Catalogue 2012 - 2013

College of Business

Dean Julie Siciliano

Associate Dean Marilyn Pelosi

College of Business Mission and Vision Statement


The mission of the Western New England University College of Business is to provide excellent academic preparation toward the development of ethical, responsible, and resourceful business professionals through challenging and relevant learning experiences.


The College of Business will be recognized among peer institutions and the business community for preparing students with the teamwork, communication, technology, decision making, and leadership skills to achieve effective business solutions, successful careers, and contributions to the community in a constantly changing global environment.

Degree Learning Goals

The undergraduate curriculum for students in the College of Business includes the following learning goals.

  1. To solve business problems by thinking critically and applying principles of effective decision making.
  2. To generate, evaluate, and select alternatives consistent with standards of ethical behavior.
  3. To perform well on teams, to provide leadership, to contribute and collaborate to achieve team goals.
  4. To communicate professionally, to present analyses, recommendations, and plans clearly, both orally and in writing.
  5. To apply information technology concepts and tools to support business problem solving and decision making.
  6. To recognize the dynamic domestic and international factors that shape and transform the global business environment.
  7. To understand the fundamental concepts from the business disciplines.

Career Preparation

In order to guide students in selecting an appropriate career path, faculty in each department in the College of Business designed to a variety of classroom and outside of the classroom activities to guide the students through the process of a) Career Exploration in the freshman year, b) Career Investigation in the sophomore year, c) Career Determination in the junior year and finally d) Career Implementation in the senior year. In these progressive exercises student will link their interests and skills with career paths culminating with activities designed to help the student to enter the field of choice.

Department Chairs and Faculty

Department of Accounting and Finance

Professor: John Coulter, Chair

Professors: William Bosworth, Sharon Lee, May Lo

Associate Professor: Lori Holder-Webb

Assistant Professors: Ken Guo, Milos Vulanovic, Yong Wang

Professional Educator: Stephen Sugermeyer

Department of Business Information Systems

Professor: Anil Gulati, Chair

Professors: Jerzy Letkowski, Marilyn Pelosi

Associate Professors: Tuncay Bayrak, David Russell

Professional Educator: Peter Daboul

Department of Management

Professor: Jeanie Forray, Chair

Professors: William Ferris, Julie Siciliano

Associate Professor: Lynn Bowes-Sperry

Assistant Professors: Joseph Gerard, Melissa Knott, Lynn Walter

Professional Educator: John P. Greeley

Department of Marketing

Professor: Paul Costanzo, Chair

Professors: Elizabeth Elam, Janelle Goodnight, Harlan Spotts

Professional Educator: James McKeon

Department of Sport Management and Business Law

Professor: Sharianne Walker, Chair

Professor: Harvey Shrage

Associate Professors: Daniel Covell, Curt Hamakawa,

Assistant Professor: James Masteralexis


Most majors in the College of Business lead to the degree Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Complete requirements for each of the majors in the College of Business are specified under a separate section of this catalogue devoted to major programs. They are accounting, business information systems, finance, general business, management, marketing, marketing communications/advertising, and sport management. Each undergraduate major in the College of Business includes a general education component that normally comprises at least 50 percent of the student’s four-year program. Requirements common to all majors are:

  1. Students earning less that a B- in ENGL 132 or ENGL 133 will be required to take ENGL 206 Business Writing in the sophomore year.
  2. Complete at least 33 credit hours of course work at the 300-400 level.
  3. Complete at least 12 credit hours of course work at the 300-400 level in the major at Western New England University. The identification of these upper-level courses are listed under each major.
  4. Apply no more than 12 credit hours of ROTC courses towards the graduation requirements.
  5. Meet all of the requirements specified under Academics, Undergraduate Policies, Procedures, Requirements, and General University Requirements in this catalogue.