COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

OFFICE OF THE DEAN

Dean

Dr. Ralph Palliam

Associate Dean for Quality Assurance and Accreditation

Dr Lee G Caldwell

Internship and Academic Program Coordinator

Ms. Rana Abdelhamid

Executive Assistant to the Dean

Ms. Tina Noronha


AUK’s College of Business and Economics BBA degree provides students with concepts and skills useful for administration, management, decision-making, and future leadership in public, private, for profit, or non-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 organization.

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, simulations 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.

MISSION

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

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

VALUES

The College of Business and Economics strives to uphold the following values:

  • Freedom of thought, expression, and intellectual inquiry.
  • Respect for individual identity and rights, and cultural diversity.
  • Commitment to high standards of morality, integrity, and social responsibility.
  • Adherence to high professional standards and ethics.

VISION

The College of Business and Economics aspires to be a leading academic unit recognized locally, regionally, and internationally for its institutional distinctiveness, and academic excellence through the accomplishments of its graduates.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

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.

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:

  • Business Administration (for non-Business Majors)
  • Economics
  • Human Resource Management
DISCIPLINES (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)
OVERVIEW OF REQUIREMENTS

Program Admission Requirements

Students must formally declare their interest in earning a BBA Degree by the end of their second year of full-time coursework (60 credit hours). Students are required to have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and successfully completed MATH 103 or MATH 110. MATH 201 (Calculus I) is also recommended for students majoring in Finance.

University Degree Requirements (124 credit hours)

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

General Education Requirements

(49)

BBA Core Courses

(36)

BBA Major

(24)

 

Major Courses

(18)

 

 

Electives

(6)

 

Internship & Common Capstone

(6)

Free Electives

(9)

Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level courses (300-level and above), of which at least 24 credit hours need to be taken in the major, depending on the stipulations of each program. Of the 42 credit hours of upper-level courses required for the BBA, 27 credit hours should be in residence at AUK.

BBA Core Courses (36 credit hours)

BBA students must complete the following twelve core courses:

Lower Level Courses (total credits)

 

(24)

ACCT 201

Principles of Financial Accounting

(3)

ACCT 205

Managerial Accounting

(3)

BUS 209

Quantitative Methods of Business

(3)

ECON 200

Principles of Microeconomics

(3)

ECON 201

Principles of Macroeconomics

(3)

FINC 232

Financial Management

(3)

MGMT 201

Principles of Management

(3)

MRKT 200

Principles of Marketing

(3)

 

 

 

Upper Level Courses (total credits)

 

(12)

BEAL 401

Legal & Ethical Issues in Business

(3)

BUS 321

International Business Management

(3)

ENTR 313

Managing Entrepreneurial Ventures

(3)

MGMT 346

Production & Operations Management

(3)

Internship and Common Capstone (6 credit hours)

Internship (3 credit hours)
All students must participate in an Internship Program. The Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their capacity for leadership, teamwork, and business activity in the context of work experience. Internships are completed in the senior year and while in residency at AUK. Priority is given to graduating students. For the duration of the semester, students are responsible for working 42 hours per semester for each credit hour. Students are to refer to the College’s Internship Handbook for further details of the internship process, requirements, and method of assessment.

Common Capstone BUS 490 (3 credit hours)
All BBA students are required to complete the Common Business Administration Capstone course. This course uses case studies to integrate material from the different business subjects learned in the BBA program. The Capstone requires senior standing and substantial completion of the common core.

Free Electives (9 credit hours)

Student must take adequate and sufficient electives to complete the 124 credit hour requirements for graduation. Students are strongly advised to consult with their academic advisor when choosing their free electives.