Culverhouse College of Business

The Culverhouse College of Business is the oldest school of business in Alabama, and over its history, has earned national recognition for excellence in business education.  The mission of the College is to be an inclusive community engaged in innovative research, service, and rigorous learning – with a personal touch – that develops highly respected business leaders who solve challenges of the global society.

The Culverhouse College of Business offers one undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration (BSCBA). The Manderson Graduate School of Business offers the following degrees: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Master of Tax Accounting (MTA), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The requirements specified in this catalog are intended for all students who begin their college careers during or after fall 2019. Students who have begun their careers prior to fall 2019 may choose to complete the requirements outlined in this catalog, but if they do so, they must complete all of the requirements listed here. Students are not permitted to choose requirements from this catalog and requirements from previous catalogs. The College offers majors in accounting, economics, finance, general business, management, management information systems, marketing, and operations management in addition to minors and concentrations in a number of specialized areas in business. Business students must complete one major within the College. They may also pursue additional majors, minors, and/or concentrations based on their individual career goals. Earning majors and minors outside of the Culverhouse College of Business is permitted.

The Culverhouse College of Business is a lower division/upper division college, meaning that students must complete their lower division classes and earn 61 hours before they are eligible to declare a major and take upper division courses. Students are allowed to take functional field courses while they are still in lower division, if they meet the prerequisites. The Capstone course must be taken at the end of the student’s undergraduate academic career.

Student Responsibilities

  • Select courses that will allow reasonable progress toward a degree in the College
  • Meet with an advisor in the Asa H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center to select courses for the upcoming semester and develop a long-term academic plan
  • Maintain current and accurate contact information (via the myBama portal) and respond promptly to all communications from the University and the College
  • Adhere to all relevant University and College policies, procedures, and deadlines

Department and Program Requirements

A total of 120 hours is required for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration.

Major Programs

The following majors are offered in the Culverhouse College of Business:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

Business students must complete one major within the College. They may also pursue additional majors, minors, and/or concentrations based on their individual career goals. Earning majors and minors outside of the Culverhouse College of Business is permitted. Some majors require students to complete a concentration. Students should consult with their advisors and major departments about approved courses of study.

Types of Required Courses

Lower Division Courses

These courses are typically taken by freshman and sophomore students and must be completed prior to declaring a major and taking upper division courses. A minimum grade of C- is required in each course.

Lower Division Courses

Hours
A minimum grade of C- is required in each course
EN 101English Composition (Freshman Composition Core Designation)3
EN 102English Composition (Freshman Composition Core Designation)3
MATH 121 or Calculus & Applications (Mathematics Core Designation )3
MATH 125 Calculus I
EC 110 or Principles of Microeconomics (Social/Behavioral Science Core Designation)3
EC 112 Honors Principles of Microeconomics
EC 111 or Principles of Macroeconomics (Social/Behavioral Science Core Designation)3
EC 113 Honors Principles of Macroeconomics
ST 260Statistical Data Analysis (Computer Science Core Designation)3
AC 210 or Intro To Accounting4
AC 211 Honors Intro To Accounting
LGS 200 or Legal Environment of Business3
LGS 201 Honors Legal Environment of Business
Total Hours25

Students with the required high school units in mathematics are classified by means of standardized placement tests; only those with satisfactory placement test scores are admitted to MATH 112 Precalculus Algebra or MATH 115 Precalc Algebra & Trig. Students who do not make satisfactory scores should complete MATH 100 Intermediate Algebra before taking MATH 112 or MATH 115. MATH 100, MATH 112, and/or MATH 115 may be counted toward the degree as electives. In certain cases, students with very weak backgrounds in mathematics may be required to complete MATH 005 Introductory Algebra, which is a non-credit course. Students who choose certain concentrations or wish to apply to the Accelerated Master’s Program in Finance or Economics are required to complete MATH 125 Calculus I, MATH 126 Calculus II, and MATH 227 Calculus III, which are four-hour courses.

