Business Management


Questions about the Business Management major.

  • I’m just starting out. What’s the best way to get going if I want to major in Business Management?

    Come and talk to one of the professors in Business Management. We want to talk with you even if you’re not a declared major yet.

    In terms of courses, start with quant and Economics. You can apply our two required Economics foundation courses, ECN 111 and 112, to the college’s Social Science distribution. And whatever quant option you choose, it can help you fulfill the college’s Natural Science and Quantitative distribution, so plan with that in mind, as well.

    In your sophomore year, you should plan on taking BUS 201 Financial Accounting and BUS 202 Marketing. (Both courses are offered every semester.) We encourage you to declare the major in your sophomore year, so you can start getting officially advised in your major.

    Finally, don’t be surprised if your plans change: you may end up minoring in Business Management (or a related field like Accounting and Finance) instead of majoring. We still recommend you come and speak to a faculty advisor, because there will be lots of internship, study-abroad, and career opportunities we can think about together.

  • Is there a GPA cut-off for declaring a major?

    Yes. Your GPA must be at least 2.0 to declare Business Management or any other major.

  • Should I take calculus?

    We recommend taking BUS 201 Calculus if there’s a chance you might want to pursue graduate studies in the future.

  • How frequently are BUS courses taught?

    Every course required for the major is taught every semester, except BUS 401 Strategic Management, which is taught only in the fall. Elective courses are usually offered every year or every two years.

  • I’m hoping to get into Phi Beta Kappa. Should I avoid taking elective BUS courses?

    Not necessarily. Eligibility requirements for Phi Beta Kappa include at least 96 credits in “liberal studies.” As long as you’ve got that, you can take additional BUS courses.

    These Business Management courses are considered by our Phi Beta Kappa chapter as “liberal studies,” counting toward the 96-credit liberal-studies threshold:

    • BUS 302 Organizational Behavior
    • BUS 303 Legal Environment of Business
    • BUS 310 International Business
    • BUS 334 Leadership

    Courses in Education may also not be considered as liberal studies. More information is available here.

  • Do I have to take BUS 109 as my quant course if I’m a BUS major?

    No. MAT 109 Statistics is accepted as a replacement stats course for BUS 109. Most other stats courses, like PSY 209, would also be accepted–check with your advisor if you’re not sure.

  • May I take required BUS courses at other schools?


  • How do I get credit for an internship?

    You can do an internship on your own, but if you want academic credit for it, you have to sign up for the BUS internship course, BUS 390. You can sign up for the course during a regular semester (fall or spring), and also during the summer. BUS 390 is a two-credit pass/fail course. To sign up for BUS 390, you have to have taken, or be taking, BUS 111 Principles of Marketing and BUS 112 Financial Accounting. You can get credit for a second internship by signing up for BUS 390, for a total of four internship credits.

  • I’m an international student. Am I exempt from the global learning requirement?


  • I want to start my own business. Can I do my capstone on that?

    Yes–that’s our business-plan capstone track. You should plan to take BUS 212 Intermediate Accounting and BUS 320 Entrepreneurship to prepare for the business-plan track.

  • Do I have to write a capstone on a publicly-traded company?

    Only if you choose to do a strategy capstone, because that kind of capstone requires detailed financial data, only available for publicly traded companies.

  • I’m a double-major. Do I have to write two capstones?

    No. We’ll work with your other Department to help you integrate your capstones, for instance by adding one chapter pertinent to business or management to the capstone in the other major.