Bachelor in Business Administration

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Program Description

Bachelor of Business Administration

Preparing for the future of business — that’s the focus of OWU’s Business Administration major. You learn to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of business in a dynamic and global economy. The program is rare in a national liberal arts setting, giving you a high-quality business education along with a liberal arts foundation, preparing you for meaningful work and life.

Business education at OWU is significantly different than at a big university. You learn to think differently, so you can stand out from the crowd. You'll benefit from rigorous business classes, real-world experience, and close ties with your professors. You’ll graduate with the solid business knowledge and a liberal arts education that helps you develop the skills that employers crave: critical thinking, decision making, communication, creativity, teamwork, and global perspective. These are also vital skills for budding entrepreneurs.

Additionally, business students receive help obtaining meaningful internships and externships (short-term shadowing opportunities). Theory-to-Practice is real at OWU.

The Business Administration major offers two distinct concentrations:

  • Concentration in Management
  • Concentration in Marketing

In both areas, you'll gain knowledge and skills in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, logistics, organization and production, marketing, and strategic decision-making. The program builds upon knowledge of the functional, environmental, behavioral, and legal aspects of business as well as providing analytical and conceptual tools for analyzing complicated problems in real-world settings.

Students have the opportunity to double major or minor in fields across the university to graduate with a unique skill set. Business Administration students have second majors in areas from Accounting and Communication to Dance and Spanish. You can create a personalized program for your unique future.

Business Administration major, Management Concentration

The business administration major provides a high-quality business education delivered in a liberal-arts environment that enables students to excel in their chosen field and prepares them for meaningful work and life in a dynamic world. Students in this major choose either a Marketing or a Management concentration.

Learning Objectives

Business Administration majors will be able to

1. Knowledge (core literacies and skills learned by our students)

  • Explain the major concepts in the functional areas of accounting, marketing, finance, and management
  • Evaluate the legal, social, and economic environments of business
  • Describe the global environment of business
  • Describe and explain the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business
  • Apply decision-support tools to business decision-making
  • Construct and present effective oral and written forms of professional communication
  • Apply knowledge of business concepts and functions in an integrated manner

2. Values (how our students approach complex challenges)

  • Apply critical thinking/problem solving
  • Embrace creativity
  • Seek to be good communicators
  • Pursue collaboration and teamwork

3. Leadership Character (traits that form the nature of our students)

  • Nurture curiosity
  • Take initiative
  • Build persistence
  • Practice adaptability
  • Grow their leadership
  • Seek to be ethical (Character ethics)
  • Have the social and cultural awareness

Major Requirements

Students will choose either the Management concentration or the Marketing concentration. A grade of C- or better is required in BUS 499. Students must pre-register for BUS 499 in the Economics Department in the spring semester of their junior year. Both concentrations require 14 units.

Required Courses

BUS 105, BUS 210, ACCT 217, ACCT 280 (0.5 unit), EITHER BUS 331 (0.5 unit) or BUS 361 (may only receive credit for one), ECON 110, ECON 252, ACCT 348, BUS 499 (a grade of C- or better in BUS 499 is required), and one of MATH 105 or MATH 230 or PSYC 210. It is recommended that the statistics course be completed by the end of the sophomore year, as it is a prerequisite for ECON 252.

Management Concentration

(an additional five upper-level units)

Required Courses

  • ACCT 341 - Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 425 - Entrepreneurship

Elective Courses

(choose 3 units):

  • BUS 264 /PSYC 264 Organizational Psychology
  • BUS 269/PHIL 269 International Business Ethics
  • BUS 307 E LEAN Management
  • BUS 307 H Strategic Human Resource Management
  • BUS 320 - The Business Aspects of Sport
  • BUS 363/SOAN 363 Organizational Structure and Design
  • BUS 462 - Advanced Corporate Finance
  • BUS 476 - International Business
  • BUS 490 Independent Study
  • BUS 491 - Directed Readings
  • BUS 495 - Apprenticeship Program
  • ECON 255 - Monetary and Fiscal Policy or ECON 259 National Income and Business Cycles (may only receive credit for one)
  • ECON 277 - Labor Economics
  • ECON 375 - Industrial Organization
  • ENG 310 - Writing for the Workplace

Other Information

Majors should be declared no later than the sophomore year. In order to declare a Business Administration major or a Business minor, students must have either a) a 2.5 cumulative University grade point average or b) a 2.0 cumulative University grade point average and have earned a minimum B grade in a course in the intended major or minor track.

