Jul 23, 2019  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Helzberg School of Management


College of Business, Influence, and Information Analysis

Academic Administration

 Dean   Cheryl A. McConnell, Ph.D., CPA, CFE
Associate Dean   Laura E. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Graduate Business Programs and Strategic Initiatives   Myles P. Gartland, Ph.D.
Discipline Group Coordinator, Accounting, Economics, Finance & Business Intelligence and Analytics   Anthony L. Tocco, Ph.D.
Discipline Group Coordinator, Management and Marketing   James Dockins, Ed.D.
Director, Undergraduate Programs   Jeremy J. O’Connor, Ph.D.
Director, DO/MBA Program   David Lingerfelt, MBA
Director, Executive MBA Program   Craig Sasse, Ph.D.
Faculty Chair   Martin H. Stack, Ph.D.
Director, Strategic Planning   Kelly A. Phipps, J.D., Ph.D.
Director, Curriculum Management and Assessment   David B. Vicknair, DBA, CPA

Full-time Faculty

 Professor of Business Intelligence and Analytics   Shahid Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing   Tracy Blasdel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management   James F. Dockins, Ed.D.
Professor of Finance   Brian D. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Professor of Business Intelligence and Analytics   Myles P. Gartland, Ph.D.
Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing   Diego Gutierrez, Executive MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Intelligence and Analytics   Matt Heinrich, Executive MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Intelligence and Analytics   David Lingerfelt, MBA
Associate Professor of Management   Jeremy J. O’Connor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Business Intelligence and Analytics   Xuan Pham, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management   Kelly A. Phipps, JD, Ph.D.
 Professor of Finance & Business Intelligence and Analytics   Sudhakar Raju, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management & Nonprofit Leadership Studies   Jennifer Rinella, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Management   Craig M. Sasse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management   Randolph E. Schwering, Ph.D.
Executive Associate Professor and Senior Scholar of Leadership and Management   Charlotte D. Shelton, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Accounting   Jamison Shipman, JD, CPA
Professor of Management   Martin H. Stack, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics   Michael J. Stellern, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing   Wenbin Sun, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting   Anthony L. Tocco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting   David B. Vicknair, DBA, CPA
Assistant Professor of Economics   Richard Wagner, Ph.D.
Executive Professor of Management   J. Turner White, Executive MBA
 Executive Assistant Professor of Accounting   Jeffrey R. Wright, MBA, CPA

Helzberg School of Management Vision, Mission, and Core Values

The Helzberg School of Management exists to prepare leaders to make a positive difference in the world. Our mission is to be the driving force in the community to educate and develop leaders of competence and conscience, based upon the Jesuit tradition of learning, leadership and service.

We will teach, practice, and be guided by:

  • Reverence for dignity of the human person;
  • Respect for the intellectual and spiritual aspects of education;
  • Commitment to the community and its progress;
  • Honesty, integrity, and ethics in every aspect of the educational endeavor; and
  • Commitment to engaged learning and applied business interactions.

Helzberg School Program Overview

Since 1933, Rockhurst business education and leader development have been characterized by innovation and responsiveness to a changing environment. Significant “firsts” include Kansas City’s first co-educational business degree for working adults (1933), the city’s first part-time MBA program (1976) first executive MBA program (1978), and participation in the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ groundbreaking DO/MBA Dual Degree program featuring a Rockhurst MBA in Health Care Leadership (2001). For more than 70 years, Rockhurst has met the demand for competent, confident leaders with management skills necessary to lead successful organizations in dynamic, rapidly changing environments.

The Helzberg School of Management undergraduate programs integrate a broad liberal arts-based education with focused study in specific areas, producing leaders of competence and conscience with the skills necessary to excel  professionally and serve others meaningfully. The undergraduate degree programs provide excellent preparation for subsequent study in graduate or professional schools and furthers the Jesuit ideal of educating men and women for others. The Helzberg School of Management grants the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). The BSBA is offered with a business administration major and concentrations in accounting, corporate accounting and finance, financial markets and economic analysis, international business, management, and non-profit administration. The Helzberg School of Management also grants a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics, a BA in Nonprofit Leadership Studies, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Analytics and Technology.

