Business Major

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.


One Course in Applied Quantitative Techniques

ECON 440 - Advanced Business Economics

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.

Advising Note:

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.

Experiential Learning

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.


Students intending to major in Business are advised that ECON 200, ECON 201ECON 202 and ECON 440 are calculus-based, and are strongly encouraged to take MATH 141 or MATH 151.

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