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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Michael E. Stephens College of Business

Stephen H. Craft, Dean
Morgan Hall 201, Station 6540
telephone: (205) 665-6540
fax: (205) 665-6560
e-mail: scraft@montevallo.edu

Dean: Professor Craft.
Professors Mechitov, Moshkovich (recipient of the Michael J. and Donna H. Grainger Endowed Chair in Business and Accounting); Associate Professors Connell, Hamilton, MacPherson, Motii, Sanders; Assistant Professors Dillard, McMinn, Mellon, Wang; Instructors Kolb, Smith.


The mission of the Stephens College of Business is to provide a personalized, ethically focused, liberal-arts-based business education that gives graduates outstanding communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills and a commitment to improving organizations and society. This mission is accomplished through effective teaching informed by the production of impactful scholarship.


The Stephens College of Business (COB) offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree with majors in Accounting , Finance , Management , and Marketing . In addition, for students from any field of study, the Stephens COB offers minors in accounting , economics , general business , management information systems , and nonprofit studies . The general business minor meets all prerequisites for the College’s master of business administration (M.B.A.) program, which embraces students and professionals who look to succeed in business regardless of their undergraduate major. Students majoring in a business degree program are required to express ideas convincingly and clearly, both in writing and in presentation. Students are required to work in and lead teams to develop their ability to conduct business meetings in a technological and global environment while displaying a commitment to diversity and ethical integrity.

Bachelor of Business Administration


Academic Programs and Degree Plans for the Michael E. Stephens College of Business

Information about academic programs, as well as degree plans showing a suggested course of study for each major within this College, are available on the University’s website.


Stephens COB programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier accrediting agency for programs in business administration. AACSB International is devoted to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business administration. This accreditation places the Stephens COB with the top business programs worldwide.

AACSB accreditation means that Stephens COB students are exposed to curricula that blend theory and practice and are delivered by faculty members with strong academic credentials and professional experience, and who demonstrate high-quality teaching and research. The programs reflect currency and relevancy in knowledge and practices while satisfying criteria established and accepted by the international education community. Finally, AACSB accreditation shows employers the value of a Stephens COB business degree.


The Stephens COB offers the B.B.A. degree with majors in Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing. Each degree program requires completion of the general education core, the business core, major requirements, and a set of elective courses.

Admission Policy

Freshmen admitted with either an American College Testing Program (ACT) composite score of less than 18 or a Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) combined score of less than 800 must successfully complete ENG 101  and 102  and MATH 144 , 147 , 154 , or higher to be eligible for enrollment in the Stephens COB. Current University students changing to a business major, transfer students, and non-Stephens COB students being readmitted to the University must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 based on a 4.0 scale in order to be eligible for admission to the Stephens COB.

Academic Regulations

  • Business majors must schedule freshman English and mathematics each semester until course requirements are successfully completed.
  • To graduate, a Business major must:

a.attain a minimum 2.0 GPA in the basic business core and a minimum 2.0 GPA on all business courses attempted in the major and

b. complete the last 18 semester hours in the basic business core and the last 15 semester hours in the major at UM in the Stephens COB.

  • Transfer students should follow the program of study outlined for B.B.A. candidates at the University during the freshman and sophomore years at other institutions.

a. The dean of the College determines eligible transfer credit that applies toward business degrees.

b. Transfer students must schedule freshman and sophomore course deficiencies each semester until successfully completed.

General Education Core

Students seeking an undergraduate degree at UM must complete a 50-semester-hour General Education curriculum that includes courses in English, history, mathematics, the natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts, oral and written communication, and personal development.

The minimum requirements are included in the Academic Programs and Policies chapter of this Bulletin, under the degree requirements section.

All Business majors must take EC 231  and 232 , which fulfill 6 hours of the History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences component of the General Education curriculum.

MIS 161  satisfies the General Education requirement for Personal Development.

Business Core

Students seeking the B.B.A. degree must complete the 36-semester-hour business core, 18 or more hours in their majors, plus sufficient electives after consultation with their adviser to complete at least 120 hours required for graduation.

The Business Core requirements are:

Courses in Business