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Pamplin College of Business


Robert T. Sumichrast, Dean
Associate Dean for Administration:
Kay P. Hunnings
Associate Dean for Extended Campus:
Parviz Ghandforoush
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs:
Kent Nakamoto
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs: Candice E. Clemenz

Pamplin Hall


    Range of Programs

    The Pamplin College of Business offers majors in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Its on-campus enrollment is about 3,600 undergraduates and about 260 full-time graduate students in the MBA, Master of Accounting and Information Systems, Master of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Ph.D. programs. The college also enrolls about 150 evening MBA and about 50 executive MBA students at Virginia Tech's National Capital Region campus in metropolitan Washington, D.C., and about 50 professional MBA students, who take classes that alternate between Roanoke and Richmond.

    Groundbreaking Research, Eminent Scholarship

    Pamplin faculty members are tackling major issues in industry, finance, management practice, and information technology, to name a few areas. Their research has contributed to greater understanding of business issues, been cited in government hearings and court testimony, and played a role in policy making. Though sponsored research is not a central aspect of the research programs of business schools, several Pamplin faculty members have attracted national funding for their research, working as members of interdisciplinary teams. The college's departments are also regularly ranked among the nation's or world's top programs for scholarly productivity, based on article publication in the leading academic journals in their fields.

    The curriculum includes a broad liberal education foundation of two years, followed by a college core in the fundamentals of business theory and, finally, concentration in the major.

    The college offers majors in:

    • Accounting and Information Systems
    • Business Information Technology
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Hospitality and Tourism Management
    • Management
    • Marketing

    Academic advising is an important aspect of each student's college career. We pair students with an advisor to assist from entry in Pamplin until graduation. All students are advised in Pamplin Undergraduate Programs, 1046 Pamplin Hall.

    Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to participate in the out-of-class activities of the college, particularly the annual career fairs in September and January; the placement seminars; and course registration meetings held each semester; the ethics and leadership seminars; college international programs and study abroad; and the various events of the over 30 different student clubs in the college. These programs provide critical insights into the careers for which students are preparing and valuable opportunities for leadership.

    Undergraduates are required to bring a computer to the university, as well as purchase a university and a Pamplin software bundle. The computer is used extensively in the curriculum. Purchase information and required configuration will be available each spring.

    Administrative and faculty offices for the college are located in Pamplin and Wallace Halls. Our facilities also include study rooms, computer labs, conference rooms, a behavioral laboratory, an atrium filled with furniture conducive to studying and group work, and a student organization office center.

    The college is a member of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB International. All programs are accredited by the AACSB. In addition, the ACIS program has an additional accreditation from AACSB: AACSB Accounting Accreditation.

General Requirements for Graduation

    A minimum of 125 semester hours is required for graduation in each curriculum.

    The student must have an overall average GPA of 2.0 ("C") on all work attempted and in the courses in the major.

    To ensure credit, a student desiring to take courses at another institution must secure approval by Undergraduate Programs of the Pamplin College before registering for the course at the other institution. Completion of the "Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere" must be turned into 1046 PAM and the student will be notified by email of the outcome of the review.

    Acceptance of work completed at junior or community colleges is limited to those courses offered at the freshman-sophomore level at Virginia Tech. General university limitations on acceptability of transfer credit are shown elsewhere in this catalog.

    Degree Requirements:

    The graduation requirements in effect at the time of graduation apply. When choosing the degree requirements information, always choose the year of your expected date of graduation. Requirements for graduation are referred to via university publications as “Checksheets”. The number of credit hours required for degree completion varies among curricula. Students must satisfactorily complete all requirements and university obligations for degree completion.

    The university reserves the right to modify requirements in a degree program. However, the university will not alter degree requirements less than two years from the expected graduation year unless there is a transition plan for students already in the degree program.

    Please visit the University Registrar website at http://www.registrar.vt.edu/graduation/checksheets/index.html for degree requirements.

Program for First Two Years

    All students in business generally take the same required courses for the first two years. A major within the college may be selected during the first two years, but must be selected no later than the end of the semester in which the student attempts 72 semester hours. Because Economics is an unrestricted major within the College of Business, students in ECON who did not enter the university as BUS or ECON, must apply if they wish to change into ACIS, BIT, FIN, HTM, MGT, and MKTG. HTM is a restricted major. Students who did not enter the university as BUS or HTM must apply if they wish to change or add into another business major. The college accepts applications from students outside of Pamplin, but at VT, three times a year - May, August, and January. Students must have a GPA of 2.0 or better in the combined series in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, and mathematics with no grade less than C- in the nine designated courses in these departments and  have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better for all course work. Pamplin enforces a strict policy of progress toward degree (Policy 91). The above requirements must be met by 72 credits (90 credits for transfer students)  or the student will be dismissed from the college (not Virginia Tech) and not allowed to enroll in any business major. Some junior level courses may be taken at 45 credits, if the student has taken the required pre-requisite courses.

