Business Studies as a Secondary Major

The Business Studies major is an optional second major for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree through the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL).

The Business Studies major (BST) complements the critical thinking and acquired knowledge gained through a liberal arts and sciences education with foundational courses in business to develop the necessary leadership and analytical skills for careers in management related fields. 

The BST graduate will acquire and possess a broad range of understanding, knowledge, and quantitative skills necessary for attaining a leadership role in business, education, community organizations, and government. Key to the BST is the comprehensive liberal arts and sciences education that provides a strong foundation in thinking creatively, seeing the world through a multi-perspective lens, and acquiring a broad based of knowledge, and an understanding of diverse cultures and literary works. 

The Business Studies major is open to non-College of Business students and must be pursued as a second major in conjunction with the primary major in CASL.

For further information about  Business Studies as a Second Major, contact CASL Advising and Academic Success

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.

Ancient Greek I and II MCL 105 and MCL 106
Arabic I and II ARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Armenian I and II MCL 111 and MCL 112
French I and II FREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and II GER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and II LAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and II SPAN 101 and SPAN 102
Chinese I and II CHIN 101 and CHIN 102

Pre-Major Requirements

ECON 201Prin: Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Prin: Microeconomics3
MATH 104College Algebra4
or MATH 105 Pre-Calculus
Total Credit Hours10

Major Requirements

ACC 298Financial Accounting3
FIN 401Corporate Finance3
OB 354Behavior in Organization3
MKT 352Mktg Principles and Policies3
ISM 310Info Systems in Management3
OM 300Intro to Operations Management3
Plus select one course from the following: 3
Quantitative Model and Anlys I
Intro Business Statistics
Economic Statistics
Prin of Stat and Exper Design
Plus one of the following concentrations.9
Total Credit Hours30

Some courses listed here may have additional prerequisites that could add to the total credit hours needed.

Must declare one of the following concentrations: General Business, Communications, Economics, Entrepreneurship, or Psychology. Requirements for each concentration are outlined below:

General Business Concentration

Three courses from any 300 or 400 level College of Business (COB) course  (Excluding BA 300, BPS 451, and any BI course). Courses must be from at least two different disciplines.

Communications Concentration

COMM 340Professional Communication3
or BA 330 Managerial Communication
Plus select two courses from the following:6
Intro to Media & Culture
Public Relations Principles
Communication Research Methods
Social Media for PR
Public Comm and Culture Stdies
Critical Media Studies
Public Relations Campaigns
Prof Communication Ethics
Total Credit Hours9

Economics Concentration

Select three courses from the following:9
Managerial Economics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Business Conditions Analysis
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Money and Banking
Com Bank: Functn and Operatns
Labor in the American Economy
Industrial Organization
Experimental Economics
Antitrust and Regulation
Beh Econ for Business & Policy
International Finance
International Trade
Economics of the Labor Sector
International Financial Mgmt
International Business
Total Credit Hours9

Entrepreneurship Concentration

Three courses required:9
Entrepreneurial Thinking&Behav
New Venture Planning
Entrep, Corp Entrep & Society
Total Credit Hours9

Psychology Concentration

Select three courses from the following:9
Human Resource Policy/Admin
Understanding Customers
Social Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Diversity and the Workplace
Psychology in the Workplace
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Total Credit Hours9


  1. At least 15 of the 30 credits required in the major must be elected at UM-Dearborn.
  2. Students not enrolled in the College of Business BBA Program cannot elect more than 30 upper-level (courses numbered 300 and above) credit hours offered by the College of Business.