Vision, Mission and Core Values Statement
Vision – The LaPenta School of Business will continue to grow and attract diverse students, motivated to better their lives and the lives of other Ionian stakeholders through a quality business education vital for their future.
Mission – The LaPenta School of Business strives to advance a state-of-the-art, innovative business education, encouraging intellectual inquiry and business community engagement with broad social responsibility and service-learning paramount for today’s times.
Core Values - The LaPenta School of Business, guided by the respected values of our accrediting bodies, ultimately embraces the values of a student-centric and faculty-driven institution rooted in a religious tradition.
Thus, we embrace specific core values:
- Character: Encourage high standards of personal and professional integrity in everything pursued.
- Achievement: Stimulate academic excellence in learning delivered and scholarship attained by our students.
- Recognition: Foster an organizational culture that supports, rewards, and promotes high-quality research, innovation and engagement.
- Ethics: Pursue business knowledge, truth, accountability and responsibility in the utmost ethical way.
- Service: Promote “learning-by-doing” as the mantra for real-world success, achievement and accomplishment.
The LaPenta School of Business offers degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in seven majors: accounting, business administration, finance, information systems, international business, management and marketing. Each of these programs has a complementary minor program with the exception of business administration.
The BBA programs are offered as day programs.
A business minor is available to students in the School of Arts and Science.
All BBA candidates must complete the graduation requirements for undergraduate degrees. The course requirements for the degree include the College core requirements, the business degree core requirements, major requirements as listed for each major and a number of electives. The business core and specific details of the College core as they apply to business students are noted below.
The College core of 46 credits is required of all students as explained in this bulletin. Students graduating with this core, except where noted, will complete a total of 120 credits for their degree.
All candidates for the BBA should satisfy the College core with courses that constitute part of the common body of knowledge in business and are complementary to the business core. They are:
Social Science and Business Requirements
Science, Technology and Mathematics - STEM Requirements
Mathematics Core - one of the following (3 credits)
Computer Science Core (3 credits)
Business Degree Core
All students graduating from the LaPenta School of Business must complete the following business degree core requirements:
The requirements for each major are listed below.
Courses that fulfill the requirement include those in accounting, business, business law, business economics, finance, information systems, international business, management and marketing. The balance of electives can be taken in business or in the liberal arts and sciences.
Double Majors and Minors
Some students elect to major in a second discipline; others seek to minor in a second discipline. The BBA program is highly structured and business students have a limited number of electives to pursue such options. In making their decision, students must be aware of College policy as indicated elsewhere in this bulletin and the fact that a number of credits beyond those necessary for graduation may be required.