Welcome to the Department of Business!
The Department of Business (DOB) provides a comprehensive business education and experience to undergraduate students. The DOB prepares students with the knowledge and skills to successfully pursue challenging careers, graduate studies, and other post-graduate endeavors. The department has a strong commitment to bilingual education using American Sign Language (ASL) and English. The DOB emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning, and assessment through the integrated use of technology; critical thinking and analysis; a national and international perspective; and practical hands-on learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom.
The Department of Business at Gallaudet provides undergraduate programs for deaf and hard of hearing students in the fields of Business Administration and Accounting. In addition, for students who are interested in studying computer technologies, the University offers a new program in Information Technology, which is jointly supported by the Business and Mathematics Departments.
The Business Administration program will prepare students for entry-level management positions in either the private or public sector. In this major, students will study a broad spectrum of topics rather than focusing on a narrow specialization. Students will take a sequence of courses that cover all of the business fields: accounting, finance, management, marketing, business law, and strategy and policy. Students will learn how the different areas of a business function together, and how to make all these areas run together as smoothly as possible. Students will delve into issues such as diversity, ethics, politics, and other dynamics that play a role in every work environment.
The Accounting program will give students a broad base of study and is designed to prepare them for entry-level positions in government or private industry. Many accountants specialize in auditing, taxes, or consulting. There are also several professional designations within the field of Accounting which include CPA (Certified Public Accountant) as well as a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and a CIA (Certified Internal Auditor). However, to earn these distinctions, students will have to pass extremely challenging exams after graduation. If a student is interested in becoming a certified public accountant (CPA), a faculty advisor will work closely with the student to plan courses that meet the CPA requirements and prepare for the CPA examination.
The Information Technology degree prepares students to become future IT professionals with knowledge and practical hands-on expertise in current and emerging technologies and to grow into leadership positions or pursue research or graduate studies in the field. The program is career-oriented and flexible; it lets students choose their own path to success. Through its core curriculum and choice of concentration areas in Network/Database/Web, Accounting, Business, Computer Science, and Medical Informatics, students will gain technical competency to assume a variety of IT jobs in areas such as network and system administration, information security, database applications, web development, software integration, and helpdesk/end-user support and work in a broad spectrum of sectors such as government, business, healthcare, education, and manufacturing.
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The Business Administration and Accounting programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) every 10 years. This ensures that the programs maintains the same quality standards as other business programs. These programs were last re-accredited in 2010, and our accreditation report can be reviewed here. Until the next accreditation, the department submits a Quality Assurance report to ACBSP every two years. The most recent report covers the years 2010 to 2012, and can be reviewed here.