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    Sep 18, 2020  
American University Catalog 2019-2020 
    
American University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration (BSBA)


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Offered by the Kogod School of Business .

Admission to the Program


Freshman applicants should have demonstrated above average performance in their college preparatory courses in secondary school. Scores on the SAT or ACT should indicate that the applicant has the potential for success in a rigorous university degree program. Due to the quantitative emphasis of the business administration curriculum, it is strongly recommended that applicants take the SAT II Math test for placement purposes.

In addition to university requirements for transfer admission, transfer applicants (including non-degree and degree seeking from other academic units) to KSB should have a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.00 scale). All transfer students are required to take MGMT-458  and at least 18 upper-level credit hours toward their major requirements in residence. Transfer credits for business courses at or above 300-level are subject to validation by the appropriate department chair and may be conditional on successful completion of a more advanced course at American University.

University Requirements


AU Core Requirements


For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements


  • 56-60 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 33 credit hours at or above 300-level and at least 50 percent of credit hours earned at American University
  • Specialization should be declared before the end of their junior year, and must be approved in advance by the Office of Academic Programs. Students who choose to pursue two specializations must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours (or 15 credit hours for finance) for each specialization. With the approval of the Office of Academic Programs, BSBA students pursuing a second major may fulfill a custom specialization with courses from their non-KSB major coursework
  • No more than 66 of the 120 total credit hours may be taken within the Kogod School of Business
  • No more than 3 credit hours of internship may be completed toward the 120 credit graduation requirement
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA required to enroll in business courses

Course Requirements


Students are responsible for fulfilling university and school requirements following a prescribed sequence. The academic advisors in the Kogod School’s Office of Academic Programs must be consulted for counseling and advice when preparing class schedules. However, it is the student’s responsibility to consult course descriptions to identify course prerequisites and when courses are offered.

Economics (3 credit hours)


Business Math (7-8 credit hours)


Statistics


Complete 4-5 credit hours from the following:

Business Core (34 credit hours)


AT = analytical tool emphasis; provides a strong foundation in business analytical software

C = case analysis emphasis; provides growth opportunities for students to evaluate cases

O = oral communication emphasis; assists in the development of oral presentation skills

T = teamwork emphasis; focuses on teamwork and the importance of interpersonal relationships and communication

W = written communication emphasis; develops business writing skills, written assignments account for a significant part of the course grade

Note: Students not taking KSB-100  in their freshman year take a 300- or 400-level business course in its place.

Specialization (12-15 credit hours)


Complete 12-15 credit hours at or above 300-level from one of the following with assistance and approval of academic advisor:

Note: Specialization courses may not include internships. Students who choose to pursue two specializations must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours (or 15 credit hours for finance) for each specialization. With the approval of the Office of Academic Programs, BSBA students pursuing a second major may fulfill a custom specialization with courses from their non-KSB major coursework.

Entrepreneurship (12 credit hours)


Finance (15 credit hours)


Information Systems and Technology (12 credit hours)


International Business (12 credit hours)


Students who choose the specialization in International Business must demonstrate proficiency in a second language at the intermediate level. For options and more information, see the KSB Office of Academic Programs.

Students who choose the specialization in International Business must also satisfy a global experience requirement. This can be met either through completion of an approved study abroad program, an international internship, or successful completion of a comparable American University global immersion course. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case by case basis by the Department of International Business. International students are exempt from this requirement.

Management (12 credit hours)


Marketing (12 credit hours)


Self-Designed (12 credit hours)


Note: When declaring a self-designed specialization, a student must provide the four courses and specialization title to the academic advisor.

  • 12 credit hours at or above 300-level from four courses, with no more than 3 credit hours from independent study

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees


American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. Advanced undergraduates admitted to a combined degree program that includes a master’s degree from Kogod are eligible to take graduate-level courses and may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees. See Combined Bachelor’s and Kogod School of Business Master’s Programs  for more information.

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