Business administration students develop the conceptual knowledge and professional management skills necessary for success in the ever-changing business environment.

The major provides a broad overview of the various sub-disciplines within business administration, preparing graduates for management and staff positions in profit-oriented and non-profit organizations and government.

For business administration majors wishing to receive more in-depth knowledge in one of the functional areas of business, the department offers the opportunity to pursue a concentration in accounting, finance, international business, management, and marketing. Also offered are the interdisciplinary major, Mathematics-Business, which provides a strong background of concepts and techniques in the field of “quantitative management.”

Our concentrations and courses resonate with liberal education values as we build and use learning bridges to the arts, communications, and social and natural sciences. A very experienced and engaged faculty strives to instill confidence and competence in each of these disciplines so that students understand how business relates to humanistic values and global society.

The department highly recommends study abroad and participates in several international programs, including the Denmark International Studies International Business program, wherein students study in Copenhagen for one semester.

Business Administration is the largest department on campus, with more than 200 Whittier students under its wing. We provide a major that is dynamic and engaging and encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity.

Majors & Minors

The Department of Business Administration offers a Business Administration major and minor.
The department also participates in the interdisciplinary major, Mathematics-Business.
The content on this page is for informational purposes only. Official degree requirements can be found in the Whittier College Catalog.

Requirements for the Major in Business Administration

To complete the major in Business Administration, a student must complete a total of 36 credits, of which 24 credits must be at the 300 level or above.

Required Courses

BSAD 130 Business and Society (3 credits)
BSAD 201 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 credits)
BSAD 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
BSAD 231 Business Law (3 credits)
BSAD 310 Business Finance I (3 credits)
BSAD 320 Marketing Principles (3 credits)
BSAD 330 Management and Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
BSAD 341 Management Information Systems (3 credits)
BSAD 350 International Business (3 credits)
BSAD 489 Management Strategy and Policy (3 credits)

Choice of either

MATH 80 Statistics (3 credits)

Six credits of upper-division electives in business administration, or for students choosing to earn an optional concentration in accounting, finance, international business, management or marketing: nine credits in the chosen area of concentration beyond those required courses specified above. These courses must be selected with the department’s approval, with at least six credits being 300-level or 400-level BSAD courses. If appropriate, one of the three courses may be a BSAD course below the 300 level or a non-BSAD course.

Choice of either

MATH 85 Precalculus Mathematics (3 credits) or any mathematics course numbered 85 or higher

ECON 200 Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics (3 credits)
ECON 201 Principles of Economics, Microeconomics (3 credits)
One upper-division economics course
THEA 101 Essentials of Public Speaking (3 credits)
One course in ethics highly recommended
Study abroad is also highly recommended

Requirements for the Minor in Business Administration

To complete the minor in Business Administration, a student must complete a total of 21 credits, which include the following: 201, 202, 231, 310, 320, 330 and one other upper-division course.

Requirements for the Mathematics-Business Major

The interdisciplinary program involving mathematics and business administration provides a strong background of concepts and techniques in the field of "quantitative management." It prepares the student for a variety of positions in banking, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, and other industries.

Discovery in BSAD

In collaboration with peers and professors, Whittier College students have the opportunity to discover the intricacies and demands of the ever-evolving world of business.

Working Globally to Solve World Problems

Kicking off the 2019 spring semester, Whittier College and Hang Seng Management University of Hong Kong (HSMU) joined forces to present the inaugural Social Innovation Competition.

The competition, jointly sponsored by both institutions, included teams comprised of one student from each college to present a socially innovative project that would assist in the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The cross-national student pairs addressed UN themes including responsible production and consumption, quality education, sustainable cities and communities, and the elimination of poverty.

After collaborating for two months via Skype and social media (working around a 16-hour time difference), HSMU students visited the Whittier campus to participate in the final presentation of their projects. During their presentations, the students shared their new ideas for an audience of peers and professionals and also competed for thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

First place winners, Nathan Armas and Lam Chun Kai (Thomas), focused on quality education and won the grand prize of $2,500. First place means that the pair has the opportunity to launch their proposed project with the help of an additional $4,000 in seed funding. Second and third place winners were awarded $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.

