May 26, 2024  
2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business (Jennings A. Jones)

E. James Burton, Dean
E. Dwight Bullard, Associate Dean
Troy A. Festervand, Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Education
David A. Foote, Assistant Dean for Assessment
Nancy M. Bragg, Assistant to the Dean
Gretchen R. Leming, Manager, Advising Center
Amanda J. Chambers, Academic Advisor
S. Sue Farmer, Coordinator, Undergraduate Services

The Jennings A. Jones College of Business seeks to provide the intellectual foundation for students’ lifelong learning and success. Drawing students extensively from the regional population with an increasing emphasis on national and international diversity, the Jones College utilizes traditional and technology-based pedagogies to create a positive teaching/learning environment. In addition to a sustaining emphasis on quality teaching and learning through classroom research, student professional organizations, and advisory activity, the faculty of Jones College also contributes to business, professional, and civic affairs through public service and intellectual pursuits.


The vision of the Jones College of Business is to be recognized as a premier college of business in Tennessee at both the undergraduate and master’s degree levels.

We will continually work to raise the knowledge and skill bases of our students and to be recognized for the competence of our graduates. We will seek consistent improvement in teaching/learning, research output, and service to our regional partners in business, industry, and government.

Recognizing this vision is a lofty one, the Jones College intends to measure progress toward it through periodic surveys of those who employ our graduates.


The most important accomplishments of the University happen in the classrooms, in the research environments, and in the professional interactions. All other activities are designed to facilitate these important accomplishments.

While achieving excellence is a reward unto itself, faculty and staff should be rewarded commensurate with their contributions to the accomplishment of the vision, mission, and objectives.

There are three (3) primary attributes toward which we continuously strive.

  1. Accessibility. We intend to improve the accessibility of our students to the resources of the University and college. We offer a wide variety of courses, programs, and degrees in support of our constituencies–traditional campus courses, as well as evening, Saturday, off-campus, online, and distance learning courses. Faculty are available on campus as well as through email, faculty websites, and the course management system. Students have access to both full-time college advisors and faculty advisors.
  2. Quality. Students experience quality learning opportunities that are enhanced by faculty committed to effective teaching and to expanding knowledge in their disciplines through discipline-based and pedagogical research. Course offerings and course content are regularly reviewed to maintain currency. Using our admissions policy, we seek to improve the readiness of our students and thereby set higher expectations for our curricular outcomes.
  3. Value. The college is a gateway to knowledge, providing a foundation for lifelong learning and the success of our students. Value is added by faculty who demonstrate quality teaching, scholarly research, and service to their profession, the community, the region, and beyond. This linkage of scholarship, teaching, learning, and service is our bond with the students, the public, and the business community. Value to our constituencies is strengthened by a philosophy of responsiveness and accountability.


The mission of the Jones College of Business is to

  • set our students’ foundation for lifelong learning through high quality learning experiences resulting from quality teaching, classroom interactions, student professional organizations, service learning, and interactions with faculty outside the classroom;
  • further the scope and dissemination of the body of business knowledge through scholarly research that advances our disciplines, enhances teaching/learning, and improves outcomes of for-profit and governmental organizations;
  • contribute to the economic development of the region through our outreach programs.

We will produce career-ready undergraduate students, M.B.A. and M.S. graduates prepared for career challenges and advancements, significant applied research, and consulting consistent with the expertise of our disciplines. 

Undergraduate Admission

Pre-Business Admission

Students who plan to major in Jones College are designated “pre-business” in the department of their major until they have met the following requirements and have been fully admitted. Majoring in business is a two-step process: (1) admission to MTSU (Admissions and Registration ), and (2) completion of the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of degree credits (excluding learning support, university studies, and high school deficiencies).
  • Complete all high school deficiency requirements.
  • Complete all academic enrichment requirements.
  • Have at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA on all attempted college-level coursework.
  • Complete ACTG 2110 , QM 2610 , ECON 2410 ECON 2420  with a passing grade and a minimum 2.00 GPA.

Full Admission

After completing pre-business requirements, students planning to major in business must complete the Jones College application for admission, available at the advising office in Business and Aerospace Building N219.

Jones College majors who have attained junior status (60 or more semester hours completed) may register for the following courses prior to full admission: BCEN 3510 , BLAW 3400 ECON 3210 FIN 3010 , INFS 3100 , MGMT 3610 MGMT 3620 , MKT 3820 , and QM 3620 Registration in these courses does not guarantee admission into Jones College. Jones College majors may not register for other upper-division business courses until they have been fully admitted into Jones College.

Nonbusiness Majors in Upper-Level Courses

Students from other colleges at MTSU may enroll in 3000-4000 level Jones College courses under the following conditions:

  1. They have attained junior status.
  2. They have obtained permission from the office of the Jones College dean.
  3. They have met course-specific prerequisites.
  4. They have a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Students majoring in business must attain a 2.00 GPA in their major courses and in Jones College courses to graduate. Jones College courses include those with the prefixes ACTG, BUAD, BLAW, BCEN, ECON, FIN, INFS, MGMT, MKT, and QM.
  2. Students majoring in business must be admitted to Jones College at least one semester prior to their graduation date.
  3. Jones College majors must complete the required business minor with a minimum 2.00 GPA.
    1. All business majors (except those majoring in Business Administration) must complete the Business Administration minor.
    2. Business Administration majors must complete the Economics and Finance minor.
  4. Students choosing a minor in Jones College must attain a minimum 2.00 GPA in the selected business minor to meet graduation requirements.

