Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

What’s New?

Listed below are academic changes that have been made after the 2023-2024 PFW University catalog was published.

Please see your advisor if you have any questions.


Purdue University Fort Wayne Absence Policies for Students:

The University recognizes that in some circumstances, absence from class is unavoidable or is necessary for personal reasons beyond students’ control. As such, the University has established the following as reasons to be granted an excused absence from class:

• Grief/Bereavement

• Military Service

• Jury Duty

• Parenting Leave

• Medical Excuse


Academic Status Changes:

AD - Academic Dismissal is now Academic Separation

AP -  Academic Probation is now Academic Notice

CP - Continued Probation is now Continued Notice

Programs (New for Spring 2024):

Management BSB, Healthcare Administration

The Healthcare Administration concentration in the Management major would require 12 credit hours for completion in addition to 12 credit hours towards their major (students are required to have a minimum of 120 credit hours with a 2.30 cumulative grade point average and satisfy all the requirements of both PFW and DSB to receive the Bachelor of Science in Business degree). If approved by the appropriate entities, the new Healthcare Administration concentration would have the following curriculum:

Major Required Courses - 12 credit hours

BUS 30000 (International Business Administration) 3 credit hours

Economic and cultural environments for overseas operations. Governmental policies and programs that affect international business. International dimensions of marketing, finance, accounting, taxation, and human resources with emphasis on management decisions and implementation. Prerequisite: ECON 20101

BUS 32700 (Deterministic Models in Operations Research) 3 credit hours

This course provides an intense immersion into the problem-solving and troubleshooting processes, including critical thinking and the analytical decision-making tools used by companies to solve a variety of problems. Prerequisite: BUS 30102

BUS 31201 (Entrepreneurship) 3 credit hours

New venture creation, business planning, and its formalization, corporate and social entrepreneurship.

BUS 44000 (Personnel: Human Resources Management) 3 credit hours

Nature of human resource development and utilization in the American society and organization; government programs and policies, labor force statistics; personnel planning, needs forecasting; selection, training and development of human resources, integration of governmental and organizational programs. Prerequisite: BUS 30200

Specialization Courses - 12 credit hours

BUS 49006 (Healthcare Administration) 3 credit hours

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, practices, and challenges involved in managing healthcare organizations. The course explores various aspects of healthcare administration, including organizational structures, leadership, financial management, policy development, and regulatory compliance. Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage healthcare facilities and navigate the evolving landscape of the healthcare industry. Prerequisite: BUS 30200

BUS 49004 (Healthcare Entrepreneurship) 3 credit hours

This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset required to identify opportunities and create innovative solutions in the healthcare industry. The course explores the intersection of healthcare and entrepreneurship, emphasizing the importance of creativity, strategic thinking, and business acumen in developing successful healthcare ventures. Through case studies, real-world examples, and hands-on projects, students will learn how to navigate the challenges and complexities of launching and managing healthcare startups and ventures. Prerequisite: BUS 31201

BUS 49003 (Healthcare Information Systems) 3 credit hours

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts, principles, and technologies behind the management and utilization of information systems in the healthcare industry. The course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to understand, implement, and improve healthcare information systems, ensuring they are well-prepared for careers in healthcare management, informatics, and related fields. Prerequisite: BUS 32100

Elective courses: Pick one of the following courses:

ECON 30600 (Health Economics) 3 credit hours

In this course, students will study one of the newest branches of economics, Health Economics. Health is an important determinant of an individual’s well-being and an instrumental part of an individual’s labor market fortune. Therefore, it is important to know how health is produced and consumed in the economic system. Thus, in this course, the main emphasis will be given to the issues related to firm’s behavior in the production of health and individual’s behavior in the consumption of health care, specifically, in the U.S. Furthermore, the current state of production and consumption of health care in the U.S. will be compared with other economic systems such as Canada and UK. The comparative analysis should shed light on why healthcare issues in the U.S. attract so much attention today among stakeholders.

Many concepts in health economics are adopted from other areas of economics such as finance and insurance, industrial organizations, labor, and public finance; as a result, students will be indirectly exposed to other fields of economics while studying the contemporary U.S. health and healthcare issues. The economic modeling approach is the cornerstone of the learning process of health economics issues. Therefore, after completing the course, the successful student is expected to have a good understanding of the main implications from all economic models covered during the semester and be able to identify their main strengths and weaknesses. Prerequisite: ECON E202; junior class standing

BUS 49006 (Legal Issues in Healthcare) 3 credit hours


Healthcare Decision-Making Minor

The proposed curriculum map includes:

• Two fundamental courses:

ECON 20101 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)

ECON 27000 Introduction to Statistical Theory in Economics and Business (3 credits)

• Two mandatory upper-level courses

ECON 32400 Foundations of Business Data Analytics (3 credits)

ECON 40800 Health Economics and Finance. (3 credits)

• Four elective courses (student’s choice of two courses)

 BUS 49006 Legal Issues in Healthcare (3 credits)

 BUS 49006 Healthcare Administration (3 credits)

 BUS 49004 Healthcare Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

 BUS 49003 Healthcare Information Systems (3 credits)




PSY 44900 - Advanced Research In Judgment And Decision Making

PSY 30700 - Field Experience In Psychology

Articulation Agreements:

Articulation Agreements were finalized with Northwest State Community College (October and November, 2023) for the following programs:  

College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science; School of Polytechnic – Computer Engineering Technology, B.S., Electrical Engineering Technology, B.S., and Information Technology (i.e., Computer Programming & Cyber Security and Network Adminstration)

College of Liberal Arts – English, B.A., and Sociology, B.A.

College of Science – Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S., Physics, B.S., and Psychology, B.A. and B.S.

College of Visual and Performing Arts – Arts, B.A.

Doermer School of Business – Hospitality Management, B.S. with Business Studies Minor and Hospitality Management, B.S.

School of Education Dual Degrees – Secondary Education, B.S.Ed. with dual degree in English, Psychology, Sociology, B.A., Physics, B.S., or Psychology, B.S.

Articulation Agreements were finalized the Ivy Tech Community College (February, 2024) for the following programs:

College of Liberal Arts – Anthropology, B.A., Anthropology, B.A., with a Cultural Resource Management Certificate, English, B.A., and Sociology, B.A.

College of Science – Biochemistry, B.S., Mathematics, B.S., with Actuarial Minor, and Physics, B.S.