General Education Courses

Students in Culverhouse College of Business are required to complete the Core Curriculum/General Education requirements of The University.  Click here for a detailed description of these requirements.  Students are encouraged to take these courses in their freshman and sophomore years. However, with the exception of the required lower division courses listed above, general education courses can be spread across the student’s entire undergraduate career.  For business students,  GBA 300 Business Communications and GBA 490 Strategic Management satisfy the core writing requirement and MUST be taken at UA.  Business students often satisfy the foreign language/computer language requirement by completing ST 260 Statistical Data Analysis and one additional computer designated course; some majors require a specific course to complete this requirement. See departmental sections for details.

Functional Field Courses

These courses are typically taken by sophomore and junior students, and provide an overview of several major fields of study in business. A minimum grade of C- is required in each course.

Functional Field Courses

Hours
MGT 300Organizational Theory & Behavior3
MKT 300Marketing3
GBA 300Business Communications (Writing Core Designation)3
OM 300Intro Operations Management3
FI 302Business Finance3
Total Hours15

Upper Division Courses

Upper division courses include all 300 and 400 level courses in Culverhouse College of Business that are not defined above as lower division or functional field courses. These can include major program courses, concentration courses, minor courses and the required Culverhouse College of Business capstone course. Junior or senior standing is required to take upper division courses.

Enrollment in Upper Division Courses: In order to enroll in upper division courses, students must have completed all of their lower division courses with a C- or better and have junior standing (61 hours).  Students who attempt to enroll in upper division courses in violation of any of these policies will be administratively removed from courses for which they are not eligible. Students may register for upper division courses while still enrolled in lower division courses, but they will be removed from all upper division courses if these requirements are not met prior to beginning the upper division courses.

Capstone Course: GBA 490 Strategic Management is the Capstone Course for Culverhouse College of Business.  It must be taken at The University of Alabama and at the end of a student’s undergraduate academic career.  A C- or better is required in GBA 490 and it satisfies 3 hours of the 6 hours of General Education Writing course requirement.

Additional Required Courses

Electives: Between 22-24 hours of electives are required for Culverhouse College of Business Students to reach the 120 hours required for graduation. GBA 145 Freshman Compass: CBA (1 hour) is a highly recommended elective for students who enter the College as freshmen. Courses taken to complete minors, concentrations, or second/third majors count as electives.

International Focus: All business students are required to take at least one course (three hours) with an international focus. The course may be selected from courses in international business or from approved courses with international content in other colleges. Students should consult with their advisors for a list of approved courses. Any course taken abroad will also satisfy this requirement.

Some departments may specify required elective courses. Consult your major department for further information.

Types of Students in Culverhouse College of Business

Lower Division Student

A lower division student is a freshman or sophomore student who is working to complete lower division courses and general education requirements. See (this link) for a suggested course sequence based on math placement.  Lower division students in their sophomore year can take functional field courses if they meet the course specific prerequisites and are advised to do so by their Culverhouse academic advisor.

Upper Division Student

An upper division student is a student who has completed all lower division courses, has achieved junior standing (61 hours), and has declared their major. Please see the section below for the policies and procedures regarding admission to the College’s upper division.

Admission to the College’s Upper Division

Business students are eligible for admission to the College’s upper division upon completion of all lower division requirements outlined below. After the semester in which these requirements are satisfied, students may declare their major, concentration, and minor via the Student tab in myBama. Students who are unable to declare a major should visit an on-call advisor in the A.H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center, 10 Bidgood Hall.

Note: In order to be officially admitted to the College’s upper division, students must declare at least one business major.

