[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2011-2012 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2021  
[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2011-2012 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Donald R. Tapia School of Business

Dr. Michael Nastanski, Dean

The mission of the Saint Leo University Donald R. Tapia School of Business is to provide a values-centered education that develops tomorrow's business leaders with exceptional skills, including critical thinking and the ability to make ethical decisions and take effective action. The School supports the mission of the University through a broad liberal arts education and specialized business courses. To ensure a complete education, every business program is structured from a broad liberal arts education to career-specific business courses. Thus, the Saint Leo business graduate is prepared by focusing on critical thinking, on creative problem solving, and on improved interpersonal communication skills. The School accomplishes its mission by supporting

  • excellence in teaching by a dedicated faculty
  • scholarly faculty activity
  • service involvement of students and faculty in the business and University communities

Specific mission objectives include providing students with

  • the skills to manage effectively in a changing global environment
  • an integrative perspective of organizational operations
  • an awareness of their contribution to improving society

The School has the following degree programs accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE):

Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration. This program is designed specifically for students with Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degrees in a science or technical field and applies to them only. (See specific information in the description of degree programs section .) Graduates from this program will not only have applied skills but also a liberal education and leadership skills to gain promotion or become managers in the workplace or military.

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. This program prepares the graduate for an entry-level accounting position in profit, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. This program is designed for students entering the business world in almost any type of organization. The student selects a specialization from among the following: accounting, logistics, management, marketing, project management, or technology management.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Management. This program is designed for students interested in careers in businesses such as advertising, media management, public relations, or generic mass communication positions.

Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management. This program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in personnel management or human services.

Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality and Tourism Management. This is a professional program that studies the concepts and principles of the tourism industry and its various sectors from an international perspective.

Bachelor of Arts in Management. (This major is offered only at the University College.) This program is designed for students who desire to own or manage any size organization, public or private, profit or nonprofit.

Bachelor of Arts in Marketing. (This major is offered only at the University College.) This program is designed for students planning a career in sales, advertising, consumer relations, marketing management, retailing services, small business operations, or international business.

Bachelor of Arts in Sport Business. (This major is offered only at the University College.) This program provides the foundation for careers in managing sport programs and facilities at either the amateur or professional levels.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. This program offers the student the technical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the field of computer applications in the business world.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. (This major is offered only at the University College.) This highly technical program emphasizes providing a solid foundation in the discipline of Computer Science, which students can apply either in the Information Technology workforce sector or use as a basis for graduate study.

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management. This major is designed for students who plan administrative careers in health services organizations.

Master of Business Administration. The School offers a graduate program for the working adult. It emphasizes managerial skills in addition to the other functional areas of business. For a full program description, see the Saint Leo University Graduate Catalog.

Academic advisors may wish to encourage students to take the following courses as electives if they are not business majors: ACC 201 , ACC 202 , MGT 301 , MKT 301 , and GBA 334 . All business majors will have had these courses.

Common Body of Knowledge

The Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) for all Donald R. Tapia School of Business majors provides the academic background to understand the economic structure of our global society. Those who enter the competitive market for scarce resources must be prepared to support public and private segments of our society. The School has developed an academic program in conjunction with the liberal arts that develops the whole person capable of creative critical thinking and problem solving. Courses taken by all majors within the School include the following:


Total Credits: 27-30

LINK (General Education) (50-53 credit hours)

*Items in the CBK may be taken at the LINK level. ECO 201  should be taken as the second Global Perspective course. Finite MAT 141  is the only required prerequisite for MAT 201 .