General Business Major
The General Business major is offered to broadly augment core curricula and is often chosen by students who may be entering a family-owned or small business where they may assume multiple responsibilities. The major provides additional breadth of knowledge in contemporary business subjects and also establishes a strong foundation for those who expect to receive specialized training from an employer. Moreover, we include an applied educational component in our program so that our students have the opportunity to learn through applying the concepts studied in the classroom. Students must receive a grade of C- (C-minus) or better in all eight courses to fulfill the required 24 credits of the General Business Major. College of Business 3393 internships and College of Business Core Courses do not count toward the 24 credit hour major course requirement.
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The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
BA 1110 The World of Business: 3 semester hours.
An introduction to business concepts, careers, and developing students as professionals. Introduces students to the major functional areas of business including accounting, computer information systems, finance, management, and marketing. F, S
BA 2200 Professional Development Seminar I: 1 semester hour.
Assessment and development of entry level technology and communication skills. Introduction to college goals and processes. Investigation of business career opportunities. Required of all students intending to major in business. PREREQ OR COREQ: ACCT 2202. F, S, Su
BA 2203 Issues in Business: 3 semester hours.
A basic overview of business operations and current issues in business with an emphasis on one or more of several business dimensions. Dimensions include business ethics, international business, business law, supply chain management, and entrepreneurship. Available to non-business majors only. D
BA 2210 Introduction to Professional Development I: 1 semester hour.
Helps college sophomores discover inherent skills and interests. Introduces potential careers based upon these skills and interests. Students will choose from a list of Professional Development activities such as skill and interest assessments to be used in building and envisioning their resume. Each student will also meet with an advisor, counselor, and other professionals to develop and tailor a successful career path in the desired profession. Graded S/U. F, S
BA 3301 Professional Development Seminar II: 1 semester hour.
Examination of critical thinking models and development of writing, oral communication, and teamwork skills using assignments from INFO 3301. Must be taken concurrently with the same numbered section of INFO 3301. COREQ: INFO 3301. F, S, Su
BA 3302 Professional Development Seminar III: 1 semester hour.
Examination of critical thinking models and development of writing, oral communication, and teamwork skills using assignments from CIS 3302. Must be taken concurrently with the same numbered section of CIS 3302. COREQ: CIS 3302. F, S, Su
BA 3310 Exploring Professional Development II: 1 semester hour.
College juniors will reflect and examine whether their career of interest is truly a good fit. Students will choose from a list of Professional Development activities with the primary emphasis of obtaining an internship in the desired profession. Graded S/U. PREREQ: BA 2210. F, S
BA 4400 Professional Development Seminar IV: 1 semester hour.
Assessment and development of critical thinking and communication skills. Investigation of business career and placement opportunities. COREQ: MGT 4460. F, S, Su
BA 4410 Implementing Professional Development III: 1 semester hour.
Professional Development Capstone for the senior student. Students will implement skills learned in the two previous Professional Development courses with the goal of finding a job within their desired profession. Graded S/U. PREREQ: BA 3310. F, S
General Business Major Requirements
|18 credit hours of upper-division College of Business courses chosen from at least two business disciplines||18|
|6 credit hours of additional upper-division ISU courses||6|
Of the 24 required hours, 3 credit hours must be applied educational credits from the following list:
- Any Department 4493 Advanced Internship
- ACCT 4440 Accounting Practicum
- FIN 4451 Student Managed Investment Fund I
- FIN 4452 Student Managed Investment Fund II
- INFO 4488 Informatics Senior Project
- MGT 4411/MKTG 4411 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Practicum
College of Business 3393 internships and College of Business Core Courses do not count toward the 24 credit hour major course requirement. However, 3393 internships may be taken to meet the College of Business applied educational requirement.