Requirements

Students are eligible for admission to the upper division and are therefore able to enroll in upper division business courses if they meet the following standards:

  • Students must have achieved junior standing (61 hours). Credit earned by such means as Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP or departmental placement is counted toward the 61-hour requirement. Students who have completed coursework at another institution and wish to have that work applied to the 61-hour requirement must ensure that transcripts from the other institution(s) are forwarded as soon as possible to The University of Alabama. Any hours completed that are not officially transferred to the student’s University of Alabama record cannot be included in the calculation of the 61-hour requirement. Courses (and hours) in which a student has earned a grade of Incomplete (I) cannot be included in the calculation of the 61-hour requirement until the grade has officially been changed to a passing grade.
  • Students must have completed the following required courses with grades of "C-" or higher:

Lower Division Courses

Hours
EN 101English Composition (Freshman Composition Core Designation)3
EN 102English Composition (Freshman Composition Core Designation)3
MATH 121 or Calculus & Applications (Mathematics Core Designation)3
MATH 125 Calculus I
EC 110 or Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 112 Honors Principles of Microeconomics
EC 111 or Principles of Macroeconomics3
EC 113 Honors Principles of Macroeconomics
ST 260Statistical Data Analysis (Computer Science Core Designation)3
AC 210 or Intro To Accounting4
AC 211 Honors Intro To Accounting
LGS 200 or Legal Environment of Business3
LGS 201 Honors Legal Environment of Business
Total Hours25
  • Except for the general business major, which requires a minimum GPA of 2.0, students admitted to the upper division of the College and approved to begin upper division coursework are required to have a GPA of at least 2.5 for all college level coursework attempted, and they must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for all University of Alabama coursework attempted. A student whose GPA falls below these standards may petition the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Services for admission to the upper division if the student’s GPA for the last 30 hours attempted at The University of Alabama is at least 2.5. In order to petition for major declaration, the student’s last 30 hours their UA and overall GPA must be above a 2.0.

Program Types

Majors

The college offers eight major areas of study (Majors) in each of the following:  Accounting, Economics, Finance, General Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Operations Management. See departmental catalog pages for information on major requirements.

Minors

Minors are a secondary area of study beyond the major.  Minors are open to both business and non-business students. For a Business student to pursue the minors listed in this catalog they must change to the 19-20 catalog. Each department offers a number of minors.  See departmental catalog pages for information on minors and minor requirements.

Concentrations

Concentrations are specialized areas of focus tied to, or associated with, a specific major.  A student must choose the specific major tied to a given concentration. Most departments offer one or more concentrations. See departmental catalog pages for information on concentrations, concentration requirements, and the major to which each concentration is tied.

Transfer Credit Policies and Procedures

Students in the Culverhouse College of Business may transfer courses from two-year colleges, four-year institutions and international institutions.  Click here for more information about The University of Alabama's transfer credit policies and procedures. Culverhouse College of Business will make the final decision as to the applicability of transfer credits toward a student’s degree program.

  • For Business programs other than Accounting, a maximum of six semester hours of coursework taken at another institution may be applied toward a student's major program requirements. All major program required by the Culverhouse School of Accountancy must be completed in residence. 
  • GBA 300 Business Communications and GBA 490 Strategic Management must be completed in residence.
  • Prerequisites for functional field courses cannot be taken in transiency the semester prior to enrolling in the functional field courses, unless all other lower division requirements have been completed and the student has earned 61 hours.

Credit Overlap Policy

Adding Majors

Business students are required to complete one major.  For Business students who want to complete additional majors, the requirements and restrictions are:

  • all requirements of each additional major must be met
  • each additional major beyond the first must consist of at least 12 unique credit hours

Adding Minors

For students who want to complete one or more minors, the requirements and restrictions are:

  • all requirements of each minor must be met
  • each minor must consist of at least 9 credit hours that are unique from each of the other minors or concentrations taken
  • no overlap between major and minor classes is permitted

Adding Concentrations

For students who want to complete one or more concentrations, the requirements and restrictions are:

  • all requirements of each concentration must be met
  • each concentration must consist of at least 9 credit hours that are unique from each of the other minors or concentrations taken
  • concentrations are limited to one designated major and students taking a concentration must be in the specific major designated for that concentration

Graduation Requirements

In order to qualify for a bachelor’s degree in the Culverhouse College of Business, a student must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit as specified in this catalog. Click here for more information regarding The University of Alabama's graduation requirements.

