The College of Business and Technology at the University of West Alabama is ready to help students discover their talents and prepare them for innovative and successful careers in business and technology from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 executives. Its ACBSP-accredited degree programs utilize the expertise and dedication of highly qualified faculty to properly instruct, challenge, and personally guide each student to “DO SOMETHING THAT MATTERS.” The CoBT values intellectual curiosity, integrity, global perspective, professionalism, leadership, innovation, community service, creativity, and continuous improvement.
The CoBT is made up of two business-related departments and one technology-related department. Undergraduate business studies include a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. BBA students can major in Management, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Quantitative Finance & Econometrics, or Business Administration with emphasis options in General Business, Marketing, International Business, and Management. Graduate students obtain a Masters in Business Administration with emphasis options in Finance, Computer Information Systems, General Business, Accounting, Marketing, Sports Management, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Management.
To take their education internationally, students can study abroad for two weeks to a semester at one of the University’s nine partnership institutions. The universities exclusively for business students are in France and include the Universite de Bordeaux, Universite de Rennes 1, and EM Normandie Business School. Other institutions business students can join in on are in Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, and Australia.
An essential part of the educational experience is hands-on learning and leadership, service, and professional development. Students experience all of this through internship and job shadowing opportunities, consulting projects, real-world service-learning experiences, interactive guest speaker programs, competitive award events, fundraising projects, career-related workshops, and community service activities. A great way to enhance leadership skills and serve others is through a variety of active student organizations and honor societies. Business-specific groups include the Finance Club, Toastmasters, Accounting Club, Marketing Club, ENACTUS, and Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.
Experiential learning and service opportunities exist through the Center for Business & Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Development Center. The CBE provides services and resources to equip local entrepreneurs with the tools and the know-how to succeed in their new business ventures or their expansion. It also focuses on projects that will increase opportunity through “community, economic, and workforce development.” The SBDC focuses on helping expand the economic welfare of the western region of Alabama. It supports local entrepreneurs through educational programs and free consultations in financial analysis, marketing plan, business plan development, research assistance, licensing, management consulting, and operational planning.
The CoBT has taken some of their excellent degree programs and made them available 100% online for those who need the flexibility, accessibility, and affordability online degrees can offer. There is an online Bachelors in Sport Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration with concentrations in Management, Accounting, Marketing, Business Administration, and Computer Information Systems. An online MBA program offers all of the same concentrations as the on-campus degree plus Computing & Data Analytics and Cybersecurity, Cybercrime & Policy.