Double majors in the department are allowed only if one of the majors in Accounting. Some major/minor combinations are permitted, but a minor in business or economics may not be combined with a major in Finance Economics, Management Economics, or International Business.

Students may not count more than two courses in a program when combining programs within the Economics department. For example, a Business Administration major (14 units) completing an Economics minor (7 units), may not count more than two courses for both programs, so additional coursework (beyond 19 units) will be necessary to complete the requirements for this combination of programs.

In addition, if an Accounting major or minor is combined with another major or minor in the department (business administration major, finance economics major, management economics major, business minor), ACCT 341, ACCT 348, or ACCT 349 may only be chosen as an elective course for one designation.

Only one unit of 495 may be counted and a maximum of two units from 490A, 490B, 491, and 495 may be counted toward any major in the Economics department. BUS courses do not count toward the economics major, and ECON courses will not usually count toward the business administration major.

For all majors and minors in the department, all elective courses must be upper-level (numbered 250 or above). Students must attain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in their major to graduate. Courses eligible to be counted in the major or minor cannot be taken credit/no entry. All pre-requisite courses must be successfully passed with a grade of C- or better to qualify for enrollment in the subsequent course.

A maximum of 13 units of credit in any one discipline (accounting, business, or economics) and 17 total units of credit in the economics department may be counted in the 34 units required for graduation. Additional discipline or department units will result in greater than 34 units required for graduation.

All economics courses (ECON) below the 490 level meet the Social Science distribution requirement (Group I).

A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Other Credits

Students who pass A-Levels in Economics with a C or better will receive a total of two credits; one for ECON 110 and one general unit of lower-level Economics credit.

Students who pass A-Levels in Accounting with a C or better will receive a total of only one credit, and that will be for ACCT 217.

Students who pass A-Levels in Business with a C or better will receive a total of only one credit, and that will be a general-unit of lower level business credit.

Information on credit for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement may be found in the Academic Regulations and Procedures section of this Catalog.

Students may use a proficiency examination or an advanced placement examination to meet the requirements of ECON 110. Information on the proficiency examination for ECON 110 will be given during new student orientation. Advanced Placement Rules are listed in the Academic Regulations and Procedures section of this Catalog.

Students who transfer courses to Ohio Wesleyan University should consult with the department chair regarding the appropriate credit to be awarded. If several courses are transferred at less than 1.0 unit (3.75 credits), additional courses may be required. For all majors and minors in the department, a majority of the courses must be completed at OWU.

Business Administration major, Marketing Concentration

The business administration major provides a high-quality business education delivered in a liberal-arts environment that enables students to excel in their chosen field and prepares them for meaningful work and life in a dynamic world. Students in this major choose either a Marketing or a Management concentration.

Learning Objectives

Business Administration majors will be able to

1. Knowledge (core literacies and skills learned by our students)

  • Explain the major concepts in the functional areas of accounting, marketing, finance, and management
  • Evaluate the legal, social, and economic environments of business
  • Describe the global environment of business
  • Describe and explain the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business
  • Apply decision-support tools to business decision-making
  • Construct and present effective oral and written forms of professional communication
  • Apply knowledge of business concepts and functions in an integrated manner

2. Values (how our students approach complex challenges)

  • Apply critical thinking/problem solving
  • Embrace creativity
  • Seek to be good communicators
  • Pursue collaboration and teamwork

3. Leadership Character (traits that form the nature of our students)

  • Nurture curiosity
  • Take initiative
  • Build persistence
  • Practice adaptability
  • Grow their leadership
  • Seek to be ethical (Character ethics)
  • Have the social and cultural awareness

Major Requirements

Students will choose either the Marketing concentration or the Management concentration. Both concentrations require 14 units.

Required Courses

BUS 105, BUS 210, ACCT 217, ACCT 280 (0.5 unit), EITHER BUS 331 (0.5 unit) or BUS 361 (may only receive credit for one), ECON 110, ECON 252, ACCT 348, BUS 499 (a grade of C- or better in BUS 499 is required), and one of MATH 105 or MATH 230 or PSYC 210. It is recommended that the statistics course be completed by the end of the sophomore year, as it is a prerequisite for ECON 252.

