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2010-2011 General Catalog 
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Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

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Dean: Douglas D. Anderson
Location: Business 811
Phone: (435) 797-2376
FAX: (435) 797-3929

Executive Dean and Chief Administrative Officer:

Kenneth C. Snyder, Business 818, (435) 797-1387,

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer:

Christopher Fawson, Business 309, (435) 797-2320,

Director of Business Undergraduate Programs:

Ruth C. Harrison, Business 309, (435) 797-2272,

Director of Undergraduate Research:

Kenneth R. Bartkus, Business 302A, (435) 797-3891,

Director of International Programs:

Vijay R. Kannan, Business 412, (435) 797-7212,

Director of International Cooperative Education and Initiatives:

Li Li, Military Science 115A, (435) 797-3019,

Academic Departments

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business includes the academic departments listed below. Information about degrees and curriculum options are listed in the departmental sections of this catalog.

Accountancy, School of
Economics and Finance
Management Information Systems

Undergraduate Programs

The Huntsman School of Business offers the following programs in addition to those offered by academic departments. Detailed descriptions of these programs are provided in this section of this catalog.

Major in Business (bachelor’s degree)
Dual Major and Second Bachelor’s in Business
Minor in Business


The following programs are not necessarily associated with a specific department in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Participation is open to all Huntsman School of Business students. For further information, see:

Career Acceleration
Entrepreneurial Programs
Field Studies
Huntsman Internships
Huntsman Scholars
International and Global Enrichment
Koch Scholars
Partners In Business
Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence
Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED)
Study Abroad
Undergraduate Research Program

Graduate Degree Programs

The following is a list of the graduate degree programs offered by the Huntsman School. Detailed descriptions of these programs are provided within other catalog sections (see below).

Master of Accounting (MAcc)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Science (MS) and Master of Arts (MA) in Economics
Master of Science (MS) in Human Resources
Master of Science (MS) in Management Information Systems

Nondegree and Other Programs

A wide variety of seminars and development programs are sponsored by units and academic departments within the Huntsman School of Business. For example, Business Relations operates the Partners in Business program and the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. Partners in Business provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, strategies, and innovative business practices through low-cost, high-quality management education seminars for working professionals. The program is managed by a staff of dedicated business students under the supervision of the program director. Annual seminars include: Financial Services and Banking, Operational Excellence, Accounting, Customer Service and Marketing, Women in Business, Information Technology, and Human Resources. The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is an award given to organizations in recognition of world-class business performance achieved through focused improvements in lean business processes. The Shingo Prize is also awarded for research and writing that expands the knowledge and understanding of lean business processes.

The Huntsman School sponsors the Management Institute as a link between the talents of the faculty and the training needs of leaders in business, industry, and government. The Management Institute focuses on delivering high-quality, custom-designed training and development programs in outdoor experiential learning, indoor experiential learning, and data-based consulting.

The Center for E-Commerce is a part of the Management Information Systems Department in the Huntsman School of Business. The purpose of the center is to provide educational services within the University and community. The center includes e-commerce education, certification training, project coordination, and interdepartmental research.


Huntsman School of Business programs in business and accounting are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB is the premier accrediting association for business and accounting programs.


The mission of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is to become recognized globally as top-tier within our chosen strategic focus.


As strategic decisions are made in the the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, the faculty and staff aspire to see their investments pay off in the lives of students. Upon graduation, students should be prepared to add immediate value to the organizations where they will work, as well as to assume increasing leadership roles in the organizations and communities where they choose to serve. Graduates of the Huntsman School of Business will be identified by the following: (1) a strong commitment to ethical leadership, (2) a sense of purpose and place engendered by their global vision, (3) an ability to create and leverage value through their understanding of entrepreneurial processes, and (4) a mastery of applied and conceptual analytical frameworks.


The purpose of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is to be a career accelerator for students, as well as an engine of economic growth for communities, the state, the nation, and the world.

Learning Goals

Regardless of their major, undergraduate Huntsman School of Business students are required to take a common coursework core that includes learning experiences in both general knowledge and skills, as well as management-specific knowledge and skills. Nine specific learning goals drive the curriculum. These goals are:

Goal 1

Each student can effectively communicate coherent and persuasive written reports and oral presentations.

