Business Studies Program

The Business Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies with concentrations in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Financial Planning, Management, and Marketing, and a Minor in Business Studies.aacsb logo

The Business Studies (BSNS) program helps students acquire the necessary skills for full participation in the constantly changing and multi-faceted business community that is shaping the world’s environment in the twenty-first century.


About the Program

Program Chair:

Dr. Warren Kleinsmith

Dr. Warren Kleinsmith
Associate Professor
H-251 | 609-626-3532
Warren.Kleinsmith@stockton.edu

  

The Business Studies Program offers students an opportunity to earn either a B.A. or B.S. in Business Studies. The B.A. program is a generalist degree, providing a solid background in business while allowing students the flexibility to follow their own interests. The B.S. program allows students to specialize in the fields of accounting, business analytics, finance, financial planning, management, or marketing. A minor in Business Studies is also available.

One of the principal goals of the program is to provide students with an expanded awareness of the complex political, social and economic environments within which all organizations and individuals must function. To meet these goals, the program is committed to the education and development of enlightened talent that will recognize and respond to the many complex problems facing public and private organizations. The program is dedicated to creating awareness among its students of the many alternative career paths available. Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into career fields and graduate programs.

For highly qualified students, the School of Business also offers an accelerated dual-degree program in which students may obtain an undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.) and an MBA in a curriculum that can be completed in as little as five years.

Business Studies Learning Goals

Graduates will be able to communicate effectively in a professional environment.

  • Oral communication: graduates will be able to deliver information in a persuasive, logical, and organized manner with a professional demeanor using appropriate supportive visual aids.
  • Written communication: graduates will know how to create informational, analytical, and technical documents which are organized, precise, and relevant.
  • Information literacy: graduates will be able to assess the nature, quality, extent, and appropriateness of various sources of information used in preparing oral and written projects. 

Graduates will be able to demonstrate ethical reasoning when faced with moral dilemmas in business situations.

  • Recognizing moral dilemmas: Graduates will be able to recognize ethical issues in business situations.
  • Identify appropriate stakeholders: Graduates will be able to identify the parties affected by the moral dilemma.
  • Identify alternative responses: Graduates will be able to identify and briefly describe at least two recognized theories of ethical decision making.
  • Apply ethics theory in a business setting: Graduates will be able to apply, with analysis, a selected recognized ethics theory to a life-like ethics dilemma found in a business setting.

Graduates will be able to logically interpret, analyze, and summarize the results of information examined, and will be able to apply appropriate analytic, problem-solving, and decision making skills in business situations.

Solving business problems: Graduates will be able to analyze real-world business situations and make informed decisions by:

  • Stating the problem: Graduates will be able to recognize and define a problem in a business setting.
  • Developing solutions: Graduates will be able to thoroughly research relevant data and challenge or agree with existing assumptions through rigorous examination of evidence in order to effectively develop, analyze and evaluate alternative solutions.
  • Making a decision: Graduates will be able to select and recommend a solution based on analysis of the known facts and conceptual understanding of relevant disciplines.
  • Evaluating outcomes: Graduates will be able to assess the performance outcomes of recommended solutions.
  • Graduates will successfully apply basic business principles and theories in a variety of organizational settings.
  • Graduates will acquire knowledge of current management and administrative practices and theory and be conversant in the language of business.
  • Graduates will embrace the importance of maintaining a professional attitude and understand appropriate standards of conduct in their chosen field.
  • Graduates will understand business transactions and how they are organized, recorded, and reported.
  • Graduates will understand the interrelationships among customers, products, and companies.
  • Graduates will understand how to manage the flow of funds within organizations.
  • Graduates will develop an international perspective in order to contribute to a global society and work in a culturally diverse business environment.
  • Graduates will be able to facilitate interaction with team members and contribute their expertise toward the creation and development of group projects. 
  • Graduates will be able to apply theories and skills of statistical data analysis and management science to support decision-making processes throughout an organization.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate a multi-faceted skill set in computer literacy through oral and written communication.

  • Graduates will be able to use an electronic spreadsheet application to organize and present data in generally acceptable business formats.
  • Graduates will be able to use word-processing to present typical business documents in generally acceptable business formats.
  • Graduates will have the ability to develop and deliver professional digital slide shows that are organized and relevant.
  • Graduates will be able to use an online database to research necessary information and develop rational solutions to business issues based on results.

Curriculum

Program Details and Concentrations

B.A. IN BUSINESS STUDIES
For those desiring a broader perspective and less specialization, the B.A. degree offers greater breadth in the liberal arts, while still providing the critical mass of business knowledge for entrepreneurs and entry level managers in business.

Program Chair: Warren Kleinsmith
Office: H-251 / Phone: 609-626-3532

B.S. IN BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN ACCOUNTING
Designed to provide an expansive knowledge of accounting fundamentals, the Accounting concentration prepares the graduate for entry level accounting positions in public practice, industry, government, or not-for-profits. The concentration curriculum provides the prerequisites for graduates to take their CPA uniform examination.

