2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Business and Technologies

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Faculty: M. Bankert, K. Calderhead, L. Foote, J. Frankland, J. Glasgow, J. Hahn, J. Harris, A. Lawson, M. Ophardt, E. Postlewaite, C. Wilson (chair)

The Malone University Department of Business and Technologies and Technologies provides its students with an education that integrates course-specific skills and knowledge with program-wide Christian values, including stewardship and integrity. This is accomplished by faculty with solid academic credentials who combine practical experience and applied theoretical tools and systems. Independent analytical thought and evaluation are encouraged in the classroom, in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Malone University’s Business programs are accredited by ACBSP: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. This accrediting body assures that the educational quality, quality of teachers, and educational environment provided by the Department of Business and Technologies at Malone University is regularly reviewed, assessed, and approved. ACBSP takes care to make sure that each accredited program meets its stated objectives as well as meets academic content and standards established for success in the fields of business. 

The Department of Business and Technologies offers nine (9) traditional undergraduate majors: Accounting , Business Administration , Computer Science , Cybersecurity , Data Analytics , Finance Marketing , Mathematics , and Sport Management ; one primary accelerated degree-completion major: Organizational Management ; and three (3) secondary accelerated degree-completions majors: Environmental Management , Marketing Management , and Project Management . Students with majors outside the department can add a business/technologies component to their education by obtaining one of the minors. Students within the department may consider a minor to increase their knowledge in a specific area.

The departmental curriculum is augmented by the general education curriculum required of all Malone undergraduates. We believe that this liberal arts foundation will better equip graduates from the Department of Business and Technologies with the knowledge and skills needed for positions of management and leadership in a diverse workplace environment.

The faculty in the department is key to the quality of the education. The faculty has solid academic and professional credentials. In addition, many of the faculty have considerable professional work experience and are able to combine real-world experience with theory in the classroom.

A Christian worldview informs all courses and programs in the department. We strive to prepare students who can integrate Christian values such as integrity, stewardship, and justice with their business knowledge and thereby serve God in the business world.


The department offers minors in Accounting , Business Administration , Business Analytics , Computer Science , Economics , Finance International Business , Management , Marketing , Mathematics , and Sport Management .

In any of the minors (except Sport Management), an appropriate BUS 450 course may be substituted for a course within the minor if approved by the Department Chair.

The University requires a minimum of a 2.25 gpa in the courses required for a minor. The University requires that a minor contain at least 9 additional hours of coursework beyond those required as support for the major. A course could be used to fulfill the requirements for two minors as long as there are at least 9 hours per minor that are not used in the major or in the other minor. (For example,

  or   could be used in both the Economics minor and the Finance minor.) Likewise, a course used for a minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for six hours of 300- or 400-level business or economics electives within the business administration major as long as the previously stated University requirement is observed. Please also see the general guidelines for minors found under Majors and Minors .

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

The Department of Business and Technologies has adopted and seeks to achieve the following student learning outcomes for its accounting and business administration majors:

  • Student ability to integrate course-specific skills and knowledge with the program-wide values of stewardship and integrity,
  • Student knowledge of current business practice and theory,
  • Student ability to identify and address major issues presented by a business problem,
  • Student ability to identify ethical dilemmas and apply Christian values to resolve those dilemmas, while taking into consideration the impact on God’s world.

The department conducts assessment of student learning outcomes in order to continuously improve the curriculum. This assessment program for accounting and business administration majors includes three components. The first component is a multiple-choice Business Learning Assessment (BLA) test administered as a pre- and post-test in ECON 203 - Principles of Microeconomics  and BUS 453 - Strategic Management , respectively. The BLA test is a required assignment in these courses and must be completed in order to receive final course grades. The second component is an ethics essay assignment embedded in BUS 330 - Christian Ethics: Implications and Applications in Business . The third component is a standardized, nationally normed test administered in BUS 453 - Strategic Management . Completing a scoreable test is required in order to complete a major in accounting or business administration.

The Department of Business and Technologies has adopted and seeks to achieve the following student learning outcomes for its sport management majors:

  • Student understanding of the socio-cultural aspects of sport and appreciation of sport as a medium for integrating gender, ethnic, religious, and disabilities interests,
  • Student ability to apply fundamental concepts of management, marketing, finance, and economics to sport organizations,
  • Student ability to establish a code of personal and professional ethics to issues in sport from a Christian perspective,
  • Student demonstration of skill in interpersonal and organizational communication.

The assessment program for sport management majors is comprised of a pre-test/post-test; capstone projects in SMGT 345 - Sociology of Sport , SMGT 301 - Management of Sport , SMGT 442 - Sport Marketing , SMGT 445 - Ethical and Legal Issues of Sport , and SMGT 453 - Governance in Sport ; supervisor evaluation of SMGT 436 - Internship in Sport Management , and a senior exit survey.

