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Sydney Lewis School of Business

Message From The Dean

Welcome to the Virginia Union University Sydney Lewis School of Business (SLSB). The SLSB is one of the premier Business Schools in the area. We have graduated many successful individuals who have become business owners, certified public accountants, financiers, and presidents of major corporations. We pride ourselves in preparing our students for the world of business by offering a world-class curriculum with faculty who has the academic and practical business experience. We have been accredited by the Association Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for several decades and provide a number of relevant majors in the context of a liberal arts college.
Our strong foundation in the liberal arts enables students, as they live out their lives, to critically think and be successful as the world changes. Management Guru, Peter Drucker, stated: 

“Management is what tradition used to call a liberal art ‘liberal’ because it deals with the fundamentals of knowledge, self-knowledge, wisdom, and leadership; ‘art’ because it deals with practice and application. Managers draw upon all of the knowledge and insights of the humanities and social sciences on psychology and philosophy, on economics and history, on the physical sciences and ethics. But they have to focus this knowledge on effectiveness and results.”

In the SLSB, all of the majors start with a course in professional and ethical development as the beginning of our strong shared core of business courses. Students can major in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, and Marketing. We collaborate with the Computer Information Sciences area to provide business classes for their Cybersecurity majors as well as supporting the Secondary Education Program in Business.
We have developed our programs in consultation with leading business professionals and educators. We utilize a strong Business Advisory Board to advise us on the latest trends in business and the needs of employers. Our SLSB programs are also aligned with the mission and vision for the SLSB. We offer internships to our students with premier companies such as Dominion Resources, The Virginia Retirement System, The Richmond Ambulatory Authority, The City of Richmond, The Richmond Library, David Bailey & Associates, The Virginia Department of Forensic Science, and a number of other partner organizations in the Richmond Metropolitan Area. All of our incoming students are required to complete an internship when they reach junior level status so that they can apply theory to practice and prepare for careers in a wide range of industries and professions. 

We are committed to enabling our students to have successful careers and lives. Our doors are open for the Future Business Leaders of Tomorrow because VUU has the Promise of a Limitless Future.

Brenda J. Ponsford, M.B.A., Ph.D., J.D. 
Dean, Sydney Lewis School of Business 


The Sydney Lewis School of Business (SLSB) seeks to prepare students for 1) leadership positions in business and government organizations in a competitive global economy or 2) to pursue graduate studies. The program promotes intellectual, technical, professional and ethical development so students can be competitive in the global economy.


The Sydney Lewis School of Business has two departments: Accounting and Management


The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is offered for the majors in the Sydney Lewis School of Business

**The SLSB program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is one of the most recognized names in business higher education worldwide, known for having the highest standards of excellence in accreditation.

SLSB Quality Assurance Report 2011-2013

SLSB Quality Assurance Report 2014-2016

Majors & Minors



Students who are not SLSB majors many minor in Business by taking 19 hours, consisting of ACC 201 (Financial Accounting), MKT 300 (Principles of Marketing), FNB 300 (Principles of Finance), and three other specified courses.

The three additional courses are to be chosen in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Management or Accounting and approved by the Dean of the SLSB.  Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses taken for the minor in Business program.

Outlined Program of Study

Requirements (B. S. Degree, 120 hours)
(A minimum grade of C is required in all English, Mathematics, Economics and Business Courses)

The SLSB core, required of all business students, uses a holistic approach to learning and understanding how functional areas in business and management are intertwined and applicable to a broad range of organizational issues and problems.

General Education 52 hours
SLSB Core Courses 38 hours

  • ACC 201 Financial Accounting 4
  • ACC 202 Managerial Accounting 4
  • ECO 232 Micro-Economics 3
  • FNB 300 Principles of Finance 3
  • MGT 199 Professional and Ethical Development 3
  • MGT 200 Intro to Legal Environments 3
  • MGT 213 Managerial Communications 3
  • MGT 313 Operations Management 3
  • MGT 314 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
  • MGT 316 Global Business 3
  • MKT 300 Principles of Marketing 3
  • MGT 413 Strategic Management in a Global Environment 3

Other Departmental Requirements 6 hours

  • MAT 201 Statistics 3
  • MAT 210 Business Calculus 3

Courses Required in Major 18 - 23 hours

  • Restricted Electives 1 - 6 hours

Total Hours Required for Degree 120 hours.