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Business Administration Programs at WSU Tri-Cities

Business Administration students at WSU Tri-Cities develop global competencies and practical expertise in all areas of business, including supply chain management, information age organizations, electronic commerce, assurance services, and strategic cost analysis.

As a major in the Carson College of Business you will work with faculty who are invested in your success and who will ensure that you have hands-on, relevant academic experiences to prepare you to enter the workforce.

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Business Degrees and Majors

The Carson College of Business at WSU Tri-Cities offers two bachelor degrees with four major options. All the programs prepare students to enter the workforce or graduate and professional programs.

In addition to these programs, the Tri-Cities campus offers pathways to additional Carson College degree programs. You can take many of your sophomore and junior pre-requisite and core courses in our small-campus face to face setting and engage in club, co-curricular and professional development activities with our campus community. When you are ready to complete a bachelor’s degree in accounting, marketing or management information systems, you can change majors and move to the Global Campus for online instruction in the courses for your major.

No matter what your major is, you’ll find innovation, academic quality, and opportunities for hands-on experiences. You’ll learn from professors who are nationally and internationally known for their expertise and transformational contributions to industry, science, business, government, and society.

More importantly, you’ll work with mentors and researchers who are committed to providing a broad knowledge of the world and cultures that will prepare you for a career.


Because our business programs are highly accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), we require rigorous prerequisite coursework.

The certification requirements for new students and transfer students in Fall 2020 and later are as follows:

  • BA 100 (3 credits) Introduction to Business (PreReq: Math 103, 106, 140, 171, 201, 202, or ALEKS of 40% or higher)
  • HBM 101 (1 credits) Professional Development (No PreReq)
  • BA 102 (1 credit) Exploring Careers in Business (PreReq: BA 100; MATH 201, 202, or concurrent enrollment)
  • MATH 201, 106, 220, or ALEKS 80%+)
  • ECON 101 Microeconomics OR ECON 102 Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • Certification Essay (Collected in BA 102)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and not on academic probation
  • Completion of at least 27 credit hours
  • Completion of Carson Career Amplifier Program (CCAP) Year 1

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 incoming transfer students with 30+ credits will be held to old/current requirements. You must complete the following prerequisites before being admitted into a business major.

At least 60 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
The following courses, or equivalent courses at another institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better for the group.

  • ENGL 101 College Composition
  • ECONS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics
  • ECONS 102 Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 201 Mathematics for Business and Economics
  • MATH 202 Calculus for Business and Economics
  • ACCT 230 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACCTG 231 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • B LAW 210 Law and the Legal Environment of Business
  • MGTOP 215 Business Statistics
  • MIS 250 Managing Information Technology
Business Administration, B.A.

Majors: Business Administration, Management

Business administration is a wide-ranging degree program that touches virtually all parts of life, from work to home and leisure. Because business is conducted in so many settings — person-to-person, in large corporations, over the Internet — the BA in Business Administration covers not only the basics of finance and accounting, but also marketing, business management, and current technology.

You will make internship and career connections through professors as well as WSU Tri-Cities’ involved advisory boards of alumni and established professionals. Outstanding professors take a personal interest in your goals and provide advice about career opportunities. Industry professionals and alumni are frequent guest speakers on contemporary business and economics topics.

Hospitality Business Management, B.A.

Major: Hospitality Business Management, Wine and Beverage Business Management

As a student in the hospitality business management program, you will focus on management operations in the hospitality field, lodging, tourism, and food and beverage businesses. You will learn theoretical and applied methods, interpersonal skills, leadership aptitude, and teamwork strategies.


Come to WSU Tri-Cities to take university common requirements and the pre-requisite courses required for certification in Carson College degrees. Once you are eligible you can apply to the online Accounting program, and if accepted, transfer to the Global Campus to complete your degree. Admission to the Accounting major is selective and is determined by the Accounting department.

See the online accounting program details here:

If you choose to temporarily certify for the BA in Business Administration, you can take the business prerequisites and core requirements on campus. You would then apply to change your major to Accounting and your campus to Global Campus (online). Admission to the Accounting major is selective and is determined by the Accounting department.

On either pathway, you can still find internships, participate in professional development activities and receive career help through the Carson College on the Tri-Cities campus.

Minors and Certificates

Minoring in a discipline outside your major field of study, allows you to focus elective credits to expand your perspective and increase your skills. A minor in Business Administration will make you stand out to potential employers because it demonstrates an eagerness to learn and emphasizes your willingness to go above and beyond minimum expectations.