Only aggregate scores of these instruments are used for assessment purposes. Individual scores are kept in strictest confidence. Details of the assessment program are available in the office of the chair of the department. Since student learning outcomes assessment is a dynamic process, the department reserves the right to make changes to this process.

The Department of Business and Technologies has the following Program-Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) for its programs in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Mathematics.

  • Develop a knowledge base in a breadth of computer science genres.
  • Understand and apply ethics in computer science.
  • Appreciate and be capable of life-long learning in computer science.
  • Understand a spectrum of mathematical concepts.
  • Effectively communicate mathematics.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply mathematical thinking to solve problems.

The Department of Business and Technologies has developed the following Program-Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) for its accelerated degree-completion programs in management.

Students are expected to learn what they need to know to attain personal success and fulfill their public responsibilities in a global and diverse society. We define educational quality by how well we achieve our mission relative to program intended learning outcomes:

  • Students will understand the basic concepts and theories of management.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of a Christian worldview and how it relates to management principles.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively in both an academic and business setting.
  • Students will be able to apply the general skills of management used in business, health care, and the public sector.
  • Students will develop research and problem-solving capabilities applicable to management.
  • Students will be able to make educated/learned informed choices in both professional and personal areas of their lives that demonstrate understanding of Christian values.

A focus of achieved student learning is critical. The Department of Management Studies uses four assessment tools; (1) Post Exam, (2) Ethical Case Resolution, (3) Business Critical Thinking Skills Exam, and (4) Service-Learning/Volunteer Opportunity. All are part of required assignments within applicable courses of the program.

Accelerated Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion in Management (MGMT)

The Accelerated Degree-Completion Program in Management (MGMT) was first offered by Malone University in 1984. In 2012, it was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The program offers three models: (a) 12-month, (b) 16-month, and (c) 24-month online delivery. Major focus is Organizational Management; however, affiliated secondary majors in Project Management, Marketing Management, and Environmental Management are available. The complete program description and requirements for MGMT are found below.

For an application or information, please direct inquiries to 330.471.8500; 800.257.4723; Fax 330.471.8343; gps@malone.edu; www.malone.edu/gps

Certificate Offerings

All disciplinary areas listed above are also available in abbreviated certificate programs as non-credit, stand-alone Certificates of Completion. Course descriptions are identical to the courses within the major programs; however, academic requirements for non-credit seekers differ from those for credit seekers.

The certificate options are as follows:

Student Requirements for Admission

Students applying for admission must meet the following:

  • Have 40 to 88 credit hours of undergraduate coursework from regionally accredited colleges or universities
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Have 5 years of work experience
  • Demonstrate writing proficiency through college/university English composition or a writing sample

For any applicant that may not meet all of the admission requirements, the student may submit a letter requesting review by the Enrollment Committee.

Course Requirements for Graduation

A student must have a minimum of 124 semester credit hours including the general education, liberal arts, and management curriculum requirements to complete the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in management. The required minimum gpa in the major is 2.25. The graduation plan should be confirmed with the Malone University adviser.

A student pursuing the management major must meet the following course requirements for graduation, many of which are fulfilled by courses already listed above in the major requirements: one course each in communications (MGMT 203), math/quantitative reasoning (MGMT 240), English composition, research writing (MGMT 383 and 483), natural science, two courses in biblical studies/religion (MGMT 407 and 409), MGMT 410, and seven additional liberal arts courses from at least three of the following areas: fine arts, history, foreign language, literature, philosophy, psychology, natural science (one time only), and social science.

Transfer Credits

  • Accredited college course work
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) National testing program for awarding of college credit (maximum of 20)
  • Credits recommended by the American Council of Education (ACE) Guides, The Military Guide, The National Guide, and other guides.

Malone University reserves the right to set standards which may be higher than those recommended by ACE, CLEP, or other such agencies.

Additional Credit Options

  • Credit by Examination (maximum of 20) - CLEP and subject area exams at Malone University
  • Prior Learning Assessment (maximum of 31) - An assessment of prior learning from work/college-level, life-learning experience, and technical/professional training (GEN 111 - Prior Learning Assessment)
  • Online General Education Courses
  • Science Workshops - Designed as 2-credit-hour field studies. The field trips and classroom lectures take place over four Saturdays. See Course Descriptions (FS 101, FS 103)
  • Writing Skills - see Course Descriptions (GEN 105)
  • Art Analysis Workshop - see Course Descriptions (FS 105)
  • Supplementary Courses - After transferring credits, additional courses may be needed. Courses can be taken at Malone University or any regionally accredited school.

Credit Requirement for Graduation

Total from transfer and additional credit options  88
MGMT Curriculum (12-, 16-, or 24-month program)  36
Total Semester Hours needed to graduate 124



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