Dean’s Message

Welcome to the College of Business at UAFS where your professional transformation is our priority. Here, you will find expert faculty and professional staff committed to your academic success, abundant chances to practice your business skills, and a supportive network of alumni and community business leaders. Student learning is our priority, and our graduates rank us highly for the lasting relationships they have formed with faculty. Because we care deeply about the job placement and career progression of our graduates, we maintain close relationships with the business community. These connections help us learn about regional employer needs as well as further develop signature co-curricular partnerships that prepare our students to add immediate value once they begin their employment. As a business student, you will have access to faculty, peer, business, and young alumni mentors, which allows you to build a significant professional network pre-graduation.


Our close connection to the Fort Smith community and emphasis on career outcomes are why we offer a concentrations-based curriculum. This curriculum allows you to customize your business degree based on your specific career goal. You also have an opportunity to earn certificates of proficiency in multiple business disciplines. These additional credentials further demonstrate your academic accomplishments, skills, and knowledge to prospective employers. You can mix and match concentrations and certificates of proficiency from a variety of business areas including core accounting, community leadership, corporate finance, consumer marketing, digital marketing, economic analysis, international financial economics, investments, human resource management, international business, management, professional accounting, public accounting, and small enterprise management.


Our faculty are highly qualified, having earned campus and national recognitions for outstanding teaching as well as for impactful efforts in research and service. Per our mission, scholarly qualified faculty primarily conduct applied business or pedagogical research that has global impact. Most faculty engage with business and/or community through professional work or volunteer service, and some faculty hold positions of leadership in professional groups, civic organizations, or on non-profit boards.


The College of Business at UAFS is proud to hold the accreditation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a standard held by only the top five percent of business programs in the world. AACSB accreditation validates the quality and impact of our curriculum, faculty, and student outcomes.


Last but certainly not least, a business degree at UAFS is accessible. Our tuition rate is one of the most affordable in the region, and we offer an abundant selection of course delivery formats to ensure that our students can progress toward their career goals. If our program interests you, please reach out to us. We would be glad to schedule your introduction to the College of Business.


The first step to your professional transformation is just a click away – email us today.  


Latisha Settlage, Ph.D.

Interim Dean and Professor of Economics


Dr. Latisha Settlage

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