Business Studies

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science in Business and Administration with a major in business studies.

Description of Program

The curriculum is designed to prepare an individual for a variety of entry-level positions in business, to provide a strong foundation for graduate study in business or one of the business disciplines, to serve as a pre-law major that facilitates the 3 + 3 program with the law school, to accommodate some transfer students who have difficulty completing a full major in a business discipline because of self-imposed constraints, and to provide a strong second major for Economics majors and non-business majors.

While the other majors in the College of Business and Public Administration provide advanced, in-depth study of at least 18 hours in a single discipline, the business studies major provides some advanced study in at least four different business disciplines. Because there are no required courses in the major, it provides students with the opportunity to create a major that best fits their capabilities and interests.

Requirements for Major

In addition to the required curriculum that must be taken by all students in the College of Business and Public Administration, the business studies major requires a minimum of 15 hours from accounting, finance, management/entrepreneurial management, and marketing. The remaining nine hours in the major may include additional study in accounting, finance, management/entrepreneurial management, and marketing, and/or study in business, information systems, insurance and business law.  There may be no more than nine hours in any single discipline within the 24 hour major; and 21 of the 24 hours must be taken in 100 level courses.  The list of courses should be selected to meet the individual student’s needs and must be approved by the student’s adviser. A student pursuing this major may not pursue another major in the College of Business and Public Administration with the exception of Economics.

Description of Minor

One of the most important mission objectives of the College’s undergraduate business curriculum is to prepare students for entry into careers in business and to enhance their prospects for employment. Thus, the College offers the opportunity for students earning a degree other than a business degree to receive a minor in Business Studies. The minor in Business Studies introduces students to most fields of business and provides them with additional flexibility in meeting their employment and career goals.

Requirements for Minor

  • Accounting 041 (Introduction to Financial Accounting)
  • Economics 001 (Principles of Macroeconomics)
  • Economics 002 (Principles of Microeconomics)
  • Finance 095 (Managing Individual Finances)
  • IS 044 (IT Applications for Business)
  • Management 110 (Organizational Behavior)
  • Marketing 101 (Marketing Principles)
  • One additional elective course offered by the College of Business and Public Administration

A GPA of 2.00 or above must be achieved in the courses in the minor to complete the minor.

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