​Business Administration Curriculum

Below is the current course catalog information. To view more information and an overview of the major visit the course section in the catalog.

The Business Administration Major

Preparation for the Major 

Lower-division requirements for the major are completion of the following courses with no grade below C-. Transfer courses must be C- or better.

Students who are pursuing a business major must complete all lower-division business preparatory courses before earning 60 units. Students who have completed 45 – 59 units will receive an email reminding them of the policy that business majors need to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses by 60 units and recommending that they meet with a business advisor, if needed.  Students, who have completed 60-74 units but still have outstanding lower-division business preparatory courses, will have an advisor hold placed on their account and must meet with a business advisor before registering for any upper-division business courses.  If a student has earned 75 or more units and still has not completed all of the lower-division business preparatory courses then the student will not be able to register for any upper-division business courses until the lower-division business preparatory courses have been successfully completed with a C- or better.

ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3-4
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics1-4
or ECON 217 Applied Regression Analysis
ECON 217 is restricted to incoming transfer students and must receive pre-approval
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130Survey of Calculus3
or MATH 150 Calculus I
Total Units19-23

Major Requirements

The business administration major prepares students for careers in business management, public administration, and entrepreneurial ventures, as well as graduate study in business. The courses in the business administration major serve two purposes:

  1. they give students a broad background in the major functional areas of business administration; and,
  2. they give students electives to explore their interests in the field of business administration.

Students majoring in business administration must satisfy the USD core curriculum requirements as set forth in this catalog, Lower-division requirements for the major, the Professional Development Passport Program and all of the following major requirements:

Business Core
DSCI 300Prescriptive Business Analytics3
DSCI 303Operations Management3
ETLW 302Business and Society3
or PHIL 332 Business Ethics
ETLW 311Business Law I3
FINA 300Financial Management3
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 490Strategic Management3
MKTG 300Fundamentals of Marketing3
or MKTG 303 Fundamentals of Marketing Alternative
Business Core Total Units24
Elective Courses
Select one Finance elective from the following:3
Commercial Bank Management
Investments
Derivatives
Advanced Corporate Finance
International Financial Management
Personal Finance
New Venture Finance
Financial Statement Analysis
Financial Modeling and Analytics
Special Topics in Finance
Select one Management elective from the following:3
Organizational Theory and Global Leadership
Family Business
Interpersonal Relations
Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
Career Development
Women in Management
Human Resource Management
Small Business Management
International Comparative Management
Innovation and Design Thinking
Business Leadership
Global Social Entrepreneurship
International Management Consulting
Strategy Simulation
Special Topics in Management
Select one Marketing elective from the following:3
Services Marketing
Sports Marketing
Global Marketing
Global Marketing Alternative
Professional Selling
Social Media Marketing
Advertising and Promotion
Advertising Campaigns
Introduction to Public Relations
Marketing Research
Marketing Research Alternative
Marketing Analytics
Consumer Behavior
Visual Methods for Exploring Consumer Behavior
Business of Healthcare
Brand Management
Advanced Marketing Project
Marketing Strategy
Special Topics in Marketing
Select two additional School of Business upper-division classes (6 units total):6
ACCT 300-499; BSCM 300-499; BUSN 300-499; DSCI 300-499; ECON 300-499; ETLW 300-499; FINA 300-499; ITMG 300-499; MGMT 300-499; MKTG 300-499; or REAL 300-499
Elective Courses Total Units15
Total Units39

The business administration major requires a minimum of 24 upper-division units in the major be completed at USD.

Recommended Program of Study, Bachelor of Business Administration

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
Preceptorial3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
MATH 115College Algebra3
CC or electives6-7
Semester IIHours
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130
or 150
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
3-4
CC or electives6-7
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics4
CC or electives9
Semester IIHours
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
FINA 300Financial Management3
MKTG 300Fundamentals of Marketing3
CC or electives6-9
Junior Year
Semester IHours
ETLW 302Business and Society3
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
CC or electives9-12
Semester IIHours
DSCI 300Prescriptive Business Analytics3
ETLW 311Business Law I3
Major elective3
CC or electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester IHours
DSCI 303Operations Management3
Major elective6
CC or electives6
Semester IIHours
MGMT 490Strategic Management3
Major elective6
CC or electives6

Below is the current course catalog information. To view more information and an overview of the major visit the course section in the catalog.

Minor Requirements

Required Lower-Division Courses
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
Required Upper-Division Courses
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
Elective Courses
Any pre-approved upper-division business elective (not ACCT or ECON)6
Total Units18