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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business

Dr. Neil Terry, dean

Classroom Center, Room 216 • WTAMU Box 60768
806-651-2530 • Fax 806-651-2927

Dr. De’Arno De’Armond, associate dean of graduate business programs

806-651-2490 • ddearmond@wtamu.edu

Dr. Amjad Abdullat, senior associate dean of undergraduate business programs

          806-651-2443 aabdullat@wtamu.edu

The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). As stated by former president and chief executive officer of AACSB John J. Fernandes, “AACSB Accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees.”

Mission Statement

The mission of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business is to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate business education with a global perspective and ethical awareness. We accomplish this through emphasis on excellence in teaching, which is strengthened by faculty scholarship and supported by professional service.

Mission Proof Points

  • We facilitate the development of business students into ethical leaders that can navigate a dynamic global marketplace using explicit core business knowledge and an applied perspective.
  • We direct resources in support of empowering co-curricular experiences.
  • Our faculty members contribute to knowledge of the business environment through quality research with an equal emphasis on applied, discipline, and pedagogy publications.
  • We serve as an economic development catalyst for the West Texas region and beyond through education, research, and consultation.


The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&M University will achieve recognition as an integral part of the Texas Panhandle’s social and economic foundation.

Core Values

  • We believe students are our primary constituents and we are committed to a student-centered organization.
  • We recognize our responsibility to serve a broad constituency, primarily in the Texas Panhandle and contiguous areas.
  • We embrace lifelong learning and professional development of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • We are committed to outcomes assessment and continuous improvement in order to provide a high quality education and change in response to emerging issues.
  • We are honest, fair and accountable at all times.
  • We involve and encourage our stakeholders to participate in the planning and participation in our programs and activities.
  • We respect diverse perspectives and people in a collegial environment.
  • We commit ourselves to prepare our students for the future, exemplify our values by serving as role models, and remain current in our professional fields.
  • We affirm our commitment to intellectual contributions that enhance our teaching, particularly applied scholarship and instructional development.

These goals are met by requiring students to select courses outside the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, take a common core of business courses and major in one of the programs within the college. Through its departments, the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business offers the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in accounting, computer information systems, economics, finance, general business, management and marketing; and Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in economics.

The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business offers four graduate degree programs, each supported by doctoral level faculty. Students enroll in these programs to enhance their career opportunities. Many graduates plan to become top-level managers in their respective  professions. The degree programs are: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance and Economics, Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.A.), and Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with the academic adviser for the program of interest.

College of Business Admission (Pre-Business: Major Code 300)

Once students are admitted to West Texas A&M University, they can gain admittance to the College of Business by satisfactorily completing a set of pre-admission courses and completing 30 credit hours of undergraduate course work. Through its admission policies and procedures, the College of Business is able to help students succeed in specific business major concentrations by only admitting those students who are qualified and have the basic skills to complete a business degree.

The pre-business courses include 15 credit hours from the following:

Students must earn a “C” or higher in these 15 credit hours.

Upon completion of the pre-business core, students should meet with an academic advisor in the College of Business, select a specific business major concentration area (e.g., accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, general business or computer information systems), apply for a degree plan, and register with the Office of Career Services. Students seeking admission to the business program that have completed 30 or more credit hours in a different major or as a transfer student may be admitted to the business program with a 2.5 GPA or approval by the associate dean of undergraduate business programs. New students in the top ten percent of an admission class may be admitted directly into the business program by invitation of the associate dean of undergraduate business programs.

For course sequence, see Pre-Business Degree Checklist/Curriculum Guide.

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree Core Requirements

Master’s Degrees

For information about the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree, Master of Science in Finance and Economics (M.S.F.E.) degree, Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics (M.S.) degree or the Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.A.) degree, refer to the “Graduate Catalog.”

Other College of Business Programs

Center for Economic Education

The West Texas Center for Economic Education promotes economic and financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Its mission is to provide seminars to individuals teaching in grades kindergarten through high school. The center has a director and is affiliated with the Texas Council on Economic Education and the Council on Economic Education.

Enterprise Center

The mission of the Enterprise Center and its Rural Business Incubator is to help the business owner by increasing short-term profits and building long-term wealth. Their strategy is to provide consulting services, training programs, and specialized services in the area of operations audits, peak performance plans, business-value assessments, marketing actions plans and capital acquisition services.

Panhandle Small Business Development Center

Panhandle Small Business Development Center is a sub-center of Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center of Lubbock, Texas. This sub-center, located in Amarillo, reports to the dean of the College of Business and is an affiliate of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The center provides management counseling and management development training to small businesses in the Texas Panhandle. It is operated by full-time staff members and supported by WTAMU business students.



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