Applied Business Computing Minor

    The 18-19 credit Applied Business Computing minor is open to students in all majors across the campus. This minor will help students gain better understanding of the web and systems design. It includes courses in Accounting and Information Systems, Business Information Technology, Computer Science, and Engineering. To apply students may obtain an application from the ACIS department. For more information, please contact the ACIS department at 540-231-6591.

Business Minor

    Students with majors outside Pamplin may apply for a minor in business if they have competitive grades in required courses, a minimum 2.0 overall GPA on at least 24 semester hours at Virginia Tech, if they have completed Math 1525-1526 or its equivalent, and if they have at least a C- in any ACIS, BIT, ECON, FIN, MGT, or MKTG, course which they have taken. The minor consists of 27 semester hours of lower division course work which must be successfully completed before taking the 15 semester hours of upper division courses. In order to complete the minor in business, students must have a 2.0 GPA in the 15 semester hours of upper division courses. Applications are available in 1046 Pamplin.

    The requirements to earn a minor in business can be found on its checksheet by visiting the University Registrar website at http://www.registrar.vt.edu/graduation/checksheets/index.html.

Center for Leadership Studies and Leadership Minors

    The Center for Leadership Studies coordinates leadership programs across campus including the Corps of Cadets Center for Leader Development, the Department of Management's Business Leadership Center, and other leadership activities organized by the Pamplin College of Business, Student Affairs, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Currently, the college administers two minors: the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets minor in leadership studies and the Department of Management Business Leadership minor.

    For more information on the 18-credit Corps of Cadets minor in leadership, see the material in the ROTC section of the catalog or contact the Center for Leader Development, 540/231-7136.

    The 18-credit Business Leadership minor is open to students in all majors who have at least a 2.50 overall GPA at Virginia Tech. It includes required courses in management theory and leadership practice, ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility, and advanced skills in leadership; elective courses from business, communication, humanities, and sociology; and a required leadership experiential activity. For additional information, contact Ms. Lorraine Borny, Business Leadership Center, 540/231-2604.

Entrepreneurship-New Venture Growth Minor

    The Entrepreneurship-New Venture Growth Minor is intended to focus on the knowledge and skills to create new ventures and lead their early growth. The objective is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to convert ideas into business successes, particularly in the context of engineering and science-based technology commercialization.

    The curriculum consists of eighteen (18) credit hours of study, including six (6) hours of business restricted electives, and six (6) hours of restricted electives.

International Business Minor

    Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Pamplin College who have at least a 2.0 overall GPA are eligible for the International Business minor of 18 semester hours of course work and an international experience.

    The requirements to earn a minor in international business can be found on its checksheet by visiting the University Registrar website at http://www.registrar.vt.edu/graduation/checksheets/index.html. Applications for this minor are available in 1046 Pamplin Hall.

Multicultural Diversity Management Minor

    The minor in Multicultural Diversity Management helps students to be effective managers in 21st century organizations. The demographics of organizations continue to change at a rapid pace. The paradox of multiculturalism in the workplace is that it presents one of the greatest challenges while also presenting one of the greatest opportunities that organizations face. Students completing this minor will develop awareness, knowledge, and skills related to managing workplace multicultural diversity.

Professional Sales Minor

    Sales positions are critical to all firms and sales positions are expected to increase by as much as 25% over the next several years. This has created strong competition among employers to recruit the very best graduates. The Professional Selling minor is designed to prepare students to excel in this highly lucrative field. The focus of the program is to provide students with critical communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills key to helping organizations build long-term customer relationships. These skills will be valuable not only to those pursuing sales careers but also to anyone aspiring to managerial positions - positions that involve presentation of plans and ideas, negotiations, and persuasion.

Business Diversity Minor

    The 18 credit Business Diversity Minor is open to students in all majors across the campus. This minor will help students understand the organizations in which they will work and the world in which they will live. It includes required courses in Management and additional course choices from Marketing Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Finance, and electives from 12 different departments across campus. In order to develop diversity-related awareness, knowledge, and skills, students are required to participate in a diversity-related internship or field study. To apply, students may obtain an application from 1046 Pamplin or on-line at www.diversity.pamplin.vt.edu. For more information, please contact Ms. Lorraine Borny at lcborny@vt.edu or 540-231-6353.

Cooperative Education Programs in Business

    The college participates in the Cooperative Education Program in which qualified students may alternate semesters of study in the major with semesters of professional employment. Additional information pertaining to the program is included in the "Academics" section of this catalog.

Graduate Programs in Business

    Graduate instruction and opportunities for research are offered to students who have bachelor's degrees from accredited colleges. The college offers the Master's of Business Administration programs, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in all departments. All graduate students are required to attain a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Preparation for Law

    The four-year course leading to the B.S. degree in any major in the college provides a sound preparation for law school, and pre-law advisors from the Pamplin faculty are provided.


    Economics is offered as a major through both the Pamplin College of Business and the College of Science. Both an honors degree and a minor in economics are also offered in the College of Science. Students in either college take the same economics courses, but the college core requirements differ.

    For economics faculty and course descriptions, visit Economics in the College of Science.

Undergraduate Course Descriptions (BUS)

Variable credit course.

Variable credit course.

Variable credit course.