CULVERHOUSE COLLEGE OF COMMERCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONHistory and Objectives
Degrees and Programs Offered
General Degree Requirements and Academic Policies
Department and Program Requirements
The Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration (C&BA) is the oldest school of business in the state and one of the premier programs in the South. The College has earned national recognition for excellence in business education. The College is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business–International (AACSB). Technologically sophisticated classrooms, laboratories, and library facilities; continuous improvements in academic programs; and an outstanding faculty provide a sound basis for maintaining this tradition of excellence.
Lee Bidgood, the first dean of the College, launched the School of Commerce in 1919. Dean Bidgood oversaw the development of the College, including construction of the Commerce Building, now known as Bidgood Hall, which was completed in 1929. Bidgood Hall has grown through several expansions and is now a central part of a technologically integrated three-building business complex in the central University campus.
The College offers degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. The mission of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration is to excel in the creation, dissemination, and application of business knowledge. We will constantly endeavor to be the premier provider of comprehensive, high-quality, cost-effective education in Alabama. We are committed to meeting the needs of students, alumni, employers, and the greater academic community. The commerce and business administration curriculum combines a sound liberal arts foundation with specialized professional training. The lower division/upper division structure of the program ensures that students develop necessary basic skills before undertaking advanced work in the business functional fields and in their majors.