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    Jun 25, 2022  
American University Catalog 2021-2022 
    
American University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration (BSBA)


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Offered by the Kogod School of Business .

Admission to the Program


New freshmen and transfer students are admitted through the university’s Admissions Office.

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 Strategic Management (3)  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 a minimum of 33 credit hours at or above 300-level, and at least 50 percent of credit hours earned at American University
  • Specializations: Accounting, Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems and Technology, International Business, Management, Marketing or Self-Designed
  • Specialization should be declared before the end of their junior year, and must be approved in advance by the Office of Undergraduate Programs. Students who choose to pursue two specializations must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours (or 15 credit hours for finance or analytics) for each specialization. With the approval of the Office of Undergraduate 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 completed within the Kogod School of Business  
  • No more than 3 credit hours of internship may be counted 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 Undergraduate 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)


Analytics (3 credit hours)


Statistics (4-5 credit hours)


Complete one of the following options:

Data Analysis and Basic Statistics


Note: Available only to students who transferred statistics from another institution or completed STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4)  prior to enrollment in Kogod.

Data Analysis and Basic Statistics with Calculus


Note: Available only to students who transferred statistics from another institution or completed STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4)  prior to enrollment in Kogod.

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 Business 1.0 (3)  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 or analytics) for each specialization. With the approval of the Office of Undergraduate Programs, BSBA students pursuing a second major may fulfill a custom specialization with courses from their non-KSB major coursework.

Accounting


Analytics


Required (9 credit hours)

Note: ITEC-470 Database and Big Data (3)  is required for both the Analytics and Information Systems and Technology specializations. Since all specialization courses must be unique, students who double specialize in those topics can only apply ITEC-470  toward one specialization. For the second specialization, students must confirm an alternative course with the Office of Undergraduate Programs.

Entrepreneurship


Finance


Information Systems and Technology


Required (6 credit hours)

Note: ITEC-470 Database and Big Data (3)  is required for both the Analytics and Information Systems and Technology specializations. Since all specialization courses must be unique, students who double specialize in those topics can only apply ITEC-470  toward one specialization. For the second specialization, students must confirm an alternative course with the Office of Undergraduate Programs.

International Business


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 Undergraduate 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 Office of Undergraduate Programs. International students are exempt from this requirement.

Management


Marketing


Self-Designed


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

Electives (12 credit hours)

  • 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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