Ms. Leesa Thomas-Banks, Interim Chairperson
The mission of the Department of Business, Management and Accounting at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is to deliver high-quality management education to students majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Education, Finance, and Marketing, as well as to provide core management courses to other majors throughout the University. The mission is accomplished primarily through instruction, supported by instructional development, applied research, and service. The focus is on breadth in curricula that facilitates employment and professional career development in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors of a global economy. In addition, the Department’s curricula are designed to enhance students’ awareness of the moral and ethical issues confronting organizations. The role of technology in the decision-making process is emphasized by the integration of computer concepts and applications throughout the curricula. The Department’s diverse, multicultural student body is assisted in the development of high-level intellectual, interpersonal, technical, and communication skills. The Department is committed to being a regional leader in the preparation of students for viable careers in the 21st Century.
The objectives of the programs offered in the Department of Business, Management and Accounting are to:
- Stimulate the intellectual curiosity of students and faculty as they discover new knowledge;
- Enhance the students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills;
- Sponsor activities that enhance students’ professional and social development;
- Promote an understanding of the economic, ethical, and legal environment in which we live and businesses operate;
- Provide practical management learning experiences through internship and/or cooperative programs;
- Foster an awareness of ethical and global issues facing decision makers;
- Prepare students for careers in professional accounting and managerial positions;
- Prepare secondary school teachers in the area of business education;
- Meet the standards of such external bodies as the AACSB, AICPA, The Maryland State Board of Accountancy, and The Maryland State Department of Education, NCATE, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education;
- Prepare students for graduate study.
Description of Programs
The programs offered in the Department of Business, Management and Accounting are grounded in the liberal arts. Nearly 50 percent of the curricula comprise general education and other liberal arts courses necessary for the development of each student’s cognitive skills. These programs prepare students for professional careers in accounting and managerial positions. Accounting students are encouraged to meet the 150 credit-hour and residency requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountants’ Examination in their respective states.
The Department is committed to program enhancement and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International (AACSB). The Business Education major is the only accredited program of its kind in the University System of Maryland. The program is designed to develop competencies among students to teach office administration, accounting, computer concepts and applications, and other business-related courses in secondary education.
General Program Requirements
The overall objectives of the Departmental admission standards, effective from the Fall of 2001, are to promote high quality management education while maintaining high retention and graduation rates for students admitted to the programs offered in the Department of Business, Management and Accounting.
Students admitted to the University who choose to major in business will be admitted unconditionally to the Department of Business, Management, and Accounting if they have a combined SAT score of 950 or higher on the Math and Verbal sections, or a total of 1350 or higher on the three component scores.
Students from other programs in the University can apply to change their major to those in the Department of Business, Management and Accounting if:
- They have earned 28 semester credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- They have earned grades of “C” or higher in MATH 109, ENGL 101, and ENGL 102; and
- They have passed the English Proficiency Examination.
All students must earn a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 109, and all foundation knowledge and major course requirements.
To major in the Department of Business, Management, and Accounting, students transferring to UMES must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good standing at their former institution(s). Transfer students with a GPA less than 2.5 will be considered for admission into the Department of Business, Management, and Accounting after earning 28 credits with a 2.5 GPA during the first year of study at UMES. Grades of “C” or better must be earned in MATH 109, ENGL 101, and ENGL 102, if not completed prior to transferring. Also, the English Proficiency Examination must be passed prior to admission to the Department.
- Junior and senior level course requirements for a degree in the Department of Business, Management and Accounting cannot be satisfied through credit by examination, or other non-traditional methods.
- At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for degrees in the Department of Business, Management and Accounting must be earned at UMES.
- There is no business concentration in the General Studies Program.
- Repeat courses should be taken at UMES.
Professional development is an integral part of preparing to establish viable management/accounting careers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. During their sophomore and junior years, students majoring in the Department must enroll in the 0.5 credit Professional Development courses. In addition, participation in departmentally sponsored activities and student organizations is required. Appropriate business attire is required for various functions. During the first semester of the freshman year, all students must acquire appropriate business attire. Guidance is provided by the Department.
The following are departmentally sponsored Student Organizations: UMES Student Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), National Student Business League (NSBL), Business Student Advisory Board (BSAB), the Student Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA), and Phi Beta Lambda.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Candidates for baccalaureate degrees whose academic rank is in the upper 10 percent of their class may be inducted as follow: (1) Students in the next to last year of study (or its equivalent in coursework) ranked among the upper 10 percent of their class may be inducted in the last term or semester (or its equivalent in coursework) of that year. (2) Students in their final year who were not previously inducted may be inducted at any time during their final year (or its equivalent in coursework) if their academic rank is in the upper 10 percent of their class.
