April 05, 2012

15 business courses available online this summer

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- For the first time this summer, the College of Business at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is offering online classes to all on- and off-campus students, whether previously enrolled at the University or elsewhere.

The college is offering 15 of its courses this summer, completely online.

“The online courses offer flexibility within a structured format so even though students are busy during the summer months, they can still move forward toward completing their degrees.  The course activities are engaging and challenging and are presented by a well-rounded educational team assuring support for students even when away from campus,” said Ann Pearson, online undergraduate program coordinator for the college. 

Three sessions of summer classes are on the schedule and registration is now under way.  The first eight-week session runs May 7 through June 29.  Marketing 305 is available online during that session.

The second session runs May 14 to July 6 and class offerings include:  Accounting 220, Finance 270, Finance 350 (ends June 29), Management 304, Management 341 and Marketing 336.  The third and final summer session is July 11 to Aug. 3 and features:  Finance 331, Management 202, Management 318, Management 345, Management 350, Management 385, Management/Accounting 208 and Marketing 435.

Some of these courses are prerequisite classes, applicable for undergraduates at SIU Carbondale and elsewhere.  Previously, only students enrolled in the online program at the business college were eligible for the College of Business summer online classes.

There are several reasons for expanding the online course offerings this year, according to Allan Karnes, associate dean in the College of Business.  He said this allows the college to stretch its summer budget as far as possible while offering more classes than ever to more students during the summer.  And, it enables students who do go home, work full-time or have summer internships to still be able to advance their educations and continue work toward their degrees in the University’s quality courses, taught by the regular faculty, Karnes said.

“By utilizing the online format, students can take classes from Springfield, Chicago or wherever they spend the summer,” Karnes said.

To learn more about the summer online business courses, visit the College of Business Undergraduate Advisement Office in Rehn Hall or call the office at 618/536-4431.