Business Administration

American University

Program Description

Business Administration

American University

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree (BSBA) is a four-year program designed to teach broad business functions, develop students' professional skills, expand technological literacy, and build global perspective. Kogod students tailor their degree program by specializing in a particular business discipline. Additionally, they may add a major or minor in another academic area.

Offered by the Kogod School of Business.

Admission to the Program

Freshman applicants should have demonstrated above average performance in their college preparatory courses in secondary school. Scores on the SAT or ACT should indicate that the applicant has the potential for success in a rigorous university degree program. Due to the quantitative emphasis of the business administration curriculum, it is strongly recommended that applicants take the SAT II Math test for placement purposes.

In addition to university requirements for transfer admission, transfer applicants (including non-degree and degree-seeking from other academic units) to K.S.B. should have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale). All transfer students are required to take MGMT-458 and at least 18 upper-level credit hours toward their major requirements in residence. Transfer credits for 300-level and above business courses are subject to validation by the appropriate department chair and may be conditional on successful completion of a more advanced course at American University.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas.
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component.
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline.

Note: Foundational Area 4 should be fulfilled by ECON-100 Macroeconomics FA4 (3) and ECON-200 Microeconomics FA4 (3).

Major Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
    • Students must ensure that no more than 66 of the 120 credit hour graduation requirement are taken within the Kogod School of Business.
    • IBUS-200 and FIN-200 are considered business courses and may not count toward the non-business course requirement even if they are taken for General Education credit.
  • Business core courses: 38 credit hours with grades of C or better (pass/fail grades are not permitted).
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to be eligible to enroll in business courses.
  • Area of specialization: a minimum of 12 credit hours with grades of C or better (pass/fail grades are not permitted). Students should declare an area of specialization before the end of their junior year. All areas of specialization must be approved in advance by the Office of Academic Programs. Students must meet the following minimum standards of performance prior to approval:
    • minimum grade of C in ECON-100 Macroeconomics FA4 (3) and ECON-200 Microeconomics FA4 (3).
    • minimum grade of C in MATH-211 Applied Calculus I (4) and STAT-204 Introduction to Business Statistics (4) (In lieu of STAT-204, students who transferred statistics from another institution or completed STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) or STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4) prior to enrollment in Kogod must complete ITEC-210 Data Analysis for Business (1) with grade of C or better).

Note: With the approval of the Office of Academic Programs, BSBA students pursuing a second major may fulfill a custom specialization with courses from their non-K.S.B. major coursework.

  • Free electives: 24 credit hours.
  • At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the BSBA must be earned at American University.
  • A student may take no more than three internship credits in total towards the 120 credit graduation requirement for an undergraduate business degree.

Course Requirements

Students are responsible for fulfilling university and school requirements following a prescribed sequence. The academic advisors in the Kogod School's Office of Academic Programs must be consulted for counseling and advice when preparing class schedules. However, it is the student's responsibility to consult course descriptions to identify course prerequisites and when courses are offered.

  • Non-Business (14-15 credit hours)
    • ECON-100 Macroeconomics FA4 (3) (3)
    • ECON-200 Microeconomics FA4 (3) (3)
    • MATH-211 Applied Calculus I (4) (4)
    or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I (4) (4)
    • STAT-204 Introduction to Business Statistics (4) (4)
    or
    • ITEC-210 Data Analysis for Business (1) (1) and STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) / STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4) (Available only to students who transferred statistics from another institution or completed STAT-202 or STAT-203 prior to enrollment in Kogod)
  • Business Core (38 credit hours)
    AT = analytical tool emphasis; provides a strong foundation in business analytical software
    C = case analysis emphasis; provides growth opportunities for students to evaluate cases
    O = oral communication emphasis; assists in the development of oral presentation skills
    T = teamwork emphasis; focuses on teamwork and the importance of interpersonal relationships and communication
    W = written communication emphasis; develops business writing skills, written assignments account for a significant part of the course grade
    • ACCT-240 Principles of Financial Accounting (3) (3)
    • ACCT-241 Principles of Managerial Accounting (3) (3) (AT)
    • ACCT-244 Introduction to Business Law (3) (3)
    or
    • MGMT-203 The Legal Environment of Business (3) (3)
    • FIN-365 Business Finance (3) (3) (AT)
    • IBUS-300 Fundamentals of International Business (3) (3) (C/W)
    • ITEC-200 The Edge of Information Technology (3) (3) (AT)
    • ITEC-355 Production/Operations Management (3) (3) (AT/C)
    • K.S.B.-100 Business 1.0 (3) (3)
      (students not taking K.S.B.-100 in their freshman year take a 300- or 400-level business course in its place)
    • K.S.B.-211 Business Professionalism (2) (2)
    • MGMT-201 Global Corporate Citizenship FA3 (3) (3) (O)
    • MGMT-353 Management and Organizational Behavior (3) (3) (T)
    • MGMT-458 Business Policy and Strategy (3) (3) (C/O/T/W)
    • MKTG-300 Principles of Marketing (3) (3) (W)
  • Specialization (12-15 credit hours)

