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Business Administration Major

In today's competitive, global business environment, managers must have a variety of skills – coupled with knowledge and experience – in order to manage and lead successfully. Managers are no longer insulated within functional areas of business. Many responsible positions require a solid background in business fundamentals, as well as an appreciation of the interrelated nature of business functions. 

The Business Administration [BADM] major provides students the opportunity to develop skills in their business-related areas of interest and increase their understanding of the broader business environment. Students create an individualized, but integrated set of courses – from the approved list of business electives and no more than one course outside the School of Management. All Business Administration majors must complete at least one approved international-designated course. The curriculum allows students to develop their communication, analytical and computer skills, creativity, and other qualities necessary for success in organizational life. Ultimately, this major provides a more comprehensive, but tailored education opening up a variety of career paths for students.

Learning Outcomes

Ethical Leadership

  • Leading and Managing—distinguish between leading and managing diverse individuals and groups in creating and sustaining organizational performance.
  • Ethical and legal behavior, and social responsibility—recognize and analyze ethical, legal and social implications of management decisions and devise appropriate responses.
  • Communication—effectively communicate orally and in writing using various mediums across unique situations.

Innovative and Creative Decision-making

  • Create, analyze and integrate relevant quantitative and qualitative information to develop and evaluate management decisions.

Domain Concepts

  • Accounting—attain financial literacy in the understanding and interpretation of financial statements of organizations.
  • Finance—use financial information to assess economic value of real and financial assets, and make decisions to create value.
  • Organizational Behavior and Theory—develop and leverage human and social capital in organizations.
  • Technology and Logistics—grasp the core information technology concepts that enable organizational operation and understand how technology trends enable innovation.
  • Marketing—produce specific marketing tools needed for product development, consumer communications, pricing and distribution channels.
  • Strategy and Competitive Advantage—develop specific and actionable strategic options at different levels to enhance the organization’s competitive position through rigorous analysis of the changes in its competitive environment, its industry/sector, and its internal resources.

Global Mindset

  • Appreciate diversity and integrate cultural, economic, political, historical, geographic, and environmental perspectives in decision-making.
  • Recognize the opportunities and challenges facing organizations operating in an increasingly global economy.


Students take 20 credits of upper division, non-core business coursework. With approval from a faculty advisor, 4 of the 20 credits may be from business related coursework in other colleges within the University.

Required (4 credits from the following):
Electives (select 16 credits from the following):

Approved courses with descriptions and necessary prerequisites for this major