School of Business

Business Administration

The bachelor of science program in business administration provides significantly more flexibility than traditional business majors. A strong liberal arts and business education prepares students for business careers and graduate study, while allowing a substantial amount of elective freedom for individual interests.

Requirements for the bachelor of science degree in business administration include completion of a core business curriculum, liberal arts courses, open electives, and at least one of five areas of concentration: corporate accounting, finance, international business, management, or marketing.

Requirements for the Major in Business Administration -- B.S.

Notes:

  • All level-3 and level-4 courses must be taken at AACSB-accredited institutions.
  • The last 30 credits of the degree must be taken at Ithaca College.
  • All students enrolled in the School of Business must complete two Leadership Certificates offered by the Ithaca College Center for Student Leadership and Involvement (CSLI), as part of their requirements for graduation.

Core Business Curriculum

Business Skills

BINT 10100

World of Business

3

ACCT, FINA, INTB, MKTG, MGMT 1XXXX Mini-courses in business 3

ECON 12100

Principles of Macroeconomics (LA)

3

ECON 12200

Principles of Microeconomics (LA)

3

ACCT 22500 Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 22600 Management Accounting 3
GBUS 20300 Legal Environment of Business I 3
MGMT 20600 Organizational Behavior and Management 3
MGMT 26000 Business Systems and Technology 3
FINA 31100 Business Finance 3
MKTG 31200 Principles of Marketing 3
PROD 34500 Operations Management 3
HRM 30200 Applied Ethical Issues in Management (LA) 3
MGMT 42100 Strategic Management 3
ACCT, FINA, INTB, MKTG, MGMT 49600 Field Experience 0
Total, business skills 42
Communication Skills
WRTG 10600 Academic Writing I (LA) or
WRTG 11100 Academic Writing II (LA) 3
WRTG 21100 Writing for the Workplace (LA) 3
SPCM 11000 Public Communication (LA) or
SPCM 11500 Business and Professional Communication (LA)    3
Total, communication skills 9
Computing and Mathematics Skills
COMP 11000 Computers and Information Technologies (LA) or
COMP 17100 Principles of Computing Science (LA) 3-4

Select one

MATH 10700

Fundamentals of Applied Calculus (LA) (placement test groups 2 and 3)

MATH 10800

Calculus for Decision Making (LA) (groups 1 and 2)

MATH 11100

Calculus I (LA) (group 1)

4

Select one

MATH 14400

Business Statistics (LA)

MATH 24300

Statistics (LA)

MATH 24400

Statistics with Probability (LA)

PSYC 20700

Statistics in Psychology (LA)

   3-4

Total, computing and mathematics skills

10-12

Liberal Arts Electives (LA)

As part of the 60 credits in liberal arts courses required for the bachelor of science in business administration degree, students must take liberal arts courses required for the major (above), "restricted" liberal arts electives, and "open" liberal arts electives.

Liberal arts courses required for major (see above) 28–30
"Restricted" liberal arts electives:
   Social science liberal arts (SS) (6)
   Humanities liberal arts (HU) (3)
   Natural science liberal arts in biology, chemistry, or physics (NS) (3)
   Business-oriented cultural diversity liberal arts elective* (3)
    

 15

"Open" liberal arts electives** 15–17

* Liberal arts courses that focus on workplace-related issues -- such as gender, race, ethnicity, age, family status, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, and disability -- that impact employees' interactions and management of human resources (list available on School of Business website and at dean's office)

** Any College courses with a liberal arts (LA) designation

Concentration Requirements

Corporate Accounting Concentration

Note: Students interested in sitting for the certified public accountant (CPA) examination should select the B.S. degree in accounting. The B.S. in business administration with corporate accounting concentration might not qualify the student to sit for the CPA examination.

ACCT 34500

Intermediate Financial Accounting

3

ACCT 31500

Cost Analysis and Decision Making

3

ACCT 49300

Tax Accounting

3

Approved electives

Accounting electives*

 3

Business elective**

 3

Business elective with international focus (approved list available in dean's office)

 3

Total

18

* Any course with an ACCT prefix, except ACCT 49600 Practicum in Tax Accounting and ACCT 49800 Internship: Accounting

** Any level-2 or above course offered in the School of Business, unless otherwise stated, may serve as a business elective. In addition, two specific non-business courses may serve as business electives: STCM 24100 Advertising and STCM 23200 Public Relations.

Finance Concentration

FINA 32100

Security Analysis and Portfolio Management

 3

FINA 37000

International Finance

 3

FINA 48000

Cases in Financial Management

 3

Finance elective (FINA course level 2 or above)

 3

Business electives*

 6

Total

18

* Any level-2 or above course offered in the School of Business, unless otherwise stated, may serve as a business elective. In addition, two specific non-business courses may serve as business electives: STCM 24100 Advertising and STCM 23200 Public Relations.

International Business Concentration

INTB 26500

International Business Operations

 3

MKTG 38000

International Marketing

 3

FINA 37000

International Finance

 3

INTB 49000

Seminar in International Business

 3

Business electives*

 6

Total

18

* Any level-2 or above course offered in the School of Business, unless otherwise stated, may serve as a business elective. In addition, two specific non-business courses may serve as business electives: STCM 24100 Advertising and STCM 23200 Public Relations.

Notes 

1.  As part of the liberal arts requirements, students pursuing the international business concentration must take two approved international liberal arts electives. The business-oriented cultural diversity elective and the approved international business liberal arts elective may not be the same course (list available on School of Business website and at dean's office).

2.  As part of the international business concentration, students must take at least two intermediate college-level or above foreign language courses. If English is the student's second language, the student should see the assistant dean regarding this requirement.

Management Concentration

MGMT 31000

Leadership in Organizations (LA)

3

MGMT 32100

Power and Conflict in Organizations (LA)

3

MGMT 48000

Cases in Contemporary Management

3

HRM 34000

Human Resource Management

3

Business elective*

3

Approved international business elective

Select one:

Business course with international focus (list available on School of Business website or in dean's office)

 3

Total

18

* Any level-2 or above course offered in the School of Business, unless otherwise stated, may serve as a business elective. In addition, two specific non-business courses may serve as business electives: STCM 24100 Advertising and STCM 23200 Public Relations.

Marketing Concentration

MKTG 41100

Marketing Research

 3

MKTG 32300

Consumer Behavior

 3

MKTG 38000

International Marketing

 3

MKTG 48600

Marketing Strategy

 3

Business electives*

 6

Total

18

* Any level-2 or above course offered in the School of Business, unless otherwise stated, may serve as a business elective. In addition, two specific non-business courses may serve as business electives: STCM 24100 Advertising and STCM 23200 Public Relations.