The vision of the Barney School of Business is to be increasingly recognized for the high quality of its programs and to distinguish itself from other institutions by the strong relationships it maintains with business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.
Supporting this vision, the mission of the Barney School of Business is to prepare individuals to be leaders and decision makers who are globally aware and socially responsible by
- creating a student-focused learning environment that emphasizes effective, high-quality bachelor’s- and master’s-level teaching and learning;
- engaging in a broad range of scholarly activities to improve the practice of business, enhance and strengthen our teaching, and provide intellectual stimulation to our faculty; and
- maintaining strong relationships with business, not-for-profit, and government, entities to facilitate their interaction with our students and faculty in a wide variety of activities.
The concepts and skills acquired by Barney students apply to all types of organizations, including large corporations, family-owned businesses, and civic organizations. Through its curricular and noncurricular activities, graduates become career ready. Barney graduates understand the global nature of today’s economy, acquire work experience through co-ops or internships, develop both written and oral communication skills and are able to use information technology effectively.
Business courses are taught in an interactive manner with cases and projects to give students hands-on learning. This teaching is enhanced through educational partnerships with regional business and governmental partners. Many of the faculty have business experience and regularly work with area businesses to solve problems. Students are also required to acquire business experience through an internship.
The global nature of business, together with the rapid pace of change in today’s world, necessitates the broad understanding that a liberal arts foundation brings. Coupled with knowledge of business concepts and tasks, Barney students are required to take a substantial number of their degree credits outside of business areas. They also take a common core of business courses, including accounting, economics, information technology, insurance, finance, management, marketing, and quantitative methods, and then develop a major in one area of specialization. Each major has a designated capstone course and a senior-level applied project to integrate the educational experiences of that major. Barney students may also pursue a minor in a second area of specialization by taking additional courses in that area.
The Barney School is accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. As a member of the select group that is approximately 672 accredited business programs around the world, the school is committed to providing high-quality business and management education.
Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Students, by invitation only, may join the society in their junior and senior years.
Career-Ready Business Education
The Barney School equips students with the skills to be successful business leaders. We provide the knowledge, one-on-one faculty attention, and hands-on experience that enable students to pursue rewarding and successful careers. As individuals, Barney students develop an in-depth understanding of the global business world, gain work experience for their résumés, and have access to the resources necessary to secure a job in their chosen career paths.
The Barney School is located in the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Hall. An Information Technology Center (ITC) is housed in this facility and contains two labs. The ITC contains 31 computers, arranged in a classroom setting with a multimedia projection system. The second lab contains 14 computers.
All computers have DVD players and CDburning capabilities. They use Windows XP and Windows applications. The labs are wired for access to the Internet. Software includes the latest versions of Microsoft Office, SPSS, and SAS.
Mali Global Center
Auerbach Hall houses the Mali Global Center, which provides the Barney School with the most sophisticated communication and research capabilities. The center makes possible a wide range of global outreach programming.
Each first-year and transfer student is assigned an advisor when the student enters the school. The advisor is available to discuss a broad range of academic and career issues. In addition, the Office of Academic Services (OAS) supports students in the scheduling of classes, planning progress toward graduation, and connecting students to support services offered throughout the University campus. For any student who is initially undecided about a major, the OAS serves as an advisor until a major is chosen. At that time, an advisor is assigned in the major department. Students may request a change in advisors at any time. Those students who stay in the same major may have the same advisor for four years.
Undergraduate Admission Requirements
General requirements and procedures for admission are given here .
For admission to the Barney School of Business, 16 units of secondary subjects are expected and should include the following as minimal:
|Mathematics (including two units of algebra)
|Other academic subjects
|Other elective subjects
Advanced study in a foreign language is recommended for students to enhance their global awareness.
Specific Undergraduate Business Degree Requirements
To obtain an undergraduate degree from the Barney School, the student must
- successfully complete all degree and course requirements;
- earn a minimum of 123 credits for a bachelor’s degree;
- maintain at least a 2.0 overall grade point average (GPA), specifically:
- Students who do not have at least the minimum 2.0 GPA after their sophomore year (after 53 credits) will not be allowed to take additional Barney business or required major courses until their overall GPA rises to at least 2.0. Students may retake courses in Barney in order to increase their GPA.
- Students who do not have at least the minimum 2.0 GPA after their junior year (after 86 credits) will not be allowed to enroll in MGT 440 (Barney capstone course) until their overall GPA rises to at least 2.0.
- have an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 on a scale of 4.0;
- have at least a 2.0 grade point average in his/her major;
- earn at least 50 percent of the business course credits at the University of Hartford;
- transfer no more than one course to meet the requirements of each major; and
- earn no more than 3 credits in PE 110 -PE 111 courses; and
- take at least one more course outside the student’s major to enhance his/her global awareness.
- Barney students must take QNT 230 and are not permitted to count M 114 (Everyday Statistics) as one of their A&S electives. Students outside of Barney who transfer to Barney and have already taken M 114 are required to take QNT 130; M 114 will count as an A&S elective.
Specific Undergraduate Business Requirements on Pass/No Pass Status
- A student may take only one Pass/No Pass course a semester. If either PE 110 or PE 111 is taken, one other class may be taken Pass/No Pass during that semester.
- A student may take only unrestricted electives Pass/No Pass. No other degree requirements may be taken Pass/No Pass.
