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Majors Programs

Accounting (BS)

Professional Accountancy (BS)

Administrative Systems/MIS (BS)

Banking & Financial Services (BS)

E-Business Education (BSeD)

Economics (BS)

Finance (BS)

Fitness Management (BS)

General Business (BS)

International Business Studies (BA)

Management (BS)

Marketing (BS)

Academic Programs in Business


MAJORS PROGRAMS


Accounting (BS)

Accounting is often referred to as the "Language of Business." However, careers in accounting extend far beyond profit-oriented enterprises to governments, non-profit agencies and other types of organizations. In more traditional roles, accountants perform audits, prepare taxes, and compile and analyze financial statements. Perhaps surprisingly, accountants also do a lot of other things including forensic investigations, valuation services, information system audits, and internal audits and reviews. The range of career opportunities is wide and the paths are many and varied.

At Northern State University there are two programs available; the 4-year Bachelor of Science program and the 150-hour Professional Accountancy program. Both programs prepare students for entry into accounting careers. But to become a CPA, candidates are required to complete 150-hours of academic credit to qualify to take the CPA exam.

Students majoring in accounting must also complete business core requirements and meet School of Business exit requirements.

ACCT 310, Intermediate Accounting I (3 credits)
ACCT 311, Intermediate Accounting II (3 credits)
ACCT 320, Cost Accounting (3 credits)
ACCT 430, Income Tax Accounting (3 credits)
ACCT 450, Auditing (3 credits)
ACCT 470, Non-Profit Accounting (3 credits)
ACCT 480, Advanced Accounting (3 credits)
BADM 351, Business Law (3 credits)

Choose one of the following: (3 credits)
   ACCT 431, Advanced Income Tax (3 credits)
   ACCT 440, Accounting Theory (3 credits)
   ACCT 360, Accounting Systems (3 credits)
   ACCT 451, Advanced Auditing (3 credits)

Total 27 credit hours


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Professional Accountancy (BS) (150 Credit Hour Degree)

Most states, including South Dakota, require 150-hours of college credit to qualify to take the Uniform CPA Exam. The Professional Accountancy program at NSU not only meets those requirements, it is specifically designed to help prepare students for the exam and for careers in public accounting.

Students majoring in Professional Accountancy must also complete business core requirements and meet School of Business exit requirements. It is highly recommended that Professional Accountancy majors also complete an internship and select related courses compatible with career goals and professional expectations such as finance and management information systems.

ACCT 310, Intermediate Accounting I (3 credits)
ACCT 311, Intermediate Accounting II (3 credits)
ACCT 320, Cost Accounting (3 credits)
ACCT 360, Accounting Systems (3 credits)
ACCT 430, Income Tax Accounting (3 credits)
ACCT 431, Advanced Income Tax (3 credits)
ACCT 440, Accounting Theory (3 credits)
ACCT 450, Auditing (3 credits)
ACCT 451, Advanced Auditing (3 credits)
ACCT 470, Non-Profit Accounting (3 credits)
ACCT 480, Advanced Accounting (3 credits)
BADM 351, Business Law (3 credits)

Total 36 credit hours


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Administrative Systems (BS)

We live in an Information Age in which knowledgeable workers continue to have excellent opportunities for employment and promotion.  The development of new approaches to the design of information systems aids companies in maintaining their competitive edge in the global market.  Today's electronic information systems transmit data via local and global area networks.  The business system of today and tomorrow helps improve productivity and allows for an extensive range of business activities - all at incredible speeds.

Management Information Systems Specialization

The focus of this program is to provide high-level competencies for prospective administrative managers and supervisors.  Management Information Systems (MIS) is concerned with the analysis, design and implementation of management information systems and networks, software design and database applications.  Students develop and use computer-based decision support systems in business environments in preparation for careers in information systems.  The program will:

  • Prepare graduates for entry-level positions involving the analysis, design and implementation of information systems.

  • Provide the essential foundation knowledge and skills for progress in an information management career path.

  • Prepare graduates to participate successfully in the application of information technology in the business world.

MIS continues to be one of the fastest growing and highest salaried professions in the world.  As a consequence, those individuals who are well prepared in this area will continue to be in high demand.

Students majoring in management information systems must also complete  business core requirements and meet School of Business exit requirements. 