The following minimum standards of academic achievement must be met by each student who expects to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Culverhouse College of Business. (These standards are subject to change.)

  • Each student must earn a GPA of at least 2.000 for all coursework attempted in the major program.
  • To earn a concentration, each student must earn a GPA of at least 2.000 for all coursework attempted in the concentration.
  • Each student must earn a grade of “C-“ or better in each of the lower division business courses.
  • Each student must earn a grade of “C-” or better in each of the functional field courses.
  • Each student must earn a grade of “C-“ or better in the Capstone Course

It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that each of the above requirements has been met. Students should meet with an academic advisor each semester and utilize DegreeWorks, the online academic planning system, to ensure that they are making adequate progress toward the degree. The Culverhouse Registrar is also available to students who wish to verify their records.

Non-Business Majors in Upper Division Business Courses

Students from other colleges within the University may enroll in upper division Culverhouse College of Business courses (see Types of Required Courses section above), subject to the following conditions:

  1. Students must have earned a minimum of 61 credit hours. Declared economics majors and economics minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may enroll in 300-level economics (EC) courses before earning 61 hours.
  2. Students must adhere to the course-specific prerequisites for each course in which they enroll. 

Students who attempt to enroll in upper division business courses in violation of this policy will be administratively removed from courses for which they are not eligible.

Non-Business Students Pursuing Second Majors in Business

Students from other colleges within the University can pursue a second major in the College of Business. These students must complete the same required courses as students who are earning the Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration degree. This includes all eight required lower-division courses, all five functional field courses, all required major program courses, and the Capstone course (see Types of Required Courses section above). Students must meet the requirements to be admitted to the upper division of the College in order to take upper division courses. Any student who is considering a second major in Business should contact both the Culverhouse Registrar and the Registrar for their home college to make sure that all requirements are met.

The academic departments offer concentrations, which are only available to students in a specifically designated business major. Students should consult with their advisor and major department about current offerings and requirements, as these are subject to change. A minimum GPA of 2.0 for all required courses in a concentration is necessary for the concentration to be awarded.

Non-Business Students Pursuing Minors in Business

Students from other colleges within the University can pursue a minor in the College of Business.  Students outside of the College wishing to earn a business minor should declare it through myBama as early as possible. Each non-business student can earn only one business minor.  

A GPA of 2.0 or higher within the minor must be achieved in order to earn it.

Non-business students must complete the course-specific prerequisites for each minor course and must have earned credit for a minimum of 61 semester hours at the time they enroll in upper division courses (see the Types of Courses section above).  Failure to comply with this policy will result in administrative removal from business courses. 

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all requirements to earn a minor through Culverhouse College of Business.  If a non-business student has questions about their minor, they are welcome to visit with an academic advisor in the Asa H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center in 10 Bidgood Hall.

Admission as a Freshman Student

A student who meets the criteria for admission to The University of Alabama as a freshman is eligible for admission to the Culverhouse College of Business as a student with the intent to major in one of eight different major programs. Specific information about these criteria is available from The University of Alabama Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Box 870132, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0132; 205-348-5666 or toll-free 1-800-933-BAMA in the continental United States.

Entering freshman students will be designated as lower division and will remain as such until all lower division courses have been completed and they have earned 61 hours. All lower and upper division students are housed in the College.

Admission as a Transfer Student

A student who meets the criteria for admission to The University of Alabama as a transfer student is eligible for admission to the Culverhouse College of Business as a student with the intent to major in one of eight different major programs. Culverhouse College of Business will make the final decision as to the applicability of transfer credits toward a student’s degree program.

Transfers from Two-Year Colleges

Undergraduate business programs in this catalog require 120 semester hours for the bachelor's degree. At most, 50 percent of those hours may be taken at two-year colleges and applied toward graduation requirements. Therefore, the maximum number of two-year college hours applicable to a degree in the Culverhouse College of Business is 60 hours.