These admission standards have been established by the Jones College faculty and administration.

Degree Requirements

The Jennings A. Jones College of Business offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. Each program includes courses for a specific minor. Specified minors cannot be omitted, but additional minors outside the Jennings A. Jones College of Business may be elected. The same courses may not be used to meet degree requirements in more than one major or minor. B.B.A. degrees are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Degree programs are offered in

  • Accounting (B.B.A.)
  • Business Administration (B.B.A.)
  • Business Education (B.S.)
  • Economics (B.B.A.)
    Concentration in and Labor Relations
  • Economics (B.S.)
  • Entrepreneurship (B.B.A.)
  • Finance (B.B.A.)
    Concentrations in Business Finance, Financial Institution Management, Insurance, and Real Estate
  • Information Systems (B.B.A.)
  • Management (B.B.A.)
  • Marketing (B.B.A.)
  • Office Management (B.B.A.)

We do not offer an online business degree.

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree

Each candidate for a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree must meet the following:

  1. the University Degree Requirements (Requirements for Admission );
  2. the General Education  requirements;
  3. the following business courses:
  4. a major consisting of a minimum of 24 semester hours of courses as specified by each college department;
  5. a minimum of 50 percent of required business hours must be taken at MTSU;
  6. a minimum of 50 percent upper-division hours in the major and 3 upper-division hours in the minor must be taken at MTSU;
  7. Strategic Management, BUAD 4980 , must be taken at MTSU during the last semester of coursework (students will not be permitted to enroll until completion of courses marked with an asterisk (*) in item 3 above);
  8. two separate majors in business cannot be completed simultaneously.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

Each candidate for a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree must meet the following:

  1. the University Degree Requirements (Undergraduate Degree Requirements );
  2. the General Education  Requirements;
  3. the specific requirements for the B.S. degrees as listed under departmental sections of the catalog for the following programs:
    1. Business Education major includes a minor in Secondary Education leading to licensure to teach business subjects;
    2. Business Education major with a required minor in Business Administration for students not seeking licensure to teach business subjects;
    3. Economics liberal arts major without a specific required minor.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree should review Second Bachelor’s Degree in this catalog (Academic Policies and Procedures ).

All students seeking a second bachelor’s degree in business should

  • obtain program approval and upper-division forms from the Jones College Academic Advising Center;
  • meet the degree requirements shown on the upper-division form for the specific major and catalog year selected.

Equivalent courses completed at other institutions will not be required for the second bachelor’s degree in business. At least 50 percent of the total business hours required for a second degree must be taken at MTSU.


All students must complete or be enrolled in all lower-division requirements before enrolling in upper-division business courses. Courses may have additional prerequisites; see the course descriptions in this catalog.

Transfer Credit

Middle Tennessee State University accepts all transfer college credit from institutions of higher learning. After transcripts from other institutions are evaluated, applicants are notified by email to review the transfer evaluation online. The transfer evaluation is available to the applicant identifying how transfer courses were equated to MTSU courses.

Applicants should meet with an advisor in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business for assistance in identifying which courses apply toward a business degree and to determine if prerequisite courses and grade point averages have been met for full admission into the college. All transfer credits may not meet specific course requirements.

Students from other State of Tennessee institutions following Universal Transfer Paths are encouraged to seek advice from a Jones College of Business advisor as early as possible to assure a smooth transfer and application of credits earned.

The Jennings A. Jones College of Business permits a lower-division transfer course to satisfy a specific upper-division business course requirement after a student successfully passes an MTSU comprehensive examination on the course under consideration.

Approval to take a comprehensive exam is granted by the department chair. The decision is based on a review of the educational background of the student to assess the probability that the student has gained enough knowledge from a similar course or courses to be likely to pass the exam. A proficiency level of 70 percent or higher must be attained to pass such an exam. A copy of the exam results will be retained in the department office. When a student passes such an exam, the department chair will recommend a course substitution using the lower-division transfer course or courses to meet an upper-division course requirement.

Students may attempt the test two times provided at least four months have passed since the last test was attempted. Comprehensive exams are available for the following courses:


The Jennings and Rebecca Jones Business and Economic Research Center is an integral part of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. The center coordinates research studies for the college; publishes the journal Tennessee’s Business and newsletters Mid-State Economic Indicators and Global Commerce, monographs, and conference papers; acts as a repository of business and economic data; and assists faculty, students, and the broader community with research needs.

The college also supports or houses the following centers, projects, and endowments:

  • Stock Market Game
  • Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  • Tommy T. Martin Chair of Insurance
  • Jack O. Weatherford Chair of Finance
  • Economic Education Center
  • Jennings A. Jones Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise
  • Jennings and Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Wright Travel Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership Middle Tennessee

Jones College business and accounting programs are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Following are the college departments with a listing of programs offered.



Go to information for Accounting.


Bachelor of Business Administration


Business Communication and Entrepreneurship

Go to information for Business Communication and Entrepreneurship.


Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Science


Computer Information Systems

Go to information for Computer Information Systems.


Bachelor of Business Administration


Economics and Finance

Go to information for Economics and Finance.


Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Science


Management and Marketing

Go to information for Management and Marketing.


Bachelor of Business Administration