Degree Requirements


The Department of Business Administration offers seven majors:

There is also a combined Business and Economics major, which incorporates courses from both the Departments of Business Administration and Economics.


Minors provide students the opportunity to study and obtain a professional credential in an area of study that is in addition to their major. The Department of Business Administration offers eight minors: Business Administration (for non-business majors only), Business Analytics, Business Minor for Science Majors, International Business, Music Business, Accounting, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must complete at least four of the upper division courses required in the major at Augsburg, or at least three courses in the minor, or obtain an exemption from the department. Transfer courses must be approved by the department. Transfer courses taken more than 10 years ago will not be accepted. Business courses (ACC, BUS, FIN, MIS, MKT) taken at Augsburg more than 10 years ago will not be applied toward a major unless approved by a faculty member in the student’s designated major area. Suitable intervening work experience will also be considered.


Students who plan to pursue any of our business majors are strongly encouraged to select a departmental advisor who teaches in their major. This should be done by the end of sophomore year at the latest. In addition to advising, departmental faculty can counsel students on their careers, assist in obtaining internships or jobs, and provide letters of recommendation for prospective employers or graduate programs. The Business Administrator is also available for advising questions relating to degree progress, course selection, and international courses abroad.

Departmental Honors

To complete departmental honors in the Department of Business Administration, students need to consult with the Department Chair. Students need to apply to the department and start the process during their junior year. Students will also have the opportunity to obtain the honorific of Scholar of Distinction, another method of earning departmental honors, departmental honors by scoring in the top 10% on the Major Field Test, a comprehensive assessment given during the senior year. Please contact the Department Chair(s) for more specific information.


Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work and department faculty to obtain an internship during their junior or senior year. Internships can provide students with experience that may be valuable in competing for jobs after graduation. Faculty advisors should be consulted about internships. The department offers an internship course which can be taken for 2.0 or 4.0 credits (BUS 397/399). This course aids students in finding an internship placement within an organization which supports their major and provides direction and support.

Study Abroad

The Department of Business Administration faculty actively support international study. For additional details, see the section on Special Academic Programs: Study Abroad and Study Away in this catalog, or consult the Department Chair and/or Departmental Administrator for international business courses or other overseas opportunities.

P/N Grades

Students may apply no more than 8 semester credits with P grades toward a major and no more than 4 semester credits with a P grade toward a minor. Please refer to the P/N and graduation requirements section of this catalog for specific details regarding P/N grades.

Business Core Requirements*

*The exceptions are the Business/Economics major and the Business Music major.

Thirteen courses including:

  • ACC 221 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACC 222 – Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 200 – Exploring Business as a Vocation
    • or BUS 242 – Principles of Management
  • BUS 301 – Business Law
  • BUS 362 – International Business
  • ECO 112 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 113 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • FIN 331 – Financial Management
  • MIS 260 – Problem Solving for Business
  • MIS 264 – Statistical Literacy for Managers
    • or MIS 379* – Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
      • *MIS 379 is required for Accounting and Finance majors
  • MKT 252 – Principles of Marketing
  • One of the following:
    • MAT 110 – Finite Mathematics
    • MAT 114 – Precalculus
    • MAT 129 – Practical Applications of Math
    • MAT 145 – Calculus I
    • MAT 146 – Calculus II
    • MAT 171* – Discrete Mathematics For Computing
      • *MAT 171 is required for Management Information Systems majors
    • MAT 173 – Mathematics of Finance
    • MAT 273 – Statistical Modeling
  • One of the following:
    • COM 111 – Public Speaking
    • COM 112 – Contest Public Speaking
    • COM 115 – Scientific and Technical Public Speaking
    • ENL 240 – Introduction to Literary Study
    • ENL 241 – Introduction to Cinema Art
    • ENL 250 – American Voices
    • ENL 251 – Introduction to African American Literature
    • ENL 255 – American Indian Literature
    • ENL 260 – Authors
    • ENL 270 – Themes
    • ENL 280 – Genres
    • ENL 290 – Explorations in Language and Theory
    • ENL 291 – Thailand: Teaching ESL
    • HIS 102 – The Shaping of Western Civilization
    • HIS 103 – The Modern World
    • HIS 282 – The History of Women Since 1848

Further explanation of the above:

  • The mathematics requirement is fulfilled by any MAT course numbered 110 and above with LAF status (excluding MAT 137, MAT 138, MAT 163, MAT 164, and MAT 287).
  • The communication requirement is fulfilled by courses identified for writing and speaking with Humanities LAF status.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.