Goal 2

Each student can recognize and analyze legal and ethical issues and choose appropriate actions for practical business situations.

Goal 3

Each student can correctly apply mathematical and statistical techniques appropriate for business analysis.

Goal 4

Each student can use contemporary information technology in business decision-making.

Goal 5

Each student understands the domestic and international economic environment in which business organizations operate.

Goal 6

Each student can analyze and interpret an organization’s financial information as a basis for decision-making.

Goal 7

Each student can make appropriate decisions in the creation of value through the production and marketing of goods and services.

Goal 8

Each student can demonstrate an understanding of individual and group dynamics in organizations, including team building and collaborative behaviors in accomplishment of tasks.

Goal 9

Each student can conceptualize complex business issues, apply analysis to identify plausible solutions, and communicate findings.


Each of the nine learning goals is monitored and assessed for achievement. Information obtained through the assessment process is used to adjust and modify instructional methods and curriculum design as part of the Huntsman School’s continuous improvement effort. Achievement of goals is assessed using both direct and indirect measures. Direct measures include selection of students, course-embedded measurements, and a national achievement test. Indirect measures include student, alumni, and employer surveys, as well as employment and career success of graduates. Specific assessments for the Huntsman School of Business can be found at:

Honors in Business

Students who would like to experience greater academic depth within their major are encouraged to enroll in departmental honors. Through original, independent work, honors students enjoy the benefits of close supervision and mentoring, as they work one-on-one with faculty in select upper-division departmental courses. Qualified students in all majors within the Huntsman School of Business may pursue an Honors degree. Upon graduation, the student’s transcript will read: Graduated with Honors in [name of the major]. Honors students have the privilege of priority registration (registering a week before other students), as well as the privilege of enrolling in special course sections for honors students only. As part of a senior project, they have the opportunity to conduct business research of interest to them. Participating in the business honors program enriches the student’s educational experience, gains membership in the USU Honors Program, and enhances opportunities for admission to graduate and professional schools.

Eligibility for Acceptance

New freshmen with an Admission Index score of 126 or higher will be invited to participate in USU’s Honors Program and will be permitted to pursue Honors in Business. Admitted students must maintain a 3.50 minimum GPA in order to remain in the Honors Program. Sophomore, junior, and transfer students may apply or receive more information at the Honors Program Office, Main 15. Additional information can also be found online at:

Program of Study

Honors in Business requires 15 credits, which may be completed in the following way. If specific honors courses are not taken, then other courses may be substituted upon approval of the Huntsman School of Business honors advisor.

A student may elect to complete an Honors Advanced Internship (BUS 4250 ) by contract, in lieu of the Senior Honors Thesis/Project. For information about this option, contact Krystn Clark, Huntsman School of Business Internship Director, Business 309, (435) 797-2272,

Huntsman School of Business Honors Advisor

Christopher Fawson, Senior Associate Dean, Huntsman School of Business, Business 309, (435) 797-2320,

Undergraduate Programs

Admission and Graduation Requirements

Freshman Admission

Students may be admitted directly into the Huntsman School of Business as incoming freshmen if they have less than 24 earned post-high school college credits and if all of the following conditions are met: (1) admitted to Utah State University; (2) designated a Huntsman School of Business major on USU application; (3) ACT Composite of 24 or higher; and (4) high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Nonfreshman and Transfer Admission

USU students and transfer students from other accredited colleges and universities may be admitted directly to any Huntsman School of Business major if they have met the following conditions: (1) admitted to Utah State University; (2) earned 24 or more post-high school college credits with 3.5 GPA or higher; and (3) designated a Huntsman School of Business major on USU application (transfer students) or submitted a Huntsman School of Business application to the Huntsman School of Business Programs and Advising Center (PAC) (USU continuing students).

Students not meeting the above conditions are encouraged to apply. Admission is competitive based on available space in the Huntsman School of Business. Application forms and information are available at the Huntsman School of Business PAC and at:

Applications are accepted after (1) passing the University’s Computer Information Literacy (CIL) Exam or equivalent; (2) earning a minimum overall GPA of 2.67; and (3) completion of ECN 1500 , MIS 2200 , and STAT 2300  or equivalents with a grade of C or better.

