Businesses need people who understand marketing, accounting and management. If you are attentive to detail, hands-on and can see the bigger picture of a project or venture, a business administration degree, offered on-campus and online, is a great fit for you.

Major

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

 

Required Business Core

27 credit hours required: All courses listed.

BU 121 Principles of Accounting I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 122 Principles of Accounting II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies accounting for corporations and introduces accounting for management decision making. Builds on the concepts of BU 121. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: October, March. Prerequisite: BU 121.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 232 Microeconomics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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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. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: October, March.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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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. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, March, and May.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 251 Principles of Marketing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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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. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January, and May.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 281 Managerial Communications
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool. Camupus: Spring, every year; WOL: October and January.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 371 Business Law
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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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. Emphasizes 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. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: August, March.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 381 Business Finance
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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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. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: October, January. Prerequisites: BU 122 and MA 253.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 481 International Business: Strategies and Policies
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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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. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: August, January. Prerequisite: Senior standing in business.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Other Required Courses

Woods Core math requirement

MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

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).

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.

Minor

The Business Administration minor works well with majors in areas other than business. 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.

Required Courses

18 credit hours required: All courses listed.

BU 121 Principles of Accounting I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 131 Macroeconomics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Surveys the fundamental principles of macroeconomics. Provides a working understanding of the economy as a whole, noting interrelationships among concerns of contemporary society, world affairs and government fiscal and monetary policies. Campus: Fall and Spring, every year; WOL: March.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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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. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, March, and May.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 251 Principles of Marketing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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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. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January, and May.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 281 Managerial Communications
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool. Camupus: Spring, every year; WOL: October and January.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 371 Business Law
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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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. Emphasizes 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. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: August, March.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

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.

Career Paths

The Business Administration major affords students a great deal of flexibility in careers in business. Business majors can choose which courses to take to satisfy 21 of the required 48 hours. This allows flexibility to create a broad range of careers in business or prepare a student for a specific area of interest within business administration degree jobs.

Business majors can develop a course of study that could lead to such business administration jobs as:

  • small business management and related entrepreneurial activities
  • a wide variety of entry level administrative and managerial positions
  • the not-for-profit and health care industries
  • graduate studies in business (MBA) or law
Business 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.