Business Studies as a Secondary Major

(not available to College of Business majors)

The Business Studies major combines foundational courses in business with the liberal arts. It is meant to complement a non-business student’s program of study by offering primary business topics as well as the necessary analytical tools required for careers in management related fields. Students cannot pursue this major either on its own or in conjunction with a business major.

Prerequisites for all courses must be met. Students not enrolled in the College of Business BBA program cannot elect more than 30 credit hours in courses offered by the College of Business.

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

 Prerequisites to the Major

Prin: Macroeconomics
Prin: Microeconomics
College Algebra

Major Requirements

ACC 298Financial Accounting3
FIN 401Corporate Finance3
ISM 310Info Systems in Management3
MKT 352Mktg Principles and Policies3
OB 354Behavior in Organization3
OM 300Intro to Operations Management3
Select one course from the following:3
Intro Business Statistics
Economic Statistics
Prin of Stat and Exper Design
Select one of the following Tracks below 19
Total Credit Hours30


General Business Track

Three courses from any 300 or 400 level COB course (Excluding BA 300, BPS 451, and any BI course). No two of which can be from the same discipline.

Communications Track

COMM 340Professional Communication3
or BA 330 Managerial Communication
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 Track

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

Psychology Track

Required – 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