Business Administration Major

The Business Administration major focuses on acquiring those competencies that constitute the accepted body of knowledge in the discipline as those competencies apply to administering a for-profit corporate organization. This major is also directed at students who wish to pursue a Masters in Business Administration.

The competencies achieved in the Business Administration major are the ability to:

  • Analyze, within the context of the environment within which a for-profit organization operates, complex business problems, and apply appropriate techniques to solve these problems
  • Evaluate and understand complex ethical issues and develop appropriate policies to address these
  • Conduct quantitative analysis and research appropriate for the management of for-profit organizations
  • Understand and apply management principles and skills, including leadership and interpersonal communication, to engage in effective group work
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Use accounting data to make effective financial and operating decisions
  • Manage operations efficiently in the production of goods and/or services.

The course sequence for a major in business administration is as follows:

First Years

  • MN 110S Principles of Management and Leadership
  • MN 271S Principles of Accounting
  • MN 272S Management Information Systems


  • EC 281S Microeconomics
  • EC 282S Macroeconomics (Micro and Macro may be taken in any sequence)
  • MN 260M Statistical Methods in Management and Economics
  • MN 278S Business Law


  • MN 220 Quantitative Methods for Management and Economics
  • MK 300S Principles of Marketing
  • MN 310 Operations Management
  • MN 371 Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • MN 377 Introduction to Business Finance


  • IB 378 Investment Finance


  • MN 372 Accounting II
  • MN 376 Human Resource Management
  • MN 498 Business Policy and Strategic Management

Business Administration majors are required to complete each course with a grade of C- or better. Students who major in business administration may not also major or minor in management.

For course descriptions, see Management, Economics, and International Business.