The Helzberg School of Management offers an accelerated or part-time evening Master of Business Administration (MBA), with concentration areas in accounting, business intelligence,  finance, health care management, international business, and management. Rockhurst BSBA students with a concentration in accounting may use the accelerated MBA to meet CPA exam requirements. For information on the accelerated evening, part-time evening, dual degree DO/MBA, please see Graduate Studies in the Helzberg School of Management in the university Graduate catalog.

The Helzberg School of Management offers a unique focus on executive education within the greater Kansas City area through its executive program, the Executive Fellows MBA. As part of its commitment to lifelong learning within the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, the Helzberg School of Management also provides educational and developmental programs for managers within the metropolitan area. For information on this program please see Graduate Studies in the Helzberg School of Management in the university Graduate catalog.

The Helzberg School of Management offers post-graduate certificates which focus on specific areas that Master of Business Administration graduates may further pursue. Certificates are available in finance, health care management, management, and nonprofit administration, data science, business intelligence, organizational development, human capital, fundraising leadership, and science leadership.

Undergraduate Studies in the Helzberg School of Management

Quality in the educational experience is a hallmark of Catholic, Jesuit education. The undergraduate curriculum of the Helzberg School of Management is designed to integrate a broad liberal arts based education with specialized study within a specific area, resulting in graduates who demonstrate both competence and conscience. The core curriculum is meant to shape the entire undergraduate experience, particularly in the integration of leadership, social responsibility and ethics, information analysis, communication, and globalization. In a variety of classroom settings, students are confronted with “real world” choices in developing skills which are relevant to the contemporary business environment.

A Helzberg School of Management degree provides excellent preparation for further study in graduate or professional schools, such as business and law, as well as providing skills for many professional fields. The degrees further the Jesuit educational ideal of educating men and women for others. The Jesuit educational mission emphasizes the combination of liberal and professional education to prepare individuals to be leaders in the contemporary world and to be lifelong learners.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The basis for developing an appreciation of the role of business as a societal institution is provided by a broad knowledge of business: its history, its impact upon individuals, its economic importance, and its social responsibilities. In addition, a full appreciation requires knowledge of the various environments (financial, economic, technological, governmental, social and cultural, and global) within which firms must operate. The degree includes an understanding of the complexities of problem solving and the ethical implications of managerial decision-making at the enterprise level and provides the basis for further studies.

Bachelor of Science in Analytics & Technology

The modern world is made of data. It has become a part of everything we do—from shopping to health care, economics to social media, and everything in between. The ability to extract it, process it understand it, visualize it, communicate it, and make value added decisions from it will be a critical skill over the next several decades as employment in this field is projected to grow by more than 30 per cent.

Organizations have massive amounts of data, but are challenged to develop strategies on how to use it and find talent to harness its value. That is why entry-level jobs such as analyst, analytics consultant, and junior data scientist are in great demand. Career trajectories for senior data scientists and senior managers in all fields with these skills will continue to rise.

If you are interested in technology, math, statistics, business, communications, economics, and engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Analytics and Technology is a great second major. Our strong interdisciplinary approach to developing the skills and hands on experience will prepare you for quickly expanding, high paying positions that require this 21st century skill set.

Within this major, you have the choice of two tracks:

  • Business Analytics Track: A broader approach incorporating project management, analytics for business decision making, and market research.
  • Data Science and Analytics Track: Focused on the core science of data and statistics.

Both tracks integrate a hands-on, experiential learning requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Rockhurst University’s BA in Economics prepares future leaders with the proper analytical, ethical, and communication skills necessary to succeed within all areas of economics.  This is accomplished through offering students a solid foundation in economics to understand the complexities of the economy and how it impacts and is impacted by all other aspects of society.  Then, students select additional courses from policy (sustainability, law, health) or international (trade, developing world, political economy) areas to specialize according to their interests. Upon completion students will be able to engage in evaluative and critical analysis of economic issues and determination and evaluation of relevant policies.  This prepares students for careers in their designated areas of interest as well as for continued graduate studies.  The BA degree is conferred at commencement through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership Studies

Rockhurst University’s Nonprofit Leadership Studies program prepares students for careers and leadership roles with nonprofit organizations. Students achieve foundation and professional level development competencies through coursework,  community-based research and service-learning projects, and a 300-hour supervised internship with a nonprofit organization. Rockhurst’s Nonprofit Leadership professors are highly credentialed professionals who bring their extensive nonprofit sector experience and networks to the classroom. Small class sizes provide a comfortable, interactive learning environment and foster rich discussions. Day and evening courses are offered for students’ convenience.