    Kogod students select an area of specialization from the approved programs below or design a custom specialization with the assistance and approval of their academic advisor. Specializations are 12 credit hours, with the exception of finance, which requires 15 credit hours. Students who choose to pursue two specializations must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours (or 15 credit hours for finance) for each specialization. With the approval of the Office of Academic Programs, BSBA students pursuing a second major may fulfill a custom specialization with courses from their non-K.S.B. major coursework.

    Students who choose the specialization in International Business must demonstrate proficiency in a second language at the intermediate level. For options and more information, see the Kogod School's Office of Academic Programs.

    Students who choose the specialization in International Business must also satisfy a global experience requirement. This can be met either through completion of an approved study abroad program, an international internship, or successful completion of a comparable American University global immersion course. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case by case basis by the Department of International Business. International students are exempt from this requirement.

    Accounting (12 credit hours)
    • ACCT-340 Intermediate Accounting I (3) (3)
    • ACCT-341 Intermediate Accounting II (3) (3)
    • ACCT-345 Cost Accounting and Strategic Cost Management (3) (3)
    • ACCT-443 Federal Income Taxation of Individuals (3) (3)

    Entrepreneurship (12 credit hours)

    Required
    • MGMT-382 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3) (3)
    • MGMT-383 Entrepreneurship Business Plans: Creating and Building Ventures (3) (3)

    6 credit hours from the following:
    • MGMT-360 Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship (3) (3)
    • MGMT-361 Global Entrepreneurship and Micro Enterprises (3) (3)
    • MGMT-409 Leading High Performance Teams (3) (3)
    or
    • MGMT-465 Negotiation (3) (3)
    • MGMT-469 New Venture Startup: Operational, Financial, and Legal Strategies (3) (3)
    • MGMT-471 Peace through Entrepreneurship and Global Business Practicum (3) (3)

    Finance (15 credit hours)

    Required
    • FIN-468 Intermediate Corporate Finance (3) (3)
    • FIN-469 Investment Analysis (3) (3)

    6 credit hours from the following:
    • FIN-460 Financial Modeling (3) (3)
    • FIN-462 Private Wealth Management (3) (3)
    • FIN-463 International Finance (3) (3) / IBUS-463 International Finance (3)
    • FIN-464 Financial Markets and Institutions (3) (3)
    • FIN-465 Derivative Securities (3) (3)
    • FIN-467 Mortgage Finance (3) (3)
    • FIN-472 Fixed Income (3) (3)
    • FIN-573 Corporate Valuation and Financial Strategy (3) (3)
    • FIN-574 Quantitative Methods in Finance (3) (3)
    • FIN-575 CFA Level I Intensive Review (3) (3)
    • FIN-576 Student-Managed Investment Fund (1-3) (1-3) (maximum 3 credit hours)