Associate Chair: Warren Kleinsmith
Office: H-251 / Phone: 609-626-3532

B.S. IN BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN BUSINESS ANALYTICS
The Business Analytics track provides students with technology and quantitative skills needed for them to be able to translate big data into insight and information for efficient business decision making so that organizations can improve their business processes and gain tactical and strategic advantage.

Associate Chair: Shaoping Zhao
Office: G-133 / Phone: 609-652-4651

B.S. IN BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN FINANCE
The Finance concentration prepares graduates for career opportunities in corporate finance, banking, financial planning, financial and investment analysis and real estate. Electives in the Finance concentration offer topics of current interest relevant in today’s economy to support a broad range of career choices.

Associate Chair: Michael Busler
Office: G-119 / Phone: 609-652-6878

B.S. IN BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN FINANCIAL PLANNING
Students in the Financial Planning concentration will have met the education requirements to take the Certified Financial planning exam to become a CFP. As such they will find positions available at a number of small and larger financial planning and wealth management companies. Graduates will be able to provide investment and retirement planning advice to a wide range of clients to help them reach their financial security goals.

Track Coordinator: Michael Busler
Office: G-119 / Phone: 609-662-6878

B.S. IN BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN MANAGEMENT
Management concentration in Business Studies enables students to build broad skills and knowledge for successfully running a business. On top of general business knowledge and skills in marketing, finance, and accounting, this track instructs management theories and practice in strategic planning, organizational thinking, business professionalism, inter-personal communication, leadership, human resources, information systems, e-business, and problem solving / decision making, to prepare the graduate for a career in the dynamic world of business.

Associate Chair: John Pearlstein
Office: C-111 / Phone: 609-626-6879

B.S. IN BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN MARKETING
The Marketing function is vital to the long-term viability of any business organization. In a global society, marketing is the interface between customers at all levels and providers of goods and/or services. The Marketing track is designed to provide students with the necessary theoretical constructs and current applications of that theory. It prepares graduates for entry level positions in the profession and for graduate study.

Associate Chair: Amit Mukherjee
Office: G-115 / Phone: 609-652-4395

Curriculum Information

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Minors 

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Curriculum For Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

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Minor

The Business Studies minor provides an opportunity for students majoring in programs other than BSNS or HTMS to expand their awareness of the dynamic and multi-faceted business environment. The Business Studies minor requires 5 courses (20-24 credits)., consisting of 4 required and 2 elective courses.

Note that a grade of “C or better” is required for a course to count towards the minor designation.

Faculty

Jean Abbott

Jean Abbott, Associate Professor of Business Studies, Accounting

609-626-5597 | C-005A
Monica Amadio

Monica Amadio, Teaching Specialist of Busines Studies, Management

TBA | C-122a
Hyeoncheol (Charlie) Baik

Hyeoncheol (Charlie) Baik, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Business Analytics

609-626-3114 | B-123
Jennifer Tulio Barr

Jennifer Tulio Barr, Professor of Business Studies, Marketing

609-652-4278 | G-117
John Boyle

John Boyle, Teaching Specialist of Business Studies, Accounting

609-652-4684 | F-214
Michael Busler

Michael Busler, Associate Chair & Professor of Business Studies, Finance

609-626-6878 | G-119
Carla Cabarle

Carla Cabarle, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Accounting

609-626-5599 | E-224d
Vasundhara Chakraborty

Vasundhara Chakraborty, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Accounting

609-626-3116 |  C-137
Jiajin (Sandy) Chen

Jiajin (Sandy) Chen, Associate Professor of Business Studies, Finance

609-652-4822 | G-125
Muntakim Choudhury

Muntakim Choudhury, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Management

609-626-3178 | B-118
George DeFeis

George DeFeis, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Management

609-626-3491 |  C-117
Keith Diener

Keith Diener, MBA Chair & Associate Professor of Business Studies, Public Law

609-761-1272 | AC-224u
Petar Dobrev

Petar Dobrev, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Finance

609-626-3176 | F-138
Christian Ehiobuche

Christian Ehiobuche, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Management, Healthcare Administration

609-761-1281 | AC-224o
Robert Ferguson

Robert Ferguson, Teaching Specialist of Business Studies, Management 

609-626-6022 | H-202n
Jung Ah (Jenny) Han

Jung Ah (Jenny) Han, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Marketing

609-626-3179 | E-224b
Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Management

609-626-3169 |  C-106
Darwin C. Jones

Darwin C. Jones, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Accounting

609-626-6845 | J-209
Joy Jones

Joy Jones, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Management

 609-652-4304 | J-217
Phil Kening

Phil Kening, Instructor of Business Studies, Marketing

 609-652-4925 | K-130
Warren Kleinsmith

Warren Kleinsmith, Business Studies Program Chair, Associate Chair for Accounting, Associate Professor of Business Studies, Accounting

