May 27, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Jerry S. Rawls College of Business


Margaret L. Williams, Ph.D., Dean

259 Business Administration Box 42101 | Lubbock, TX 79409-2101
T 806.742.3188 | F 806.742.1092 | |

About the College

The Jerry S. Rawls College of Business offers educational programs in all areas of business while advancing knowledge through research, providing community service, and supporting development of business in the global economy. AACSB International, the national accrediting organization for business and management programs, fully accredits the baccalaureate and master’s programs in business administration and accounting.

Degree Programs

The college offers programs leading to the following degrees and certificates:

Accelerated Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

Undergraduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Minor

Undergraduate Program

General Standards and Requirements

Catalog Selection. Students will use the catalog issued for the year in which they were first officially admitted to the Rawls College of Business or a more recent catalog if approved. However, if they later transfer to another institution or another college at Texas Tech, they will use the catalog in effect when they are readmitted to the Rawls College of Business. For these purposes, a catalog expires after seven years.

Course Load. The normal course load for a semester is 15 to 19 hours. The maximum load for a semester is 19 hours (8 hours for a summer term). Distance education courses are included in a student’s course load. The maximum course load for students on probation is 16 hours.

Course Restrictions. All undergraduate business courses are restricted to students admitted to the Rawls College of Business unless otherwise stated in the course description.

Course Prerequisites. Prerequisites are governed by the catalog in effect when the course is taken. All prerequisites must be satisfied for course enrollment.

GPA Requirement. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative 2.75 Texas Tech GPA to progress through their business major. If a student falls below the required GPA twice during their academic time it may result in a mandatory transfer to another college at Texas Tech.

Grades of Incomplete. A grade of I (incomplete) must be removed at Texas Tech University within one academic year. It may not be removed by transfer credit.

Ineligible Registrations. The Rawls College of Business reserves the right to drop any ineligibly registered student from a course for reasons such as lower division/upper division rule infractions and lack of prerequisites, including required GPAs. Courses taken ineligibly are not used in the degree program.

Laptop Computers. Students should be aware that laptop computers are required. Minimum specifications are available at:

Nondegree Students. All prerequisites and academic regulations based on GPA, such as probation and suspension, apply to nondegree students. Courses taken while in the nondegree status may not be used as part of a degree program.

Pass/Fail. Only free electives are eligible for the pass/fail option.

Probation and Suspension. See the Academic Requirements  catalog section concerning probation and suspension policies.

Mathematics Requirement. A mathematics course must be taken every semester until the requirement is fulfilled. Both MATH 1330  and MATH 1331  must be completed with grades of C or higher before taking some of the required sophomore business courses.

Foreign Language Requirement.  Any student who is admitted to the university without two years of high school credit (8th through 12th grades) in the same foreign language must complete two semesters of a single foreign language in college. The college-level foreign language courses will replace free electives in the degree program.

Second Undergraduate Degree. No second bachelor’s degree is conferred until the candidate has completed at least 24 semester hours (exclusive of credit by exam) after admission for the second degree. Students must be approved by the Undergraduate Services Center to seek a second degree and have at least a 2.75 GPA in their first degree.

Study Abroad. Students wishing to study abroad in business programs must have a minimum 2.75 Texas Tech GPA. Please check with the Center for Global Engagement for specific program requirements.

Transfer Work. Coursework taken at other institutions must be approved by a Rawls College undergraduate advisor prior to enrollment. Credit from other institutions is not calculated into the student’s Texas Tech GPA.

Honors College for Business Majors. Students from all areas of the Rawls College of Business may enter the Honors College. Students with high grade point averages are encouraged to apply for admittance into this prestigious program. Honors sections are offered in several business courses.

Multiple Majors. Students that wish to pursue two or more majors within the Rawls College must take a minimum of 4 additional courses for each additional major.

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree will be awarded to all students who fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of all courses and minimum hours and grades as required for each major.
  • Satisfactory completion of MOS Excel Certification.
  • A minimum Texas Tech 2.0 GPA.
  • Completion of the last 30 hours following admission into a declared major in the Rawls College of Business.
  • Completion of at least 40 hours of upper-division coursework.

