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Degree Requirements 2019-2020


The Department of Business Administration offers eight majors:

General Requirements


The Department of Business Administration offers seven majors: Business Administration (Music Business Specialization), Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. 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, Entrepreneurial Studies, 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 or the chair. 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, 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.

Master of Business Administration Classes

Undergraduate Business Administration students of Augsburg University are eligible to register for up to two graduate level courses in the MBA program in lieu of comparable undergraduate courses required for the major. Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate business students with an overall GPA of 3.50 or better
  • Undergraduate students who have taken all of the prerequisite courses
  • Advisor approval required
  • Permission of the MBA Director required
  • Undergraduate senior business students may take up to a maximum of two graduate courses.

MBA courses may satisfy undergraduate requirements and count toward the 128 credit hours required for an undergraduate degree. If the courses are taken after a student has completed 128 hours required for the baccalaureate degree, the courses may satisfy graduate requirements for the MBA at Augsburg if the student receives a B or better as a final grade for the course.

Undergraduate students hoping to enroll in graduate coursework should be aware of the restrictions on the policies that support acceleration. No undergraduate degree can be completed with fewer than 128 credits. The master’s degree must include a minimum of 42 credits beyond the 128 required for the baccalaureate degree. Students in undergraduate programs should seek advisement from their program advisor and from the graduate program to which they will apply, to ensure that the courses selected apply to the appropriate programs.

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 Graduation section of this catalog for specific details regarding P/N grades.

Business Core Requirements*

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

Thirteen courses including:

  • ACC 221 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACC 222 – Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • 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
  • One of MIS 264 or MIS379 (MIS 379 is required for Accounting and Finance majors)
    • MIS 264 – Statistical Literacy for Managers
    • MIS 379 – Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
  • MKT 252 – Principles of Marketing
  • One of the following mathematics courses:
    • MAT 110 – Finite Mathematics
    • MAT 111 – Mathematics in Society
    • MAT 114 – Precalculus
    • 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 communications courses:
    • COM 111 – Public Speaking
    • COM 112 – Contest Public Speaking
    • COM 115 – Scientific and Technical Public Speaking
    • ENL 223 – Writing for Business and the Professions
    • 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.