Business Administration

Preparation for the Modern Business Environment

Business Administration Major

At BC, you’ll develop the critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills needed for the 21st century global business world. And you’ll be valuable to a diverse group of employers, who are looking for talented, ethical employees who adapt well to a changing work environment. Ready to get started? Select your emphasis and see all that we have to offer.

Curriculum and Courses

Consists of 45 credit hours (15 three‑credit courses), comprised of the following 13 required courses:

BUS-120 Survey of Business
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics
ECON-200 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON-210 Principles of Microeconomics
BUS-201 Principles of Accounting I
BUS-202 Principles of Accounting II
BUS-300 Principles of Organization Management
BUS-310 Principles of Marketing
BUS-320 Principles of Finance
BUS-330 Principles of Information Systems
BUS-340 Management Science
BUS-350 Business Law
BUS-422X Entrepreneurship

-or-

BUS-478 Strategic Management

Plus 6 additional credit hours in ECON or BUS courses numbered 300 or above

Majors in business administration are encouraged to acquire additional depth by pursuing one or more emphases within the major. 6 credits from the emphasis may be applied to the requirements for the major in business administration. The capstone course for each emphasis is shown in italics.

Accounting Emphasis

18 credit hours

BUS-371 Intermediate Accounting I
BUS-372 Intermediate Accounting II
BUS-381 Federal Tax Accounting I
BUS-385 Cost Accounting
BUS-400 Advanced Accounting
BUS-405 Auditing

Majors pursuing careers in public accounting—

To sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in Virginia, the Virginia Board of Accountancy requires candidates to accumulate these minimums:

120 credit hours in a baccalaureate degree that includes:

  • 30 credit hours of accounting courses and
  • 24 credit hours of (non-accounting) business courses.

To comply with Virginia Board of Accountancy eligibility rules, students should supplement the accounting emphasis with at least two of the following courses:

BUS-370 Forensic and Investigative Accounting
BUS-382 Federal Tax Accounting II
BUS-448 Financial Statement Analysis

To become a licensed CPA in Virginia, the Virginia Board of Accountancy requires candidates to complete 150 credit hours of education plus the full-time equivalent of one year of relevant accounting experience. CPA licensing requirements vary by state. If you plan to pursue CPA licensure outside Virginia, please visit that state’s Board of Accountancy website for that state’s requirements.

Finance Emphasis

18 credit hours

ECON-300 Money and Banking
ECON-440 International Economics
BUS-371 Intermediate Accounting I
BUS-372 Intermediate Accounting II
BUS-430 Investments
BUS-448 Financial Statement Analysis

International Commerce Emphasis

18 credit hours

ECON-330 Government and Business
ECON-440 International Economics
PSCI-230 Introduction to Global Politics
BUS-468 Contemporary Issues in Business

Plus 6 credits from two of the following electives:

BUS-365X Cross‑Cultural Issues in Business
FREN-202 Intermediate French
FREN-340 French Culture and Civilization
GER-202 Intermediate German
HIST-356 East Asia
SPAN-202 Intermediate Spanish
SPAN-345 Latin American Culture and Civilization
SOC-363 Cultures of Japan
SOC-365 Cultures of Africa
SOC-361 Development and Underdevelopment in the Modern World

A world languages and cultures minor and participation in a semester study abroad experience are recommended. Students participating in a College-approved study abroad program or a similar approved international experience may apply that activity in place of the 6 elective credits required above.

Marketing Emphasis

18 credit hours

BUS-315 Marketing Research
BUS-412 Professional Selling

-or-

COMM-315 Persuasion
BUS-416 Advertising
BUS-468 Contemporary Issues in Business

Plus 6 credits from the following electives:

BUS-414 Consumer Behavior
COMM-347 Strategic Public Relations
ECON-410 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
FCS-304 Fashion Merchandising
FCS-306 Fashion Promotion

Organization Management Emphasis

Consists of 21 credit hours, comprised of the following courses:

BUS-420 Human Resource Management
BUS-468 Contemporary Issues in Business
PHIL-320E Professional Ethics

Plus 12 credit hours chosen from the following two categories:

3 or 6 credit hours from:

ECON-310 U.S. Economic and Business History
ECON-320 Labor Economics
ECON-330 Government and Business
ECON-440 International Economics

6 or 9 credit hours from:

BUS-305X Entrepreneurial Revolution in the 21st Century
BUS-365X Cross-Cultural Issues in Business
BUS-422X Entrepreneurship (if not taken as the major capstone course)
BUS-478 Strategic Management (if not taken as the major capstone course)
COMM-315 Persuasion
COMM-347 Strategic Public Relations
ES-356 Management Concepts in Health Care

Activities and Clubs

Join clubs like:

  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO)
    Gain inspiration, resources and networking opportunities as a budding student entrepreneur
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    Participate in mock interviews, resume development and networking with professional hiring managers
  • Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise)
    Become a socially responsible business leader as you apply business concepts to community projects that help people in need

Travel to places like China and Europe as part of the cross-cultural issues in business class.

Study abroad for a semester in one of dozens of different countries.

Complete an internship for employers such as:

  • Banks
  • CPA firms
  • Federal government agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Insurance firms
  • Investment management firms
  • Law offices
  • Local governments
  • Manufacturing firms

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with your business administration degree?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • College of William and Mary, Mason School of Business
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • James Madison University
  • Radford University
  • Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • University of Richmond, Robins School of Business
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech

Or pursue a career with employers such as:

  • Accenture
  • Brown, Edwards, and Company
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Dell Computers
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • KPMG
  • PBGH Certified Public Accountants
  • Peace Corps
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Ryan Homes
  • S.B. Hoover & Company
  • Sentara RMH (Rockingham Memorial Hospital)
  • Sun Trust Bank
  • Virginia Financial Group
  • World Bank
  • YNBP Certified Public Accountants