Business Major and Minor Requirements

Department: Economics, Business, and Accounting Department Chair: S. Scheer 
Department Members: C. Everts, C. Fleming, E. Jones, S. Scheer, J. Squires, J. VanAndel 

Major: Business (Concentrations: Finance, Marketing, Management, Economics, Accounting, Non-Profit Administration, and Individualized) 
Minor: Business 

The department provides theoretical and practical education in these programs: economics, business, and accounting. Majors and minors are offered in each of these programs. 

The business curriculum is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of economics, accounting, and the major applied disciplines of management, marketing, and finance, as well as specialized expertise in one of the seven concentrations open to business majors. Students completing the major will be prepared for employment in managerial, marketing, or financial positions, or for graduate study in business. The department requires students to complete one internship and encourages students to do two. 

A major or minor in business requires the student to have a minimum graduation GPA of 2.00 (A=4.00) in all required major/minor courses and to complete with grades of C- or better all coursework for the major, minor, and related field. Furthermore, regardless of major, all students taking business courses must complete all prerequisites with a C- or better. 

Students who excel in the program have the opportunity to join Delta Mu Delta, the national business honor society. Juniors and seniors who have earned an overall GPA of 3.3. at the time of invitation are eligible to join. Additionally, many scholarships are available to students who excel in the program.

Business Major – Finance Concentration 
Note: Business majors must complete BUS 101, BUS 102, ECO 115, ECO 221, ECO 223, ACC 221, ACC 222, ACC 235, MAT 131, and MAT 224 with a ‘C-’ or better before enrolling in 300 or 400-level course in the department. 

Core Requirements 
BUS 101 Introduction to The Business Mindset 
BUS 102 Development of the Entrepreneurial Mindset 
BUS 341 Business Law I 
BUS 351 Business Finance 
BUS 361 Contemporary Marketing 
BUS 371 Operations Management 
BUS 475 Strategic Implementation Project 
BUS 499 Senior Competency Practicum 
ACC 235 Data Management and Analysis 
ECO 115 Principles of Economics 
MAT 131 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis 
MAT 224 Basic Statistics 

Professional Development Requirements 
BUS 498 Portfolio 
INT XXX Business Internship (Senior Year Experience) 
PDP 200 Preparing for Your Internship 

Related Field Requirements 
ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I 
ACC 222 Principles of Accounting II 
ECO 221 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
ECO 223 Intermediate Microeconomics 
CMP 130 Introduction to Computing 

Concentration Requirements 
BUS 352 Investments 
BUS/ECO 380 Econometrics 

Three of the following courses (a maximum of one (1) course from the list of electives may be used to fulfill electives of additional business concentrations) 
ACC 321 Managerial-Cost Accounting 
ACC 341 Introduction to Taxation 
BUS/ECO 350 International Business & Finance 
BUS 353 Principles of Risk and Insurance 
ECO 330 Money and Banking 
SNT 489 Senior Internship Project 

Note: Many non-business courses that can be used for business tracks have prerequisites. Students who plan to take non-business courses should take care to schedule the prerequisites.  

Business Major – Marketing Concentration 
Note: Business majors must complete BUS 101, BUS 102, ECO 115, ECO 221, ECO 223, ACC 221, ACC 222, ACC 235, MAT 131, and MAT 224 with a ‘C-’ or better before enrolling in 300 or 400-level course in the department. 

Core Requirements 
BUS 101 Introduction to The Business Mindset 
BUS 102 Development of the Entrepreneurial Mindset 
BUS 341 Business Law I 
BUS 351 Business Finance 
BUS 361 Contemporary Marketing 
BUS 371 Operations Management 
BUS 475 Strategic Implementation Project 
BUS 499 Senior Competency Practicum 
ACC 235 Data Management and Analysis 
ECO 115 Principles of Economics 
MAT 131 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis 
MAT 224 Basic Statistics 

Professional Development Requirements 
BUS 498 Portfolio 
INT XXX Business Internship (Senior Year Experience) 
PDP 200 Preparing for Your Internship 

Related Field Requirements 
ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I 
ACC 222 Principles of Accounting II 
ECO 221 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
ECO 223 Intermediate Microeconomics 
CMP 130 Introduction to Computing 

Concentration Requirements 
BUS/ECO 362 Consumer Behavior 
BUS/ECO 380 Econometrics 

Three of the following courses (a maximum of one (1) course from the list of electives may be used to fulfill electives of additional business concentrations) 
ART 140 Graphic Design 
BUS 340 Business Organization and Public Policy 
CMP 360 Operations Research 
MMJ 445 Communications Law in a Digital World 
PRL 222 Social Media Strategy and Tactics 
PSY 320 Social Psychology 
PSY 328 Cognitive Psychology 
SNT 489 Senior Internship Project 

Note: Many non-business courses that can be used for business tracks have prerequisites. Students who plan to take non-business courses should take care to schedule the prerequisites. 

