Business Administration Major

Students with majors in Business Administration will understand the complexity of modern international business organizations, the intricate relationships that exist between businesses and the social environment in which they function, and the challenges of administration at all levels. The curriculum offerings are diverse and prepare students for professional careers or advanced academic studies.

The program has theory- and skills- based orientations that stress breadth of knowledge and their applications to the global business environment.

Coursework is structured with a strong liberal arts background, a sound foundation in the basic academic disciplines, and a broad understanding in the functional business areas of accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing.

The Business Administration curriculum is designed to enable all graduates to meet the following skill- and competency-based student outcomes:

  • read, analyze and make recommendations based upon organizational research 
  • use systematic, proactive, progressive and creative problem-solving strategies 
  • use and manage information systems and technology effectively 
  • develop and use successful leadership skills 
  • understand and respond to the interpersonal and group factors that influence productivity, satisfaction, and quality in the workplace 
  • be committed to ethical principles, to high standards of professional conduct, to personal and professional excellence, and to lifelong learning 
  • develop and use successful team development and decision-making strategies 
  • develop competencies for effectively integrating the functional areas of business 
  • analyze and manage the processes of designing, producing and distributing products and services 
  • use quantitative and qualitative procedures for organizing, understanding, and presenting data to aid decision-making 
  • acquire the analytical skills necessary to make effective and efficient business decisions 
  • develop and apply strategic management concepts in a socially acceptable manner 
  • analyze and understand the firm's internal and external business environments 
  • understand and respond positively to global, political, economic, and legal and regulatory aspects of business.

Business graduates have been hired by large international companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, Citigroup, Colgate-Palmolive, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Google, ING, KPMG, Kraft, Nestle, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Procter & Gamble.

Other graduates have started their own businesses or achieved success in smaller-sized companies. Still others have completed graduate degree programs in prestigious American and European universities.

Total: 12 courses

Required Courses (9 courses):

BUS 200 Business Law
BUS 201 Management Information Systems
BUS 220 Financial Accounting
BUS 221 Managerial Accounting
BUS 260 Marketing
BUS 300 Business Ethics (WIC)
BUS 330 Corporate Finance I
BUS 340 Organizational Theory and Behavior
BUS 448 International Strategic Management and Policy (WIC)

Note: Upper-level required courses in Business Administration (those numbered 3XX and 4XX) are available only to declared Business Administration majors. To be qualified for declaring the Business Administration major, a student must earn an average GPA of at least 2.5  in the first four required Business Administration courses – BUS 200, BUS 220, BUS 221, and BUS 260.

Elective Courses (3 courses):

Any three (3) additional Business Administration courses are required. Business Administration majors may also choose One (1) of these courses may include BUS 490 or BUS 491, and only one (1) may include approved non-BUS electives from the following:

JMC 370 Introduction to Public Relations
JMC 389 Introduction to Advertising
SES 360 Cross-Cultural Management and Corporate Culture

Although fields of specialization for Business Administration majors are not formally specified, students may choose to concentrate in a specific business discipline – accounting, finance, human-resources management, or marketing – by selecting elective courses in that field.

Disciplinary Honors in Business

Disciplinary honors may be given to a Business major who upon graduation has met the following requirements:

  • achieved a grade point average of at least 3.66 in courses in the Business Major
  • successfully completed and publicly defended either a senior project or a senior thesis in front of a panel of BUS faculty, and
  • received a grade of "A" for the senior project or senior thesis

Based upon the project research, complexity, development, professionalism, presentation, demonstration, and documentation, the panel will decide whether or not to recommend honors.

A completed senior project or senior thesis (two semesters) may count as a state exam.

Students who meet the criteria may enroll in only one of the two options (project or thesis).

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