The David F. Rankin College of Business at Southern Arkansas University takes great pride in its namesake. He is currently the University’s President and has acquired multitudinous awards, recognition, positions, medals, and accomplishments. At SAU, he has been a professor of Finance, the Dean of the School of Business, and Department Chair. He also currently serves as the Economic Advisor to the Arkansas Governor. He has worked hard and is successful in his ventures, and this mindset carries into the AACSB-accredited College of Business’ mission and expectation of excellence for their students. They provide a “world-class education in a personal environment.” Innovation, engagement, commitment, ethics, learning, and evolving are valuable aspects of the business college. The curriculum is deeply founded in business principles along with teaching effective communication, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, information literacy, and content-specific knowledge.
Endowed professorships are a high honor, and five faculty members hold this esteemed accomplishment. Small class sizes allow faculty the opportunity to mentor and guide students to achieve their goals personally. There is an Associate of Science in Business Administration degree offered. Other undergraduate majors include Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, Supply Chain Management, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Entrepreneurial Finance, General Business, Management, Information Systems, and Marketing. Graduate students can obtain a Master of Business Administration, both on-campus and online. The MBA emphasis options are Agri-Business, Social Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain Management. The Bachelors in Management degree is also available online.
Current students can learn a lot from alumni and their path to success. The Executive Network Conference brings alumni in to share their experiences and to encourage students in what is next. The Emerging Leader Council is a group of alumni who mentor and offer advice for career choices. Students can best prepare for future careers by attending the Career Fair, the Backpack to Briefcase transition training workshops, and visiting the Career Closet where they can pick out professional clothing free of charge. Another great advantage is the many internship opportunities with companies like Johnson & Johnson, Enterprise Holdings, Rockline Industries, Edward Jones, State Farm, Disney, and Walmart. Participation in organizations like Phi Beta Lambda National Association, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and Enactus gives students a more in-depth educational experience. The Dean will even switch places one day with the contest winner of Dean for the Day, where the student will attend and carry out Dean Strone’s responsibilities to get an insider look. Each major provides travel programs for unique experiences with business-related conferences, field trips, and competitions to cities like Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and even the partner Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico. The College of Business partners with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center to help expand their impact and influence the state and beyond.
In addition to the previously mentioned MBA’s many other degree programs may be completed online. A sampling of these options includes several undergraduate and graduate degrees available through the College of Education and the College of Science and Engineering.