Generally, every undergraduate student requires at least 128 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree in SBPP. Each program is divided in to three categories of courses – for the sake of emphasis, this applies to all the programs in the school.
- General Education Courses
- Core Courses
- Concentration Courses
Undergraduate Program Structure in the School of Business and Public Policy
General Education Courses = 12 Courses = 48 Credits
Core Courses = 8 Courses = 32 Credits
Concentration Courses = 8 Courses = 32 Credits
Internship (Practicum) = 2 Courses = 8 Credits
Entrepreneurial Project = 1 Course = 4 Credits
Research Project = 1 Courses = 4 Credits
Total = 32 Courses = 128 Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
All SMU undergraduate students are expected to take the General Education Courses (General University Requirements) irrespective of their Schools or majors. As an American-style liberal arts and sciences university, all our graduates must earn at least 48 credits in the form General Education Courses. In order to meet the General Education requirements for graduation, these 48 credits must come from four principal areas – Arts, languages, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. These General Education credits can either be earned on campus or transferred from other institutions or programs. For instance, SMU will award 8 credits for any course passed at the GCE A-Level, considering that the A-Level is the equivalence of Advanced Placement courses.
The General Education Courses will be taken during the first two years of undergraduate studies at SMU (Freshmen/women and Sophomore Years). Students bringing in about 30 or more credits should be able to complete the General Education requirements within one year. Those who don’t complete these General Education requirements within the first year will be required to take compulsory summer sessions so as to complete the remaining credits.
Objective of General Education Courses
Experience has shown that people deal with work related challenges that may not necessarily emanate from their educational areas of specialty or concentration. Hence, the purpose of General Education Courses in SMU is to open students to a variety of work related issues in the fields of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences, that may enable students to handle some problems that may arise from areas beyond students’ areas of concentration and specialty. Therefore, general courses are like a light that enables the students to conveniently succeed in their careers.
The following constitute the 14 General Education Courses
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits|
|GEN 101||Sports & Physical Education||Passed/Failed|
|GEN 102||Creative Arts||Passed/Failed|
|GEN 110||Introduction to College Writing||4|
|GEN 120||Introduction to French||4|
|GEN 130||Foundations of Ethics & Catholic Studies||4|
|GEN 140||College Algebra||4|
|GEN 150||Introduction to Science||4|
|GEN 210||Logic, Proof & Critical Thinking||4|
|GEN 220||US Government, Politics, & Global Issues||4|
|GEN 230||Computer Information System||4|
|GEN 240||English Grammar & Composition||4|
|GEN 250||Introduction to Social Sciences||4|
|GEN 410||Business & Entrepreneurship||4|
|GEN 420||Research Method & Statistical Analysis||4|
All General Education courses have a credit value of four (8) each, except for the two compulsory courses: Sports & Physical Education and Creative Arts that have a zero (0) credit value each. These two courses, which have no credit value, must be validated as they are one of the requirements for graduation. Therefore, they will be given either a passed or failed mark in the transcript of the student. This means that out of the 14 general courses, 12 have a total of 48 credits.
GEN 110: Introduction to College Writing
The main purpose of this course is to introduce students to the conventions of academic writing and critical thinking. Students are introduced to college/university-level writing, including multiple rhetorical contexts for essay development. Emphasis on thesis development, essay organization, argumentation, critical reading and clarity of expression and introduction to incorporating source material using the APA style.
GEN 120: Sports & Creative Arts
This is a unique course designed to encourage physical fitness and creativity in students. The course is divided into two parts, the first dealing with sports and the second with creative arts. In sports, students work individually and cooperatively in various theoretical and practical aspects of sports. It provides students of varying abilities with experiences that facilitate physical, social, intellectual, cultural, spiritual and emotional growth. Meanwhile, creative arts addresses the art-forms of visual arts, creative writing, music, drama and dance.
GEN 130: Introduction to French
This course is designed for students with very little or no prior knowledge of French. The course provides a lively introduction to basic oral expression, listening comprehension, and elementary reading and writing. The audio-lingual approach, using practical vocabulary drawn from realistic situations aimed at good pronunciation and ease in response.
GEN 140: College Algebra
This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions, and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout, with an emphasis on solving application problems.