Marketing Concentration

(an additional five upper-level units)

Required Courses

BUS 410 and four 0.5 module courses:

  • BUS 307 A - Topics: Advertising
  • BUS 307 B - Topics: Public Relations
  • BUS 307 C - Topics: Market Research
  • BUS 307 D - Topics: Digital Marketing

Elective Courses

(choose two units)

  • BUS 269/PHIL 269 International Business Ethics
  • BUS 425 - Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 476 - International Business
  • BUS 490 Independent Study
  • BUS 491 - Directed Readings
  • BUS 495 - Apprenticeship Program
  • ENG 310 - Writing for the Workplace
  • PSYC 267 - Behavioral Decision Making (may only receive credit for one) or
  • ECON 300 8 - Behavioral Economics (may only receive credit for one)

Other Information

Majors should be declared no later than the sophomore year. In order to declare a Business Administration major or a Business minor, students must have either a) a 2.5 cumulative University grade point average or b) a 2.0 cumulative University grade point average and have earned a minimum B grade in a course in the intended major or minor track.

Double majors in the department are allowed only if one of the majors in Accounting. Some major/minor combinations are permitted, but a minor in business or economics may not be combined with a major in Finance Economics, Management Economics, or International Business.

Students may not count more than two courses in a program when combining programs within the Economics department. For example, a Business Administration major (14 units) completing an Economics minor (7 units), may not count more than two courses for both programs, so additional coursework (beyond 19 units) will be necessary to complete the requirements for this combination of programs.

In addition, if an Accounting major or minor is combined with another major or minor in the department (business administration major, finance economics major, management economics major, business minor), ACCT 341, ACCT 348, or ACCT 349 may only be chosen as an elective course for one designation.

Only one unit of 495 may be counted and a maximum of two units from 490A, 490B, 491, and 495 may be counted toward any major in the Economics department. BUS courses do not count toward the economics major, and ECON courses will not usually count toward the business administration major.

For all majors and minors in the department, all elective courses must be upper-level (numbered 250 or above). Students must attain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in their major to graduate. Courses eligible to be counted in the major or minor cannot be taken credit/no entry. All pre-requisite courses must be successfully passed with a grade of C- or better to qualify for enrollment in the subsequent course.

A maximum of 13 units of credit in any one discipline (accounting, business, or economics) and 17 total units of credit in the economics department may be counted in the 34 units required for graduation. Additional discipline or department units will result in greater than 34 units required for graduation.

All economics courses (ECON) below the 490 level meet the Social Science distribution requirement (Group I).

A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Other Credits

Students who pass A-Levels in Economics with a C or better will receive a total of two credits; one for ECON 110 and one general unit of lower-level Economics credit.

Students who pass A-Levels in Accounting with a C or better will receive a total of only one credit, and that will be for ACCT 217.

Students who pass A-Levels in Business with a C or better will receive a total of only one credit, and that will be a general-unit of lower level business credit.

Information on credit for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement may be found in the Academic Regulations and Procedures section of this Catalog.

Students may use a proficiency examination or an advanced placement examination to meet the requirements of ECON 110. Information on the proficiency examination for ECON 110 will be given during new student orientation. Advanced Placement Rules are listed in the Academic Regulations and Procedures section of this Catalog.

Students who transfer courses to Ohio Wesleyan University should consult with the department chair regarding the appropriate credit to be awarded. If several courses are transferred at less than 1.0 unit (3.75 credits), additional courses may be required. For all majors and minors in the department, a majority of the courses must be completed at OWU.

Think Big

OWU’s Business Administration major is built on the kind of broad, liberal arts education that helps you develop the critical thinking, analytical skills crucial for success in the future of business and entrepreneurship.

Many OWU Business majors pursue a second major – from the arts and humanities to the sciences. And many work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to explore research projects on business innovations.

Go Global

The OWU Connection provides many options for you gain a global perspective. With Travel-Learning Courses, Connection Grants, and study abroad, you can spend a week or two, a semester, or even a year immersing yourself in another landscape and culture.

Students in business-related majors have explored the financial world of Wall Street, and local markets in France, and accounting practices in Australia.

Get Real

At OWU, real experience is guaranteed. OWU students have interned in equity analysis in New York; marketing with the San Francisco 49ers; export/import, accounting, and mergers and acquisitions in Columbus; and the music business in Los Angeles. Every year students intern overseas.

The Blaine E. Grimes Summer Grant Program for juniors and seniors provides grants for business-related internships around the world.

Last updated August 2018

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