Ed: Ql

BUS 3255 FINANCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY
Four hours. Prerequisites: ACC 2111 and ECO 2205 and ECO 2207. Study and analysis of the financial planning process including client interactions, assessment of investor risk profiles, construction of comprehensive personal financial statements and financial plans, ethics and responsibilities of professional financial planners, and the regulation of the financial services industry.

BUS 3311 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
Four hours. Introduction to commercial, property, administrative, constitutional and liability law, and the American court system, with special emphasis on how it affects people in business. Students will engage in evaluation, analysis, and application of legal doctrines to business and personal situations. Gen Ed: SW (Ap), Ql

BUS 3312 COMMERCIAL LAW
Two hours. Prerequisite: BUS 3311. In-depth study of the legal issues and principles inherent in business transactions, including sales, commercial paper, contracts, secured transactions, real property, business organizations, and trusts and estates; with heavy emphasis on applications of principles to problems.

BUS 3320 APPLIED STATISTICS OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
Four hours. Same as ECO 3320. Prerequisite: MAT 2022 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor. Mathematical statistical tools for managerial analysis, research, and decision making. Data collection and presentation, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, time series analysis and forecasting. Gen Ed: Qn

BUS 3453 MANAGERIAL FINANCE
Four hours. Prerequisites: ACC 2111 and ACC 2112 and ECO 2205 and ECO 2207. Planning and controlling sources and uses of a firm’s funds. Includes capital budgeting, dividend policies, determination of optimal capital structure, and internal vs. external financing of expansion.

BUS 3575 NEW VENTURE CREATION
Four hours. A study of the entrepreneurial aspects of business management including financial understanding as well as all of the activities in managing a business. Analyzes how entrepreneurs help shape and energize the free-enterprise system with innovation and job creation. Global considerations and entrepreneurships are included. The student will discover the advantages and pitfalls of entrepreneurship through the comprehensive development of a business plan assignment.

BUS 3666 LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES
Four hours. Prerequisite: BUS 2217. Study and application of cases, concepts, and theories related to leadership. Experiential exercises are used to simulate leadership situations and facilitate growth in leadership skills and abilities.

BUS 3670 FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: ACC 2111 and ACC 2112 and ECO 2205 and ECO 2207. The course presents the fundamentals of financial risk management. It provides a realistic and conceptually motivated overview of risk management for global corporations. Techniques to identify, measure and manage financial risk including use of futures, options, swaps, real options, financial engineering, value-at-risk and other risk measures are studied and applied.

BUS 3705 BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Four hours. Provides an overview of business data processing and management information systems. Covers introductory concepts of systems analysis techniques, nature of computer applications in business, problem solving, and discusses the future of information technology.

BUS 3888 PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE ANALYSIS AND VALUATION
Four hours. Prerequisites: ACC 2111 and ACC 2112 and ECO 2205 and ECO 2207. This course will provide a survey of real estate assets, markets, and decisions. The emphasis will be on the development of analytical techniques and information required for implementation; the course will also cover institutional features of real estate markets and transactions.

BUS 3900 WORK PRACTICUM IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Pass/fail. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 20 hours of business core courses. The course is a graduation requirement for students majoring in business administration, economics, and accounting including interdisciplinary majors. This course is a non-credit course involving a grade of pass or fail. After completion of 400-work units of work experience in business in a field related to the student’s major and completion of the work practicum portfolio, students register for BUS 3900 and submit documentation of work hours and the work portfolio.

BUS 4110 LAW IN FILM I: LEGAL ISSUES AND PROCEDURES
Two hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing and BUS 3311 and other approved criminology or political science course, or permission of the instructor. Seminar style course which provides an in-depth examination of legal issues and procedures, and the perception versus the reality of the American legal system and the practice of law through the use of mainstream films and television shows. Gen Ed: SW (Ap), Ql

BUS 4115 INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: ECO 2112 and BUS 2217 and BUS 3125. How to identify and develop relationships in international markets. International similarities and differences in marketing functions as related to the cultural, economic, political, social and physical dimensions of the environment are examined. Also considered are the changes in marketing systems and the adoption of marketing philosophies and practices to fit conditions in different countries.

BUS 4120 LAW IN FILM II: ETHICS AND PERCEPTIONS
Two hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing and BUS 3311 and other approved criminology or political science course, or permission of the instructor. Seminar style course which provides an in-depth examination of legal and business ethics and the perception of lawyers, businessmen, and the legal system created by cinematic depictions. Gen Ed: MV, SW (Ap), Ql

BUS 4148 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: BUS 2217 and BUS 3160 and BUS 4466. Management of marketing functions and analysis of problems of representative companies, including product development, pricing, promotion, and distribution; uses of computer in market management.

BUS 4188 INVESTMENTS
Four hours. Prerequisites: ECO 2205 and ECO 2207. Emphasis from standpoint of individual investor in corporate and government securities; investment objectives; appraisal of investment risks; valuation of securities; portfolio management.

BUS 4205 SPREADSHEET MODELING AND QUANTITATIVE BUSINESS DECISIONS
Four hours. Prerequisites: ACC 2111 and ACC 2112 and ECO 2205 and ECO 2207 and BUS/ECO 3320 and BUS 3453. The course provides a complete and modern treatment of management science methodology and the use of spreadsheet applications. Topics include decision theory, linear programming, network analysis, transpiration & assignment, PERT/CPM, forecasting, inventory control and queuing theory.

BUS 4255 INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Examination of the international financial environment of business. Emphasis is on the financial decision making process relating to foreign exchange risk management, hedging, arbitrage, currency futures and option markets, management of foreign investments, country risk analysis, international sources of financing and international money and capital markets.

BUS 4430 BUSINESS ETHICS, COMMUNICATION, AND RISK MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing, and BUS 2217 and 3311 or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course integrates legal research, writing, and document creation with business ethics. It is designed to prepare business students to effectively address and avert the legal and ethical challenges they will face in day-to-day business operations. Gen Ed: MV, Ql, Qn, EC-C

BUS 4466 MARKETING RESEARCH
Four hours. Prerequisites: BUS 3160 and BUS/ECO 3320. Marketing research is an important ingredient in the Marketing and/or business major. It is a vehicle for students to use what they have learned with what they will do when they graduate.

BUS 4960/4961 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP
Four hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing; permission of the instructor; BUS 3312, BUS 3115, and BUS/ECO 3320. Correlating theory and business practices in two operational settings; supervision by cooperating practitioners and faculty in several areas of application.

BUS 4999 SEMINAR IN STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF THE BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
Four hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing, all other courses in the major, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. The capstone course of the business administration major. The course integrates knowledge of all business disciplines from other courses. Uses case studies and team-based projects to identify problems and formulate strategic policies that shape the destiny of organizations. The course emphasizes analysis, decision-making, and implementation of business strategies. Gen Ed: Ql, EC-C