CSC 130, Visual Basic Programming
(3 credits)
MIS 332, Structured Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
MIS 335, Telecommunications and Networks for Business (3 credits)
MIS 484, Database Management Systems (3 credits)
Electives (choose four): 12 credits
     ACCT 360, Accounting Systems (3 credits)
     CSC 140, Web Programming (3 credits)
     CSC 273, Computer Mathematics with Excel & VBA (3 credits)
     MIS 150, Computer Science I (3 credits)
     MIS 210, Web Authoring (3 credits)
     MIS 250, Computer Science II (3 credits)
     MIS 371, Data Structures (3 credits)
     MIS 384, Decision Support Systems (3 credits)
     MIS 461, Programming Languages (3 credits)

Total 24 credit hours


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Banking and Financial Services (BS)  

The Banking and Financial Services major at Northern State University provides broad diversity in a liberal arts setting, while focusing on the understanding of the role of banking and financial services in business, government, and society.
The banking and financial services program combines case studies, computerized banking simulations, group projects and presentations that require students to gather and analyze individual and company data.  Specifically, students gain competency in the areas of lending, bank operations, insurance, risk management, investments, securities brokerage, trust operations, wealth management, regulation, compliance, asset management, liability management, community banking/economic development, and the history and operation of the monetary system.

A degree in banking and financial services from Northern State University prepares students for careers in such fields as banking, insurance, and other financial institutions.  Graduates of this program will require little additional training to accept managerial positions in either a bank or financial institution.

Students majoring in banking and financial services must also complete business core requirements and meet School of Business exit requirements.

BADM 311, Asset & Liability Management (3 credits)
BADM 353, Regulation and Compliance (3 credits)
BADM 417, Bank Operations (3 credits)
BADM 434, Personal Lending & Credit Cards (3 credits)
BADM 445, Trust Management & Operations (3 credits)
BADM 446, Community Banking (3 credits)
BADM 449, Commercial, Agricultural & Mortgage Lending (3 credits)
BADM 494, Internship (1 credit)
ECON 330, Money & Banking (3 credits)
Electives (choose one): 3 credits
     BADM 351, Business Law (3 credits)
     BADM 411, Investments (3 credits)
     BADM 431, Risk Analysis and Insurance (3 credits)
     BADM 440, International Finance Management (3 credits)

Total 21 credit hours


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E-Business Education Major (BSEd)


The E-Business (Electronic Business) Education major prepares students to teach business and computer courses at the middle school and secondary school levels.  Emphasis is placed on the use of electronic technology; including internet based classroom  support programs, distance education, and current electronic research methods.  Extensive instruction in the actual subject matter of business is provided.  Tip "How to Teach" skills are learned through a methods course and in the classroom setting beginning in the sophomore year.  This classroom experience includes a semester of practice teaching in the senior year.

E-Business Education Majors will:

  • Develop enhanced skills in software/hardware usage and application development

  • Develop oral, written, and electronic communication skills

  • Learn how to manage a classroom effectively

  • Develop a variety of teaching skills

  • Have an opportunity to participate in student organizations

  • Observe a variety of business/computer and management information classes.

  • Be able to touch and influence the lives of hundreds of future business leaders and citizens

The current demand for business and/or computer teacher is good.  Choosing teaching as a career will prove to be very rewarding.  Students who choose a major in E-Business Education, but decide to work in private business or government will find their degrees and special training will qualify them for many positions.  A major in business education prepares students to teach business subjects at the junior or senior high school level. Pre-business or core courses are NOT REQUIRED for the E-Business Education major.   A minor is required to complete the BSEd curriculum. (Suggested Plan of Study)

ACCT 210, Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
BADM 101, Survey of Business  (3 credits)
BADM 244, Business Communications (3 credits)
BADM 284, Career Placement Procedures (1 credits)
BADM 350, Legal Environment of Business and Contracts (3 credits)
BED 480, 7-12 Business Education Methods (3 credits)
ECON 202, Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
MIS 150, Computer Science I (3 credits)
Choose two: 6 credits
     ACCT 211, Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
     BADM 220, Business Statistics (3 credits)
     BADM 360, Organization and Management (3 credits)
     BADM 370, Marketing (3 credits)
Approved Technology Proficiency Electives (3 credits) - excluding MIS 105.

Students will be required to earn an endorsement in another area of their choice. (K-12 Educational Technology Endorsement Recommended)

Total 34 credit hours


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Economics (BS)

The Economics major at Northern State University provides broad diversity in a liberal arts setting, while focusing on the understanding of the role of economics in business, government, and society.  The economics program combines classroom discussions, simulations, case studies, and real life situations to teach economic analysis.  Specifically, students gain competency in the areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics, monetary policy, and international economics.

A degree in economics from Northern State University prepares students for careers in such fields as banking, government, and industry.  In addition this solid academic foundation allows for success in graduate school.

Students majoring in economics must also complete business core requirements and meet School of Business exit requirements.