Only courses that are equivalent to those numbered 100 or 200 at the University (freshman- and sophomore-level courses) may be transferred to the Culverhouse College of Business from two-year colleges. Two year college transfer students may transfer courses equivalent to the following:

  • Lower Division courses
  • General Education courses
  • Electives

Transfers from Four-Year Institutions

Transfers from senior colleges and universities must complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence at The University of Alabama in order to earn a degree from Culverhouse College of Business.

A maximum of six semester hours of courses taken at another institution may be applied toward a student’s major program requirements. All major program coursework required by the Culverhouse School of Accountancy must be completed in residence.

Transfers from Other Divisions of The University of Alabama

Students who wish to transfer from another college into Culverhouse College of Business should consult staff members in the Asa H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center in 10 Bidgood Hall to discuss the procedures involved in transferring and the applicability of previous and present coursework.  

Students with Bachelor’s Degrees

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in another discipline and wish to complete a second degree in business must meet the requirements described for business majors in this catalog. A minimum of 30 hours of coursework beyond the first degree is required to earn a second bachelor’s degree. For more information, students should consult with an academic advisor in the Asa H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center in 10 Bidgood Hall.

Auditing Courses

Students may register for courses as auditors with the approval of the departments offering the courses. The deadline for registering as a course auditor coincides with the deadline for adding courses at the beginning of each semester. Consult the College Registrar for more information.

The requirements that auditors are expected to meet in an audited course are left to the discretion of the instructor. Audited courses do not count toward degree requirements.

Graduation

The following graduation policies and procedures apply to each student wishing to earn a bachelor’s degree in the Culverhouse College of Business:

  1. A student must be granted admission to the College’s Upper Division at least one semester prior to graduation.  A student who is still listed in the system as lower division will not be able to submit a degree application.
  2. Each candidate for graduation from Culverhouse must submit an application for degree via MyBama, the online student portal. Students should submit their degree applications online once they have earned 90 hours. Please see the University’s academic calendar at registrar.ua.edu for the graduation application deadlines for each term.
  3. All transient work should be transferred to the University before a student’s final semester on campus. Students wishing to take courses on another campus during their final semester must seek approval before registering for transient courses.
  4. Any transient work taken during a student’s final semester must be transferred by the deadline stated on the University’s Academic Calendar.
  5. All CLEP exams should be taken and the results submitted to the University before a student’s final semester on campus.

Mathematics Courses

Minimally, College of Business students must successfully complete either MATH 121 Calculus & Applications or MATH 125 Calculus I. However, some programs of study, and some graduate programs, require completion of some or all of the standard calculus sequence: MATH 125 Calculus IMATH 126 Calculus II, and MATH 227 Calculus III.  Students should discuss their math courses with their academic advisor.

Below are specific rules that govern mathematics requirements for business students:

  1. Once a student has earned credit for MATH 112 Precalculus Algebra and/or MATH 121 Calculus & Applications or MATH 125 Calculus I, the student may not earn credit, including CLEP, for lower-numbered mathematics courses.
  2.  A student must take the highest MATH course for which they are eligible, except with special permission from the Department of Mathematics.
  3. The College will not grant degree credit for any mathematics course numbered lower than MATH 100 Intermediate Algebra at The University of Alabama.

Online Courses

An online course with the same course number as a regularly scheduled on-campus course fulfills the same degree requirements as an on-campus course. 

Pass/Fail Option

The University and the Culverhouse College of Business offer students the opportunity to pursue University of Alabama courses on a pass/fail basis. Click here for The University of Alabama's policy regarding the option to take a course on a pass/fail basis.

Repeating Courses

Click here for details regarding The University of Alabama's policy on repeating courses.

Students in the Culverhouse College of Business have a maximum of three attempts to successfully complete each required Culverhouse course.  W grades count as attempts. If the third attempt is unsuccessful, the student will not be allowed to register for a fourth attempt without permission from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Services. If that permission is not granted, the student may change to another division within the University.

Some programs have their own rules for repeating courses required in their majors. Consult department pages for more information.

Accelerated Master's Program

The Accelerated Master's Program allows students to pursue graduate and undergraduate degrees concurrently. These programs are available in several business disciplines and serve students who have exceptional ability. Students should contact their major department for details.

