Mar 22, 2018  
University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

School of Business

Wanda Lester, Interim Dean
Sharon D. White, Associate Dean
Telephone: (919) 530-6458
Fax: (919) 530-6163
Main Office:  C. T. Willis Commerce Building

History, Purpose, and Objectives

Management education at North Carolina Central University can be traced to the year 1910 when the institution first opened its doors to students. University documents indicate that plans were drafted during the 1926-27 academic year for the establishment of a professional School of Commerce. Despite the absence of complete information of the actual operations of the School of Commerce, it is apparent that in addition to exemplary programs in the arts and sciences, business programs have long enjoyed a place of prominence at the University. An unprecedented growth in student interest and enrollment caused University officials to plan the establishment of a professional school devoted to studies in business administration and management.

On July 1, 1972, the Department of Business and Economics separated from the Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences and became the School of Business.  Programs offered by the School are designed to provide the student ample opportunity to develop views, attitudes, and values regarding society–its institutions, progress, and problems. The participating student is provided a working knowledge of principles and procedures that are fundamental to his or her future role as a manager or executive. The objective of the School of Business is to provide each student with the knowledge of an entry-level specialist in one of the major fields of business administration and management. The arts and sciences, common body of knowledge, and concentration components of the curriculum have been designed with the previously cited purposes in mind.

While the School of Business cannot provide students a prescription for successfully coping with managerial problems of the future, it can cultivate the students’ capacity for accurate problem definition, sound analysis, problem synthesis, and effective communication of problems and their probable amelioration. Through the concentrated examination of case studies, completion of individual and group projects, and the study of problems from the business community, students can become experienced in bringing structure and order to multi-faceted and ill-defined managerial problems.

While the vast majority of the School’s resources are devoted to its instructional programs, organized inquiry by the faculty and students is encouraged and supported.

The School of Business is fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).  The Hospitality and Tourism Program is internationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).


North Carolina Central University School of Business delivers high-value undergraduate and graduate business education programs through innovative teaching, impactful scholarship, and globally diverse faculty.  Our mission is achieved in an intellectually stimulating, professional and caring environment characterized by small classes, experiential learning, and community engagement.  We prepare our students to succeed in the global business environment.


On the bedrock of a proud HBCU tradition, we aspire to be a first-choice, high-value business school that attracts globally diverse students who are motivated to achieve academic excellence.

Shared Values

We support the following shared values in our pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement:

Innovate Teaching - We provide engaging and relevant instruction and experiential learning opportunities that produce knowledgeable and capable graduates.

Relevant Research - We examine impactful research questions to advance teaching, practice, and knowledge. 

External Engagement - We contribute our expertise to improve the quality of life and work in our community and the world.

Information Sharing - We share information in the spirit of openness and transparency.

Collaboration - We encourage collegiality and respect stakeholder ideas and opinions in our efforts to implement best practices and strategic initiatives.

Integrity - We endeavor to act responsibly, honor commitments made to others, and continually contribute to student success.

Excellence - We commit to excellence in faculty and student interactions, other internal and external engagements, reputational enhancement and strategic resource management.


The School of Business consists of the following departments and programs:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science and Business
  • Decision Sciences, Economics and Finance
  • Hospitality and Tourism Administration


Go to information for Accounting.

Computer Information Systems (CIS) - Minor

Go to information for Computer Information Systems (CIS) - Minor.

Computer Science and Business

Go to information for Computer Science and Business.


Go to information for Entrepreneurship.


Go to information for Finance.

General Business

Go to information for General Business.

Hospitality and Tourism Administration Program

Go to information for Hospitality and Tourism Administration Program.

Human Resource Management

Go to information for Human Resource Management.


Go to information for Management.


Go to information for Marketing.