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2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Helzberg School of Management


Academic Administration

 Dean   Cheryl McConnell, M.P.A., C.P.A.
Associate Dean   Richard D. Graham, M.B.A., M.A.
Discipline Coordinator, Accounting, Finance   Anthony L. Tocco, Ph.D.
Discipline Coordinator, Business   Myles P. Gartland, Ph.D.
Discipline Coordinator, Economics   Laura E. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Discipline Coordinator, Management, Marketing   Martin H. Stack, Ph.D.
B.A. in Economics Program Coordinator   Laura E. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
B.S.B.A. Program Coordinator   Anna C. Lampe, Ph.D.
     

Full-time Faculty

Associate Professor of Production Operations Management   Shahid Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management   James F. Dockins, Ed.D.
Professor of Finance   Brian D. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics   Laura E. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management   Myles P. Gartland, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management   Richard D. Graham, M.B.A., M.A.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Management   Daniel H. Jensen, M.B.A.
Executive Professor of Management   Anna C. Lampe, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting   Cheryl McConnell, M.P.A., C.P.A.
Assistant Professor of Management   Jeremy J. O’Connor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management   Kelly A. Phipps, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Finance   Sudhakar Raju, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management   Craig M. Sasse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management   Randolph E. Schwering, Ph.D.
Professor of Management   Martin H. Stack, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics   Michael J. Stellern, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing   Wenbin Sun, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics   Michael M. Tansey, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting   Anthony L. Tocco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting   David B. Vicknair, D.B.A., C.P.A.
Executive Professor of Management   J. Turner White, M.B.A.
 Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting   Jeffrey R. Wright, M.B.A., C.P.A.

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:

  • 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.

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) and 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.

Helzberg School of Management (HSOM) undergraduate program integrates 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 program provides excellent preparation for subsequent study in graduate or professional schools and further 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 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 graduate section of this 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 Graduate Section of this catalog.

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, corporate social responsibility and ethics, information analysis, communication, and globalization. In a variety of classroom settings, students are confronted with “real world” choices in developing business and managerial 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.

Minor Areas of Study

The Helzberg School of Management offers minors in business administration and economics. 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 Helzberg School of anagement also offers a Certificate in Business Administration for students pursuing a degree other than the BSBA.

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 are directly admitted into the Helzberg School while they complete the liberal arts core requirements and BSBA prerequisites. All students are eligible to declare a major in the Helzberg School of Management upon completion of 60 semester hours with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. In order to file a declaration of major, students submit an unofficial transcript and declaration of major form (available from the Registrar) to the Helzberg School of Management Director of UG Advising. Students must declare their concentration upon completion of 21 hours of Helzberg School coursework and also have completed the lower-division business prerequisites.

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 business 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. Parttime 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 “College Life .”

Curriculum Requirements

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.

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.

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 .”

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The goal of Rockhurst University’s BA in Economics is to prepare future leaders with the proper analytical, ethical and oral communication skills which are 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. This is then complemented by selection of a track of study in economics and related courses that is more focused on a student’s individual interests and career aspirations. Upon completion students will be able to engage in evaluative and critical analysis of economic issues and determination and evaluation of relevant policies both in the general economic contexts as well as those in their chosen track. This prepares them for careers in their designated areas of interest as well as preparation for continued graduate study.

Graduation Requirements

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. This satisfies the senior comprehensive examination requirement of the Helzberg School of Management.

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 is not a Business degree.

Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Minor

Certificate