Dual Major in Business and Foreign Language

The modern business environment is truly global, and the dual major provides students the training necessary to succeed in that environment. The dual major student completes a major program in the Culverhouse College of Business, as well as a second major in Spanish or foreign languages and literature (French track or German track). The result is a superior skill set derived from cutting-edge business training and thorough study of a language and the culture associated with it. Such a program creates students who are technically proficient, culturally sensitive, and flexible enough to deal with the business challenges of the future.

Major programs in the Culverhouse College of Business

Foreign Language Courses for Dual Majors

In addition to the requirements for a major in business, students must complete the requirements in a foreign language described in the following sections. Students should consult with the Culverhouse Registrar about current requirements for simultaneous degree programs (as opposed to dual or double majors).

Business - Second Major in Foreign Languages and Literature (French track)

Hours
Required Courses (15 hours):
FR 201 or Intermediate French3
FR 211 Honors Intermediate French I
FR 202 or Intermediate French3
FR 212 Honors Intermediate French II
FR 321 or Writing and Imagination3
FR 323 Writing and Analysis
FR 324Commercial French3
FR 424Globalization, Business and Marketing3
Additional Requirements (18 hours):
Choose 3 courses from the following list:9
Cultures and Conversations
French Civilization
Intro Romance Linguistic (Same as IT 361 and SP 361)
Pronunciation & Phonetics
Contemp French Civiliztn
Page & Stage
French Linguistics
Undergrad Sem In French (topic appropriate)
Special Topics
Students can also take either FR 321 or FR 323, if not taken as part of the Required Courses (see above)
Choose 2 courses from the following list:6
Survey Fr Literature I
Survey Fr Literature II
Undergrad Sem In French (Choose a literature emphasis)
Special Topics (Choose a literature emphasis)
Choose 1 additional 200/300/400-level French elective3
Note: The French major must include 33 hours. Each FR 470 or FR 480 class can only be applied to the major one time. However, students can take FR 470 and FR 480 multiple times with different topics.
Total Hours33

Business - Second Major in Foreign Languages and Literature (German track)

Hours
GN 201Intermediate German I3
GN 202Intermediate German II3
GN 361Interm Convers Comp I3
GN 365Business German3
GN 371German Culture and Civilization Thru 18323
GN 372Germn Cult Civ 1832-Present3
Select one of the following:6
Undergraduate Seminar
and Undergraduate Seminar
Undergraduate Seminar (and an additional GN literature course)
Choose 3 additional German electives (GN 450 Intermed Business German is highly recommended.) 9
Total Hours33

Business - Second Major in Spanish

Hours
SP 201Intermediate Spanish3
SP 202Intermediate Spanish3
SP 353Spanish Conversation3
SP 356Adv Grammar And Compos3
SP 360Commercial Spanish3
SP 364Spanish Civilization3
SP 366Spanish-American Civ3
Choose 2 courses from the following list:6
Survey Of Spanish Lit
Survey Of Spanish Lit
Masterpc Sp-Amer Lit I
Masterpc Sp-Amer Lit II
Choose 2 additional 300/400-level Spanish electives6
Total Hours33

Faculty

Dean
  • Kay M. Palan
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs
  • Jonathon Halbesleben
Associate Dean for Undergraduate and International Programs
  • David Mothersbaugh
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Services
  • David J. Heggem Jr.
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
  • Sharif Melouk
Associate Dean for Economic Development/Outreach
  • Samuel Addy
Associate Dean for Research
  • James Cochran
Registrar
  • Danielle Clarke
Director of Alumni and Corporate Initiatives
  • Courtney Paige Miller
Director of Career Management
  • Susan Cowles
Interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Keely Latopolski
Director of Employer Development and Relations
  • Linda Johnson
Director of Experiential Learning
  • Quoc Hoang
Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Zach Thomas
Director of Undergraduate Programs
  • Lauren Bennett
Interim Senior Development Officer
  • Allison Leitner