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ODU's Business program provides the knowledge and skills required for success in the business world.
Coursework includes marketing, management, organizational behavior, insurance and risk management, and economics.

A.S. in Business

  • Program Highlights
    • An Associate degree prepares students to advance to the Bachelor’s degree track in Business Administration or other business-related degree.
    • Course work includes business technology, marketing, management, organizational behavior, insurance and risk management, and economics.
    • An A.S. in Business including Insurance & Risk Management courses IRM210, IRM220 and IRM301 satisfies the Ohio Department of Insurance agent pre-licensing education requirements and provides complimentary waivers for CPCU520 and CPCU553.
  • Course Requirements & Descriptions
    Courses Credits
    ENG 110 College Writing I 3
    ENG 111 College Writing II 3
    CORE 179H CORE: Are You Connected? 3
    ART 279A CORE: Global Community in Art 3
    ACT 210 Accounting for Financial Decision Making 3*
    BUS 220 Principles of Marketing 3*
    BUS 240 Management & Organizational Behavior 3*
    ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics 3*
    Nine additional credits from the Division of Business Courses in ACT, BUS, ECN, FIN, IRM 9* 
    Twelve credits distributed from the following divisions:
    • Theology, Arts & Ideas
    • Literature & Language
    • Social & Behavioral Science
    • Mathematics, Computer & Natural Sciences
    Fifteen credits from general electives  15
    Total Credits Required 60
    *Used to calculate the Major GPA

B.S. in Business Administration

  • Program Highlights
    • You can double major with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
    • Choose an emphasis in Marketing or Management.
    • Minors available in Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Insurance & Risk Management, and Marketing.
    • 4 + 1 Program option to earn your B.S. and MBA in five years.
  • Course Requirements & Descriptions

    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 318 Business & Society 3*
    BUS 343 Human Resource Management 3*
    BUS 250 Legal Environment of Business 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 Credits
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3
    PHL 346 Principles of Business Ethics 3
    CIS 107 Computer Applications 3
    Emphasis Credits
    Choose either Marking or Management 9*
    Total Credits Required 51
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA
  • Emphasis Choices
    By choosing an emphasis, students earning a B.S. in Business Administration can further tailor their curriculum to meet their individual career interests and needs.

    Select an emphasis** in either Marketing or Management and complete 9 credit hours in that emphasis. Note: Not every course will be offered every term. Marketing Emphasis 

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

    Courses Credits
    BUS 301 Conflict Resolution & Negotiation for Manager 3
    BUS 305 Non-Profit Management 
    BUS 312 Employee Training & Development  3
    BUS 315 Gender & the Workplace  3
    BUS 361 Starting a New Business Venture 
    BUS 362 Building, Operating, and Passing on the Family Business
    BUS 371 Sales Force Management & Leadership  3
    BUS 373 Managing a Diverse Workforce 3
    BUS 460 Contemporary Issues in Management 3
    BUS 496 Advanced Readings & Topics in Management 3
    ENV 279A CORE: Applied Sustainability 3
    ** An emphasis not required for students admitted to the MBA 4 + 1 Program or students completing an approved University minor (not to include business administration). 

    Students are not permitted to complete both the minor in Management and the major in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management; they must choose one or the other.
  • Minors
    ODU's Adult & Continuing Education program offers a variety of business minors to enhance any major:
    • Computer Science
      Provides a foundation in computer programming concepts, networks, database systems and analysis of information technology. 
    • Entrepreneurship
      Students gain the tools and insights necessary to launch a new venture, including marketing, finance, law and management.
    • Insurance & Risk Management
      Courses in insurance and risk management are complemented by courses in the functional areas of business and economics.
    • Marketing
      Students develop the perspectives and skills necessary to succeed in many fields, including business, marketing, sales, public relations and more.
    View Minor Requirements
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for B.S. in Business Administration
    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
    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
    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
    • Emphasis options – Marketing, Management
    • Minor options – Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Insurance & Risk Management

    Academic 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.