Bachelor of Business Administration
Major in Strategic Business Communication
Our 42-credit-hour Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in strategic business communication program provides the knowledge and skills to plan, develop, deliver, and manage the strategic communication for a variety of businesses and organizations. The BBA core focuses on knowledge and skills in management, leadership, finance, accounting, marketing, technology, economics, and project planning.
- Develop effective written, visual, and oral communications skills:
- Online media
- Public relations
- Learn how to apply skills in problem solving, team building, leadership, and technology.
Earn your BBA in Strategic Business Communication in approximately two years. Take BBA core courses in Overland Park, Topeka, or Wichita or online. Strategic business communication major courses are offered online only.
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YOU CAN DO THIS
You can fit college courses into your existing schedule by taking classes one night a week or online. Classes are held year-round, and new classes start every seven weeks.
PRIOR LEARNING CREDIT
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LEARN FROM COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONALS
Instructors in the strategic business communication program are working professionals from diverse disciplines. As experts in their respective fields, they will share their experiences and knowledge with you while challenging you to reflect and critically examine the world in which you live.
BAKER BUILDS ACHIEVERS
A degree from Baker commands respect in the professional community. It signifies that you have met Baker’s high standards and have acquired the knowledge and skills to excel in your career.
What We Need From You
All applicants: Completed application form
Applicants with fewer than 12 hours of transferable college credit: Official high school transcript or state-approved high school equivalency test is required. The high school GPA must be at least 2.3. The minimum score required for admission using an official state-approved high school equivalency test is based on the scoring standards in place at the time of testing.
Applicants with fewer than 12 transferrable college credits who were home-schooled:
- A transcript or portfolio of their home-schooled experience
- Transcripts of any completed high school work
- An original ACT score report from Educational Testing Service with a composite score of 21 (or SAT score of 510)
Applicants with credit from other institutions: Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions of higher education previously attended with a combined GPA of at least 2.0 is required. NOTE: Course work attempted or completed at any postsecondary institution not disclosed at the time of application cannot later be submitted for potential transfer-in credit.
International applicants whose native language is not English:
- A minimum TOEFL test score of 600 on the paper-based test, score of 250 on the computer-based test, or score of 100 on the internet-based test for international applicants, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5
- Additional requirements will apply
Required to enter the upper-level bachelor's courses: A minimum of 48 hours of transferable credit including 3 credit hours of college-level English composition or equivalent course with a grade of C or better. Students admitted with fewer than 48 credit hours will begin with BU 110 and EN 102 and continue in the lower-level bachelor's courses. Students admitted with 48 hours or more will begin with BU 110 and BU 305 and continue in the upper-level bachelor's courses.
Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements will be considered for conditional or provisional admission on a case-by-case basis.
A student seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree must complete the required course of study as prescribed in the program. If a student has completed a comparable course within the past five years, he or she may request a course waiver for a maximum of two courses. The request to waive or transfer course work must be made in writing before beginning the bachelor’s program. The student’s schedule and financial aid packaging must be factored into the approval process for waived course work.
- Successful completion of the specified upper-division courses (24 hours) and at least one of the majors (18 hours). A maximum of 6 hours of comparable course work may be transferred into the upper-division business or major courses with the exception of BU 305.
- A cumulative business program GPA of at least 2.5
- A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
- Satisfaction of the 30 credit hours of general education requirements in arts and humanities, social science, and science. Typically, an earned Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited institution will satisfy the requirement.
- Satisfaction of the 9-credit-hour general education requirement in math, upper-college English, and computer science. This 9-hour requirement is fully met by courses within the BBA upper-division courses: Math (BU 333), upper-college written English (BU 305), and computer science (BU 327). These hours cannot be counted toward total hours more than once, substituted, or waived by Baker. Completion of this requirement through these BBA upper-division courses does not decrease the total number of hours required for the degree (124 credit hours); rather, it allows students to complete additional elective course work.
- Submission of intent to graduate form six months before anticipated degree completion
- Payment of all tuition and fees
- Approval by the faculty and Board of Trustees
General Education Course Requirements | 33 credits
- Introduction fot Busienss Education (BU 110) 3 credits
- Arts & Humanities (with no more than 6 semester credits counted from any one discipline) 18 credits
- Social Sciences 6 credits
- Sciences 6 credits
- Math (College Algebra or higher) 3 credits (satisfied in the BBA upper-division and major courses)
- Computer Science 3 credits (satisfied in the BBA upper-division and major courses)
- Upper-College Written English 3 credits (satisfied in the BBA upper-division and major courses)
Total 33 credits (minus the 9 credits included in the BBA upper-division courses)
General Electives | 49 credits
Upper-Division & Major Courses | 42 credits
We will evaluate your transcripts from other regionally accredited colleges and universities to determine which credits transfer.
BBA Core Courses | Lower Division (24 hours)
BU 110 Introduction to Business Education (Must be taken within the first three courses.)
This is an introductory course for adult students pursuing a business degree. Topics include program planning, group interaction, written and oral communication skills, research skills, test taking, note taking and time management. This course instructs students in the methods of critical reading and reflection and in the application of these skills in writing. (3 credits) Required for all BBA students
EN 102 Business Writing (Must be taken within the first three courses.)
