The Fred Hale School of Business at East Texas Baptist University educates future business and nonprofit leaders through a curriculum focusing on Christian principles. Fred Hale is currently a candidate for ACBSP accreditation. Students feel welcomed as soon as they step foot on this tight-knit campus, featuring a 15:1 student-faculty ratio. A limited number of annual scholarships are available specifically for business students demonstrating strong leadership potential.
Students can pursue their business aspirations by earning a BBA in Business Administration, Finance/Accounting, Finance/Economics, Management, Management/Marketing, or Marketing. Students may pair their degree with a minor or concentration in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics/Finance, Health Administration, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing. The Honors Program is available for students in any major looking for a challenge or to distinguish their college transcript. During their freshmen and sophomore years, students will study the Western intellectual tradition through a biblical view. The last two years of college will be dedicated to producing an original research project on a topic of their choice under the supervision of a faculty member. Other benefits of being part of the Honors Program include scholarships, recognition dinners, a fall retreat, a spring cultural excursion, and student-faculty coffees.
The Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society is a great resource for students to meet former business alumni, who could potentially introduce them to their future employers. This honor society is recognized throughout the country and is sure to enhance an up-and-coming business students’ resume. Students in Enactus gain hands-on entrepreneurial experience through service projects. Enactus members have been working on the Heavenly Scents Soap project since 2018. They teach individuals with disabilities how to make, package, and ship the soap, and those individuals are able to keep the profit. The college students also help with marketing campaigns and website development for Heavenly Scents. The Student Government Association and religious organizations provide additional leadership opportunities. Business students can participate in faculty-led study abroad trips during the May term, and earn credits for International Business and International Marketing. Previous destinations have included Austria, China, Ecuador, England, Ethiopia, Germany, Israel, Peru, and Zambia. In 2020, students will have the opportunity to go to Israel or Japan. Students can also do an international internship or ministry project.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Studies or Leadership Studies are available fully online for undergraduate students. Graduate students may earn a Master of Business Administration. The 33-credit hour MBA is designed to be completed in 16 months, with start dates in the fall and spring. Students’ assignments will be evaluated by successful entrepreneurs, who will also serve as advisors and guest lecturers to enhance the content of the program. There are many online resources available for students through Atomic Learning, such as tutorials, a virtual writing lab, technology access and training, and career readiness skills. Classes feature hands-on projects, such as creating an Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint presentations, and videos. Students can also schedule real-time conferences with their professors via Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Skype.