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ODU's B.S. in Business Administration provides a solid foundation covering all the functional areas of business such as accounting, management, marketing and finance.

This program provides all the standard prerequisites for continuation into ODU's MBA program while also preparing students for entry and promotion into a rapidly changing business and professional environment.

With an emphasis on management, the program focuses on teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and the values and ethical leadership skills essential in today's diverse society and expanding workplace, both locally and globally.

The program builds your communication and interpersonal skills, understanding organizational and individual behavior, and leadership strategies for management and service.

Students may choose to double major with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting. You also have a choice of academic paths:

  • Emphasis in Management: Students can tailor their curriculum to meet their individual career interest and needs. Courses include Conflict Resolution and Negotiation for Managers, Fundamentals of Leadership, and Advanced Readings and Topics in Management
  • Minor in Entrepreneurship: Provides students with the tools and insights necessary to launch a new venture, whether it is for-profit or not-for-profit. The required course sequence in the minor covers everything from start-up considerations and business planning to capital sourcing and legal considerations to integrating family members into the business. With the rapidly changing nature of our economy, employers are increasingly interested in hiring employees with an entrepreneurial or innovative mindset.

Course Requirements & Descriptions

  • 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

    Courses Credits
    ACT 210L Accounting for Financial Decision Making 4*
    ACT 220L Accounting for Managerial Decision Making 4*
    BUS 201L Management Development Portfolio 2*
    BUS 220L Principles of Marketing 4*
    BUS 240L Management & Organizational Behavior 4*
    BUS 318L Business & Society 2*
    BUS 343L Human Resource Management 2*
    BUS 345L Business & Employment Law 2*
    BUS 479L CORE: Strategic Management 4*
    ECN 207L Principles of Microeconomics 4*
    ECN 208L Principles of Macroeconomics 4*
    FIN 325L Managerial Finance 4*
    Required Correlatives

    Courses Credits
    MTH 140L Introduction to Statistics 4
    PHL 346L Principles of Business Ethics 2
    CIS 107L Computer Applications 4
    Management Emphasis

    Courses Credits
    BUS 301L Conflict Resolution & Negotiations for Managers 4*
    BUS 310L Fundamentals of Leadership 4*
    BUS 496L Advanced Readings & Topics in Management 4*
    Total Credits Required 62
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA

Why John Gesner, Class of 2016, Chose ODU