Small Business Management

The small business management major is designed to offer students a broad range of knowledge and skills in order to prepare them to lead or contribute to a small or medium enterprise.  Small businesses present unique opportunities and challenges, which students in this major will be equipped to navigate. In addition to learning about diverse business disciplines, students will be exposed to the fundamental processes of starting and managing a small 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

Business Administration Core Requirements

BA 300Career Planning & Develop1
BA 320Proj Mgmt & Leadership Skills3
BA 330Managerial Communication3
BA 400Corporate Responsibility3
BE 401Managerial Economics3
BPS 451Strategic Management3
DS 302Advanced Business Statistics3
FIN 401Corporate Finance3
Select one of the following:3-4
ISM 310Info Systems in Management3
Accounting Information Systems
and Accounting Info Sys Lab 1
LE 253Business Law3
MKT 352Mktg Principles and Policies3
OB 354Behavior in Organization3
OM 300Intro to Operations Management3
Total Credit Hours40-41

Small Business Management Major

ACC 357Intermediate Financial Acct 23
or ACC 358 Financial Reporting
BPS 441Small Business Management3
ENT 400Entrepreneurial Thinking&Behav3
HRM 305Human Resource Policy/Admin3
MKT 434Sales Mgmt & Personal Selling3
Select two courses from the following (must be from different disciplines):6
New Venture Planning
Financial Planning
Advanced Computer Applications
Business Law: Advanced Topics
Digital Consumer Srch&Mktg
Understanding Customers
Business to Business Mktg
Negotiation and Conflict Mgt
Supply Chain Management
Total Credit Hours21