Business Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete a Business major will:
Gain a deep knowledge of the managerial and business concepts typically used by the business and nonprofit world.
Acquire the tools, skills, and competencies needed to solve practical problems faced by business organizations and nonprofit institutions.
Understand some of the mechanisms and conduits through which business can contribute to social welfare, including business ethics, public policy corporate responsibility, corporate citizenship, and environmental sustainability.
Gain the ability to read, evaluate and interpret financial statements.
Significantly improve their ability to communicate business information, as well as write business reports that are intelligible to a lay audience.
Through experiential learning programs, recognize the relationship between business and society by learning about contentious issues in society and the global economy.
Business majors are required to have a GPA of at least 2.0 in the major. Only courses taken at Allegheny on a letter grade basis are included in the GPA calculation. For repeated courses, only the most recent grade is included. All courses required for the major must be taken on a letter grade basis except one of the introductory courses (ECON 100 or ECON 101). Students may present a total of 12 semester hours of transfer credit toward the major; exceptions must be approved by the department chair.
The major in Business leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree and requires successful completion of at least 52 semester credit hours of coursework, distributed as follows, and a department-approved experiential learning activity.
Four Introductory Courses
ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 101 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 240 - Introduction to Business and Managerial Economics
ECON 285 - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Two Theory Courses
ECON 200 - Microeconomic Theory OR
ECON 201 - Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 202 - Economic Statistics
One Course in Fundamentals of Business
To be chosen from:
ECON 226 - Money and Financial Institutions
ECON 227 - Introduction to Finance
ECON 228 - Principles of Marketing
ECON 229 - Advertising I
ECON 234 - Human Resource Management
ECON 280 - Economics of Entrepreneurship I
ECON 281 - NonProfit Management and Social Entrepreneurship
ECON 286 - Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting
One Course in Applied Quantitative Techniques
ECON 440 - Advanced Business Economics
One Course in Advanced Topics in Business
ECON 380 - Economics of Entrepreneurship II
ECON 385 - Intermediate Accounting
ECON 386 - Cost Accounting
ECON 427 - Theory of Finance
ECON 428 - Advanced Marketing
ECON 429 - Advertising II
ECON 451 - International Business
PSYCH 466 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Sustainability and Business
Take two courses from the following themes, one from each category. Students are also expected to complete a department-approved experiential learning activity.
To be chosen from:
COMRT 145 - Foundations of Rhetoric and Public Communication
COMRT 235 - Advanced Public Speaking
ENGL 110 - Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 114 - Literature and Business
ENGL 208 - Professional Communication
FRNCH 225 - French Language through Communications and Technology
SPAN 225 - Hispanic Texts
Reasoning and Ethical Thinking
To be chosen from:
PHIL 140 - Ethics and Community
PHIL 210 - Oppression and Liberation
PHIL 285 - Business and Management Ethics
PHIL 310 - Global Justice
The relationship between business and nonbusiness courses is very complex. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Roadmap for Business Majors advising handbook that has been designed by the Economics Department to help students navigate the various pathways possible for business majors. In particular, students should consult with their advisors to identify nonbusiness courses that best fit a student's educational goals.
Through advising, students will be guided to select an appropriate experiential learning activity to satisfy this expectation. Students are required to obtain the approval of their advisors before embarking on any of the experiential learning activities to be counted under this expectation.
- (ECON 570-ECON 589). Typically taken in the first semester of the senior year.
The Senior Project
BUS 620 - Senior Project Typically taken in the second semester of the senior year.