Business Administration

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Business administration is a wide-ranging field 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 business minor 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 local business leaders. 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.

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Sam Barnes may have another semester before graduating from WSU Tri-Cities, but he already achieved his dream of starting his own business. While he completed his college education, Barnes worked first as a marketer beginning in Nov. 2013 and then as an office manager for American Family Insurance. Barnes uses what he learned in many of his business, finance and other related courses at WSU Tri-Cities, as well as the networking connections he made through the university, to excel with his own branch office for American Family Insurance in Kennewick. Read more.

Once you have met all the prerequisites and are certified in the major, you must complete the following requirements:

    • ACCTG 338 Cost Accounting
    • FIN 425 Advanced Financial Management
    • MNGMT 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)

Check out the WSU Catalog for major requirements.

One of our primary goals is to prepare you to become a purposeful, innovative, versatile leader with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the global marketplace. The international learning requirement is a graduate requirement and it gives you an understanding of peoples of different nations and cultures. At the same time, it enables you to realize the importance of a global perspective.

To fill the international learning requirement, you will need to complete one of the following international learning requirements:

  • Study abroad for a minimum of 6 credits
  • Complete an additional major or minor in a foreign language, International Business, or Global Studies
  • Earn a certificate with an international component (see advisor for details)
  • Complete any TWO of the following:
    • Education abroad for 3-5 credits
    • International internship of at least 3 credits approved by the International Business Institute (IBUS 498)
    • A Carson College of Business international course
    • An approved non-business course [G, K, Tier III] with an international component.
    • Significant international travel at the collegiate level (must be approved by the Associate Dean).
  • Complete a minimum of one year international experience in any of the following areas: military service, Peace Corps, volunteer work with an organization, missionary work, or other approved experience. Documentation is required for approval.

Note: International Students will meet the study abroad requirement through studying in the United States.

Undergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible.

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While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.

The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor and learn how easy it is to apply.

Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.

Use the transfer credit equivalency guide to learn how your credits will transfer.

If you are currently enrolled at Columbia Basin College and intend to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, then check out our Bridges Program that provides a direct academic path.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.

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Business Administration

Minoring in a discipline outside your major field of study, allows you to focus elective credits, expand your perspective, and increase your skills. A minor 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.

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.

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.

See what other minors and certificates are available at WSU Tri-Cities.

The Business Administration program is designed to give students flexibility in deciding their career path by shaping their coursework to fit their particular goals. You will be well prepared to embark on any number of careers in the exciting field of new media technologies.

Graduates of WSU Tri-Cities leave campus fully ready to enter the workforce. The Career Development Office offers workshops on how to develop a job search strategy, write a compelling résumé and cover letter, and sharpen interview skills – all of which will help students land a job in today’s competitive market.

The Career Development Office posts on- and off-campus positions for student employees and also work with students to identify internships, cooperative work experience, and post-graduation career opportunities.

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