    3 credit hours from the courses above or from the following:
    • ACCT-340 Intermediate Accounting I (3) (3)
    • ECON-301 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3) (3)
    • ECON-322 Applied Econometrics I (4) (4)
    • ECON-341 Public Economics (3) (3)
    • ECON-345 Introduction to Game Theory (3) (3)
    • ECON-346 Competition, Regulation, and Business Strategies (3) (3)
    • FIN-466 Real Estate Principles and Transactions (3) (3)
    • FIN-475 Real Estate Management and Development (3) (3)

    Information Systems and Technology (12 credit hours)

    Required
    • ITEC-455 Business Process Analysis (3) (3)
    • ITEC-470 Database and Big Data (3) (3)

    6 credit hours from the following:
    • ITEC-320 Business Analytics (3) (3)
    • ITEC-333 Topics in Information Technology (3) (3)
    • ITEC-334 Online Application Development (3) (3)
    • ITEC-350 Digital Leadership and Strategy (3) (3)
    • ITEC-454 Fundamentals of Digital and Mobile Commerce (3) (3)
    • ITEC-460 Business Intelligence (3) (3)
    • ITEC-466 Cyber Security Risk Management (3) (3)

    International Business (12 credit hours)

    Students who choose the specialization in International Business must demonstrate proficiency in a second language at the intermediate level. For options and more information, see the Kogod School's Office of Academic Programs.

    Students who choose the specialization in International Business must also satisfy a global experience requirement. This can be met either through completion of an approved study abroad program, an international internship, or successful completion of a comparable American University global immersion course. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case by case basis by the Department of International Business. International students are exempt from this requirement.

    Global Emerging Markets
    • IBUS-350 Global Emerging Markets (3) (3)

    6 credit hours from the following:
    • FIN-463 International Finance (3) (3) / IBUS-463 International Finance (3)
    • IBUS-301 International Marketing (3) (3)
    • IBUS-401 Cultural Environment of International Business (3) (3)
    • IBUS-402 International Human Resource Management (3) (3)

    3 credit hours from the following:
    • IBUS-303 Learning from Global Enterprise Failure (3) (3)
    • IBUS-396 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) (1-6) (approved topics)
    • IBUS-408 Export-Import Management (3) (3)
    • IBUS-450 Microfinance in Global Business Development (3) (3)
    • IBUS-471 Peace through Entrepreneurship and Global Business Practicum (3) (3) / MGMT-471 Peace through Entrepreneurship and Global Business Practicum (3)
    • IBUS-496 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) (1-6) (approved topics)
    • MGMT-361 Global Entrepreneurship and Micro Enterprises (3) (3)

    Management (12 credit hours)

    Required
    • MGMT-381 Managing Human Capital (3) (3)
    • MGMT-409 Leading High Performance Teams (3) (3)

    6 credit hours from the following:
    • IBUS-303 Learning from Global Enterprise Failure (3) (3)
    • IBUS-402 International Human Resource Management (3) (3)
    • MGMT-360 Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship (3) (3)
    or
    • MGMT-382 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3) (3)
    • MGMT-465 Negotiation (3) (3)
    • MGMT-484 Consulting and Project Management (3) (3)

    Marketing (12 credit hours)

    Required
    • MKTG-301 Consumer Behavior (3) (3)
    • MKTG-302 Marketing Research (3) (3)

    6 credit hours from the following:
    • IBUS-301 International Marketing (3) (3)
    • MKTG-311 Internet Marketing (3) (3)
    • MKTG-411 Advertising and Marketing Communications Management (3) (3)
    • MKTG-412 Advertising and Promotion Campaigns (3) (3)
    • MKTG-421 Brand Management (3) (3)
    • MKTG-431 Direct Response Marketing (3) (3)
    • MKTG-471 New Product Management (3) (3)
    • MKTG-496 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) (1-6)
    • MKTG-541 Sports Marketing Management (3) (3)
    • MKTG-551 Marketing for Social Change (3) (3)
    • MKTG-561 Data-Driven Marketing and Customer Management (3) (3)

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. Advanced undergraduates admitted to a combined degree program that includes a master's degree from Kogod are eligible to take graduate-level courses and may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees. See Combined Bachelor's and Kogod School of Business Master's Programs for more information.

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Last updated January 4, 2018
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