So You Want to Major in Business… What Does that Mean?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/17/15 8:00 AM

Business students in classroom


There may be some confusion about what majoring in “business” means—business is, after all, a pretty broad category.

Not to worry. We’re here to clear things up.


What is a business major?

Colleges typically offer business programs in one of two ways:

  • Majoring in “business administration,” with a curriculum that covers everything from marketing to finance to operations—literally all the facets of running a business.
  • Majoring in specific sub-segments of business, such as entrepreneurship, marketing, management, and so on.


What are typical business classes?

Just like any other major, business administration will require you to take a variety of “general education” classes—writing, mathematics, science, etc.—in addition to your business-specific courses.

As a business major, you’ll likely be required to take classes in accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing. These will give you a broad overview of different aspects of business, and equip you with the knowledge to be effective in a variety of circumstances.

Examples of business classes might include:

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intro to Economics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • International Business
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Buyer Behavior

Many schools require students to complete either an internship, co-op, or capstone project to give students more practical experience in applying what’s learned in the classroom to everyday practice.


What types of careers will a business administration degree prepare me for?

A degree in business administration can prepare students for a wide variety of jobs, which makes it a very popular major among students who are still deciding.

A few examples of possible careers for business administration majors includes:

  • Market research analyst
  • Human resources coordinator
  • Certified public accountant
  • Bank manager
  • Credit analyst
  • Stock broker
  • Digital marketing consultant
  • Advertising account associate
  • Investment broker
  • Insurance auditor
  • Merchandising manager
  • Recruiter

For more examples, check out this great list of careers in business from the Doermer School of Business.

Majoring in business administration is a great choice for students who want to explore a wide range of topics and skill sets. Looking to find out more? Start exploring at the Doermer School of Business website. If you’re ready to take the next step, schedule a campus visit at IPFW.

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Topics: Choosing a Major, Majoring In: Business





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