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College of Business and Social Sciences

Welcome to the College of Business and Social Sciences

A Unique College & Distinctive Educational Experience
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the College of Business and Social Sciences, you are welcome to explore and learn about the distinctive programs and student experiences at the West Virginia State University. 
The College’s unique combination of Business and Social Science disciplines sets us apart and enables us to enhance your marketability and career opportunities by developing a broader set of capabilities, skills and competencies required to succeed in today’s world.  Students can study business and social science disciplines and also pursue flexible combinations to enrich their educational experience.     
The College and its highly qualified and dedicated faculty are committed to
  • Offering innovative and forward-looking programs that provide the relevant knowledge and develop capabilities in high-demand by employers.
  • Providing an outstanding educational experience with experiential learning opportunities.
  • Developing an entrepreneurial mindset early in the program.
  • Strong partnerships with industry.
  • Producing impactful scholarship and research.
Programs & Options
The College includes the Department of Accounting, Department of Economics, Finance & Marketing, Department of Management & Management Information System, Department of History & Poltical Science and the Department of Psychology & Sociology. The school is a member of the AACSB (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs). 
The College offers degrees in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts, and Masters in Public Administration and we are working on new program offerings. Students in the business program may pursue concentrations in Accounting, Agricultural Economics, Agribusinesss, Economics, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Management and Management Information Systems. The Bachelor of Arts program allows students to pursue majors and minors in Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology & Philosophy. Our flexible programming architecture enables you to enhance your career options and attractiveness to employers by allowing you to complement your major area of study with other concentrations. 

The College also encourages you to participate in internships with industry partners and in student internships, clubs, case competitions and honor societies.  Top recruiters representing both statewide and nationwide companies visit our campus frequently allowing students an opportunity to network and interview with potential employers. 

Regardless of the area of study you choose to pursue, we believe that we can contribute to your success. 

Mission Statement
The mission of College of Business and Social Sciences to

             i)        offer high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare a diverse student population to                 succeed in their careers and to become engaged citizens in their neighborhoods and the global economy,
             ii)       conduct scholarly research that advances disciplinary practice and theory, contributes to teaching and                 learning and informs public policy decision making, and
             iii)      contribute to the economic development needs of the state and the region in the pursuit of widely                       shared prosperity and well-being.

College of Business & Social Sciences

The College of Business & Social Sciences (CBSS) benefits from the advice and support of a group of distinguished leaders who serve on its Advisory Board.  Its members represent a broad cross-section of organizations, industries and sectors. 
The Board provides the Dean and College with advice on strategy and direction and various initiatives related to programs, students, community engagement and philanthropy.  In addition, Board members advocate for CBSS in the community and serve as its ambassadors.
Purpose & Functions
The overall purpose of the College Advisory Board (CAB) is to help further its mission and strategic initiatives. It acts as a consultative and supportive body of leadership, influence and guiding force within the constituencies the CBSS serve.  The Board also provides a link to individuals and organizations with the resources, knowledge and contacts to help the College achieve its objectives.
The Board serves five main functions:

  • To advise the College, through the Dean, on issues that have the most significant impact on the success and growth of the College.

  • To communicate, endorse and advocate CBSS’s interests to external constituencies – in state and nationally.

  • To support and connect the College’s goals, programs, Centers, departments, faculty, students and staff to the community locally and nationally.

  • To assist the College in meeting its financial advancement objectives in identifying and cultivating significant forms of support from individuals and organizations.

  • To serve as a confidential sounding board to the Dean on issues pertaining to the advancement of the School and the achievement of its vision and goals.

The CAB meets 3-4 times each year in the Charleston area.


Matt Coleman, President of Office and Commercial Cleaning WV; 
Tiffany Ellis-Williams, Director of WVSU Economic Development Center (EDC); 
Ed Gaunch, Secretary of Commerce for the State of WV; 
Craig Glover, CEO of FamilyCare Health Centers; 
Joshua Higginbotham, Delegate Representative of the 13th District in the House of Delegates; Putnam, Mason, and Jackson Counties; 
Julian Irving, Owner of A Special Touch In-Home Care; 
Andrew McDavid, Co-Owner of A&M Investments; 
Deborah Williams, Interim Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences.
Gail Pitchford, CEO CAMC Foundation 
Lisa Rothacker
, Accounting Manager, Enterprise Holdings; 
Rick Wolford, VP of R. W. Baird & Co., Inc.; 

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