Intent to Graduate. At least one year before the proposed graduation date, an intent to graduate must be filed through the Undergraduate Services Center. Graduation is attained by fulfilling the requirements for a B.B.A. degree using an eligible catalog edition. It is the student’s responsibility to fulfill all catalog requirements.

Admission of Transfer Students

Students planning to take their first two years of work at a junior or community college should follow the lower-division degree plan. A maximum of 72 hours can be accepted provided none of the courses are vocational, workforce education, career, or upper-division courses.

Courses that are acceptable from a four-year institution are the lower-division requirements, free electives, and the following upper-division core: BLAW 3391 , FIN 3320 , ISQS 3344 , MGT 3370 , and MKT 3350 . The last 30 hours must be taken while registered in the Rawls College of Business.

Students transferring from any institution must have at least a 2.75 GPA on a minimum of 15 hours from any college or university and be TSI compliant. Transfer credit is not used in the calculation of a student’s Texas Tech grade point average. The Rawls College of Business has the authority for determining which transfer courses apply toward a B.B.A. degree program. Only free electives will be accepted as pass/fail. Official transcripts from all institutions are needed before the acceptance of transfer credit.

Students requesting permission to transfer from another college at Texas Tech must have a 2.75 TTU GPA on a minimum of 15 hours, exclusive of credit earned by exam, and be TSI compliant. A student is officially admitted to the college by a formal transfer completed by the Undergraduate Services Center. No business administration minor course can be used in place of a major requirement.

The last 30 hours prior to graduation must be taken while enrolled in the Rawls College of Business.

Undergraduate Services Center

Each undergraduate student in the college is provided with an academic advisor located in the Undergraduate Services Center. Advisors have the expertise and capability to provide the necessary guidance during each student’s degree program and are aided by a computerized degree audit.

Upper-division students should maintain contact with their designated major advisor in the Undergraduate Services Center concerning degree requirements along with faculty advisors for help in selecting courses to achieve career objectives.

Division of Curriculum

Lower Division. The Rawls College of Business curriculum consists of two parts: a lower division and an upper division. The lower-division requirements should be completed during the freshman and sophomore years. Upon completion of the lower-division coursework with grades of C or higher and a minimum 2.75 Texas Tech GPA, students may declare a major. The following table summarizes the courses schedule for lower-division students.

Upper Division. Admission to the lower-division RCOBA designation does not assure admission to any upper-division major in the Rawls College of Business. After attaining the minimum requirements of the lower division, students may apply to the Undergraduate Services Center for a specific major. Students can only apply for majors in effect at the time the application is made. Students must meet the requirements in effect at the time of the application. Junior- and senior-level business and economics courses may be taken upon admission to the upper division of the college. Note that the minimum GPA for any major may increase due to limited space availability. All lower-division coursework must be completed prior to enrollment in any major course. This includes lower-division business core courses and university requirements. Upper-division requirements for each major are discussed in the following sections.

Undergraduate Dual Degrees

B.B.A. and B.S. in Architecture. This dual degree program is designed to provide a broad background for a variety of careers in business, government, architecture, and building-related industries with emphasis on developing analytical tools and skills with managerial perspectives, thereby enhancing worldwide career opportunities. See the College of Architecture  section of this catalog for a full program outline. A 2.75 Texas Tech GPA is required.

B.B.A. and B.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics. This dual program leads to two degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in General Business and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Agricultural and Applied Economics. Students completing these dual degree programs will have increased understanding of business management principles, concepts, and analytical abilities as applied to agribusiness. See the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources  section for a full discussion of the program. A 2.75 Texas Tech GPA is required.

Graduate Program

For information on graduate programs offered by the Rawls College of Business, visit the Graduate Programs  section of the catalog.

Program Offerings & Course Descriptions


    Bachelor’sUndergraduate MinorUndergraduate Certificate


      BA - Business Administration (Undergraduate Courses)HOM - Health Organization Management (Undergraduate Courses)IB - International Business (Undergraduate Courses)