Undergraduate programs, generally completed in 122 credit hours, emphasize a strong liberal arts background combined with theory and practice in business administration. The integrated core curriculum provides a solid business foundation by introducing students to marketing, management, finance and risk management, and production and operations management, and their relationships to each other.
Normally, in the junior year, students declare a major in one or more of the nine areas of study.
Accounting focuses on developing the ability to analyze and solve financial problems. This major leads to career opportunities such as public or private accounting, budget planning, tax accounting and auditing. This major is a good fit for you if you are good at using information — especially numbers — to solve problems.
Economics explores how societies use resources to satisfy wants and needs. This major is a good fit for you if you enjoy thinking about business from a theoretical, big-picture perspective. Economists often work in industries such as banking, finance, manufacturing, services, government and higher education.
Finance involves the study of business finance, investments and financial institutions and develops skill sets that are critical to financial success. This major prepares students for careers in three interrelated areas: commercial and investment banking; corporate finance; and asset management.
International business explores activities that occur between people or organizations from different countries and cultures. IB majors find work overseas or with multinational companies in the U.S. in a range of functional areas such as consulting, accounting, finance, marketing, purchasing, production and logistics.
Management focuses on organizations, behavior in organizations and how they evolve or are changed and offers a broad-based business education. The major explores topics such as leadership, managing change and diversity, ethical behavior, teamwork, and the coordination and alignment of multiple functional areas.
Management science teaches students how to systematically analyze and improve business processes in manufacturing, services, health care and their supply chains. Students can specialize in global supply chain and operations management, which offers learning through real-life, hands-on experience.
Marketing explores the development, pricing, distribution and promotion of products, services and ideas. Marketing majors often find careers such as sales leaders, research analysts, marketing managers, communications managers, product managers and retail/purchasing leaders.
Real estate involves the study of concepts, principles and methodologies used in commercial real estate analysis and decision-making. This major is a good fit for you if you are interested in real estate development or management and want to develop a strong background in finance.
Risk Management and Insurance
Risk management and insurance teaches disciplined methods for making decisions under conditions of uncertainty. This major prepares students for careers such as life, health, or property and casualty insurance underwriters, insurance brokers, investment analysts and risk managers.