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 straightforward:

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)

The BUS major requires two quantitative courses—a statistics course, and a finance course. This is a new requirement effective for the 2014-15 school year (students who matriculated prior to Fall 2014 have the option of completing the new requirement or sticking with the old requirement, explained below.)

This quantative sequence counts toward the college’s distribution requirements, meaning that a BUS major can complete the Natural Science and Quantitative distribution requirement with BUS 109, BUS 209, and a science course.

First course: Statistics

One of these courses:

  • BUS 109 Managerial Statistics
  • MAT 109 Statistics
  • ECN 215 Data Analysis (for ECN-BUS double majors)
  • PSY 209 Statistics and Experimental Design (for PSY-BUS double majors)

Note: these four statistics courses are so similar that credit is not normally given if more than one of them is taken.

Second course: Financial Analysis

  • BUS 209 Financial Analysis

[Prior to 2014, BUS majors could complete a two-course quantitative sequence, BUS 203 and 204 Quantitative Methods I and II, for the major, or choose a math sequence (MAT 109 Statistics and and MAT 135 Finite Mathematics, or MAT 109 and MAT 201 Differential Calculus). Students who have taken BUS 203 will be able to take BUS 204 in the 2014-2015 academic year to satisfy the requirements for the major. Business Management majors who have taken MAT 109 will complete the requirements by completing BUS 209 Financial Analysis.]

Core BUS Courses (six courses)

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

BUS 111 Principles of Marketing
BUS 112 Introduction to Financial Accounting
BUS 210 Management Information Systems
BUS 302 Organizational Behavior ²
Legal/Ethics Component Choose from BUS 303 Legal Environment of Business, BUS 360 Corporate Social Responsibility, or a PHL ethics course
BUS 401 Strategic Management

² counts as liberal studies for Phi Beta Kappa.

 Any of these 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:


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


Studying a foreign language through the 202-level.


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

Learn more about global business opportunities here.

3. BUS elective

As part of the major, one BUS elective is required. It may consist of any BUS course that is not one of the core six BUS courses listed above (112, 202, 210, 302, 303, 401), and that is not used to satisfy the student’s global business requirement.

4. 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.