Dean Of The College Of Business And Economics

John D Russell Ph.D., CGA, CMA
Professor of Accounting

Office Of The Dean

Welcome Note

Welcome to the American University of Kuwait and the College of Business and Economics. The College provides undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing. The College offers a rigorous business education with a strong liberal arts foundation. Students are prepared in their programs of study with the tools and specialized knowledge necessary for professional success in a wide range of careers. The preparation includes an internship that provides a link between theory and practice. It gives students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge and an insight in business. Our professors have excellent academic and professional qualifications with Ph.D. degrees mostly from universities in the USA. They bring an international perspective to business education, keep up to date through research and consulting, and are committed to teaching excellence. The College strives to serve all undergraduate students with personalized, attentive, caring, and high-quality academic experiences that support their intellectual, professional, and personal development. It is an exciting place to be. On behalf of our faculty and staff, I extend to all of our students best wishes for a successful academic year.

Dr. John Russell
Interim Dean, College of Business & Economics


The College of Business and Economics prepares students through an American educational experience combining quality intellectual challenge and ethical professional practice for careers in Kuwait and beyond. The focus is on:

  1. Developing business in Kuwait and the Gulf;
  2. Supporting rigorous programs that foster excellence in business teaching and scholarship;
  3. Working together to learn and disseminate socially responsible practices to advance society.

Programmatic Accreditation

Accreditation Council For Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has awarded the American University of Kuwait full accreditation for its Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program. ACBSP is a specialized accrediting organization that reviews the quality and integrity of business degree programs. It is dedicated to improving the quality of business schools and programs around the world, and ultimately to improving the practice of business in every industry around the world.

Association To Advance Collegiate Schools Of Business (AACSB)

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has approved the Standards Alignment Plan (SAP) for the College of Business & Economics. Approval of the SAP represents achievement of the first step in the process of accrediting the BBA Program. AACSB is a global nonprofit organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education. AACSB advances quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services.

Bachelor Of Business Administration (BBA) Majors

The College of Business and Economics offers the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree program with majors in the following disciplines:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing

BBA Minors

The College of Business and Economics oversees the following minor programs:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (for non-Business Majors)
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

Disciples (Fields Of Study)

The College of Business and Economics includes the following disciplines:

  • Accounting (ACCT)
  • Business (BUS)
  • Business Ethics and Law (BEAL)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Entrepreneurship (ENTR)
  • Finance (FINC)
  • Human Resource Management (HR)
  • Management (MGMT)
  • Marketing (MRKT)

Academic And Professional Skills Developed

The BBA degree provides students with concepts and skills useful for administration, management, decision-making, and future leadership in public, private, for profit, or not-for-profit organizations. The curriculum covers functional areas in business including administration, accounting, finance, human resource management, business operations, and marketing as well as the ethical, legal, and global economic context in which administrators and managers must make decisions. The curriculum is also designed to develop mathematical and computer skills needed by administrators and managers in modern organizations.

While the BBA majors develop specific skills in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing, the liberal arts background provides broad academic experience in the humanities, sciences, arts, and social sciences that teach students to think critically, analyze problems, reach creative solutions, and communicate clearly. Teaching methods include analytical problem-solving and business-related case studies.

The social and leadership opportunities provided through extracurricular activities at AUK encourage students to develop the ability to deal effectively with people, to learn and practice organizational and management skills, and to develop their potential for leadership in their careers and their communities. An excellent way to prepare for a career is to supplement academic education with on-the-job experience. The BBA degree program at AUK is designed with that purpose in mind. Students are required to participate in an internship in which they learn to apply their academic knowledge. Internships give students practical business experience, more confidence in job interviewing, and career prospects.

The skills gained through the BBA program are transferable to many career fields, but they are particularly appropriate for students who wish to start their careers in business administration. The BBA program’s unique combination of professional and liberal arts education provides students with the flexibility, adaptability, and creativity necessary for personal growth, job satisfaction, and life-long learning. These characteristics provide a sound foundation for students to enter respected and rewarding professions or to seek local, regional, and international graduate programs and, as a consequence, achieve success in our rapidly changing global society.

Overview Of Requirements

Program Admission Requirements

Students must formally declare their interest in taking a BBA Degree by the end of their sophomore year or second year of full-time coursework (60 credit hours). Students are required to have: a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and a grade of ā€œCā€ or better in MATH 103 and STAT 201. These are prerequisites for many Business courses. MATH 201 (Calculus I) is additionally recommended for the BBA in Finance.

University Degree Requirements (124 Credit Hours)

To receive a BBA with a major in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, or Marketing, students must complete at least 124 credit hours:

General Education Requirements (49)
BBA Core Courses (37)
BBA Major Courses (18)
Internship & Common Capstone (6)
Free Electives (14)

Students are required to complete a minimum of 39 credit hours of upper level courses (300-level and above), of which at least 18 credit hours need to be taken in the major, depending on the stipulations of each program. Of the 39 credit hours of upper level courses, 27 credit hours should be in residence at AUK.

Degree Program

The College is organized into five Departments;

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management and Human Resource Management
  • Marketing

Each department is responsible for offering a particular major and/or minor. The following pages provide specific details of the requirements for each major and minor.


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