Students may not repeat a course more than twice, and may have no more than 10 repeats in total to earn a degree. (Huntsman School of Business courses are limited to one repeat.)

Matriculation Requirement and Transfer Limitation

No more than 15 USU Huntsman School of Business credits (ACCT, BUS, FIN, MGT, MIS), numbered 2000 and above, earned as a nonbusiness major (before acceptance into the Huntsman School of Business) can be applied to a Huntsman School of Business degree. More than 15 business credits can be transferred from other accredited institutions. However, additional USU Huntsman School of Business credits added to previously earned transfer business credits may not exceed a combined total of 15. Furthermore, to earn a bachelor’s degree in a Huntsman School of Business major, at least 50 percent of the required Huntsman School of Business credits must be earned from coursework taken from the Utah State University Huntsman School of Business.

Enrollment Restrictions

Admission to the Huntsman School of Business does not ensure access to the courses required for graduation. The following course admission requirements must be met by all USU students:

  1. There are no restrictions on 1000-level courses.
  2. ACCT 2010 , ACCT 2020 , MGT 2050 , and MIS 2200 , require as prerequisites at least 15 credits of completed college-level work, an overall GPA (transfer credits included) of at least 2.50, and STAT 1040 , or MATH 1030 or MATH 1050 . (MATH 1050  or equivalent is required for Huntsman School Majors.) In addition, MIS 2200  requires a passing score on the Huntsman School English Usage Exam; a satisfactory AP, ACT, or SAT score; or a grade of B or better in OSS 1550 .
  3. Most 3000-, 4000-, and 5000-level departmental courses in the Huntsman School are restricted to students admitted to the Huntsman School or another USU major with an overall GPA of at least 2.67.
  4. MGT 4880  and MGT 4890  require completion of at least 90 credits for admission, as well as completion of FIN 3400 , MGT 3110 , MGT 3500 , and MGT 3700 .
  5. Huntsman School courses may be repeated only once.
  6. Many Huntsman School courses have prerequisites and other restrictions requiring adherence. Before registering for courses within the Huntsman School, students should refer to course listings in this catalog or consult with their advisor to ensure they have completed the necessary prerequisites.

University Studies Requirements

All freshmen-level students who enter USU Fall of 1998 and thereafter will be required to meet the University Studies requirements . Students who have received an Associate of Arts/Science degree from a college or university in the Utah System of Higher Education or from a school with which USU or the Huntsman School of Business has an articulation agreement will be considered to have fulfilled the General Education portion of the University Studies requirements, but must still complete the Depth Education portion. It is recommended that all business students visit with an advisor in the Programs and Advising Center, Business 309, to clarify their specific requirements in this area.

USU Credits and Business Credits

At least 30 of the last 60 semester credits must be taken from Utah State University, at least 20 of which must be completed in upper-division courses, of which at least 10 credits must be completed in courses required by the student’s major. At least 50 percent of the Huntsman School of Business credits required for a Huntsman School of Business degree must be taken from the Utah State University Huntsman School of Business or its departments, which include: School of Accountancy, Economics and Finance, Management, and Management Information Systems.

Optional P/D+, D, F Grade Restriction

This option (Grade Restriction ) is not available for any required courses for majors and minors in the Huntsman School of Business.

Huntsman School of Business Stop-out Policy

Students having a break in attendance of Huntsman School of Business programs in excess of one year will be subject to the Huntsman School and departmental requirements in effect at the time of their return.


Students must satisfy all University, Huntsman School, and departmental major requirements to be eligible for graduation. Refer to appropriate sections of this catalog for details.

Dual Major and Second Bachelor’s Degree

The Huntsman School offers both a dual major and a second bachelor’s degree in business. The course requirements consist of the Pre-Business and Business Core courses listed in either the  Business, BA  or the Business, BS  sections. The first major for a dual major or previous bachelor’s degree for a second bachelor’s must be in a subject outside the Huntsman School For information concerning other dual majors or second bachelor’s degrees in specializations (other majors) in the Huntsman School, see departmental sections of this catalog.

