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The major in Business Administration is designed to provide students a breadth of business knowledge in a wide variety of functional business areas.

Degrees offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Minor in Business Administration

See also:

ODU's Business Administration curriculum provides a core set of courses covering virtually all functional areas of business. Additionally, the curriculum helps students develop critical workplace and life skills in the areas of critical thinking, presentation, writing, team, technology, and interpersonal communication. 

Finally, when integrated with the Ohio Dominican University liberal arts core curriculum, students develop a greater sensitivity to the possibilities and limitations of the human condition and refine their capacity to make informed and ethical decisions.

In addition to a broad general business and liberal arts education, students can further select one of the following options: 

  • An Emphasis in Management or Marketing

    Management: A variety of recommended course sequence options within the 9 credit hour Management Emphasis allows students to further tailor their curriculum to meet their individual career interests and needs. Course sequences in Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship and Family Business, and Non-Profit Management are available under the Management Emphasis. Course sequence information is available through all business faculty and academic advisors. Students are not permitted to complete both the minor in management and the business administration major with an emphasis in management; they must choose one or the other.

    Marketing: The Marketing Emphasis allows students to select 9 credit hours from a variety of marketing courses depending on their individual interests and personal career aspirations.
  • 4+1 MBA

    Students with strong academic performance may, instead of an emphasis, apply for admission to the 4+1 MBA Program through ODU's Graduate Programs. Students accepted into the program will work toward completing both their undergraduate degree in Business Administration as well as an MBA in a total of five academic years. 
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Business Administration Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 ACT 220
    ECN 207 BUS 220
    ACT 210 THL 225
    MTH 140 ECN 208
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BUS 240
    Emphasis Elective
    LNG 242
    Literature
    BIO 279 or ENV 279A or HST course HST or BIO 279 or EVN 279A
    THL at any level PHL 109 or PHL 170
    CIS 107 Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BUS 318 BUS 343
    FIN 325 Emphasis or Minor Elective
    PHL 346 379 - Social Science
    Art/Music/Theatre
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BUS 345 BUS 479
    Emphasis or Minor Elective
    Emphasis or Minor Elective
    Emphasis or Minor Elective
    Emphasis or Minor Elective
    Emphasis or Minor Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective

    Student either needs Minor or an Emphasis (complete 9 credit hours) but could also do both

    • Marketing Emphasis – BUS 221, BUS 251, BUS 270, BUS 370, BUS 371, BUS 378, PRS 340
    • Management Emphasis – BUS 301, BUS 305, BUS 312,BUS 315, BUS 361, BUS 362, BUS 371, BUS 373, BUS 460, BUS 496, ENV 279A
    • Minor options – Marketing, Management Sport Management, Finance, Economics, Public Relations, Non-profit Management, Sport Media

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.S. in Business Administration
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in addition to the major requirements listed below. Business Core

    Courses Credits
    ACT 210 Accounting for Financial Decision Making 3*
    ACT 220 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making 3*
    BUS 220 Principles of Marketing 3*
    BUS 240 Management & Organizational Behavior 3*
    BUS 250 Legal Environments of Business 3*
    BUS 318 Business & Society 3*
    BUS 343 Human Resource Management 3*
    BUS 479 CORE: Strategic Management 3*
    ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics 3*
    ECN 208 Principles of Macroeconomics 3*
    FIN 325 Managerial Finance 3*

    Required Correlatives

    Courses Credits
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3
    PHL 346 Principles of Business Ethics 3

    Select one of the following:

    Courses Credits
    CIS 107 Computer Applications or (if qualified) 3
    CIS 234 Database Management Systems 3
    Select one emphasis and complete nine credit hours in that emphasis.**

    Marketing Emphasis

    Courses Credits
    BUS 221 International Marketing 3*
    BUS 251 Retailing 3*
    BUS 270 Integrated Marketing & Communication 3*
    BUS 370 Professional Selling 3*
    BUS 371 Sales Force Management & Leadership 3*
    BUS 378 Marketing for Service Industries 3*
    PRS 340 Internet Strategies: Social Media, e-Commerce & More 3*

     Management Emphasis

    Courses Credits
    BUS 301 Conflict Resolution & Negotiations for Managers 3
    BUS 305 Non-Profit Management 3
    BUS 312 Employee Training & Development 3
    BUS 315 Gender & the Workplace 3
    BUS 361 Starting a New Business Venture 3
    BUS 362 Building, Operating & Passing on the Family Business 3
    BUS 371 Sales Force Management & Leadership 3
    BUS 373 Managing the Diverse Workforce 3
    BUS 460 Contemporary Issues in Management 3
    BUS 496 Advanced Readings & Topics in Management 3
    ENV 279A CORE: Applied Sustainability
    Total Credits Required 51
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA

    ** Emphasis not required for students admitted to the 4+1 MBA Program or students completing an approved minor (not to include business administration).

    Students are not permitted to complete both the minor in management and the business administration major with an emphasis in management; they must choose one or the other.
  • Minor in Business Administration
    The minor in Business Administration is designed for non-business majors interested in acquiring foundational knowledge and skills in five business discipline areas including accounting, finance, marketing, management and economics.

    Students majoring in technical, scientific or artistic fields who envision business applications for their primary major interest will benefit from a business minor.

    This would include, for example, art majors who envision opening or operating a gallery, healthcare workers who envision operating a clinic, or the information technology worker who aspires to manage the IT function in an organization.

    The minor in business administration is not available to students working toward a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or International Business.

    Students who complete the minor in business administration are eligible to apply for the 4+1 MBA Program. Depending on the primary major and available elective credits, a student may be able to complete his or her undergraduate degree and a MBA in as few as five years. Some majors will take a little longer.
    Courses Credits
    ACT 210 Accounting for Financial Decision Making 3
    ACT 220 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making 3
    BUS 220 Principles of Marketing 3
    BUS 240 Management & Organizational Behavior 3
    FIN 325 Managerial Finance 3

    Select one course from the following:
    Courses Credits
    ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics 3
    ECN 208 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
    Total Credits Required 18