Business Major – Management Concentration 
Note: Business majors must complete BUS 101, BUS 102, ECO 115, ECO 221, ECO 223, ACC 221, ACC 222, ACC 235, MAT 131, and MAT 224 with a ‘C-’ or better before enrolling in 300 or 400-level course in the department. 

Core Requirements 
BUS 101 Introduction to The Business Mindset 
BUS 102 Development of the Entrepreneurial Mindset 
BUS 341 Business Law I 
BUS 351 Business Finance 
BUS 361 Contemporary Marketing 
BUS 371 Operations Management 
BUS 475 Strategic Implementation Project 
BUS 499 Senior Competency Practicum 
ACC 235 Data Management and Analysis 
ECO 115 Principles of Economics 
MAT 131 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis 
MAT 224 Basic Statistics 

Professional Development Requirements 
BUS 498 Portfolio 
INT XXX Business Internship (Senior Year Experience) 
PDP 200 Preparing for Your Internship 

Related Field Requirements 
ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I 
ACC 222 Principles of Accounting II 
ECO 221 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
ECO 223 Intermediate Microeconomics 
CMP 130 Introduction to Computing 

Concentration Requirements 
ACC 321 Managerial-Cost Accounting 
BUS/ECO 360 Labor Economics and Management 

Three of the following courses (a maximum of one (1) course from the list of electives may be used to fulfill electives of additional business concentrations) 
BUS/ECO 340 Business Organization and Public Policy 
BUS/ECO 380 Econometrics 
CMP 360 Operations Research 
LEA 220 Leadership: Foundations, Theory, and Practice 
PHL 220 Principles of Ethics 
PSY 250 Industrial Organizational Psychology 
PSY 315 Psychology of Diversity 
PSY 320 Social Psychology 
PSY 328 Cognitive Psychology 
PSY 421 Theories of Personality 
SOC 230 Introduction to Nonprofits 
SOC 323 Organizations 
SNT 489 Senior Internship Project

Note: Many non-business courses that can be used for business tracks have prerequisites. Students who plan to take non-business courses should take care to schedule the prerequisites. 

Business Major – Economics Concentration 
Note: Business majors must complete BUS 101, BUS 102, ECO 115, ECO 221, ECO 223, ACC 221, ACC 222, ACC 235, MAT 131, and MAT 224 with a ‘C-’ or better before enrolling in 300 or 400-level course in the department. 

Core Requirements 
BUS 101 Introduction to The Business Mindset 
BUS 102 Development of the Entrepreneurial Mindset 
BUS 341 Business Law I 
BUS 351 Business Finance 
BUS 361 Contemporary Marketing 
BUS 371 Operations Management 
BUS 475 Strategic Implementation Project 
BUS 499 Senior Competency Practicum 
ACC 235 Data Management and Analysis 
ECO 115 Principles of Economics 
MAT 131 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis 
MAT 224 Basic Statistics 

Professional Development Requirements 
BUS 498 Portfolio 
INT XXX Business Internship (Senior Year Experience) 
PDP 200 Preparing for Your Internship 

Related Field Requirements 
ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I 
ACC 222 Principles of Accounting II 
ECO 221 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
ECO 223 Intermediate Microeconomics 
CMP 130 Introduction to Computing 

Concentration Requirements 
BUS/ECO 360 Labor Economics and Management 
BUS/ECO 380 Econometrics 

Three of the following courses (a maximum of one (1) course from the list of electives may be used to fulfill electives of additional business concentrations) 
ECO 330 Money and Banking 
BUS/ECO 340 Business Organization and Public Policy 
BUS/ECO 350 International Business and Finance 
BUS/ECO 362 Consumer Behavior 
SNT 489 Senior Internship Project 

Note: Many non-business courses that can be used for business tracks have prerequisites. Students who plan to take non-business courses should take care to schedule the prerequisites. 

Business Major – Accounting Concentration 
Note: Business majors must complete BUS 101, BUS 102, ECO 115, ECO 221, ECO 223, ACC 221, ACC 222, ACC 235, MAT 131, and MAT 224 with a ‘C-’ or better before enrolling in 300 or 400-level course in the department. 