ECON 301 or 302, Intermediate Macroeconomics or Microeconomics (whichever was not taken in the business core) (3 credits)
ECON 330, Money and Banking (3 credits)
ECON 441, International Trade (3 credits)
Choose five of the following courses: 15 credits
     BADM 424, Operations Research (3 credits)
     ECON 304, Managerial Economics (3 credits)
     ECON 423, Statistics II (3 credits)
     ECON 433, Public Finance (3 credits)
     ECON 442, International Finance (3 credits)
     ECON 482, Labor Economics (3 credits)
     ECON 491, Independent Study (1-3 credits)
     ECON 492, Topics (1-4 credits)
     ECON 494, Internship in Economics (1-12 credits)

Total 27 credit hours


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Finance (BS)

The Finance major at Northern State University provides broad diversity in a liberal arts setting, while focusing on the understanding of the role of finance in business and society.  The finance program combines classroom discussions, case studies, simulations and real life situations to teach students to manage financial issues relating to equipment, facilities, people, and money.  Specifically students gain competency in financial analysis, short-term and long-term financial management.  plus a sound understanding of regional, national and international financial markets and institutions.

A degree in Finance from Northern State University prepares students for careers in such fields as banking, investments, insurance, real estate, government, and many positions in the business world.  In addition, the solid academic foundation allows for success in graduate school.

Students majoring in finance must also complete business core requirements and meet School of Business exit requirements.

ACCT 310, Intermediate Accounting I (3 credits)
ACCT 311, Intermediate Accounting II (3 credits)
BADM 411, Investments (3 credits)
BADM 413, Advanced Corporate Finance (3 credits)
BADM 440, International Financial Management
ECON 330, Money and Banking
Risk Management (choose one): 3 credits
     BADM 418, Financial Futures and Options
     BADM 431, Risk Analysis and Insurance
Quantitative skills (choose one): 3 credits
     BADM 424, Operations Research
     ECON 423, Statistics II
     CSC 273, Computer Mathematics with Excel & VBA
BADM/ECON/ACCT/MIS Elective: 3 credits

Total 27 credit hours


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Fitness Management (BS)

This interdisciplinary major between the Business and the Health and Physical Education Departments provides the student preparation in business with a fitness management focus.  The student will be able to assume business and/or fitness management positions.  The student will be prepared to manage health, fitness, or wellness programs and be an exercise leader developing individual fitness programs for the client who participates in a health, fitness, and/or wellness program.

Students majoring in fitness management must also complete and business core requirements and meet School of Business exit requirements.

PE 345, Applied Human Anatomy and Kinesiology (2 credits) 
PE 346, Applied Human Physiology (2 credits) 
PE 350, Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
PE 352, Adapted Physical Education (2 credits)
PE 354, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (2 credits) 
PE 395, Practicum: Fitness Management (3 credits) 
PE 400, Exercise Test and Prescription (3 credits)
PE 410, Personal Training (3 credits)
PE 440, Organization Administration of Health, Physical Education & Athletics (3 credits)
PE 496, Field Experience (Fitness Management) (3 credits)

Total 26 credit hours


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General Business (BS)
 
The general business major at Northern State University is well rounded, with a diverse background in liberal arts education, while gaining an understanding of business on the local, regional, national, and international level.  The general business program combines classroom discussions, simulations, case studies, and real-life situations to enhance understanding of the business world.  The flexibility of the general business program allows the student to tailor a program to his or her needs and interests.

BADM 464, Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
Choose one: 3 credits
    BADM 362, Supervisory Management (3 credits)
    BADM 450, Business Leadership (3 credits) 
Choose one: 3 credits
     ACCT 421, International Accounting (3 credits)
     BADM 440, International Finance (3 credits)
     BADM 468, International Management (3 credits)
     BADM 478, International Marketing (3 credits)
     ECON 441, International Trade (3 credits)
     BADM/ECON/ACCT/MIS Electives 300 level or higher: 15 credits

Total 24 credit hours


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International Business Studies (BA)

The increasing amounts of trade among nations and international strategic alliances between businesses created the need for managers trained specifically in the facets of international business.  Even the smallest business cannot escape the reality of the world as its market.  Students who major in international business acquire the basic knowledge to operate successfully in an international business environment.  The multi-disciplinary curriculum emphasizes foreign language and culture to give a broad understanding to the international business environment.  Graduates will have a firm understanding of the international economy and the global marketplace.

Students majoring in international business must also complete business core requirements and meet School of Business exit requirements.

