2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business

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School of Business

The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business at Bluefield State College offers a variety of baccalaureate degree programs, including Business Administration, Health Services Management, and the Regents Bachelor of Arts. The Business degrees also offer further specializations in six majors and nine minors. If your goal is to sharpen skills or get needed new skills for job opportunities quickly, the Cole School offers two certificates that can be completed in one or two semesters. The W. Paul Cole, Jr.  School of Business is housed in an ultra-modern facility with state-of-the-art technology. All eight classrooms in the building are completely electronic. Faculty utilize tablets to record all lectures, giving students the ability to listen to the lecture and ask questions while in class and to review later on YouTube. All of the courses taught at the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business can be taken via Moodle and the internet. This provides distance learning students with an educational experience equivalent to that offered in the traditional classroom.


The baccalaureate degree programs offered at the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business provide preparation for immediate employment or entry into graduate school. Possible graduate programs would include MBA, Masters of Accountancy, or Masters of Health Service Management. The two certificates offered at the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business are designed for those people in the workforce that want to change careers or sharpen existing skills, but do not need a baccalaureate degree.


The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business takes tremendous pride in the fact that its baccalaureate Business Administration and Accountancy programs are accredited nationally by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the premier accrediting agency for business schools focused on teaching excellence. The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business was the third business school in West Virginia to receive national accreditation, following West Virginia University and Marshall University. The School is fully committed to maintaining a culture focused on continuous improvement and has established systematic processes for identifying opportunities for improving teaching, curricula and business processes. The contact information for ACBSP is as follows:  11520 West 119 Street, Overland Park, KS 66213; Phone: 913-339-6226.

Note:  All students majoring in Business Administration and Accountancy are required to take a major field test prior to graduating.



    Master of Business AdministrationBachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceNon-DegreeCertification

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