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Shawn Mauldin, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, CFP
Professor of Accounting
Dean of the College of Business Administration
Office:106 White Hall


The College of Business Administration prepares students to contribute to a dynamic global economy and diverse workforce as well-educated, responsible business professionals by continuously improving its teaching, research and service.


The College of Business Administration supports the Nicholls creed, affirming “values that promote citizenship, concern for self and others, and the desire for a better world, and embraces as its core values:

  • DIVERSITY: We respect differences among members of society by providing a nurturing and tolerant environment.
  • EXCELLENCE: We strive to achieve the highest quality in all endeavors. We strive for excellence in teaching, research, and service, and empowerment through learning.
  • INTEGRITY: We strive to be fair and truthful in all instances.
  • LEADERSHIP: We are good stewards and representatives of the university because we value our collective role as a regional leader and model for all we serve.
  • RESPECTFULNESS: We commit to the customs and amenities of a civil society. We respect the rights of others and are responsive to the needs and interests of our constituents.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: We are responsible for our actions. We adhere to the doctrine of individual accountability in all our activities and contributions.


The College of Business Administration is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate (evening and executive MBA) levels by AACSB International. The undergraduate program was initially accredited in 1983 and the graduate program in 1988. The accounting program received separate AACSB accreditation in 2007. To attain AACSB International accreditation, the College of Business Administration had to meet 21 standards ensuring the highest quality teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning. Maintenance of AACSB accreditation requires the College of Business Administration to demonstrate continuous improvement in these areas. Less than 5% of the more than 11,000 business schools in the world are AACSB accredited.



  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Pre-Law Concentration
  • Multinational Business Concentration
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Finance
    • Financial Services Marketing Concentration
  • Management
    • Human Resources Management Concentration
  • Marketing
    • Professional Sales Concentration


    All minors in the College of Business require 18 hours with a minimum grade of C in each course.


    To obtain a minor in Accounting, students must complete ACCT 205, 221, and 12 additional hours of 300-400 level accounting courses. ACCT 206 does not count towards the Accounting minor.

    Business Administration

    To obtain a minor in Business Administration, students must complete ACCT 205 and 206, BSAD 221, ECON 255, MNGT 301 and MKTG 300 for a total of 18 semester hours. Not open to students majoring in the College of Business Administration.


    To obtain a minor in Economics students must complete ECON 211, 212, 6 hours of 300 or 400 level Economics courses, and 6 hours of 400-level Economics courses, for a total of 18 semester hours.


    To obtain a minor in Finance students must complete FINC 302, 356, 403, and 9 additional hours of Finance, for a total of 18 semester hours.

    Information Systems

    To obtain a minor in Information Systems, students must complete CIS 231 and 15 credit hours to be chosen from CIS electives or ACCT 351 (for a total of 18 credit hours). The program of study leading to a minor in IS is designed based on student’s professional interest.


    To obtain a minor in Management students must complete MNGT 301 and 15 additional hours from Management courses and/or Marketing 470 or 475, for a total of 18 semester hours.


    To obtain a minor in Marketing students must complete MKTG 300 and 15 additional hours from Marketing courses (at least 6 of which must be from 400-level Marketing courses and/or MNGT 455), for a total of 18 semester hours.

    Foundation Knowledge for Business

    To ensure a foundation knowledge for business, all students within the College of Business Administration, working toward a bachelor of science degree, are required to complete 42 hours of core courses:

    • ACCT 205 (3)
    • ACCT 206 (3) or 306 (3)
    • BSAD 221 (3)
    • BSAD 310 (3) or ENGL 310 (3)
    • BSAD 490 (3)
    • CIS 231 (3)
    • ECON 211 (3)
    • ECON 212 (3)
    • FINC 302 (3)
    • MNGT 301 (3)
    • MNGT 368 (3)
    • MKTG 300 (3)
    • QBA 282 (3)
    • QBA 283 (3)

    Minimum Requirements for College of Business Administration Majors to begin 300-level Business Courses

    Majors must meet university requirements and have at least 54 hours of course credits with a 2.0 GPA prior to beginning 300-level courses in the College of Business Administration..

    Minimum Requirements for Graduation from the College of Business Administration with a Bachelor Degree

    • Meet the general education requirements of the university.
    • Complete a major field of study as shown by the various curricula offered in the College of Business Administration and where applicable, meet the requirements of the Department in which the work is taken.
    • Earn at least a C in courses taken to meet the university’s mathematics requirements, generally, MATH 101 and MATH 106.
    • Earn at least a C in the College of Business Administration’s “foundation of knowledge for business” courses, specifically: ACCT 205 and 206 or 306; BSAD 221 and 310 or ENGL 310; BSAD 490; CIS 231; ECON 211 and 212; FINC 302; MNGT 301 and 368; MKTG 300; and QBA 282 and 283.
    • Earn a C or better in all major and concentration courses with the exception of BSAD 101 and free electives.
    • At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree must be earned at Nicholls.
    • Each undergraduate curriculum should have a general education component that normally comprises at least 50 percent of the student’s four year program. Up to nine semester hours of economics and up to six semester hours of statistics may be counted as part of the general education curriculum.


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