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ADVISING AND REGISTRATION

What do I need to do to get advised and registered for classes?
  1. Any new student, whether a first-time freshman, first-time transfer, or change of major, should contact the CCBA Advising Center for an initial academic consultation. The Advising Center may be reached at 256-782-5778, office location 110 Merrill.
  2. Class schedules are viewable on MyJSU. Class Schedule booklets in print format are no longer available.
  3. Advisement is open; students are seen on a first come basis once advisement starts. Each semester's information is continually updated so check often, plan early, make a trial schedule and get it approved so that you can register before classes are at capacity.
  4. Degree evaluations and transcripts are now accessible in MyJSU. Any discrepancies found should be discussed during advisement.
  5. Review your schedule before the first day of class each semester and be familiar with the building names and locations. JFC is the Joe Ford Center/JSU Gadsden; JSP is the JSU location within Jeff State Junior College in Pell City. Either location is a long drive from the main JSU campus when you realize you've signed up for the wrong section 5 minutes before class begins.
  6. PAY ALL FEES WHEN DUE to prevent your registration being voided.

Are "DROP" and "WITHDRAW" the same thing?
NO. DROP refers to a change in schedule but the student remains enrolled in at least one or more courses. The term "withdraw" is when a student discontinues enrollment in all classes. WITHDRAWALS must be processed in the Registrar's Office, 113 Bibb Graves.



PRE-BUSINESS PROGRAM

What is the Pre-Business Program?
The Pre-Business Program (60 semester hours) is a combination of general education and lower division business core courses. All business majors must complete the Pre-Business Program with a minimum 2.0 GPA to proceed in the program.


Since Pre-Business is my major, what if I make a D in a Pre-Business Course?
Within the Pre-Business coursework, a 2.0 GPA is required to proceed to a major. If a D is earned in a Pre-Business course, that grade can be offset by earning a grade of B in another Pre-Business course.


When will I be assigned a major advisor?
At the end of each term, final grades are posted in each Pre-Business student file. As each file is updated is reviewed, those students who meet the requirement (2.0 P/B GPA) to proceed are assigned a major advisor specific to declared major. Students will be notified by email to JSU email address with new advisor contact information. From that point, students meet with major advisors for information regarding upcoming registration and advisement, internship and job opportunities, ,etc. Faculty are not on campus every day but do maintain office hours and have that information available to students. Know what your advisor's schedule is, plan early, keep any and all scheduled meetings with your advisor. If you are not able to keep a scheduled appointment time, be sure to call and let the advisor know you will not be able to make the appointment.


What majors are available?
The College of Commerce and Business Administration currently offers the following majors and concentrations:
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Management with a Human Resource concentration
  • Management with an E-Commerce/Information Management concentration
  • Marketing

What minors are available?
The following minors are available within the CCBA:

Accounting (18 semester hours)
ACC 200, 210, 301, 310, 372, and three additional hours of 300-400 level Accounting courses
Refer to current JSU Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.

Business Administration (25 semester hours)
ACC 200, 210; FIN 292, 301; MGT 301, 305; MKT 301, and ST 260
Refer to current JSU Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.

Economics (18 semester hours)
EC 221, 222, 303, 321, 322, and three additional hours of 300-400 level Economics courses
Refer to current JSU Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.

Finance (18 semester hours)
FIN 301, 441, 474, and nine additional hours of 300-400 level Finance courses
Refer to current JSU Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.

Information Management/E-Commerce (18 semester hours)
IME 375, 475, EC 475, MGT 301, CS 400, and one of the following:  FIN 300, MKT 301 or MGT 330.
Refer to current JSU Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.

International Business (21 semester hours) - Only available to BA_EC students:
CBA 396, FIN 301, 434, MKT 493 (requires MKT 301 as a prereq)*, EC 450 (requires EC 221, 222 as prerequisites)*,
3 hours of a foreign language, and either PSC 305 or PSC 432.
* This information is provided since these prerequisite courses are in addition to the actual requirements for the minor.  Also refer to current JSU Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.

Management (18 semester hours)
MGT 301, 305, 385, 468 or 490, and six additional hours of 300-400 level Management courses.
Refer to current JSU Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.

Marketing (18 semester hours)
MKT 301, 361, 378, 395, 495 and three additional hours of Marketing courses.
Refer to current JSU Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.

Urban Economics/Real Estate Development (24 semester hours) - Only available to BA_EC students:
FIN 341, 343, 344, 440 (requires FIN 301 as a prerequisite and FIN 301 requires ACC 200 as a prerequisite)*, EC 471
(requires EC 221 and 222 as prerequisites)*, MKT 301, 394, and GY 341.
Refer to current JSU Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.


Online Program For Community College Students
B.S. Degree Management Major (120 hrs)* Effective Fall 2012
On-line Business Management Degree

CCBA faculty members are academically or professionally qualified at the highest standards consistent with AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB is the “Gold Standard” for accreditation of business schools. Fewer than 5% of all business schools worldwide meet the standards demanded by AACSB. JSU’s business program is one of this select group.

Business Associate Degree students (STARS) may enroll in our Business Management Program and complete the program in two years or less as indicated by the schedule below. Students who do not have an Associate Degree in Business consistent with the STARS transfer guide may be eligible for the program if they meet the prerequisites. Contact the CCBA Advising Center at 256-782-5778 for clarification.

