Business Administration—General Business

The Business Administration-General Concentration is currently available to students at our Poulsbo campus and by permission only on Western's main campus.  For consideration on the Bellingham campus students can contact the Department of Management for details and will be required to have a completed Plan of Study listing preferred program elective courses.  Due to limited resources and capacity issues not all major restricted CBE courses will be available for Business Administration-General students.

Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

The General Business Concentration allows students to customize their business courses to suit their own business education goals. Rather than concentrating in a specific business discipline such as Finance or Marketing, students may choose to create their own General Business Concentration with the help of faculty advisors. 

Western’s Department of Management is part of the College of Business and Economics, which prepares students for positions of leadership and  stewardship in management and administration sectors of complex organizations — from small  companies to large multinational enterprises. 

Beyond the Classroom

Most companies are looking for people with real world experience, which is why Western students receive encouragement and support in finding relevant internships. Student internships often provide valuable industry connections and can lead to a job offer after graduation. Other ways to network and gain extracurricular experience include:

  • Study Abroad: Study business at institutions around the world through Western's study abroad program.
  • International Business Club: Build networks between peers, graduates, and business professionals involved with the international community.

Careers and Graduate Studies

This 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. Employers of recent Western graduates include: 

  • Amazon: Area Manager and Merchant Debt Recovery Investigator
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Management Trainee 
  • L’Oreal: Coordinator for Clarisonic International Business Development 
  • Travelex: Assistant Sales Manager 
  • Microsoft: Event Coordinator
  • REI: Customer Service Specialists


Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.