Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in
Information Technology for Business Education
Graduates of the ITBE program at Ship will have a broad choice of career paths in educational and corporate settings.
Information technology has become an integral part of the business world. Due to the high demand for graduates in the IT field, salaries are very competitive and starting salaries are well above average for recent graduates. The ITBE program at Shippensburg University provides students with strong academic preparation in the fields of business and computer education. The major is cooperatively planned and supervised by the Grove College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services. Students who desire certification as K-12 business education teachers have the option of enrolling for one additional semester of student teaching, which will qualify them for a K-12 certification in Business, Computers, and Information Technology in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Ship has a well-established Business Internship Program that provides opportunities for on-the-job experience while gaining college credits. These internship opportunities include businesses and corporations where there is a need for information technology specialists. Internships often turn into job offers, according to post-graduate surveys of Ship business students.
Thanks to the generosity of former professors and students, four scholarships have been established for entering or advanced students in this major on a competitive basis. They are: two Renetta F. Heiss Awards, and the Max Cooley Scholarship Award. Another monetary award, the Fred Archer Memorial Award, is given annually to a student for outstanding academic achievement.
The John L. Grove College of Business has a number of clubs for students to participate in and learn more about their area of study outside the classroom. Student Professional Organizations provide a variety of opportunities for students to develop professional contacts, enhance their course of study with hands-on application, and build lasting friendships within the business community. Students who plan to teach in public schools can join the student chapters of the National Business Education Association, Phi Beta Lambda (open to all business majors), and the Data Processing Management Association. The honorary societies of Pi Omega Pi and Beta Gamma Sigma are also resident in the College of Business.
The undergraduate BSBA degree in ITBE requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours in the following areas:
- General Education Courses: All students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
- Business Core Curriculum: ITBE majors take the same core curriculum as other business majors. This core includes economics, finance, information systems, marketing, organization behavior, and business law as well as other business subjects. See the College of Business website for complete course listings: http://www.ship.edu/business/.
- ITBE Courses: In addition to your general education classes and core business classes, you will complete advanced work in computer programming, systems development, information processing, and telecommunications.
- Teacher Certification: Those students interested in pursuing a teaching certificate in business education must complete 15 credit hours of education course work, which takes the place of free electives, and 15 credit hours of student teaching.