Carson College of Business

Business Majors

Majors

Business Administration

General Business is a wide-ranging world that touches virtually all parts of everyone’s life, from work to home and leisure. As a field that is conducted person-to-person, in large corporations, and over the Internet, a business education requires not only knowledge of finance and computational methods, but also of interpersonal skills and current technology.

In addition to the GER requirements, and CCB prerequisite and business core course requirements the following courses are required to major in Business Administration:

  • Acctg 338 Cost Accounting
  • Fin 425 Advanced Financial Management
  • Mgmt 401 Leadership Skills for Managers
  • Mktg 495 Marketing Management
  • One Business or Economics elective (300- or 400-level)
  • Two Business or Economics electives (400-level)

Admissible 300- or 400-level courses may not include courses from the Business Administration core, or the set of required BusAd courses, or any 498 or 499 courses.

NOTE: Students should consult the General Catalog for course planning and must meet course requirements as outlined in the General Catalog in order to graduate.

Careers in Business

Career options are broad with an education in business. Options include manager, statistical consultant, entrepreneur, human resources manager, information systems specialist, accountant, consultant, investment broker, security analyst, and market researcher. Positions are available in the private, public, nonprofit, and government sectors.

Salaries

Although annual incomes are influenced by several variables, an education in business and economics provides strong potential to get the most from your hard work. Recent graduates and industry sources indicate an average base starting salary in the $25,000-35,000 range. Mid-career, or with additional education, earnings range $35,000-80,000. Executives and Ph.D.s often receive six-digit incomes. Commission, bonuses, and stock options — as well as post-baccalaureate education — can also add significantly to incomes. Many of WSU’s experienced graduates earn six- and seven-digit incomes.

Management & Operations (Organization Management Track)

Management and operations involves leading the planning, structure, and operation of an organization and its members. This program provides instruction on how to motivate individuals to meet goals, and how to evaluate the economic, social, political, and technological trends that impact business.

In addition to the GER requirements, and CCB prerequisite and business core course requirements the following courses are required to major in Management & Operations (Organization Management Track) for students who certify as a business major in the Fall 2010 or later:

  • Mgmt 401[M] Leadership Skills
  • Plus four (4) organizational management track electives (select from the following)(note: at least one [M] course beyond Mgmt 401 must be selected.
    • Mgmt 315 Women in Management & Leadership*
    • Mgmt 450 Personnel & Human Resources Management
    • Mgmt 453 [M] Comparative International Management
    • Mgmt [M] 455 Staffing
    • Mgmt 456 Compensation Administration
    • Mgmt 483 [M] Macro Organizational Behavior
    • Mgmt 485 Negotiation Skills*
    • Mgmt 487 Business Ethics
    • ENTRP 489 Entrepreneurial Management
    • Mgmt 496 Seminar
  • Plus two (2) Business electives at the 300- or 400-level (these may include MgtOp, Fin, Acctg, Mktg, MIS, BLaw, or IBus courses). Admissible 300- or 400-level courses may not include courses from the Business Administration core, the set of required MgtOp courses, or any 498 or 499 courses.

* this course is not currently available at WSU Tri-Cities

NOTE: Students should consult the General Catalog for course planning and must meet course requirements as outlined in the General Catalog in order to graduate.

Careers in Management and Operations

A major in management and operations can lead to work in virtually any organization — public, private, government, and nonprofit. Positions include consultant, supervisor, labor relations expert, hotel or service organization manager, human resources/personnel director, financial aid advisor, loan administrator, retail store manager, independent business owner, or entrepreneur.

Salaries

Entry-level managers can earn about $34,000. Starting pay can be up to $48,000 for those with a master’s in business administration (MBA) with a specialization in general management.

Advising

For questions about the Business Administration major requirements or to schedule an advising appointment:

Kristen Wilson
Undergraduate Business Advisor
kristenwilson@tricity.wsu.edu
509-372-7614

Last Updated: November 3, 2014