Business Administration Major

Learning Goals and Objectives

Students completing this major will:

  • Develop a basic understanding of the fundamentals in three business disciplines.
  • Tailor a program of study among related, but independent disciplines, providing a wider view of an organization.
  • Develop an understanding interpersonal and business issues associated with three different business subject areas.
  • If you want to launch a career in business, the Business Administration (BSA) major offers flexibility and choice. As a BSA major (no minor available) we provide you with the theory, tools and practical knowledge required for functioning within a general business environment. The major is for day HSB students interested in a general business degree at Saint Joseph’s University and addresses the needs of students wanting to major in Business without specializing. Your course of study can be tailored to your interests as you choose two courses from any three of the seven departments in HSB for a total of six courses. You may only double major or minor in College of Arts and Sciences majors and minors if you declare a Business Administration major.

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

NOTE: In no case may an ILC course be double counted towards completing other requirements of the Business Administration major.


  1. Check the current Academic Catalog for any pre-requisites to the courses. You are responsible to complete any necessary pre-requisites.    
  2. Check the Course Schedule for overlays as many ILCs are approved overlay courses.  
  3. Check with the appropriate department for course scheduling as not all courses are offered every semester. 

Major Requirements

ECN 102Introductory Economics Macro3
Select two from the following areas:6
International Trade
International Macroeconomics
Economics of Labor
Industrial Organization
Game Theory
Economic Development
Environmental Economics
The Economics of Healthcare
Economic Forecasting
Modern Economic Systems
Ecn. of Multinatnl Enterprises
African Economies
Consumer Economics
Ethical Values & the Marktplce
Chinese Economics
Ecns of Poverty & Income Dist
Ecns of Migration & Immigratn
Public Speaking & Presentation
Writing for Organizations
Nature Writing in America
Environmental Science
Environ Theory & Ethics Sem
Interdisciplinary Health Services Courses
HlthCareSystem/ Responsibility
Food and Justice
Philosophy of Sports
Political Science
Intro to American Politics
Intro to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Global Politcs
Intro to Political Thought
American Political Institution
Advising the Presidency
Const Law:Rights & Civil Lib
Public Policy
Public Administration
Women and American Politics
Race & Ethnic Politics in U.S.
Protesting Inequality
Environmental Politics in Am
Latin American Politics
Politics of Japan
Asian Democ at the Crossroads
Russian Politics
Democracy:Perspect. from Rome
Ethics in Interntionl Affairs
Women, Gender & World Politics
Introductory Psychology
Psychology of Men and Women
Personality Psychology
Multicultural Psychology
Social Psychology
Psychology of Gender
Intro to Sociology
Social Problems
Ethnic & Minority Relations
Sociology of Gender
Classical Sociological Theory
Race and Social Justice
White Collar Crime
Fair Trade:Coffee-Co-Op to Cup
Classes and Power in US
Law and Social Policy
Poverty, Ethics & Soc.Policy
Consumr Cult & Globl Perspctve
Phila: In Black and White

Free Electives

Six courses

Business Foundation

Ten courses, including:

ACC 101Concepts: Financial Accounting3
ACC 102Managerial Accounting3
DSS 200Intro to Information Systems3
DSS 210Business Statistics3
DSS 220Business Analytics3
FIN 200Intro to Finance3
Select one of the following:3
Essent'ls of Organzational Beh
Essentials of Management
Organizations in Perspc Honors (University Honors students only)
MGT 361Introduction to Law Honors (University Honors students only)3
or MGT 360 Legal Environment of Business
MKT 201Principles of Marketing3
BUS 495Business Policy4

Major Concentration

Six courses

Two upper division courses from three different departments, choosing among the Departments of:

  • Accounting
  • Decision and System Sciences
  • Finance
  • Food Marketing
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing.

These courses must be in addition to any course that is part of the Business core and must be in three different departments, not majors. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this degree, students majoring in Business Administration can NOT double major or minor within the Haub School of Business. A double major or minor in the College of Arts and Sciences would be permitted, with appropriate permissions from the College of Arts and Sciences.

See course descriptions for prerequisites