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Business Studies (B.A.S.)

The School of Business seeks to prepare undergraduate students for careers in business, and nonprofit organizations and to provide students with the academic preparation necessary to undertake study in various graduate and professional degree programs. The department strives to instill Christian values in its students and to develop individuals who are committed to the ethical standards in business fostered by the Christian faith. Students completing the undergraduate business degree programs offered by the School of Business should:

  1. Possess a working knowledge of the core business subjects.
  2. Be prepared to pursue employment opportunities or graduate studies in business.
  3. Be able to apply Christian values in their vocational and personal lives.


  1. Students will be able to apply relevant business concepts to business situations.
  2. Students will apply knowledge of business software to solve business problems.


The Bachelor of Applied Science degree program is designed for working adults, adults who wish to return to school, and other non-traditional students. The degree provides a mechanism to recognize college level learning from prior work experience, individual and other types study, prior academic experience, and transfer credit in fields which are not offered at ETBU. 

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:
1. Students must be a minimum of twenty-four (24) years of age before matriculation to the University.
2. Meet with an assigned advisor to develop an academic plan.

Business Studies General Requirements

General Education Requirements 34 hours

English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 3 hours
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 9 hours
History - 3 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Social Science (CJUS, ECON, GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI) - 3 hours
Science (must be lab science) - 4 hours
Mathematics - 3 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours

Major Area of Study (see below)
Electives (to total 120 hours)

Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours

B.A.S. Business Studies Requirements

Completion of thirty-three (33) semester hours

BUSN 2302 Introduction to Management and Marketing
BUSN 3303 Ethics in Business
BUSN 4321 Advertising 
BUSN 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting
BUSN 3301 Finance for Managerial Decision Making
BUSN 2303 Introduction to Economics
BUSN 3352 Consumer Behavior
BUSN 4351 Organizational Behavior
BUSN 3304 Personal Finance
BUSN 3353 Human Resource Management
BUSN 3302 Social Media with Software Applications

Departmental Requirements for Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) Major in Business Studies

39 Business hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0
33 advanced hours must be completed at East Texas Baptist University

Note: Students selecting the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) Major in Business Studies do not have a minor. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Portfolio credit is optional on the BAS. Portfolio credit can be used to satisfy degree requirements. If the Portfolio option is selected, the student must enroll in GSTU 3301 as part of the preparation of this portfolio.