2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Mar 06, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fermanian School of Business

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Provide the World Business Leaders with Christ-Like Character.


  • To provide challenging courses that prepare graduates to meet the demands of the competitive business world and graduate school;
  • To surround and assist students in spiritual development, by encouraging the utilization of strong Christian values, and applying those values to ethical issues in each topic of study;
  • To enhance education with opportunities for students to experience the business world firsthand, and to meet and network with business leaders of exemplary integrity and experience.

Tradition of Excellence

The Fermanian School of Business educates students broadly in preparation for multiple careers and a wide variety of jobs. Christian values and ethical conduct are emphasized throughout the program, which also provides balance between theory and practice, emphasizes the global dimensions of business and encourages cross-cultural experiences. Small classes provide students with individualized attention from faculty who are dedicated to the academic success of each student. 

Career Opportunities

The Fermanian School of Business, in partnership with the PLNU Offices of Strengths and Vocation, facilitates interaction between students and business professionals through internships, networking and other opportunities. Highly respected organizations, such as Qualcomm, Booz Allen Hamilton, Intuit, Patagonia, Goldman Sachs, General Dynamics, Bank of America, Hurley, ViaSat, Under Armour, Ernst and Young, Deloitte & Touche, and KPMG, have actively recruited and hired graduates of the Fermanian School of Business. In addition, PLNU business students have been successful pursuing graduate degrees in top academic programs.


Point Loma Nazarene University, through its Fermanian School of Business, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the following business degrees:


Senyo Adjibolosoo, Ph.D.
Simon Fraser University

Daniel Bothe, M.B.A., Dean
University of Southern California

Matt Boyne, Ed.D.
Pepperdine University

Steven Cosentino, CPA, M.B.A.
San Diego State University

Robert Gailey, Ph.D.
University of San Diego

Carl Hammond III, CPA, M.B.A.
San Diego State University

Rebecca Havens, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego

Carsten Hennings, D.B.A.
Anderson University

Kimberly Hogelucht, Ph.D.
University of San Diego

Diane Law, M.B.A.
University of Phoenix

Frank Marshall, D.B.A.
George Fox University

Jamie McIlwaine, D.B.A.
Nova Southeastern University

Mandy Morrell, M.B.A.
Wright State University

José Muñoz, Jr., D.B.A.
Anderson University

Randal Schober, Ed.D.
West Virginia University

Harry Watkins, Ph.D.
University of Oregon

Michael Wiese, Ph.D.
Loyola University of Chicago

Computer Requirement

All majors must own a personal notebook computer for their program of study. The notebook computer is required upon entry into ACC 201 - Principles of Financial Accounting . ACC 201  is normally taken in the fall semester of the sophomore year.

Students Who Transfer or Change to a Business Program

Students who transfer or change to a business program as juniors or seniors (57 or more units), or students of any class standing who transfer in the lower division economics, accounting, and management course requirements (5 courses) will be required to take 3 units of upper division ACC/BUS/ECO/FIN/MGT/MKT in lieu of the BUS100 course requirement, excluding courses numbered 489 and 491. 



    Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.

    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.


     Optional minors are offered in several schools and departments. The requirements governing minors are as follows:

    • Only minors that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation;
    • A minor is at least 16 units and is under the direct auspices of the respective school/department;
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the minor for it to be granted;
    • The minor must show a minimum of nine (9) units in residence;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, nine (9) must be distinct from and not counted in the major;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, 12 must be at the upper-division level;
    • The pass/no credit option is not available for courses within the minor; and
    • A second minor, when feasible, requires a minimum of nine (9) units distinct from and not counted either in the major or in the first minor.

    Optional certificates are offered in some schools or departments. The requirements governing certificates are as follows:

    • A certificate is a skill or theme-based program using approved PLNU courses that supplements a student’s undergraduate studies.
    • Only certificates that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation.
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the certificate for it to be granted.
    • A certificate should be between 6-15 units if it is aligned with a major but may be up to 24 units if it is not aligned with a major.
    • 50% or more of the units being applied to the certificate must be unique to that certificate.
    • Of the total units in the certificate,  a minimum of 2/3 must be earned in residence.



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