ONLINE PROGRAM FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH BUSINESS ASSOCIATE DEGREES
YEAR #1 FALL TERM
MGT 301
FIN 301
MKT 301
GEN EL
SPRING TERM
MGT 305
MGT 372
IME 375
EC 303/321/322
SUMMER TERM
CBA 350
CBA 390
YEAR #2 FALL TERM
MGT EL
CBA 396
MGT 385
GEN EL
SPRING TERM
MGT 491
MGT 420
MGT EL
GEN EL**
SUMMER TERM
CBA 469
MGT EL

*A minimum of 50% of the 120 hours must be from a four-year accredited institution; a minimum of 32 hours from JSU.
 **As needed to fulfill degree hours.


Do I have to declare a minor?
For business majors, a minor is not required.


What minors are available in the College of Commerce and Business Administration?
The CCBA offers the following business minors:
  • Accounting (18 semester hours)
  • Business Administration (25 semester hours)
  • Economics (18 semester hours)
  • Finance (18 semester hours)
  • Information Management/E-Commerce (18 semester hours)
  • International Business (21 semester hours)
  • Management (18 semester hours)
  • Marketing (18 semester hours)
  • Urban Economics/Real Estate Development (24 semester hours)
    **This minor is available only for B.A. Economics majors.

How many hours do I have to have to be a sophomore, junior and senior?
  • 0 - 32 semester hours earned Freshman (1.5 GPA overall required)
  • 33 - 64 semester hours earned Sophomore (1.7 GPA overall required)
  • 65 - 96 semester hours earned Junior (1.9 GPA overall required)
  • 97 + semester hours earned Senior (2.0 GPA overall required)

What if I want to transfer coursework from another school to JSU?

***Information available soon. Implementation of new guidlines for CCBA transient credit effective Fall 2009.***

Correspondence courses may not exceed 12 semester hours. Only hours on which a "C" grade or better has been earned will be accepted. No credit is granted for courses through correspondence in the following areas: English composition and grammar, speech, professional education courses, beginning and intermediate foreign language courses, and science courses with required laboratories. Written approval must be obtained by the Dean prior to registering for correspondence work.

An official transcript of transient coursework upon completion is required.


What is the ECE?
The English Competency Exam (ECE) is a University requirement for graduation for all JSU students. Eligibility for the ECE consists of a.) completion of EH 101 and 102 and b.) 60 semester hours earned. Register on MyJSU. Students who have not attempted the ECE are not allowed to take the exam for the first time and graduate in the same semester. This is University policy and is stated in the JSU Undergraduate Catalogue. Therefore, students are urged strongly to complete this exam during the junior year.


What other tests do I have to take to graduate?
All business majors must take the College BASE Exam (CBASE). This is a general education achievement test and can be taken any time after 90 semester hours have been earned. Information about this exam may be obtained by going to www.jsu.edu/depart/ace/ccs/Tests/cbase.html and viewing the information.

Business majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must also take the CCBA Business Test. This test is taken during the student's graduating semester.

For other assessment-based testing within a particular major, a student should consult with his/her major advisor.


How do I apply for graduation?
Preferably two semesters before the anticipated term, a graduation audit should be scheduled with Mrs. Washington. During this audit completed, current and projected coursework, as well as current and projected GPAs, are reveiwed and discussed. A degree application is completed during the audit. The ECE and the graduation audit are critical components of tracking toward graduation and both should be planned in a timely manner so as not to delay graduation.


What if my name is not on the class roster?
If this occurs, you are not registered for the course. Logon to the Student Access System and print your schedule to confirm your class schedule. If there is a discrepancy, see your advisor.


What are general electives outside business?
Students are required to elect a certain number of courses, which do not directly relate to their major field. Elective hours are those needed to fulfill your degree requirements. The number of elective credits needed will be reflected on the checksheet for your major.


Where do I buy books?
Students may purchase textbooks from the JSU Bookstore located in Theron Montgomery Building (TMB) and Jacksonville Bookstore located 302 Mountain Street NW in Jacksonville. Many students also purchase from halfprice.com and amazon.com.


How can I find a tutor?
JSU offers free tutoring through ACE - Academic Center for Excellence. Anyone interested either in being tutored or providing tutoring should contact Ms. Ann Poe, 782-5343. Sign up early in the semester. Don't wait until the week before finals!


What resources are available to help me decide on a major?
In addition to the CCBA faculty, who are available to discuss career opportunities with students, JSU's Career Services office is available to assist students with career concerns. Any of the qualified staff can arrange for you to take a career or personality questionnaire and review the results with qualified personnel. From there, you can begin exploring identified options. Or, students can opt to continue meeting with their counselor to explore their interests, work values, and life style preferences in order to have a more informed sense of who they are and move toward exploring specific careers. To schedule an appointment, call 256-782-5482 or visit them room 207 Merrill Hall.


Must I purchase a parking decal?
Every student, whether attending day classes or night classes, is required to purchase a parking decal if they have a vehicle on campus. Any such car parked on campus not displaying a current JSU parking decal is subject to governing regulations.