Course Requirements

Both the Business Administration major and minor are available in both delivery formats (campus and online@smwc). Learn more about the Education Goals and Transfer Policy for business administration students.

Business Administration Major - (48 credit hours)

In addition to the general study requirements, the Business Administration major requires the completion of 48 credit hours of business-related coursework.

Business Adm. Major - Required Business Core

27 credit hours required; all courses listed.

Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization.

Studies accounting for corporations and introduces accounting for management decision making. Builds on the concepts of BU 121. Prerequisite: BU 121.

Surveys the various internal forces in social and business organizations from an economic viewpoint. Specific emphasis is on the relationship between a firm‘s possible form and its interaction with the consumer.

Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches.

Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs.

Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool.

Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed.

Develops a basic understanding of the methods of securing and allocating financial resources within a firm. Emphasis is on financial decision making and the associated knowledge, principles and techniques. Prerequisites: BU 122 and MA 253.

Involves the use of the case method, wherein the skills learned in accounting, finance, management and marketing fields are used to analyze situations dealing with the cultural and governmental factors that influence the environment of international business. Prerequisite: senior status in business.

Business Adm. Major - Additional Requirements

In addition to the business core, a Business Administration degree requires seven additional courses (21 credit hours) to be divided among the business offerings as follows:
1.) One or two courses in accounting.
2.) Five or six additional upper-level courses in marketing and management.
No more than four courses may be taken in a specific area (accounting, marketing, management, etc).

Business Administration Minor (18 credit hours)

The Business Administration minor works well with majors in areas other than busienss. This minor provides introductory courses in several fields of business for graduates in positions which need some fundamental business knowledge.  The Business Administration minor requires the completion of 18 credit hours of business-related coursework.

Business Adm. Minor - Required Courses

18 credit hours required; all courses listed.

Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization.

Surveys the fundamental principles of macroeconomics. Provides a working understand of the economy as a whole, noting interrelationships among concerns of contemporary society, world affairs and government fiscal and monetary policies. Fulfills general studies requirement.

Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches.

Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs.

Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool.

Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Education Goals

The curriculum for business majors is built on a business core that provides an educational foundation to enable all students to reach their potential. Historically, the Business department defines the following as goals for the courses in the business core:

  1. ability to communicate well, including use of technology;
  2. ability to work independently;
  3. ability to work as a member of a team;
  4. ability to solve problems and make decisions, including use of financial analysis;
  5. display of professional attitude and behavior (dress, demeanor, ethical behavior);
  6. awareness of domestic and international business environment; and
  7. awareness of and empathy with diversity in the workplace.

The following general goals are identified for the content area for all business majors:

  1. an understanding of historical background or approaches to the discipline;
  2. an appreciation of the contributions of past and current leaders;
  3. an ability to discuss trends of the discipline;
  4. an understanding of how ethics can be incorporated into the practice of the discipline; and
  5. an understanding of the importance of this discipline in the global arena.

Business Area Transfer Policy

Since the world is constantly changing, caution is used in accepting business transfer credit based on the age of the credits. Generally, the course must have been taken within 10 years of enrollment at the College. Some exceptions to this 10-year rule may apply when the student is currently employed in the field. One-half of the total hours required for each business major must be taken at the College. These hours must include a minimum of 12 hours required in the major area (not the Business Core). Students also may choose to gain credit through a CLEP exam or Assessment of Prior Learning.