With 1.4 million 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and 7,500 in Kansas City alone, employment and leadership opportunities abound. Nonprofit organizations need talented, creative people with diverse skills and experiences to lead and manage programs, staff, volunteers, and resources. This work is more than a job—our graduates find it to be part of a life of meaning and a career that makes an impact for good. The BA in Nonprofit Leadership Studies is conferred at commencement through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Through the Helzberg School of Management, Rockhurst University offers:

Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Nonprofit Leadership Studies

Minor in Nonprofit Leadership Studies

Certificate program in Nonprofit Leadership Studies

Certificate program in Fundraising Leadership

Undergraduate program leading to the National Certificate in Nonprofit Management/Leadership awarded by Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is an alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations.

Minor Areas of Study

The Helzberg School of Management offers minors in general business, business administration (pre-MBA), economics, leadership studies, nonprofit leadership studies, and an interdisciplinary Leadership Development minor. The minor in business administration is available to all Rockhurst University majors not seeking a BSBA degree. The minor in economics is available to all Rockhurst University students who are not seeking an economics major. The minor in nonprofit leadership studies is available to all Rockhurst University students who are not seeking a nonprofit leadership studies major.

Leadership Development Minor

The Leadership Development Minor is an interdisciplinary minor and open to all students attending Rockhurst. This minor consists of 15 hours of coursework (5 courses), three required courses and two elective courses.  Required courses include LDV2000,LDV3000 and LDV4000.  Elective options include courses from Rockhurst’s core undergraduate curriculum, including LDV 4920. The student should consult closely with their advisor when arranging their required coursework. Note: A grade of C or better is required in each upper-division course of the minor. (A grade of C- will not fulfill the requirement.)

Admission

Undergraduate students are admitted to Rockhurst University by the Office of Admission and Financial Aid. Students who are interested in a business degree as freshmen, or at any subsequent point, are directly admitted into the Helzberg School, and can immediately declare their major. In addition students can declare a concentration without regard to a specific number of credit hours or courses compeleted.

Transfer Students

The Helzberg School of Management welcomes transfer students. Students considering transferring to Rockhurst University from another institution should have their academic records evaluated by the Helzberg School of Management’s Director of UG Advising to determine the transferability of courses. The Helzberg School of Management requires that at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the BSBA degree be earned at Rockhurst University.

Academic Student Services

The Helzberg School of Management’s Director of UG Advising assists students by providing information about degree programs, initial credit evaluations and course preregistration. Undergraduates must be advised every semester in order to preregister for classes. Freshmen students are also assigned faculty advisors in their major area of study. Part-time students are also advised by the Helzberg School of Management academic advising staff with faculty available to provide academic and career guidance.

Goppert Cooperative Education Program (Co-op)

Helzberg School of Management students are eligible to participate in the Goppert Cooperative Education Program (Co-op). See section in “Campus Life .”

Liberal Core Requirements

All Helzberg School of Management students are required to complete the liberal core requirements of Rockhurst University. See section on “Liberal Core Curriculum .”

Graduation Requirements for all BSBA Degrees

The Helzberg School of Management (HSOM) requires that at least 50 percent of all business credit hours required for the BSBA degree be earned at Rockhurst University. This policy excludes the lower-division economics, mathematics, and statistics courses.

The Helzberg School of Management BSBA degree requires students to earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in Helzberg School Core Courses and earn a grade of C or above in the 15 hours of upper-division courses required for the degree or concentration. In addition, students must successfully complete a senior capstone course with a grade of C or above.

A maximum of all business credit hours earned toward the BSBA may not exceed 50 percent of the total credit hours required for graduation. Upper-division economics courses that are required for any of the BSBA majors cannot be applied towards the BA in Economics and vice versa.

Additional degree requirements and policies are described in the Undergraduate Academic and Administrative Policies section of the catalog.

Note: The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics, or Nonprofit Leadership Studies, is not a business program, nor is the interdisciplinary minor in Leadership Development.

 

Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Minor

Certificate