2023-2024 Catalog 
    
    Apr 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)


The Undergraduate Business Program provides students with an education to facilitate their access to management employment track positions, entrepreneurial ventures and/or other graduate educational programs.

The key features for this degree include: international orientation of the business curriculum, course work that promotes abilities to communicate and perform effectively as decision makers; core curriculum that exposes students adequately to the major business disciplines of accounting, statistics and quantitative analysis, economics, finance, management and organizational behavior, law, marketing, information and technology, and operations; and the opportunity to develop further expertise in a concentration area through specific business majors.

Learning Competencies


Learning Competency 1 - Inclusive Collaboration
Students gain skills to communicate effectively, include diverse perspectives, and build relationships with others to reach common goals.

Learning Competency 2 - Critical Thinking
Students learn to critically gather, analyze, and synthesize information for the application and dissemination of knowledge.

Learning Competency 3 - Effective Problem Solving & Decision Making
Students apply their knowledge to formulate clear problem statements, generate ideas within constraints, and implement the most effective solutions to achieve desired results.

Learning Competency 4 - Positive Business Impact
Students learn how to leverage business principles to meet social, economic, and environmental needs.

Learning Competency 5 - Continuous Learning & Development
Students develop an intrinsic interest in learning and build skills for professional growth throughout their careers.

Curriculum Overview


The McLaren School of Management continually updates its curriculum to satisfy the latest AACSB requirements and to assure that its students receive the full experience of studying at an excellent liberal arts and sciences university. Recognizing our students as individuals with unique interests and talents, the faculty have designed the business curriculum to support the focus and breadth each individual student requires. Course requirements are divided into the following areas:

  1. University Core Curriculum  
  2. General Electives
  3. Business Core Curriculum and Foundation Coursework
  4. Major Courses

Core Curriculum - University


To assure a broad liberal arts and sciences education and a solid grounding in the basics of business, all business students must complete the University Core Curriculum . The Core Curriculum is required of all USF undergraduates and covers topics ranging from a foundation in the liberal arts, communication and math skills through the social sciences and ethics. Core Curriculum course requirements are listed under the Core Curriculum section in this catalog.

General Electives


General electives may be taken from various areas of interest to reach the minimum 128 units required to graduate. Elective courses range from languages to exercise sports to computer skills. Electives may also be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements.

Business Core and Foundation


The business core and foundation courses cover the basic business topics needed for a career in business. Consistent with the direction of business today, the business core at the McLaren School of Management highlights issues related to the global business environment, diversity and ethics. Oral and written communication, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, and critical thinking are also stressed throughout the curriculum.

All Business majors must complete a set of business foundation and core courses, as well as the required University Core Curriculum. The required foundation courses are also used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements (see faculty adviser). Students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in their foundation and business core coursework.

Business Major Courses


To permit greater depth in an area of personal interest, students may concentrate in a specific business major. The curriculum for each of the majors includes 20 units of major coursework 26 for Hospitality majors. Undergraduate business majors select a major from Accounting Entrepreneurship and Innovation Finance Hospitality Management International Business , Management , and Marketing . All Business majors must maintain at least a C (2.0) cumulative grade point average in the coursework applied to their major. Business students may elect to complete multiple majors as part of their business degree, but must complete 20 unique units, 26 for Hospitality majors, and the course requirements for each major. Faculty advisers work with students to help select elective work within their major.