This course familiarizes the student with fundamental issues associated with the writing of effective expository prose such as research sentences, principles of good organization, coherence, and redundancy and grammatically correct sentence structure. This course satisfies the written-English requirement. (3 credits)
HU 111 Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking introduces students to logic and the ability to think clearly and critically, primarily through practice in inductive and deductive reasoning. The course emphasizes recognition of fallacious reasoning, unclear or misleading language and manipulative techniques in various forms of communication. (3 credits)
BU 220 Foundations of Business
Foundations of Business introduces the student to the operation of business and its position in domestic and international commerce. Examine the role of business in the creation and distribution of goods and services, and learn about business participation in civic and public affairs. Students get to know the basic business functions of management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The course explores career options in business. (3 credits)
BU 230 Financial Planning
In this course students learn about the role of consumers in the economy. Students will develop a basic financial plan, apply budgeting procedures in daily and monthly spending plans, calculate principal and interest, define types of consumer credit and identify types of housing mortgages. Applying course concepts, the student should be able to determine individual insurance needs and be able to explain employee and retirement benefits. (3 credits)
BU 240 Basic Economics
This course provides an introduction to the study of economics and applies economics to contemporary social issues such as pollution, professional sports, crime, unemployment and taxation. Students gain a framework of basic tools to support their understanding of fundamental economic principles. (3 credits)
BU 250 Advertising and Promotion
Advertising and Promotion provides an introduction to the fundamental elements of customer communication and how to apply them to target market strategies. Students are introduced to advertising principles and practices and develop an advertising plan for a business organization. (3 credits)
BU 260 Fundamentals of Accounting
Fundamentals of Accounting introduces students to an accounting course describing accounting theory and practice, and emphasizes the use of financial statements for management control. (3 credits)
BBA Core Courses | Upper Division (24 hours)
BU 305 Effective Business Communication (Must be taken within the fist three courses.)
This course prepares students for writing and speaking in professional settings and in future SPGS courses. Students learn to write analytically and persuasively with a reader-centered approach. Students will employ the writing process of invention, drafting, editing and revision. Students will become skilled at finding and eliminating most common writing errors and learn to write succinctly. BML 305 satisfies the written English general education requirement distribution. (3 credits)
BU 315 Best Practices in Management and Leadership
Designed to provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of managers in the day-to-day operation of organizations, this course examines the critical roles of leadership, decision making and communication and explores aspects of motivation and managing conflict, change and diversity in contemporary organizations. (3 credits)
BU 327 Leveraging Technology in Decision Making
This course presents the many forms of information systems that provide data to contemporary organizations, including databases, the Internet and decision support systems. The course reviews system design, infrastructure, security and electronic commerce. This course satisfies the computer science requirement. (3 credits)
BU 333 Business Analytics
Introduces analytics and statistics as applied to managerial planning and issues. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding as well as conducting analytic analyses. Students learn the limitations and potential of business analytics with hands-on experience. The course covers the basic concepts of analytic model building and its role in rational decision making. Students are encouraged to take an analytic view of decision making by examination of trade-offs, constraints, uncertainty and analyses. Students collect and analyze analytics to prepare and present a comprehensive final project report. (3 credits)
BU 336 Innovative Marketing Strategies
This course examines the nature of marketing and how it identifies and satisfies consumer needs. Learn innovative marketing processes, the environmental factors that affect marketing, how consumers reach buying decisions, marketing research methodology, and the marketing mix of elements, product, price, place and promotion. (3 credits)
BU 348 Strategic Human Resources
This course introduces the essential elements of personnel management. Students study employee recruitment, hiring, training and evaluation. Students learn the processes of wage, salary and benefit administration. The importance of labor relations is also emphasized. (3 credits)
BU 352 Business Law and Government Regulations
This course examines the formation and application of common law, the Uniform Commercial Code and administrative agency law in relation to the business organization. (3 credits)
BU 373 Applied Accounting for Business Decisions
This course goes beyond the mechanics of financial accounting to provide a more advanced understanding of accounting practices. It incorporates financial and managerial accounting concepts, including statement of cash flows, budgeting for planning and control, cost accounting systems and break-even analysis. (3 credits)
Strategic Business Communication Major Courses | Online Only (18 hours)
MM 140 Mass Media and Society
This course is a study of the technological growth and impact of our media environment on the individual and society as a whole. Special emphasis is placed on the political-legal, economic, sociological and psychological effects of mass media on American life. Prerequisite for all Strategic Communication track courses. (3 credits)
BU 325 Advertising
This course focuses on the role of mass media advertising in a free market economy. Advertising is examined from both a management and creative perspective emphasizing both the theoretical and practical aspects of organization and staffing, marketing research, consumer behavior, media buying, advertising and marketing strategy and tactics, planning, evaluation, design, art, graphics, copy writing and advertising agency and client relations. (3 credits)
BU 330 Digital Media
This course will emphasize basic skills for digital media, including photography, Web design, and content management. Students will have hands-on instruction for incorporating a variety of media, such as text, graphics, audio, still photography, and video, into a single platform. While the class primarily focuses on Internet-related media production, students may also be able to adapt content for other uses. (3 credits)
BU 331 Mass Media Ethics
This course is designed to give mass media practitioners and consumers an understanding of ethical decision making in American newsrooms and other venues in which media content is created. A substantial research project is required. (3 credits)
BU 340 Public Relations Cases
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of public relations. Students will learn the very different ways PR can be viewed from organization to organization and the various roles PR practitioners might play depending on corporate or organizational structure. Issues of message development, strategy, development of publics, research, writing, and post-message evaluation will also be emphasized. (3 credits)
BU 378 Social Media Strategies
This course develops students’ knowledge of social media platforms and their potential pros and cons for strategic communication in promoting business goals and organizational missions. Students also will learn how to develop a social media plan, react to online sentiment and respond to a social media crisis. (3 credits)