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April 30, 2003

RSU To Offer New Four-Year Business Degrees

Enrollment now underway for Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with options in accounting and management

Rogers State University has received formal approval to offer a bachelor of science in business administration degree starting this fall.

The university was notified this month that the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools granted its approval, which was the final step before RSU could offer the new bachelor's degree. The degree program previously had been approved by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents (RSU's governing board) and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The degree was designed to provide graduates with the knowledge to apply the functions of business in the increasingly competitive global economy. Enrollment currently is under way for the new degree program.

"The university has experienced a consistently high demand both from our students and from business and industry leaders in northeast Oklahoma for an expansion of RSU's business programs by offering a four-year business administration degree," said RSU President Dr. Joe Wiley. "The new bachelor's degree in business administration degree was developed to respond to those demands by providing graduates who are well-versed in business, and who are ready and able to immediately make contributions to our society."

RSU officials worked closely with business leaders to develop a curriculum that would provide students with a well-rounded knowledge of business issues, theories and practices, he said.

The new degree will require a total of 124 credit hours. The program requires 45 credit hours in general education courses coupled with 39 hours of core business courses. The degree also will offer specializations in either accounting or management, which would each require 21 hours within the degree option. Additionally, students may select either a university-approved minor from outside the business department or 19 hours of free electives, nine of which must be upper-division courses.

"Both in the Tulsa metro region and nationally, there has been a consistently high demand from employers for graduates who have successfully completed a four-year business program," said Bruce Garrison, dean of RSU's School of Business and Technology.

In addition to the bachelor's degree in business administration, RSU also offers bachelor's degrees in applied technology; biology with an option in environmental conservation or medical/molecular; business information technology with an option in computer network administration or software development/multimedia; liberal arts; and social science with an option in history/political science or psychology/sociology.

For more information on the new bachelor's degree in business administration, and all other bachelor's and associate's degrees offered at RSU, call (918) 343-7546 or 1-800-256-7511.