Banking, government, insurance, advertising, sales, healthcare, manufacturing, service—every organization needs qualified employees in order to operate smoothly and effectively. Prepare for a rewarding career in small, medium, or large for-profit or not-for-profit organizations at Arcadia University's School of Global Business, where you will learn business practices with a global perspective built from a strong liberal arts core designed to help you think critically and communicate effectively. The degree in Business Administration also prepares you for graduate programs in law, business, public administration, or economics.
What to Expect
Earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. There is also a three-year degree option for academically talented students.
Arcadia's School of Global Business courses are designed to:
Provide the student with an understanding of external forces, including the technological, legal, political, cultural, and economic conditions that influence organizations and managerial decision making.
Expose the student to each of the major internal functions (accounting and finance, marketing and operations) that organizations must perform to succeed.
Develop the student's interpersonal, communication, team management, quantitative, and writing skills.
Encourage the student to develop an organizational point of view and integrate what he or she has learned.
Require an internship that 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.
Offer the student an international perspective through both the coursework and travel opportunities.
The Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration will provide you with a solid background in business with the flexibility to customize your degree to suit your career aspirations with a concentration in Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration requires you to take additional math courses, internships are required, and study abroad is encouraged. You must complete one area of concentration by taking selected courses with the same subject matter within a discipline.
Concentrations allow our students to specialize in an area of business. Augment your program and further prepare for your career by selecting one of the following.
Economics: Trains students in the application of microeconomics and macroeconomics to problems of business decision making and the effect of governmental policies on the business environment. It also provides an excellent foundation for graduate programs in law, business, public administration, or economics.
Finance: Provides in-depth background in finance for students interested in working in economic and financial institutions or finance departments of corporations.
Management: Prepares students for supervisory roles in a variety of industries, or for entry into corporate management training programs.
Marketing: Provides the foundation necessary for working in the marketing divisions of corporations, or at more specialized marketing firms such as advertising agencies and market research organizations.
B.A. / B.S. in Business Administration Requirements
The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration provide a solid background in core business areas as well as in liberal arts. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science are required to take additional math courses, secure internships, and complete an area of concentration.
The minor in Business Administration is designed to provide non-business majors with an overview of business organizational functions. This background is useful for students who will be working in organizational settings, regardless of their majors.
BA470 Internship in Business Administration* OR Elective
Study Abroad Option and/or Internship
BA361 Managing Social Media & Communication in the Workplace OR BA362 Human Resources Administration
BA367 Operations Management
BA470 Internship in Business Administration* OR Elective
(AUC) Requirement OR Elective
BA495 Policy Formulation & Administration
BA OR EC Elective Major Requirement
(AUC) Requirement or Elective
(AUC) Requirement or Elective
*BA470 fulfills the second IL AUC Requirement
Suggested Courses to Satisfy Undergraduate Curriculum Requirements
Integrative Learning Experience
First Year Seminar (FY)
Will be assigned in first semester, second if abroad.
Global Connections Experience (GCE)
GCEs include GFS and ID courses, and study abroad. Meets any one of the two required IL experiences
Global Connections Reflection (GCR)
Digest of GCE; taken simultaneously with GCE
University Seminar (US)
Meets any one of the two required IL experiences
Senior Capstone Project (SC)
Satisfied by: [COURSE:BA495]
Areas of Inquiry
Creative Expressions (CE)
Intro Art courses (ex. [COURSE:FA204]), University Seminars
Cultural Legacy (CL)
[COURSE:PL175], University Seminars
Natural/Physical World with Lab (NPL)
[COURSE:ID101] or [COURESE:ID102], University Seminars
Natural/Physical World Non-Lab (or second NPL)
Science Course or [COURSE:EC330]
Self and Society (SS)
Communications Course, Sociology or Psychology (i.e., [COURSE:PY111])
Crossing Boundaries (CB)
[COURSE:AN120], University seminars
Modern Language (ML)
Proficiency at 102-Level German, Spanish, French, Japanese. (Placement test determines level.)
Quantitative Reasoning Mathematics
Satisfied by: [COURSE:MA141]
Quantitative Reasoning (or 2nd QRM)
Satisfied by: [COURSE:MA143]
Visual Literacy (VL)
Intro Art courses, University Seminars
Research Writing (RW)
Satisfied by: [COURSE:EN218]
Two required. One satisfied by: [COURSE:BA495]
Writing English (WE)
Satisfied by: [COURSE:EN101] (Placement test determines level.)
Students with demonstrated high academic achievement may be eligible to complete the Business Administration degree in 3 years. The three-year format lightens the financial burden for students seeking to reduce college costs. Each student’s program is individualized based on numerous factors including AP, IB or dual enrollment credits earned during high school. Accelerated degree students work closely with two academic advisors to produce a program of study that fits their needs and interests.
Courses such as Principles of Marketing and senior-level Business Policy will provide you with opportunities to compete against other students as you each run your 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 you in active problem-solving situations in business environments. These activities expose students to different situations facing industries, firms and individuals.
Student Consulting Group
Businesses and organizations contact The School of Global Business seeking assistance with their business issues. As one of our students, you have the option of participating in a group of undergraduate students that works directly with these organizations. Working as a part of a student consulting group is a unique opportunity to develop your marketing, management, and business development skills. Learn more.
The internship experience provides the opportunity to apply knowledge as well as to learn from the experience itself. You will have a number of options, including an internship abroad, to complete internship requirements according to your education and career goals.
To provide you with opportunities to develop presentation skills, most courses require written, oral and visual presentations. Recognizing that organizational decisions are not always based on individual analyses, many of these activities involve group projects.
Senior Capstone Experience
All majors at Arcadia University complete a senior Capstone experience that involves integrating prior knowledge learned through the program with preparing written documents and making a public presentation. For Business Administration majors, this Capstone requirement is satisfied by successful completion of BA 470 or BA 471 Internship and BA 495 Policy Formulation and Administration, which are required courses.
Graduate School Preparation
Arcadia’s Business programs are designed to prepare you for further study at the graduate level. Arcadia offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) 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.
Arcadia University offers many opportunities to take business courses at some of the world's top universities, spending a semester or even a summer studying abroad. Even if you are in the Accelerated program, it is possible to do an internship abroad with proper approvals. If you are unable to do a long-term study abroad, there are numerous one-week study opportunities in our Global Field Studies general courses. With prior approval, courses taken at international universities can be transferred to Arcadia to fulfill Undergraduate Curriculum, including major, requirements.
Since it is important that students plan ahead for study abroad, you should be familiar with the timeline to study abroad, and consult with your advisers as early as possible to make your intentions known to the School of Global Business and the Office of Global Engagement.