Startup from Every Angle

Your great business idea deserves to be taken seriously. Madeleine McMurray, Daniel Leewood, and the three other students in their group had such a chance for theirs.

In Professor Fatos Radoniqi’s ’06 Leadership Practicum course, Madeleine and Daniel teamed up with their classmates to pursue an online book lending business for Whittier College students. As part of that, they registered with Enactus, an international non-profit that works with businesses and higher education leaders to help students become socially responsible business leaders and make a difference in their communities.

Madeleine, Daniel, and their group wanted to create a new market for college schoolbooks—a business that could directly help their fellow classmates. With Professor Radoniqui as their mentor, the team researched the idea from every angle and came away from the project with a host of new insights into how to start a business.

“It makes you think about what it means to have a start-up,” Madeleine said.

“It was definitely a teaching experience,” Daniel added. “It pushed us.”

Through Enactus, regional and national competitions take place each year that provide a space for student teams to present the results of their projects. Business leaders evaluate the projects and national champion teams can advance to the prestigious Enactus World Cup.

Hands-On Learning in Business Administration

At Whittier College, education goes beyond the campus. The Business Administration department provides opportunities for real-world experience that prepares students for their careers and helps them grow intellectually and personally.

Exploring Consumerism

Visiting entertainment companies, historic landmarks, and local shopping destinations are all part of Assistant Professor of Business Administration Kristen Smirnov’s JanTerm course, Consumer Behavior. During the course, students step off campus and traveled throughout Los Angeles to examine various forms of consumerism.

As part of the first excursion last January, students attended a showing of The Last Jedi on the IMAX screen at the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It was an opportunity for the class to discuss how streaming services are changing the way people consume media and the effect that has on traditional media production. A trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum allowed the class to examine the consumer experience at a large not-for-profit organization, as well as appreciate the impressive collection of masterpieces.

As a final trip, the class found themselves at the headquarters of Blizzard Entertainment, a developer and publisher of computer games. During their visit, students took a tour of the company’s main campus and engaged in an hour-long Q&A session with J. Allen Brack, senior vice president at Blizzard and executive producer of World of Warcraft. The visit allowed students to see how consumer-focused companies develop and maintain products, develop consumer engagement strategies, and react to changing markets.

Doing Business Around the Globe

Nothing compares to the real-world business experience that going abroad presents. And after spending much of January experiencing business first-hand in China, the world’s largest economy, international business major Brittany Snapp was hooked.

She’s just one of the many Poets who have traveled overseas to gain distinctive perspectives on the global marketplace, thanks to globetrotting Jan Term courses. In China, Brittany and other Poets met with diplomats and senior executives of global firms such as Google and Lenovo. Other Poets have traveled to Argentina and Mexico to meet with heads of multinational corporations.

Professors lead these trips and add their special focus to the course, based on their own research interests. For instance, when Professor Lana Nino has led students through China, she has turned their attention to the influence of business on society by visiting non-profit organizations that are focused on the country’s environment.

Study Business Abroad

Travel throughout multiple countries, cultural exchange, foreign language immersion, unique academic adventures—all of these are hallmarks of the international study experience.

For the last 50 years, in keeping with its mission to prepare students for a global society and evolving workplace, Whittier College has sponsored study abroad opportunities, placing qualified students in locations throughout five continents (or at sea) for a semester, year, summer, or January or May Term of international, academic experience.

While abroad, Whittier students have also had opportunities to complete international internships, conduct and publish professional research, and been offered foreign graduate school and work opportunities.

Students of all disciplines can also participate in any of Whittier's faculty-led study abroad courses, which take place during the shorter JanTerm and MayTerm and can fulfill major, minor, and liberal education requirements.

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Last updated June 27, 2019
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