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Business Studies

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2019-2020 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

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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.


Business Studies Major Requirements

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:

Course Credits
Business Core Courses
ACCT 041 - Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 042 - Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 195 - Business Strategy and Policy 3
BLAW 060 - Business Law I 3
BUS 001, 002, 003, 004, 005 - The Business Profession I-V 0
BUS 070 - Globalization 3
BUS 073 - Professional Verbal Communications 2
BUS 074 - Professional Written Communications 2
ECON 002 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 2
IS 075 - Information Technology and Business 3
FIN 101 - Corporate Finance 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus (or higher) 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MGMT 120 - Management of Operations 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
ACTS 131 - Introduction to Probability I, or
STAT 071 - Statistics I
3
ACTS 135 - Mathematical Statistics, or
STAT 072 - Statistics II
3
Select 15 credits from ACCT, ACTS, ENTR, FIN, IS, MGMT, or MKTG (beyond the core). No more than nine credits may be taken from a single discipline.
Select 9 credits from ACCT, ACTS, BLAW, BUS, ECON, FIN, INS, IS, MGMT, ENTR, MKTG, or STAT (beyond the core)
TOTAL 72
  • 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

Business Studies Minor Requirements

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.

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ECON 002 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 2
MATH 028 - Business Calculus (or higher) 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
One additional elective course offered by the College of Business and Public Administration (cannot be STAT 060) 3
TOTAL 26

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


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