Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
The business administration curriculum allows sufficient flexibility for adaptation to a student's particular interests and goals. A minimum of 122 hours is required for the B.S. degree in all majors except accounting, which requires 127 hours. They are divided between courses in business administration and general education courses in English, history, foreign languages, natural and behavioral sciences, and other disciplines. All business administration students are required to earn 40 hours in a common core sequence of business subjects. A minimum of 18 credit hours in additional directed general education courses is required.
The school has developed options designed to complement core and major requirements. Information and assistance in the development and selection of options are available through the advising facilities of the school.
1. General Education Requirements (43-47 hours)
- ENGL 101, 102 (6 hours)
- SPCH 140 or 230; SAEL 200 (3 hours)
- Literature: One English course selected from ENGL 282-286 (3 hours)
- Numerical and Analytical Reasoning: MATH 122 or 141 and either math at the next higher level or PHIL 110 (6-8 hours)
- One courses in behavioral sciences, elected from anthropology, sociology, psychology (3 hours)
- Two courses from the natural sciences, including one laboratory course selected from astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, marine science or physics (7-8 hours)
- One course in the fine arts* (3 hours)
- One course in history (3 hours)
- Foreign Languages - students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken tests on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language test. Those failing to do so must satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC.
- Two courses selected from the following fields: foreign languages, economics (other than 224), geography, government and international studies, history (other than 112), philosophy (other than 110, 111) and religious studies (6-7 hours)
*Courses selected from the following areas: art, music, theatre (excluding courses in public speaking), or creative writing. Performance courses may not apply to this requirement.
2. Business Core (40 hours)
MGSC 290, 291, 395; ACCT 225, 226, 324; MGMT 250, 371, 478; MKTG 350; FINA 363 (33 hours)
ECON 221, 222 (6 hours); BADM 301 (1 hour)
3. Communication (included in General Education Requirements)
4. Accounting Major (26 hours)
ACCT 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 501, 502, 502L (26 hours)
5. Directed General Education Course Work (non-BA) (minimum of 18 hours)
Directed non-BA course work may be selected from a University-wide list of approved minors. The minor is normally a minimum of 18 hours of prescribed courses in one subject area. Students not selecting such a minor may submit an alternative program of study to satisfy the non-BA approved course work. The proposed alternative program of study must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Executive Committee. All minor courses or courses approved as alternative must be passed with a grade of C or better.
6. International Experience
The program also requires 9 hours in international coursework that may be used to fulfill other degree requirements.
7. Minor or Directed Coursework (minimum of 18 hours)
Minors (non-BA) may be selected from a University-wide list of approved minors. The minor is normally a minimum of 18 hours of prescribed courses in one subject area. Students not selecting such a minor may submit an alternative program of study to satisfy the non-BA approved coursework. As part of the alternative program of study, students enrolled in the School of Accounting may select an optional cognate in Finance to support the coursework in their major. All alternative programs of study are subject to approval by the Undergraduate Program Faculty Committee in coordination with the Undergraduate Division. All minor courses, cognates, or courses approved as alternatives must be passed with a grade of C or better.