Core Requirements 
BUS 101 Introduction to The Business Mindset 
BUS 102 Development of the Entrepreneurial Mindset 
BUS 341 Business Law I 
BUS 351 Business Finance 
BUS 361 Contemporary Marketing 
BUS 371 Operations Management 
BUS 475 Strategic Implementation Project 
BUS 499 Senior Competency Practicum 
ACC 235 Data Management and Analysis 
ECO 115 Principles of Economics 
MAT 131 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis 
MAT 224 Basic Statistics 

Professional Development Requirements 
BUS 498 Portfolio 
INT XXX Business Internship (Senior Year Experience) 
PDP 200 Preparing for Your Internship 

Related Field Requirements 
ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I 
ACC 222 Principles of Accounting II 
ECO 221 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
ECO 223 Intermediate Microeconomics 
CMP 130 Introduction to Computing 

Concentration Requirements 
ACC 311 Intermediate Accounting I 
ACC 321 Managerial-Cost Accounting 

Three of the following courses (a maximum of one (1) course from the list of electives may be used to fulfill electives of additional business concentrations) 
ACC 312 Intermediate Accounting II 
ACC 341 Introduction to Taxation 
ACC 420 Auditing 
ACC 431 Advanced Accounting 
BUS 352 Investments 
BUS/ECO 380 Econometrics 
SNT 489 Senior Internship Project 

Note: Many non-business courses that can be used for business tracks have prerequisites. Students who plan to take non-business courses should take care to schedule the prerequisites. 

Business Major – Nonprofit Administration Concentration 
Note: Business majors must complete BUS 101, BUS 102, ECO 115, ECO 221, ECO 223, ACC 221, ACC 222, ACC 235, MAT 131, and MAT 224 with a ‘C-’ or better before enrolling in 300 or 400-level course in the department. 

Core Requirements 
BUS 101 Introduction to The Business Mindset 
BUS 102 Development of the Entrepreneurial Mindset 
BUS 341 Business Law I 
BUS 351 Business Finance 
BUS 361 Contemporary Marketing 
BUS 371 Operations Management 
BUS 475 Strategic Implementation Project 
BUS 499 Senior Competency Practicum 
ACC 235 Data Management and Analysis 
ECO 115 Principles of Economics 
MAT 131 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis 
MAT 224 Basic Statistics 

Professional Development Requirements 
BUS 498 Portfolio 
INT XXX Business Internship (Senior Year Experience) 
PDP 200 Preparing for Your Internship 

Related Field Requirements 
ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I 
ACC 222 Principles of Accounting II 
ECO 221 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
ECO 223 Intermediate Microeconomics 
CMP 130 Introduction to Computing 

Concentration Requirements 
NPL/SOC 222 Social Problems & Nonprofit Responses 
NPL/SOC 230 Introduction to Nonprofits 

Three of the following courses (a maximum of one (1) course from the list of electives may be used to fulfill electives of additional business concentrations) 
BUS/ECO 340 Business Organization and Public Policy 
LEA 100 Introduction to Personal Leadership Skills 
LEA 220 Leadership: Foundations, Theory, and Practice 
NPL/SOC 315 Nonprofit Leadership Capstone 
SOC 323 Organizations 
SNT 489 Senior Internship Project 

Note: Many non-business courses that can be used for business tracks have prerequisites. Students who plan to take non-business courses should take care to schedule the prerequisites. 

Business Major – Individualized Concentration 
Students may create a concentration to be approved by the Economics, Business, and Accounting faculty. Majority approval (3 out of 5) is required. Students should use the following criteria when proposing an individualized area of concentration: 

  1. A thorough explanation and justification of how this concentration will relate to student’s career path. 
  2. A thorough explanation and justification of how courses picked relate to one another within the area of concentration. 
  3. A thorough explanation of why one of the existing concentrations does not fit the needs of the student. 
  4. A minimum of 4 courses will be required as part of the concentration with the following guideline: 

a. 100-level courses may not be part of the individualized concentration. 
b. A maximum of one course at the 200-level. 
c. A minimum of three additional courses at the 300 or 400-level. 

Business Minor 
Note: Business minors must complete BUS 101, ECO 115 and ACC 221 with a C- or better before enrolling in 300 or 400 level courses in the department. 

ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I 
BUS 101 Introduction to the Business Mindset 
BUS 102 Development of the Entrepreneurial Mindset 
ECO 115 Principles of Economics 

Three of the following courses: 
ACC 222 Principles of Accounting II 
BUS 340 Business Organization and Public Policy 
BUS 351 Business Finance 
BUS 361 Contemporary Marketing 
BUS 362 Consumer Behavior 
BUS 371 Operations Management 
ECO 221 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
ECO 223 Intermediate Microeconomics 

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