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
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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