- A student may drop or add the Pass/No Pass status only up to the 10th week after classes begin.
- A student may take a maximum of 12 credits on a Pass/No Pass basis during his/her entire undergraduate career.
Program of Study
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program offers students the opportunity to major in accounting, economics and finance, entrepreneurial studies, insurance and finance, management, and marketing.
Total Credits Required for Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: 123
- Specific general education requirements 
- Humanities 
- Social science 
- Natural science 
- Arts and Sciences electives 
- Restricted elective 
- Unrestricted electives 
- Business core and business elective 
- Major concentration 
All-University Curriculum Requirements
Students are required to take at least four courses from the All-University Curriculum (AUC). Business majors are required to take one AUCA course. Students then select one course from three of the remaining four breadth categories. AUCS 130 does not fulfill an AUC requirement for Barney students. Students transferring to the Barney School from another institution may take fewer AUCs, depending on the number of credits transferred. Barney students who have received credit for BAR 110 may not take AUCS 130 as part of their program of study.
Major Course Requirements
The major field of study is completed during the junior and senior years, consisting of a sequence of courses totaling 21 credit hours designated by the major department. Courses taken to meet the degree requirements of the major must be taken in the Barney School, unless specific approval is obtained from the department chair and faculty advisor.
Students may elect to take courses from any discipline including business to fill unrestricted electives. These are the only courses business majors may elect to take on a Pass/No Pass basis. This option is available for only one course per semester.
Enrollment in Winterterm classes is restricted for undergraduates in good academic standing to two classes each winterterm session: for students who are not in good academic standing, enrollment is restricted to one class each Winterterm session. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved in writing by the appropriate faculty advisor or dean’s representative and forwarded to the appropriate person in the Office of Academic Services for student files.
For an overview of the University-wide Honors program and specific program requirements for Barney School students, see Special Academic Opportunities .
Awards and Scholarships
The Barney School of Business offers numerous awards and scholarships to its students. For further information, contact the Academic Services office at the Barney School, Auerbach Hall, room 227.
Students enrolled in the Barney School may elect to pursue minor programs of study in accounting, actuarial science, economics and finance, entrepreneurial studies, finance and insurance, insurance, management, management information systems, marketing, and pre-MBA. Minors generally consist of 12 credits except the pre-MBA minor, which consists of 30 credits.
Students must declare their intent to obtain a minor using the forms available in the Office of Academic Services, Auerbach Hall, room 227, and must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in courses within the minor, with the exception of actuarial science, in which a 3.0 GPA is required.
If a student chooses to obtain a minor or double major, the courses taken will satisfy the unrestricted elective category of the current undergraduate program of study. Courses in the minor may not be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Students are not permitted to transfer classes from other universities as part of their minor requirements.
Non-Barney Students Interested in Business Majors or Minors or Individual Courses
Students outside of the Barney School who wish to complete a program in the field of business may elect a minor in general business, accounting, actuarial science, economics and finance, entrepreneurial studies, human resource management, insurance and finance, management, management information systems, or marketing. The minors for non-Barney students are described under the different majors. Students matriculated in other colleges who also wish to receive a major in business must complete both the business core of 52 credits plus an additional 21 credits of specialization for a total of 73 credits.
Courses taken as part of any minor programs in the Barney School must be taken for a letter grade only. Any course taken as a prerequisite for a course in a minor program of study may not be taken pass/no pass. Students are not permitted to transfer classes from other universities as part of their minor requirements. Additionally, the following courses are required for all non-Barney students seeking a minor in the Barney School.
Students taking any Barney course must satisfy the course prerequisites. Students who do not have at least the minimum 2.0 GPA after their sophomore year (after 53 credits) will not be allowed to take additional Barney business or minor courses until their overall GPA rises to at least 2.0. Students may retake courses in Barney in order to increase their GPA.
Prerequisites for All Minors (except economics/finance) for Non-Barney Students
Required credits: 6
For students contemplating a minor in economics/finance, EC 110 - Principles of Macroeconomics and EC 211 - Principles of Microeconomics are required instead of EC 101 - Introduction to Economics . For those who have already completed EC 101 , credit for EC 101 will be given.
Students must apply for admission into the minor no earlier than the end of their sophomore year. They must have a 2.0 overall grade point average and must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average for courses in the minor. Students electing a minor in actuarial science must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Approvals by the student’s major advisor and dean are required.
An application for admission to the minor may be obtained in the Office of Academic Services, Auerbach 227.
R. C. Knox Center for Insurance Studies
As part of the Barney School’s graduate and undergraduate degree programs, the R. C. Knox Center for Insurance Studies and Risk Management provides information and advice to all students interested in careers in the field of insurance. Special programs are also sponsored by the R. C. Knox Center, dealing with important current issues in insurance.
Barney students with such interests take the standard core courses in accounting, marketing, economics and finance, mathematics and management. They also have access to many elective courses in the College of Arts and Sciences and other colleges of the University.
All segments of business are becoming increasingly international as the interdependence of the global economy grows. The international dimensions of business are included in courses in the core curriculum. The Barney School also offers a variety of specialized international business courses, and many faculty have significant international expertise and experience. In addition, many international students are enrolled at the Barney School, and a cross-cultural environment can be found in many upper-level courses. The Barney School also has exchange agreements with educational institutions around the world.