Minors in Other Business Subjects

Minors are available in other business subjects, as indicated in departmental sections of this catalog.

Professional Student Organizations

The following student organizations are sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and are available for membership, depending upon student objectives and qualifications.

American Marketing Association (AMA)

AMA meets every other week for one hour and has two or three marketing projects on which individuals can work. Such work offers additional marketing experience to students and can enhance a resume come graduation time. Many networking opportunities are available. AMA invites marketing speakers during the school year, holds socials, and has fun with interesting people. By becoming members of the National American Marketing Association, students demonstrate their interest in the field and make connections with other members of the AMA. For more information, contact Dr. Ken Bartkus,, (435) 797-3891.

Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group in E-commerce Student Chapter (MIS ACM SIGecom)

The USU Jon M. Huntsman School of Business student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has joined forces with the Special Interest Group in E-commerce (SIGecom). This alliance enables MIS majors to begin professional networking and career-enhancing activities. An important event of this active organization is the Partners in Business MIS seminar and banquet held during spring semester. SIGecom encourages research and acquiring first-hand experience with advanced applications relating to electronic commerce and the sharing of new ideas and experiences. SIGecom, the leading computer-centered professional organization, is dedicated to the advancement of electronic commerce, principles, and practice. The organization seeks to promote the informed development of commerce automation technology, while employing the best available engineering and economic methods. For more information, visit or contact the Management Information Systems Department, BUS 715, (435) 797-2342.

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi, the national honorary accounting fraternity, provides professional accounting and service experiences for accounting students throughout their academic program. Utah State University’s Delta Omega Chapter is one of the top chapters in the nation, having received the Superior Chapter Award each year since its inception in 1977, the longest running streak in the country. Beta Alpha Psi’s primary focus is on preparing students for careers in public accounting. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Larry Walther,, (435) 797-8697.

Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society

The Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society was founded in 1913 to recognize superior scholarship in business. It is the highest international recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive. The USU chapter was established in 1975. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to the top 20 percent of business graduate students, the top 10 percent of seniors with business majors, and the top 7 percent of juniors with business majors. Undergraduate candidates must have completed at least 30 credits of study at Utah State University. Graduate candidates must have completed at least 18 credits of study at Utah State University. For more information, contact Lindsey Thurgood,, (435) 797-3736.

Business Ambassadors

Business Ambassadors are the student representatives of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Each year 12 Business Ambassadors are selected. Ambassadors assist the dean of the school with hosting events that alumni and other prominent business people attend. They are responsible for welcoming all visitors to the Huntsman School of Business by giving campus tours and engaging guests in fun and interesting conversation. Ambassadors also help with recruiting students to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. They travel with the USU Ambassadors to community colleges and other two-year institutions to recruit transfer students, as well as to high schools to recruit new freshman. They also work with campus advisors to recruit undeclared students. For additional information, contact Mary Price,, (435) 797-8328.

Business Council

The Business Council consists of Jon M. Huntsman School of Business students from various business majors. The Business Council’s main objective is to listen to students and take action to implement their ideas in the Huntsman School of Business. The Business Council meets weekly to discuss feedback received from students. In addition, a representative from the council meets with school administrators once a month to inform the faculty of student opinions and concerns. For additional information, contact Ron Godfrey,, (435) 797-2707.

BusinessWorld Club

This club offers a forum, as well as an organized schedule, to discuss articles and current world events in business publications, such as BusinessWeek and The Economist. The purpose of the club is to help students understand the current events of the business world, both domestic and abroad. For additional information, contact Dr. Stacey Hills,, (435) 797-8201.

Entrepreneur Club

The student chapter of the Entrepreneur Club develops interaction and networking opportunities for students. The chapter sponsors the campus-wide Entrepreneur Week with the renowned “elevator pitch” competition each spring. For more information, contact David Clark,, (435) 797-1782.

