2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jul 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Business Administration major, Management Concentration

Professors: Bryan, MacLeod
Associate Professors: Rahman, Skosples, Vollrath, Yazar
Assistant Professors: Georgic, Hurst, Nauman, Younkman

Primary Business Faculty: Bryan, MacLeod, Vollrath, Younkman

Emeritus Faculty: Gitter

The business administration major provides a high-quality business education delivered in a liberal-arts environment that enables students to excel in their chosen field and prepares them for meaningful work and life in a dynamic world. Students in this major choose either a Marketing or a Management concentration.

Learning Objectives

Business Administration majors will be able to

  1. Knowledge (core literacies and skills learned by our students)
    • Explain the major concepts in the functional areas of accounting, marketing, finance, and management
    • Evaluate the legal, social, and economic environments of business
    • Describe the global environment of business
    • Describe and explain the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business
    • Apply decision-support tools to business decision-making
    • Construct and present effective oral and written forms of professional communication
    • Apply knowledge of business concepts and functions in an integrated manner
  2. Values (how our students approach complex challenges)
    • Apply critical thinking/problem solving skills
    • Embrace creativity
    • Seek to be good communicators
    • Pursue collaboration and teamwork
  3. Leadership Character (traits that form the nature of our students)
    • Nurture curiosity
    • Take initiative
    • Build persistence
    • Practice adaptability
    • Grow their leadership
    • Seek to be ethical (Character ethics)
    • Have social and cultural awareness

Major Requirements

Students will choose either the Management concentration or the Marketing concentration. A grade of C- or better is required in BUS 499.  Both concentrations require a minimum of 14 units.

Required Courses

Finance (Two)

Strategy Capstone (One)

Management Concentration (Four units)

Other Information

Majors should be declared no later than the sophomore year.  In order to declare a Business Administration major or a Business minor, students must have either a) a 2.5 cumulative University grade point average, or b) a 2.0 cumulative University grade point average and have earned a minimum B grade in a course in the intended major or minor track.

Some major/minor combinations in the Economics and Business department are permitted, but a minor in business or economics may not be combined with a major in Management Economics, or International Business.

Students may not count more than three courses in a program when combining programs within the Economics and Business department. For example, a Business Administration major (14 units) completing an Economics minor (7 units), may not count more than three courses for both programs, so additional coursework (beyond 18 units) will be necessary to complete the requirements for this combination of programs. 

In addition, if an Accounting major or minor is combined with another major or minor in the department (business administration major, finance major or minor, management economics major, business minor), ACCT 341 , ACCT 348 , or ACCT 349  may only be utilized for one designation.

Only one unit of 495 may be counted and a maximum of two units from 490, 491, and 495 may be counted toward any major in the Economics and Business department. BUS courses do not count toward the economics major, and ECON courses will not usually count toward the business administration major. FIN 499 does not satisfy the capstone requirement for BUS 499.

For all majors and minors in the department, all elective courses must be upper-level (numbered 250 or above). Students must attain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in their major to graduate. Courses eligible to be counted in the major or minor cannot be taken credit/no entry. All pre-requisite courses must be successfully passed with a grade of C- or better to qualify for enrollment in the subsequent course. BUS 499 must be passed with a minimum grade of C-.

A maximum of 13 units of credit in any one discipline (accounting, business, economics, or finance) and 17 total units of credit in the Economics and Business department may be counted in the 34 units required for graduation. Additional discipline or department units will result in greater than 34 units required for graduation.

A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Other Credits

Students who pass A-Levels in Economics with a C or better will receive a total of two credits; one for ECON 110  and one general unit of lower-level Economics credit.

Students who pass A-Levels in Accounting with a C or better will receive a total of only one credit, and that will be for ACCT 217 .

Students who pass A-Levels in Business with a C or better will receive a total of only one credit, and that will be a general-unit of lower level business credit.

Information on credit for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement may be found in the Academic Regulations and Procedures section of this Catalog.

Students may use a proficiency examination or an advanced placement examination to meet the requirements of ECON 110 . Information on the proficiency examination for ECON 110  will be given during new student orientation. Advanced Placement Rules are listed in the Academic Regulations and Procedures section of this Catalog.

Students who transfer courses to Ohio Wesleyan University should consult with the department chair regarding the appropriate credit to be awarded. If several courses are transferred at less than 1.0 unit (3.7 credits), additional courses may be required. For all majors and minors in the department, a majority of the courses must be completed at OWU.