business adm

Why Study Business?

The Department of Business Administration at Aquinas College is committed to the development of broadly educated, globally oriented, ethical professionals, whose high standards of professional competence enable them to actively contribute to their profession, community and society. Competent professionals in the business and not-for-profit communities must be able to think critically, communicate clearly, research effectively, employ quantitative reasoning, use current technology, and work cooperatively with others. Our programs encompass both theoretical and application components. The curriculum draws upon and is enhanced by the liberal arts focus of the college.

We expect students to draw upon the perspectives gained from studies as diverse as philosophy, mathematics, history, religious studies, psychology, literature, languages, sociology, natural sciences, economics, and the fine arts. Students must gain an understanding of organized institutions so they can deal effectively with this phenomenon that shapes so much of their lives. The Department of Business Administration is committed to working with other departments in the college to provide a strong organizational background for students in other academic majors through individual courses, business minors, and dual majors.

How We're Different

  • A distinguished faculty that brings a minimum of 10 years of corporate experience into the classroom.
  • Dual majors in accounting, communication, sports management, visual arts and theatre.
  • The only undergraduate degree in sustainable business, where students learn practices that increase corporate profitability and eliminate negative environmental impacts.
  • AQ business grads have gone on to graduate school at Columbia Business School, Tufts, Harvard, University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and Thunderbird, to name a few.

Major Requirements

Seventy-one (71) semester hours. Required courses (48 semester hours): CS152; ES211, ES212 and MS151 (MS252 or MS494 may be substituted); AG210 and 211; BS201, 202, 305, 313, 315, 316, 455, 456, 460 and ES342.

A further requirement is a competency in both English and an international business language—French, German, Japanese or Spanish—which includes 23 semester hours (normally 101, 102, 201, 202, 301 and either 302 or 303). As foreign-language competency may differ not only from language to language but also from student to student, competency will be determined by the Department of World Languages.

At least eighteen (18) semester hours of the major must be taken at Aquinas College. Of those eighteen (18) semester hours, a minimum of nine (9) hours must be taken in business administration courses at the 300 level and above. Students electing to complete the concentration in marketing, the concentration in human resources or a substantial foreign internship may delete BS315, BS316, and ES342 from their BSIB requirements. The substantial foreign internship must be approved by both the department chairperson of the Department of Business Administration and the department chairperson of the Department of World Languages. Students may substitute BS325 for BS460 in their BSIB program. If a student is already competent in a foreign language, that student need not complete a particular number of hours in foreign language coursework. Rather, the student must demonstrate his or her competence in that language. Such competence may be certified in writing by the Department of World Languages. Alternatively, the student may demonstrate competence by passing the 300 level business conversation class (for example, FH303, GN303 or SH303) in the language. The student may also demonstrate competence by passing an internationally recognized test, such as the Paris Chamber of Commerce test. The test accepted must be approved by the chairpersons of both the Department of Business Administration and the Department of World Languages.


  • CS152 Spreadsheets (1) T
  • ES211 Microeconomic Principles (3) BE
  • ES212 Macroeconomic Principles (3) BE
  • MS151 Elementary Statistics (3) QR
  • AG210 Principles of Accounting I (4)
  • AG211 Principles of Accounting II (4)
  • BS201 Principles of Management (3) BE
  • BS202 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • BS305 Financial Management (3)
  • ES/BS313 International Business (3) BE, GP
  • BS315 Culture in International Business (3)
  • BS316 International Marketing (3)
  • BS455 International Finance (3)
  • BS456 Cases in International Business
  • BS460 Ethical Application in Business (3) BE
  • ES342 International Economics (3)

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 2, 2019
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