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Business Management

The Major

The opportunity of a lifetime—that’s what a major in Business Management can mean for you.

You’ll learn to read balance sheets and income statements. You’ll calculate the net present value of investments, and use enterprise software like SAP to diagnose a company’s operations. You’ll conduct a marketing campaign, learn how to motivate team members, and analyze corporate strategy.

If you choose to study abroad (you should!), you’ll have a world of choices, with business-school partners from China to England to Argentina to help you complete the global-business component. When you come back, we’ll be eager to help you research and write a senior capstone to help show employers what you’ve learned, and what you can contribute.


Navigating the BUS major is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Required Courses

Economics Foundation (two courses)

Plan ahead: These courses can help you fulfill the college’s social-science distribution requirement.

ECN 111 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECN 112 Introduction to Microeconomics

Quantitative Foundation (two courses)

Plan ahead: Any of these pairs (you need any one of them for our major) can help you fulfill the college’s natural science and quantitative distribution requirement.

BUS 203 and 204 Quantitative Methods I and II, or
MAT 109 and 135 Statistics and Finite Mathematics, or
MAT 109 and 201 Statistics and Differential Calculus ¹

 ¹ recommended for preparation for graduate study


Core BUS Courses (seven courses)

All core BUS courses except BUS 401 are offered every semester.

BUS 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
BUS 202 Marketing
BUS 301 Financial Analysis
BUS 302 Organizational Behavior ²
BUS 303 Legal Environment of Business
BUS 304 Management Information Systems
BUS 401 Strategic Management (Fall only)

² counts as liberal studies for Phi Beta Kappa.

 Any of our core courses may be taken at our study-abroad partners.


2. Global Business Requirement

Since business is global, the Business Management major includes a global business requirement. (International students are exempt.)

There are several ways to fulfill the requirement:

1.

Study abroad for a semester, or participate in any study-abroad experience that earns Washington College credit.

2.

Studying a foreign language through the 202-level.

3.

Taking two global-focus courses, one in Business Management and one outside the Department.

Learn more about global business opportunities here.


3. Senior Capstone Experience

At Washington College, every senior undertakes an intensive independent research project, in close consultation with a faculty advisor. There’s no better way to bring together what you’ve learned about critical thinking, systematic research, sharp analysis, and clear writing.

And there’s no better way to show an employer the difference you can make: a 2010 American Association of College and Universities survey found that 84% of business leaders want college students

to demonstrate a significant project before graduation, to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and a passion for a particular area, as well as their acquisition of broad analytical, problem solving, and communication skills.

You’ll work hard on your Business Management capstone—so it can work for you.

Get all the details on the Senior Capstone Experience here.


 Chelsea Simpson's senior capstone in Business Management explored the effectiveness of different ways of marketing varsity sporting events. Her work included developing promotions and posters, like this one.Chelsea Simpson's senior capstone in Business Management explored the effectiveness of different ways of marketing varsity sporting events. Her work included developing promotions and posters, like this one.