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Program Overview

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 total of 24 hours and the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 15 hours from accounting, finance, management/entrepreneurial management, and marketing
  • Nine hours of additional study in accounting, finance, management/entrepreneurial management, and marketing, and/or study in business, information systems, insurance and business law
  • No more than nine hours may be taken in any single discipline
  • 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

Requirements for 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.



ACCT 041 - Introduction to Financial Accounting


ECON 002 - Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 010 - Principles of Macroeconomics


FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances


IS 044 - IT Applications for Business


MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior


MKTG 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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