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Department of Business

Web: Department of Business
School of Education, Business, and Human Services

Emilia Chukwuma, Chair
Ely Center, Room 203 

The Department of Business offers three undergraduate programs (1) accounting, and (2) business administration (with concentrations in economics, finance, management, international business, business law, and marketing) and (3) Risk Management and Insurance. Both accounting and business administration are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Risk Management and Insurance program, has not yet credited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. However, the department will seek accreditation for Risk Management and Insurance program in the future.

The department seeks to provide each student with programs that reflect the most recent developments in the field of management and related professional programs, to familiarize students with technological advances that are transforming the workplace, and to afford students through internships the opportunity of applying classroom theory in "real-life" settings.

The programs of the department are designed to prepare students for direct entry into a career in business or government or for graduate study in business, economics, law, public administration, or related fields. The programs are designed to provide education concerning the highly complex and technical character of management common to all organizations. Students are expected to develop an insight into basic tenets and analytical skills that will equip them to meet the needs and problems of diverse types of business organizations. Students who plan to major in one of the Department of Business programs are encouraged to start their business courses in their freshman year.

Gallaudet University supports undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in business through our Pre-MBA Program.  This program consists of several elements:

  • Pre-MBA advising
  • Foundational business courses
  • Availability of on- and off-campus internships in management, marketing, accounting, economics and finance
  • Pre-MBA workshops (including Graduate Management Test preparation)

Undergraduate students participating in this preparatory program, which supports preparation for application to graduate schools of business, must still select a major offered at Gallaudet University; they may also apply for a self-directed major as explained in the University catalog.

Policy on Taking Online Courses:

1. Core courses for both Business Administration and Accounting majors-Students must take all core courses onsite. If they fail a course, they must repeat it onsite and cannot take it online or at any other university.

2. Business Administration concentration elective courses-Students may take online courses if they are not available onsite. However, permission must be obtained from the Department prior to registering for an online course, using the Prior Permission form.

3. Accounting major required courses-Students must take them onsite at Gallaudet. The Department will not accept any transfer credits, whether earned online or onsite, for these courses. Students may take Accounting elective courses online if they are not available onsite. However, permission must be obtained from the Department prior to registering for an online course, using the Prior Permission form.

4. Exceptions to the above rules are granted on a case-by-case basis for students with special circumstances. In such a case, the student and his/her major adviser must present the rationale to the Department Chair to obtain permission. For transfer students, their prior onsite as well as online courses will be evaluated for course equivalence based on established criteria. The maximum number of transfer credits the Department will accept for its major and major elective courses is 12 credits.

Declaring a Major

Requirements for Admission to a Business Administration or Accounting Major

Students considering a Business Administration or Accounting major are encouraged to declare their major by their sophomore year in order to complete all the required major courses in a timely fashion. The following minimum criteria must be met for a student to be considered for admission into the Business Administration or Accounting major:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70.
  • Completion of an application form and a 750-word essay addressing academic background, work experience and career goals, and extracurricular interests.
  • Successful completion of GSR 104 and GSR 150 or equivalent, with a grade of C+ or better.
  • Successful completion of BUS 101 or equivalent, with a grade of B- or better.
  • Two letters of recommendation of which at least one must be from a former professor.

For continuation in a Business Administration or Accounting major, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 in both major  and non-majors courses. All Business Administration or Accounting majors must complete at least one internship in their chosen field prior to graduation.

New Programs to Start in Fall 2016

Note: At present, the new programs are not accredited by ACBSP. However, the department will seek accreditation for the Risk Management and Insurance program in the future.

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