Written and oral communication skills are extremely important. Standard English is required for all formal settings and submissions, such as classroom interactions, presentations, written assignments, etc.
All students majoring in Business Administration and Accounting are encouraged to acquire meaningful, practical experience in a business, government, or non-profit organization. This requirement can be met in a variety of ways, such as approved work experience, voluntary services, on-campus externship, and/or faculty directed consulting/research projects. No credit is earned for these experiences.
However, students desiring credit for an approved internship must submit for approval a job description and, subsequently, a performance appraisal letter from their supervisor. Following approval by the Department Chairperson (or his/her designee) and enrollment in BUAD 480, the student will write a reflective paper approximately 25 pages in length. The reflective paper should integrate classroom knowledge with practical experiences acquired during the internship. Keeping a daily log of internship activities/tasks is required.
The Teaching Internship is the culmination of the Business Education Program. It consists of two (2) full-time placements in two (2) different classroom settings for a total of 15 weeks. The Internship Block includes the Teaching Internship and the Senior Seminar.
Accounting – Accounting majors complete 120 hours of course work, of which 41 hours are general education, 6 are supporting liberal arts, and the remaining 73 are foundation knowledge and major requirement courses. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 109, and all foundation knowledge and major requirement courses.
Business Administration – Business Administration majors complete 120 hours of course work, of which 41 hours are general education courses, 6 credits are supporting liberal arts, and 73 credits are foundation knowledge and major subject requirements. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 109, and all foundation knowledge and major requirement courses.
Finance - Finance majors complete 120 hours of course work, of which 41 hours are general education courses, 6 credits are supporting liberal arts, and 73 credits are foundation knowledge and major subject requirements. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 109, and all foundation knowledge and major requirement courses.
Marketing - Marketing majors complete 120 hours of course work, of which 41 hours are general education courses, 6 credits are supporting liberal arts, and 73 credits are foundation knowledge and major subject requirements. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 109, and all foundation knowledge and major requirement courses.
Business Education – The Business Education major requires 41 credits of general education, 39.5 credits of foundation knowledge and major subject requirements, and 42-43 credits of Teacher Certification Requirements.
The Department of Business, Management and Accounting offers minors in Accounting and Business Administration and these are available to students in major programs of study outside the Department of Business, Management and Accounting. Each minor program consists of 18 semester hours of program courses with a grade of “C” or better. Courses may not be used to fulfill graduation requirements in another major.
Directory of Faculty
Abaidoo, Rexford, Associate Professor
B.S., Business Administration & Law, University of Ghana; M.S., Kennesaw State University; Ph.D., Jackson State University
Alade, Ayodele, Professor
B.S. Ph. D.
Ali, Mohammad, Associate Professor
B.A., University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh; M.A., University of Dhaka; M.B.A., University of Dhaka; M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida
Brown, Kate, Associate Professor
B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. University of Connecticut
Chen, Botao, Assistant Professor
B.S., Beihang University; M.S., Peking University; M.P.A, Ph.D., Jackson State University
Das, Monisha, Associate Professor
B.A., University of Calcutta, India; M.A., University of Bombay, India; M.B.A., J. Bajaj Institute of Management Studies; Ph.D., Golden State University
Hollywood, Nicole, Professor
B.A., Marist College; M.S., College of New Rochelle; Ed.M., Columbia University; Ed.D., Columbia University
Lee, Kyung Joo, Associate Professor
B.B.A., Korea University, Seoul, Korea; M.B.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of Arizona
Li, Deqing (Diane), Associate Professor
B.S., Shandong University; M.S., Ph.D., Old Dominion University
Marcelin, Isaac, Associate Professor
B.S., University of Notre Dame of Haiti; B. L., Institut Universitaire des Screnas Juridiques et du; B.A & M.S., Southern Illinois University
Mitchell, Bryant, Associate Professor
B.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore; M.B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., Clemson University
Panda, Dandeson, Associate Professor
B.S., University of the District of Columbia; M.B.A., Atlanta University; Ph.D., Howard University
Sharma, Dinesh, Professor
B.S., Maharshi Dayanand University; M.S., Meerut University; M.S., University of North Carolina; Ph.D., Chaudhary Charan Singh University
Sum, Vichet, Associate Professor
B.S., Royal University of Phnom Penh; M.S., National Cheng Kung University; M.T.D., Idaho State University; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University; Post Doctorate, University of Florida
Thomas-Banks, Leesa, Lecturer and Interim Chair
B.A., Oakwood University, J.D., Loyola University (New Orleans)
Wang, Hwei Cheng (Wendy), Associate Professor
MBA., California State University at San Bernadino; DBA, Nova Southeastern University