Finance and Economics Club

Because good grades are becoming more common, job applicants need something extra to set them apart. The Utah State University Finance and Economics Club is a place for USU students to learn how to apply their skills and knowledge, as well as how to enhance their resume, through participation and leadership opportunities. Club members have an excellent opportunity to manage a $50,000 portfolio donated by the investment firm of D.A. Davidson. Half of any money the club makes over $50,000 is returned to the club and used for scholarships. Club members are also able to network with business professionals who speak at club meetings. Members of the Finance and Economics Club will find their experience in the club to be just as valuable as any class they take at Utah State University. For further information, visit or contact Paul Fjeldsted,, (435) 797-2172.

Financial Planning Association (FPA)

As a pioneer in the emerging field of personal financial planning, USU’s School of Accountancy has sponsored FPA to serve the needs of students interested in this growing and exciting discipline. This is the first student organization of its type at any university in the nation. FPA provides an educational opportunity to learn the intricacies and applications of complementary professions. For additional information, visit or contact Dr. Vance Grange,, (435) 797-2702.

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

USU has an award-winning student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. USU’s student chapter of IMA provides professional experiences in the area of management accounting. USU’s IMA chapter has been awarded the Gold Certificate of Excellence each year since 1995. This organization is primarily for students interested in careers outside public accounting, such as in industry, not-for-profit organizations, governmental organizations, and business entrepreneurship. For additional information, visit or contact Frank Shuman,, (435) 797-2339.

Lean Leaders

The vision of Lean Leaders is to contribute to Utah State University by building a career accelerator for individuals based on operational excellence principles. This club provides a great opportunity to develop lean operational principles. The club works to help students obtain their independent Bronze Certifications awarded by Shingo Prize, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. For more information, contact Randy Cook,, (435) 797-3785.

MBA Association (MBAA)

The Master of Business Administration Association (MBAA) serves students enrolled in the Utah State University MBA program. Membership is granted to all current MBA students. The MBAA encourages and hosts networking activities designed to help MBA students at USU find employment. Members help each other by refining resumes, practicing interviews, and developing other job-closing skills. The MBAA also works with MBA alumni to promote and strengthen the MBA program. For further information, contact Katherine McConkie,, (435) 797-1773.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)

Phi Beta Lambda is a national student organization specifically designed for students seeking a competitive edge in the business world. Involvement in PBL gives students opportunities they can’t get in the classroom, as well as experiences employers are looking for in today’s competitive job market. Benefits of membership in PBL include leadership development, networking contacts, social activities, travel opportunities, and professional conferences. For additional information, visit or contact Joseph Banks,, (435) 797-0333.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

The 60-year-old Society for Human Resource Management is a worldwide association of human resource professionals with more than 200,000 members globally. The Utah State University student chapter is one of more than 575 chapters in the United States. It is the student’s gateway to the world of human resource management. Students network with practicing human resource managers and engage in a variety of career-enhancing opportunities. The USU student chapter of SHRM was recognized as a national top-ten chapter for the 2005-2006 academic year. Membership is open to all full-time students interested in personnel and human resource management or in any of the functions of human resource management. For more information, visit or contact Alan Warnick,, (435) 797-2301, or Carrie Belsito,, (435) 797-3037.

Society for International Business and Economic Development

The Society for International Business and Economic Development (SIBED) aims to promote the role of students and organizations in advancing global society. SIBED focuses on three areas: (1) expanding awareness of international opportunities for academic and professional development, (2) developing knowledge and understanding of current issues in international business and development, and (3) being an advocate for corporate and humanitarian social responsibility. For more information, contact Dr. Vijay Kannan,, (435) 797-7212.

Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership

In order to bring a practical, real-world, hands-on ethics and leadership training experience to students, a new organization called the Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership has been created. Students are encouraged to become involved in ethical leadership. Members participate in the Ethical Leadership Book Club, Ethics Leadership Day, and Partners in Business Ethical Leadership Seminar. Additional information is available from:

Dr. Chad Albrecht,, (435) 797-2365, or Dr. Konrad Lee,, (435) 797-5090.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships

A number of scholarships and assistantships are available to Huntsman School of Business students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. There are also opportunities for employment in research projects and other activities. Assistantships for graduate students are available for both teaching and research. Applications for undergraduate scholarships may be made directly to the Programs and Advising Center, Business 309.

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