Business Administration and Accounting
- Preparation for careers in business, industry and not-for profits
- Preparation for graduate programs in law, business, public administration or economics
- Experiential, hands-on, integrative learning through case studies and computer simulations
- Real-world experience through internships
- Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities around the world
Banking, government, insurance, advertising, sales, healthcare, manufacturing, service—every organization needs qualified employees in order to operate smoothly and effectively. Business Administration is a comprehensive major that can lead to rewarding careers in small, medium, or large for-profit or not-for-profit organizations.
discuss his research with Dr. Wayne Morra, Associate Professor of Economics.
The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science provide background in core business areas as well as in liberal arts. These degrees are offered in Accounting and Business Administration.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration who want to gain greater depth in a particular business area can complete an emphasis in one of the following listed below. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration are required to complete an area of emphasis.
- Glenside Campus: Economics, Finance or Marketing
- Abroad (minimum of one semester): International Economics, International Finance (B.S. only), International Human Resources, International Management or International Marketing
Bachelor of Arts students who elect not to pursue an emphasis will have the opportunity to gain greater depth in a variety of liberal arts areas. In some cases, the student may be able to complete all courses required for a liberal arts major in addition to meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
In courses such as freshman-level International Business, junior-level Principles of Marketing, and senior-level Business Policy, students individually and in groups compete against each other as they run their own simulated companies. These simulations actively involve students in decision-making processes that managers go through daily, as well as those that require the formulation, implementation and evaluation of long-term strategies.
Case Studies and Experiential Exercises
Case studies and experiential exercises are used in many classes to engage the learner in active problem-solving situations in business environments. These activities expose students to different situations facing industries, firms and individuals.
The internship experience provides the opportunity to apply knowledge as well as to learn from the experience itself. Students have a number of options, including an internship abroad, to complete the requirements for the internship depending upon their education and career goals.
To provide students with opportunities to develop presentation skills, most of the above activities require written, oral and visual presentations. Recognizing that organizational decisions are not always based on individual analyses, many of these activities involve group projects.
A particularly attractive option within the School of Global Business is the opportunity to spend a semester or even a year studying abroad. In most cases, it is even possible to do the internship abroad. The University also offers one-week, two-week, short-term and summer study abroad opportunities.
Senior Capstone Experience
All majors at Arcadia University complete a senior Capstone project that involves integrating prior knowledge, preparing written reports, and making a public presentation. For majors in Accounting, Business Administration, International Business and Culture, and Management Information Systems, this Capstone requirement is satisfied by successful completion of BA 470 or BA 471 Internship and BA 495 Policy Formulation and Administration, both of which are required courses for these majors.
Graduate School Preparation
Arcadia’s Business programs are designed to prepare students to pursue further study at the graduate level. Arcadia offers a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a Global Perspective. The program, which couples academic coursework with leading industry technology, includes two international experiences. It is recommended that students have two years of work experience to take part in the program. Students with exceptional undergraduate records with less work experience may be considered. Arcadia alumni are invited to enter this degree program once they have gained experience in the field.
The School of Global Business strongly recommends the completion of a minor in another field of study. Minors in Accounting and Business Administration are for students from outside the School of Global Business and are not open to students majoring in the School of Global Business. The minor in Health Administration is available to Accounting and Business Administration majors as well as majors from other disciplines.
Accreditation and Memberships
Arcadia's School of Global Business programs (Accounting, Business Administration, International Business & Culture, Health Administration, Management Information Systems, Chemistry & Business and MBA) are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
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Arcadia is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration (MAACBA).
Students in Accounting, Business Administration, Health Administration, International Business and Culture, Management Information Systems, and the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective who rank in the top 20 percent of the junior, senior or master’s class are eligible for invitation to membership in the Arcadia University chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society in business.