College of Business & Technology

Dean: Dr. Thomas L. Erekson
Associate Dean: Dr. John A. Elfrink
Assistant to the Dean: Schuyler Meixner
Office: Stipes Hall 101
Telephone: (309) 298-2442
Fax: (309) 298-1039

The College of Business and Technology at Western Illinois University provides a focus for educational excellence that promotes the intellectual and personal growth of participants and enhances their contributions to individuals, organizations, and society. The activities and operations of the College are not regionally restricted, as the western part of Illinois is an integral part of a unified social and economic infrastructure that extends across the United States to the world. The business programs in the College are fully accredited by the AACSB International at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The essence of educational excellence involves a qualified and scholarly faculty, a diverse student body, small class sizes, the use of current technology, the best aspects of a small college atmosphere, and a positive learning environment. Intellectual and personal growth includes cultivating scholarly virtues, promoting the concept of life-long learning, encouraging faculty development, and generating and sharing information and knowledge. Participants are students, faculty, graduates, and all others involved in the educational process. Everyone is an active learner and teacher through shared responsibility, collaboration, and mutual respect. The College contributes to the success of future and current leaders, managers, and professionals in the global community. Faculty are engaged in teaching, research, and service; students are prepared for meaningful positions and for life; and employers recognize the value of an education from the College.

Annually, a wide variety of lectures, symposia, and discussions designed to augment classroom work are presented. While many of these professional programs appeal primarily to businessmen and business and technology students, increasingly emphasis is being placed on the broad social spectrum of business endeavor. The goal of these varied programs is to engage students in the concepts of social responsibility and ethical business practice while encouraging the use of quantitative, technical, and theoretical approaches necessary for problem solving in the complex milieu of today’s global business environment.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the national scholastic honor society in the field of business. Election to membership is available to both undergraduate and graduate students in business. Selection is based upon outstanding scholastic achievement.

Departments and Programs

Students in the College of Business and Technology may pursue studies in the following departments:

Department of Accountancy

School of Agriculture

Department of Computer Science

Department of Economics

School of Engineering

Department of Engineering Technology

Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences

Department of Management

Department of Marketing and Finance

The College of Business and Technology offers minor programs in the same fields as the major programs listed above (except Engineering and Telecommunications Management). In addition, the College offers the following minor programs that have no corresponding majors: Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Technology Management, Agronomy, Animal Science, Business, Decision Sciences, Horticulture, Industrial Technology, International Agriculture, International Business, Manufacturing Technology, Natural Resources Conservation, Operations Management, and Urban Forestry. The requirements for the minor in Business are listed below. Requirements for all other minors are listed under the appropriate department sections.

The College of Business and Technology provides advising for pre-professional programs in Agricultural Engineering, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine.

Minor in Business (24 s.h.)

  1. ACCT 201, 202; ECON 231, 232; DS 203 (15 s.h.)
  2. Select three of the following courses: (9 s.h.)
    FIN 311, IS 340, MGT, 349, MGT 481, MKTG 327, OM 352

Major in Business

Students may declare business majors only at the junior and senior levels. Students at the freshman and sophomore levels may enroll in a Pre-Business Program. Enrollment in a Pre-Business Program does not guarantee acceptance into one of the major areas as a candidate for the Bachelor of Business degree. Acceptance as a business major requires the completion of at least 60 s.h. with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50. Each student must have completed Acct 201 and 202, ECON 231 and 232, MATH 137, and STAT 171. Transfer students must also meet these requirements prior to acceptance as a business major. All students must have achieved junior standing in order to enroll in 300- and 400-level business courses.

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 24 s.h. in the major area as defined by the appropriate department. In special cases, the chairperson of the major department, the Dean of the College of Business and Technology, and the Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS) may approve a course outside the College as a substitute for a major area requirement.

After satisfying the University General Education Curriculum, the Business Core, and the major area courses, the remaining courses may be taken as general electives. At least 50 percent of the hours required for graduation must be in courses outside the business disciplines. CS 302, DS 303, ECON 231, and ECON 232, may be counted as part of this 50 percent.

Advising Centers

Students majoring in Agriculture or Engineering Technology receive academic advising services in the Agriculture and Engineering Technology Advising Office located in Room 110, Knoblauch Hall, telephone (309) 298-2100.

Students majoring in Business receive academic advising services in the Business Advising Center. This office is located in Room 133 Stipes Hall, telephone (309) 298-1619.

Students majoring in Computer Science receive academic advising services in the Computer Science Advising Office located in Room 133 Stipes Hall, telephone (309) 298-1619.

College Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting University graduation requirements, students in the College of Business and Technology must:

  1. Complete 120 s.h. of credit in approved courses of which a minimum of 40 s.h. must be in courses numbered 300 and above.
  2. Complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Business degree or for the Bachelor of Science degree as outlined for specific majors.


  1. Complete the business major core courses.
  2. Complete the last 30 s.h. in residence.


  1. Satisfy the University residence and other general requirements including the University General Education Curriculum and minimum scholastic standards.
  2. Compete an appropriate minor or comprehensive major in lieu of a major-minor combination.

Certification to Teach

Students enrolled in the College of Business and Technology who wish to obtain a teaching certificate must meet all criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program, complete the teacher education curriculum, and complete the major or minor requirements for teacher education students as described under various department offerings in Business and Technology. See Teacher Certification for additional information and specific requirements.

Bachelor of Business Degree

In addition to the University General Education Curriculum, all candidates for the Bachelor
of Business degree must complete the following requirements:

Business Core

Global Studies (ECON 170 or IS 125)3 s.h.
Accountancy (ACCT 201 and 202) 6 s.h.
Information Systems (IS 340) 3 s.h.
Business Statistics (DS 303 or ECON 387).3 s.h.
Business Law (BL 230/BL 431 for Accounting majors) 3 s.h.
Management (MGT 349 and 490) 6 s.h.
Business Communications (IS 320†) 3 s.h.
Finance (FIN 311/FIN 331 for Finance and Accounting majors) .3 s.h.
Marketing (MKTG 327) 3 s.h.
Total 33 s.h.

†Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course.

Students who transfer an equivalent course with less than the hours shown may seek approval from the Dean of the College of Business and Technology to complete the core requirements with fewer than 33 s.h.

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