Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Business Administration, BA
The Business Administration program has been designed to prepare students for leadership roles in business and the community. One program objective is to provide students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary in making decisions and evaluating policy in business; another is to develop student understanding of the social, economic and regulatory environment of business. The program is designed for students with a variety of career goals, including opportunities with financial institutions, manufacturing and retail firms, service industries and the public sector.
How to Declare:
Admission to programs in the College of Business and Economics (CBE) is selective and based upon prior academic performance and other evidence of high promise. Students may apply for admission to the College any time after they are offered admission to Western Washington University and have at least 45 credits.
Applicants who have completed the equivalent of the foundation courses listed below with at least a 2.75 GPA, or who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50, are assured admission if space is available in their program of choice.
- ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting
- ACCT 245 - Managerial Accounting
- DSCI 205 - Business Statistics
- ECON 206 - Introduction to Microeconomics
- ECON 207 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
- MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications to Business and Economics
- MGMT 271 - Law and the Business Environment
Students who intend to complete a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration—Marketing within four years should complete the following courses by the start of their junior year.
- Complete Business foundation courses:
- ACCT 240, 245; DSCI 205; ECON 206 & 207; MATH 157; MGMT 271
- Prerequisite: MIS 220 (or test out)
Mid-Program Checkpoint Activities:
- Get involved in student club activities, i.e. Student Marketing Association or Financial Management Association.
- ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting (4)
- ACCT 245 - Managerial Accounting (4)
- DSCI 205 - Business Statistics (4)
- ECON 206 - Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
- ECON 207 - Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)
- MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications to Business and Economics (4)
- MGMT 271 - Law and the Business Environment (4)
- DSCI 305 - Applied Business Statistics (4)
- ECON 309 - Managerial Economics (4)
- FIN 341 - Principles of Finance (4)
- MGMT 311 - Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior (4)
- MGMT 482 - Business and its Environment (4)
- MIS 320 - Principles of Management Information Systems (4)
- MKTG 380 - Principles of Marketing (4)
- OPS 360 - Operations Management (4)
- One course from:
- MGMT 492 - Entrepreneurial Problems (4)
- MGMT 495 - Strategic Management (4)
- Complete 28 credits under advisement. Four courses must be in the finance and marketing department in order to earn a BA with no concentration in the Department of Finance and Marketing.
- Take one Communication Focus (CF) course and a minimum of three writing proficiency points in approved upper-division writing proficiency courses (WP) at WWU with a minimum grade of C-. The CF and WP courses must be taken within CBE and can be completed as part of the above required and elective courses, prior to graduation. Consult the Timetable of Classes for the specific course sections that fulfill the CF and WP requirements.
These courses are offered within this major and may be used to satisfy GUR or Writing Proficiency Requirements.
- QSR: MATH 157
- SSC: ECON 206, 207; MGMT 271
- WP: Three Writing Proficiency points are required for graduation (they are noted as WP1, 2, and 3). Check Classfinder or Online Timetable for departmental offerings each quarter.
- Mutual Fund Manager
- Chief Financial Officer
- Investment Banker
- Financial Planner
- Claims Adjuster/Examiner
- Financial Analyst
- Product and Brand Manager
- Marketing Research
- Advertising and Public Relations