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Students who select this major complete both a broad course of study in business and an emphasis within a particular area (finance, management, or marketing).

The breadth enables graduates to move from one functional area to another as their careers unfold, while the area of emphasis provides additional depth to help graduates begin a career in that area. This major prepares students for career opportunities in almost every industry, since all firms must perform the basic functions of business. The coursework also prepares students for graduate study in business, law, and related areas like public policy. (Entry requirements for graduate programs do vary from school to school, so students should check those requirements and consult with a business adviser if they wish to ensure that they will meet all entry requirements for a particular program.) Possible careers:

Finance oriented (though an emphasis may not be necessary). These careers tend to focus on borrowing, lending, or monitoring cash flows.

  • Financial Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Tax Manager
  • Lending Officer
  • Cash Manager
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Planner/Insurance Agent
  • Security Broker

Management oriented (though an emphasis may not be necessary). These careers tend to focus on supervision of people or firm activities.

  • Property Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Small Business Entrepreneur
  • Sales Representative
  • Tax and License Collector
  • Human Resource Manager

Marketing oriented (though an emphasis may not be necessary). These careers tend to focus on selling or advertising.

  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Sales Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Sales Representative

Note: If ACT composite score is below 21, it is strongly suggested that the student complete at least one semester at Georgetown College before taking BUA 210, ECO 221, or ECO 223.

Major in Business Administration

(B.S. degree) A total of forty-eight semester required; thirty-nine hours in the Department of Business Administration and Economics including BUA 210, BUA 211, BUA 326, BUA 335, BUA 348, BUA 353, BUA 450; ECO 221, ECO 223, ECO 324; for the emphasis: For finance, BUA 342, BUA 363, and one of the following:  BUA 330, BUA 340, or ECO425; for management, BUA 367, BUA 377, and one of the following:  BUA 330, BUA 443,ECO 405, or ECO 420; for marketing, BUA 346 and two of the following:  BUA 330, BUA 355, BUA 423, COMM 315, or ECO 315; plus 9 additional hours consisting of MAT 109 or 125, MAT 111 and PHI 325.


Q: BUA 210, ECO 221, ECO 223

W: PHI 325

Recommended Sequence of Courses

First Year:

Either Semester

*MAT 109
*MAT 111
Spreadsheet Literacy

Second Year:

Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
BUA 210BUA 211



Either Semester

*ECO 221
*ECO 223
PowerPoint Literacy

Third Year:

**During the third/fourth years, please take at least 3 courses from your emphasis areas

Either Semester

BUA 326
BUA 335
BUA 353
BUA 348

Fourth Year:

Fall Semester

ECO 324

Either Semester

BUA 450 (usually last semester)
*Denotes courses that meet General Educations requirements



BUA 342
BUA 363
Choice of any one course from the following:
BUA 330
BUA 340
ECO 425
BUA 367
BUA 377
Choice of any one course from the following:
BUA 330
BUA 443
ECO 405
ECO 420
BUA 346
Choice of any two courses from the following:
BUA 330
BUA 355
BUA 423
COMM 315
ECO 315


*denotes courses that meet the Foundations and Core requirements

*Note A – For Math 109/111, a student must have a Math ACT of at least 19 to take this course (or GSS105 is required as a prereq). Suggest GSS105 for first semester if interested in BUA.