 609-626-3532 | H-251
Ellen Kraft

Ellen Kraft, Associate Professor of Business Studies, Business Analytics

 609-626-3549 | G-126
Audrey Wolfson Latourette

Audrey Wolfson Latourette, Distinguished Professor of Business Studies, Public Law

 609-652-4426 | G-128
Lew Leitner

Lew Leitner, Professor of Business Studies, Management

 609-652-4775 | J-206
Wei Xuan Li

Wei Xuan Li, Associate Professor of Business Studies, Finance

 609-626-3578 | G-118
Amit Mukherjee

Amit Mukherjee, Associate Chair & Associate Professor of Business Studies, Marketing

 609-652-4395 | G-115
Naz Onel

Naz Onel, Associate Professor of Business Studies, Marketing

 609-652-4380 | H-239 
Barry Palatnik

Barry Palatnik, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Accounting

 609-626-3878 | H-202b
John Pearlstein

John Pearlstein, Associate Chair & Associate Professor of Business Studies, Management

 609-626-6879 | C-111
Marc Robinson

Marc Robinson, Visiting Instructor of Business Studies, Accounting

 609-626-3172 |  C-104a
Emmanuel Small

Emmanuel Small, Associate Professor of Business Studies, Management

 609-652-4300 | G-231
Behnam Tavakkol

Behnam Tavakkol, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Business Analytics

 609-626-3140 | C-125
Jinchang Wang 

Jinchang Wang , Professor of Business Studies, Business Analytics

 609-652-4628 | C-123
Kerrin Wolf

Kerrin Wolf, Dual-Degree Chair and Associate Professor of Business Studies, Public Law

 609-652-4797 | G-240
Arthur N. Worthington

Arthur N. Worthington, Associate Professor of Business Studies, Management

 609-652-4903 | F-229
Ning Ye

Ning Ye, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Marketing

 609-652-4209 |  B-122
Yuli Zhang

Yuli Zhang, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Marketing

 609-626-3141 | C-138
Shaoping Zhao

Shaoping Zhao, Associate Chair & Professor of Business Studies, Business Analytics

 609-652-4651 | G-133

 

Alumni Success

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science, concentration in Accounting, in May of 2015, and received my Master's of Business Administration May of 2017. The opportunities available to me at Stockton, such as work-study within the School of Business and all the different clubs/organizations, prepared me for success in my personal life as well as my professional career. I currently work for the New Jersey State government utilizing all of the skills and knowledge I gained along the way during my time at Stockton. As a proud Osprey Alumni, it is my pleasure to thank the School of Business staff and professors for setting excellent examples and helping me achieve my goals.
Kristen Comose
Kristen Comose
B.S. Business Studies, Concentration in Accounting '15
MBA, '17
Upon graduating from Stockton's School of Business as a Business Studies major, I realized how prepared I was to seize my future. As a member of the first-ever Stockton School of Business Advisory Board, I had rare access to the resources the Department and University had to offer. My professors were insightful, engaging, and they represented everything that I had set out to become. As I sought an impactful career, I chose to become a State Investigator Trainee with the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety's, Division of Gaming Enforcement. This has allowed me to feel a sense of purpose that certainly wold not have been possible without the help of faculty in the School of Business.
Elijah Lewis
Elijah Lewis
B.S., Business Studies, 2018
Before even graduating from Stockton in May of 2017 with a B.S In Computer Science and Information Systems, I had multiple job offers, opportunities, and acceptance letters to Master’s programs all available to me. After considering every possible route I could take in my future, I decided to become a full-time Systems Administrator with Barrette Outdoor Living, an international company which I had taken an internship with before I graduated. I’m able to do the job that I’ve always wanted to do and work on some extra things on the side, such as my research into Virtual Reality, thanks to the School of Business. Their faculty and staff all helped facilitate my success and for that I am hugely thankful.
David Somers
David Somers
B.S., Computer Science & Information Systems, 2017
After graduating from Stockton in May of 2010, an opportunity became available and Fox Rehabilitation that I couldn't pass up. At Fox, I call on physicians, hospitals and senior living facilities to sell various aspects of our physical, occupational and speech therapy practice, while also helping to secure contracts with these facilities. I get to travel, meet new people and do what I love every day. I doubt I would be where I am now without having learned the fundamentals of business at Stockton. I am very happy with the decisions I've made thus far professionally, and I hope to continue to be successful in my career moving forward.
Samantha Caruso
Samantha Caruso
B.S. Business Studies, Concentration in Marketing '10

 

Careers

Below are some examples of career paths awaiting Stockton Business graduates:

  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Investment Banking
  • Market Research
  • Advertising
  • Business Strategic Planning
  • Controllership Functions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Credit Analysts
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Analysts
  • Global Management
  • Government Auditing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Investor Relations
  • Public Accounting
  • Public Relations
  • Retail Marketing
  • Retail Management
  • Treasury Functions
  • Real Estate
  • Global Marketing
  • Financial Analysis
  • Credit Analysis
  • General Management
  • Teaching
  • Sales and Sales Management
  • E-commerce
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Adviser
  • Supply Chain Management