GEN 150: Introduction to Science & Technology
The course aims at demystifying scientific concepts, exposing the latest developments in science and technology, and making the subject more interesting and understanding to students. It begins by defining science and technology, and their various sub-fields, and covers a relatively new academic field that has at its core the relationship between scientific knowledge, technological systems, and society. It reflects the latest advances in the field while continuing to provide students with a road map to the complex interdisciplinary terrain of science and technology studies. Students will be engaged in topics such as environmental concerns, evolution, vaccinations, GMOs, 3-D printing, human genome project, stem cell research, drug development, GPS, robotics, renewable energy, informatics and other advances in science and technology.
GEN 210: Foundations of Philosophy & Religion
The course introduces students to philosophy and religion. In philosophy, students will begin by defining philosophy and understanding its main branches, but will focus mainly on logic, proof and critical thinking. Topics such as the nature of arguments, deduction and induction, syllogistic logic, propositional logic, quantified predicate logic, fallacious reasoning, scientific and critical reasoning will be studied. Ethics, approached from the perspective of moral philosophy and moral theology, will also be studied with a focus on the ethics of duty, idealism, utilitarianism, virtue, relativism, pragmatism, pluralism, critical ethics, ethics of care, and ethics of professionalism. Students will learn the relevance of ethics in addressing current challenges such as terrorism, gender, equality, diversity, cultural recognition, competition, dishonesty, privacy, discrimination, reward and punishment. Finally, the course treats religion, covering such topics as comparative study of major religions, science and religion, liberation theology, religious enculturation, fundamentals of Catholicism, and the Church’s Social Teachings.
GEN 220: US Government, Politics & Global Issues
This course examines the three broad areas of studies – US government, political science, and global issues. It begins with an introduction to the concept of politics, examining it from the perspectives of philosophy and social sciences. It then focuses on democracy, especially from the US perspective, evaluating it through analyses of the major institutions, processes and government policies. Power, inequality, political culture, social movements, the Constitution, elections, the role of the media, and the parts played by the President, the bureaucracy, the Congress and the courts are all considered. In global issues, the course treats contemporary global issues including global trade, terrorism, global warming, regional integration, international supranational organizations, nationalist movements etc. Finally, it will focus of political systems in selected developing countries, comparing and contrasting them with the US system.
GEN 230: Introduction to Computer Information Systems
This course introduces students to the basic concepts and developments in information systems. Areas of study include computer technology, information system concepts, information systems development, and the use of technology in organizations. Also included is the general nature of computer hardware, software and systems: Hands-on applications include introduction to word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation software, cloud computing, web browsing and e-mail.
GEN 240: English Grammar & Composition
This course emphasizes the study of grammar and composition. It introduces and explores word origins and various parts of speech to prepare students for critical reading and writing. This course also introduces students to practical applications for writing, such as business letters and memos. Equally, the course provides an analytical overview of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure to help students improve writing skills, including writing efficiently and effectively. This course also introduces students to practical applications for writing, such as cover letters and resumes. It guides students through the steps for writing essays, from prewriting to final draft, and discusses various types of essays.
GEN 250: Introduction to Social Sciences
Knowledge and understanding of the social sciences place students in position to understand themselves as citizens within an integrated global society. The purpose of this course is to provide students with information about the principal social science disciplines and the relationships among them. Among the integrated social science disciplines are sociology, anthropology, archeology, psychology, political science, economics and geography. Preparation in the skills of social science inquiry prepares the student to engage in rational decision-making as both an individual and as a citizen.
GEN 410: Business & Entrepreneurship Project
The purpose of this course is to help students to develop the cognitive skills they need to understand the principles and mechanics that regulate everyday business life, to prepare them to deal effectively with the challenges of contemporary life, including issues in the business-society relationship, its history, world events, economic issues, and future expectations. It also examines the factors that lead towards entrepreneurial success, and the skills and behaviors necessary to be a successful entrepreneur. The course will cover design, creativity and entrepreneurship, the characteristics of and types of entrepreneurs, pathways to entrepreneurs and requirements for success. At the end of the course, the student will be expected to develop a business plan on a business idea in the student’s area of studies.
GEN 420: Fundamentals to Research Methods & Statistical Analysis
This course is designed to provide foundation knowledge of research methods commonly used. The course will prepare the student to understand material and issues associated with but not limited to the logic of the scientific method, research designs, as well as the use of statistical packages for descriptive and inferential statistics. This course will cover research processes employing quantitative and qualitative methods. Topics include ethical considerations, observational and survey research techniques, graphing, central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression, hypothesis testing etc. Students participate in data collection, data analysis and interpretation by means of the microcomputer Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and in the writing of APA-style research reports.
THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (DBA)
- Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics
THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (DPA)
- Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Administration