The department of business administration and economics has a specialized accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. This specialized accreditation involves the evaluation of the business program with regard to the effectiveness in preparing individuals for their chosen business profession.

Business Administration, Economics & Accounting programs

Bachelor's Degrees in Business Administration, Economics and Accounting

  • Major in Business Administration (B.B.A.)
    • with specializations available in: Accounting, Core Curriculum, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Aviation Management.
  • Major in Economics (B.A.)

Minors in Business Administration and Economics

  • Business Administration
  • Business of the Arts
  • Business Methods for Historians
  • Business of Science
  • Economics

Master's Degree in Accounting

  • Master of Accountancy (MAcy)
    • Earn your bachelor's and master's degrees concurrently
    • TLU's MAcy program will prepare graduates to take the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) exam 
    • Meet all requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) 
View the Course Catalog for degree requirements and courses offered.
Why major in Business at TLU?
Business students have the opportunity to develop and use professional leadership skills in several ways outside the classroom. An active student research bureau performs marketing research studies for area government and private enterprises. A student chapter of the American Marketing Association and a local chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, national business fraternity, undertake several service projects annually. A local chapter of Delta Mu Delta, national honor society in business, recognizes exceptional scholarship in business.
Business Administration & Economics Faculty
Melanie Thompson
Associate Professor
Department Chairperson of Business Administration and Economics
Melanie Thompson, associate professor of business administration; bachelor of business administration from Corpus Christi State University; master of business administration from Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi; certified public accountant, State of Texas. Prof. Thompson taught part-time at Texas Lutheran University in 2002-2003 and joins the faculty full-time in the fall of 2003.
 
Prof. Thompson joined TLU with over 20 years public accounting experience as a partner in both local and international accounting firms. She was appointed by the governor as Presiding Officer of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy in 2005. Her real world experience and involvement in the accounting profession enhances the learning environment for TLU students.


Annette Citzler
Professor
Annette Citzler, professor; bachelor of arts from Texas Lutheran University; master of arts from The University of Texas at Austin; doctorate from Texas A&M University.
 
Dr. Citzler spent a recent year-long sabbatical studying graduate finance at the University of Texas at San Antonio and now teaches finance courses, after two decades of teaching economics at TLU.
 
She chairs the Board of Directors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Publishing Ministry, Augsburg Fortress Publishers. Her primary interests are in the areas of women and finance, ethics, the relationship between access to capital and community economic development, the financing of health care, and international business.
 
Dr. Citzler has led student exchange groups in Mexico, in Liberia (West Africa), and in Germany and chairs the TLU International Education Committee.


Sally Cook
Professor
 
Sally Cook, associate professor, Leif Johnson Professorship in Business Administration; bachelor of business administration and master of taxation from The University of Texas at San Antonio; doctorate of law from The University of Texas Law School; certified public accountant, state of Texas.
 
Dr. Cook recently spent a semester as an Academic in Residence at The Hanke Group, a CPA firm in San Antonio. She has more than 14 years of business experience, including positions as senior vice president, controller, and chief financial officer at two large financial institutions. In addition to teaching, she writes and reviews questions included on the Regulation section of the CPA Exam. Her teaching interests are in financial accounting and partnership taxation. She also serves as the university’s Director of Assessment.

 

Justin Dubas
Assistant Professor
Justin M. Dubas, assistant professor of economics; BS in BA from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Economics and Finance, 1999; M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from University of Notre Dame, 2005.
 
 
 
Dr. Dubas came to TLU from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. He loves the liberal arts environment where he can form mentoring relationships with students and engage in collaboration with student. He also enjoys being able to engage in creative pedagogy to enhance student learning, an opportunity encouraged and nurtured at TLU.
 
 
 
His research is in the area of exchange rate economics, exploring how developing countries can use exchange rate policy to influence economic development. Other areas of interest include the design of the international financial architecture, political economy. He uses a variety of approaches in his study of economics, believing that a pluralistic economics results in a deeper, more nuanced, more realistic view of economic processes.


Fernando Garza
Assistant Professor of Business Management
Born and raised in McAllen, Texas, Fernando A. Garza, Jr. is a product of the lower Rio Grande Valley's wonderful mix of American and Mexican culture. Growing up in that area is what Dr. Garza says helped shape his perspectives on beliefs, culture and values. In high school, he knew his calling was to be a teacher. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in international business and management from the University of Texas Pan American. He comes to Texas Lutheran University from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Prior to his four years in Monroe, he spent three years teaching at the University of Houston at Victoria. A research enthusiast, he especially enjoys the fields of social media, international business, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, ethnic and minority studies in business, information systems and organizational behavior. He’s an active member of the Southwest Academy of Management, Association for Information Systems, Association for International Business Northeast Chapter, Texas Exes, Lions Club International, Humane Society and United Methodist Church. When he’s not spending time with his wife and basset hound Norman, he enjoys traveling, reading, playing bass and guitar and dreams of one day opening a small coffee shop.

Holly Lutze
Assistant Professor of Business Management
Growing up in Oklahoma City, Okla., Holly Lutze always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She earned her bachelor’s of science in industrial engineering and engineering management from Oklahoma State University in 1999 and went on to obtain her master’s of science in engineering economic systems and operations research from Stanford University in 2001. In 2004, she received her Ph.D. in management science and engineering also from Stanford. Dr. Lutze comes to TLU from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) School of Management where she taught undergraduate, graduate and executiveeducation courses for eight years. Her areas of expertise include operations management, inventory control, logistics and distribution. Always insisting that her students come first, she approaches academia with the goal of continually learning and communicating new knowledge to others. As the daughter of an ELCA pastor, coming to Texas Lutheran University is an honor. Dr. Lutze is thrilled to join TLU and hopes to aid students in developing career paths and building professional connections. She loves bringing industry to students and students to industry. When she’s not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter Evelyn.

Michael Morris
P/T Assistant Professor

Alicia Olson
Professor
Alicia Olson, associate professor, bachelor of science and master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Shreveport; doctorate from The University of North Texas.
 
Dr. Olson has recently joined the faculty of TLU after twenty years of teaching marketing, entrepreneurship and business communication. Her areas of academic interest include global marketing and brand management. She has recently accompanied students on study programs to Spain and Romania. In addition, she actively consults in the area of marketing research.


Pam Thompson
Assistant Professor of Business Accounting
The addition of Professor Pam Thompson brings another native Texan to Texas Lutheran University. Born in Abilene and raised in Austin, Professor Thompson worked in advertising at AT&T for 10 years. After leaving AT&T to start a family, she decided to change careers entirely. During that time, Professor Thompson moved from Austin to the Dallas area and enrolled in college for the first time at age 34. She went on to graduate with a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Texas at Arlington. She spent several years at a small public accounting firm specializing in tax preparation and taught at a small business college before coming to TLU. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. Professor Thompson loves reading, baking, art, spending time with her pets and enjoying nice, long walks. She and her husband, Charlie, are excited about relocating to Central Texas where they will be closer to family members.