The Department of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. 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 similar 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.
Policy on Taking Online Courses:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 2.75.
- 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 2.75 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.