Check with your academic advisor for information on how to certify in any of the minors or certificates available at WSU Tri-Cities.

Business Administration Minor

The Carson College of Business minor in business administration is an official designation, which appears on your transcript and gives you the ability to differentiate yourself from other students. Only non-business majors may minor in business administration.

To qualify to certify as a business administration minor a student must:

  • Have a minimum of 60 semester hours
  • Be certified in a major
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Students must complete ACCTG 230 Introduction to Financial Accounting plus five (5) business courses, at least nine credits of which must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Admissible 300- or 400-level courses may not include any 498 or 499 courses. Students may transfer in up to six (6) credit hours from another college or university.

Hospitality Business Management Minor

The minor in hospitality business management requires a minimum of 19 credit hours, 9 of which must be 300-400 level, with an overall GPA of at least a 2.5 in the required courses.

The required courses are:

  • ACCTG 230 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • HBM 182 Introduction to Industry Experience or HBM 320 Industry Experience
  • 15 additional HBM credits, of which 9 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level.

Nine credit hours must be 300-400 level courses taken in residence at WSU or though WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses and they may not include any 498 or 499 courses. Up to 6 credit hours may be transferred from another institution.

Students must complete 400 hours of internship/industry experience to earn the minor. In order for hours to count for the requirement, they must meet the following criteria:
Hours must be worked after high-school graduation;

  • All hours must be documented as paid;
  • Hours must be worked at a company whose primary source of revenue is derived from hospitality services; and
  • The employer evaluation for the hours must reflect an average of 70% across the ratings criteria on the form.
Global Leadership Certificate

The certificate of global leadership emphasizes leadership development, cross-cultural understanding, and global engagement. The University College and the Global Studies Program (part of the WSU Office of International programs) work together to offer this unique program.

Students in every major and from all colleges are welcome to participate in the Global Leadership Certificate program. You will work with your academic advisor directly with the Director of Global Learning to create a course plan tailored to your education goals and requirements.


  • 12 credits from more than 200 courses with local/global perspectives.
  • Experiential Learning (1 credit) This can be fulfilled through local/global immersion projects, education abroad, service learning, and on-campus, co-curricular activities such as the “Leadership Adventures” programming.
  • Integrative Capstone Project (1 credit) The capstone project will allow you the opportunity to consider a variety of questions and issues related to the manner in which local and global forces impact you personally and professionally.
Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management

To be eligible to certify for a minor in Human Resource Management (HRM), students must be certified in a major and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The minor in Human Resource Management requires 19 credits of course work, including:

  • MGTOP 215 or PSYCH 311
  • MGMT 301
  • MGMT 450
  • HD 205 or MIS 250
  • Two upper division human resource management courses (6 credits) from MGMT 455, MGMT 456, or MGMT 496.

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in the HRM minor courses.  A minimum of 9 credits upper division coursework must be taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange course.

Global Studies Minor

The global studies minor is flexible, designed to complement any major. You can include interests outside your major, add international perspective to what you’re already studying, focus on a region or culture, pursue topics with global implications — it’s up to you.

There are three general areas to choose from – language and civilization, global communities, technology and global society – and each area includes modules that let you home in on what interests you the most.

Work with your academic advisor to set up a plan of study.

Wine and Beverage Business Management Minor

To be eligible to certify in the wine and beverage business management minor, students must be certified in a major, have completed 60 credits, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Completion of the minor requires an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in the required courses

The required courses are:
ACCTG 230 Introduction to Financial Accounting
COMSTRAT 312 Principles of Public Relations
COMSTRAT 380 Advertising Principles and Practices or MKTG 477 Promotion Management
FRENCH 420 French Culture Through Wine
MKTG 360 Marketing
HBM 350 Beverage Management
ENTRP 490 or FS 422.

Nine hours must be 300-400 level courses taken in residence at WSU or though WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses and they may not include any 498 or 499 courses. Up to 6 hours may be transferred from another institution.

Students must complete 400 hours of internship/industry experience to earn the minor.

Wine Business Management Certificate

Beginning next January 2017, WSU Tri-Cities will offer a one-year online professional certificate program in wine business management.

The new non-credit certificate program will be offered in six modules developed and taught by WSU business faculty with interests in wine business, as well as industry professionals with unique expertise in wine business marketing, financial management and specific legal, compliance and trademark issues.

Apply for the certificate program online.

For more information, contact Robert Harrington, WSU Tri-Cities professor of hospitality and wine business management, at 509-372-7487 or

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