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. 

In addition to the major requirements, students must complete all CASL Degree Requirements.

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 Organizations3
OM 300Intro to Operations Management3
Select one course from the following:3
Introductory Business Statistics using Excel
Economic Statistics
Prin of Stat and Exper Design
Select one of the following Concentrations below 19
Total Credit Hours30

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

Concentration Requirements

General Business Concentration

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

Communications Concentration

COMM 340Professional Communication3
or BA 330 Managerial Communication
Select two courses from the following:6-8
Intro to Media & Culture
Public Relations Principles
Communication Research Methods
Public Comm and Culture Stdies
Critical Media Studies
Public Relations Campaigns
Risk and Crisis Communication
Total Credit Hours9-11

Economics Concentration 

Required – 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 Management
International Business
Total Credit Hours9

Entrepreneurship Concentration 

Entrepreneurial Thinking&Behav
New Venture Planning
Social Entrepreneurship
Total Credit Hours9

Psychology Concentration 

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