WWU Introduces B.S. in Marketing for Adult Learners

William Woods University is expanding its offerings in business for working adults in the Jefferson City area by introducing a new bachelor of science degree in marketing.

An orientation for the B.S. in marketing will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at WWU’s Jefferson City facility, 3405 West Truman Blvd.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program prior to orientation, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at cgas@williamwoods.edu.

The new program resulted from student requests. It is “actually customer-driven,” Brian Lemons, director of business programs for WWU’s Graduate and Adult Studies, said.

“You can grow geographically or you can expand your niche,” Lemons said. “This is an example of niche marketing. You look for pockets of opportunity. There are people who need this program.”

Theresa Verslues, director of business recruitment, said the new program would “give students choices (while still) allowing them to complete the degree in a reasonable amount of time.”

The B.S. in marketing is a degree-completion program requiring 50 to 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university to enter the program. It is a 13-course program totally 39 semester hours.

As with all Graduate and Adult Studies business programs offered by William Woods, the curriculum for the new program has been designed to reflect the appropriate mix of business theory with real world practice.

Lemons said there has been a large increase in job opportunities in marketing—particularly sales, sales promotion, advertising and public relations.

“There is a real need for marketing in business today,” he said. If you aren’t aggressive, you may lose out in the market place to an inferior competitor who is more aggressive. Marketing is now the largest major within the business division on our campus; we recognized this trend and decided to offer a marketing degree to our adult learners.”

The marketing degree-completion program covers such courses as advertising and sales promotion, retail management and salesmanship.

Lemons said “getting the right people” to facilitate is one of the secrets. “What differentiates us is the caliber of our facilitators. They are all successful career people who have both the academic credentials and the ability to share their experiences with our students.”