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Division of Business and Economics


Chair: Dr. Bruce James
Phone: 501-370-5383 or 501-370-5398
Location: Suite BA 201- Room #: BA 206


The mission of the Division of Business and Economics is consistent with the mission of Philander Smith College. The Division of Business and Economics builds upon the philosophy that students need a holistic development and that they should be challenged to reach their full potential. Therefore, the Division of Business & Economics is committed to providing programs that will prepare students to be competent and productive in their chosen careers and be positive contributors to their communities.

Goals & Objectives

  • To provide students with a variety of learning experiences and involve them in the active learning process.
  • To evaluate the programs continuously and make necessary improvements.
  • To enhance recruitment and retention of students through effective advisement.
  • To establish and maintain partnerships with businesses in the community.
  • To encourage professional development: scholarly activities, research, graduate school for advanced degrees, etc.
  • To maintain specialized accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.


Philander Smith College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. The organization can be
reached at

The Division of Business and Economics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs. The organization can be reached at

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