Foreign Language:
    Introductory I and II (8 credits)
   
Intermediate I and II (6-8 credits)
Cultural Studies (choose one): 3 credits
     ANTH 210, Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
     GEOG 385, World Cultures and Current Affairs (3 credits)
Political Studies (choose one): 3 credits
     POLS 250, World Politics (3 credits)
     POLS 440, Comparative Government and Politics (3 credits)
     POLS 453, American Foreign Policy (3 credits)
     POLS 468, Politics and Religion (3 credits)
Geographic Studies (choose one): 3 credits
     POLS 459, Political Geography (3 credits)
     GEOG 210, World Regional Geography (3 credits)
International Business:
     ACCT 421, International Accounting (3 credits)
     BADM 440, International Financial Management (3 credits)  
     BADM 468, International Management (3 credits) 
     BADM 478, International Marketing (3 credits) 
     ECON 441, International Trade (3 credits) 
     ECON 442, International Finance (3 credits) 
Electives (choose one):  3 credits
     BADM 458, International Business Law (3 credits)
     BADM 486, Readings in Business (1-3 credits)
     BADM 494, Internship in Business (1-12 credits)
     EXCH XXX, Student Exchange
     Additional language course
     Other approved electives
 
Total 44-46 credit hours

South Dakota International Business Institute

Developed as a cooperative effort between the state of South Dakota and Northern State University, the South Dakota International Business Institute (SDIBI) supports the Governor's Office of Economic Development in facilitating and enhancing international trade and investment.  Through offices in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls and the Netherlands, SDIBI engages in the following activities:

1. SDIBI offers educational programs to help businesses acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to successfully compete in the international marketplace.

 2. SDIBI offers free-of-charge consultations to companies interested in learning more about international trade or requiring assistance with specific international business issues.

3. SDIBI maintains a trade lead system to match foreign buyers with South Dakota companies and an exporters directory which is distributed in hardcopy and electronic format to promote South Dakota products worldwide.

4. SDIBI maintains international networks and an Internet site to provide South Dakota access to a wide array of international trade resources.

5. SDIBI provides students an opportunity to earn a certificate in international trade and gain practical international business experience through internship opportunities.

Northern State University is privileged to be one of the six Centers of Excellence in the state university system in South Dakota.  In 1997, the South Dakota Board of Regents designated Northern State University's School of Business as a Center of Excellence in International Business, with the goal of creating a nationally recognized program in International Business.  The Center has created an International Business major focusing not only on international business courses, but also on language and cultural training.  The Center also provides both students and faculty the opportunity to have an international experience through exchange programs with schools in Mexico, Germany, Poland, China, South Korea, international internships and  conferences.  Northern's Center for Excellence in International Business also sponsors an annual International Business conference that is attended by faculty, students and business people from around the world.  Northern State University's Center for Excellence in International business provides today's students with the scholarly and theoretical foundations to become tomorrow's international business leaders.


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Management (BS)

Management is the study of organizations and the interaction of people who staff these organizations.  Students develop skills and insights in the areas of planning, leading, organization, control, entrepreneurship, human resources, ethics and international management.  The study of management prepares students for careers in private industry, government, and non-profit organizations, as well as graduate and professional school.

Students majoring in management must also complete business core requirements and meet School of Business exit requirements.
 
BADM 334, Small Business Management (3 credits)
BADM 424, Operations Research (3 credits) 
BADM 460, Human Resources Management (3 credits) 
BADM 464, Organizational Behavior (3 credits) 
BADM 468, International Management (3 credits) 
Choose three: 9 credits
     BADM 362, Supervisory Management (3 credits)
     BADM 450, Business Leadership (3 credits)
     BADM 451, Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
     BADM 463, Women in Management (3 credits)
 
    BADM 469, Project Management (3 credits)
Choose one: 3 credits
     BADM 471, Marketing Management (3 credits)
     BADM 476, Marketing Research (3 credits)
 
Total 27 credit hours


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Marketing (BS)

As consumer-oriented economies continue to develop around the world, organizations will need people trained in marketing to create awareness among consumers of the products and services the organization has to offer.  Students will examine the marketing mix of product, distribution, pricing, promotional activity.   The marketing program exposes the student to the process by which the demand for goods and services is anticipated, enlarged and satisfied.  Marketing training prepares students for careers in private industry, government, and non-profit organizations, as well as for graduate studies.

Students majoring in marketing must also complete business core requirements and meet School of Business exit requirements.

BADM 372, Advertising (3 credits)  
BADM 471, Marketing Management (3 credits) 
BADM 475, Consumer Behavior (3 credits)
BADM 476, Marketing Research (3 credits) 
BADM 478, International Marketing (3 credits)
Choose three: 9 credits
     BADM 403, Marketing Communications (3 credits)
     BADM 404, Not-for-profit Marketing (3 credits)
     BADM 459, Direct Marketing (3 credits)
     BADM 473, Retail Management (3 credits) 
     BADM 474, Personal Selling (3 credits) 
 
Total 24 credit hours


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