Undergraduate

Business Administration

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration at St. Edward’s prepares you to navigate the interconnected areas of the business industry, such as finance, marketing, economics, accounting and management. This broad overview equips you to understand the latest methods and practices of the 21st century business world.

Under the guidance and instruction of skilled and experienced faculty members with decades of professional experience, you’ll learn about the day-to-day nuances of the workplace. You’ll examine successful business theories and discuss current issues affecting society, such as the automobile industry bailout and the BP oil spill. And you’ll meet business leaders from leading multinational companies, such as Dell, IBM and National Instruments, who regularly serve as guest speakers.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration

Overview:

As a BBA in Business Administration major, you’ll learn the importance of leadership, decision making, problem solving and teamwork. This degree also allows you to tailor your classes to your interests. Working closely with your advisor, you may choose to specialize in areas such as Human Resource Management, Operations Management or Entrepreneurship. When you graduate, you’ll understand the importance of diversity in the workplace and how professionals with different skills come together to run successful businesses.

With a BBA in Business Administration, graduates can work in a wide variety of positions in and outside the traditional business industry. For example, you could become a sales or marketing manager at a major retailer, a credit administrator or loan officer at a bank, or a human resources associate or procurement specialist at a major healthcare facility.

To increase employment opportunities, many graduates pursue advanced degrees in related business disciplines, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA). This degree is also good preparation for law school. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions, program events and a required internship — allows you to be exposed to and gain industry experience and to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BBA in Business Administration majors take courses from these groups:

BUSINESS CORE COURSES
BBA in Business Administration majors complete business core courses, which include Principles of Accounting, Legal Environment of Business, Business Statistics and Macroeconomic Principles.

ADVANCED COURSES
Students who major in business administration complete advanced courses, which include International Business, Strategic Business Analysis and Practice, Operations Management, and Business Internship.

SERVICE LEARNING
Through a Management Consulting course, business administration students have the option to serve their community and expand their skills by working directly with an organization that focuses on issues of social justice. To help solve a management problem within the organization, students complete research and present a summary of the history, background structure and general overview of the organization.

CULMINATING EXPERIENCE
BBA in Business Administration majors conclude their undergraduate studies with a course in Strategic Business Analysis and Practice that hones their skills in executive decision making. Working with a computer simulation project, you’ll examine a business from the management team’s perspective. You’ll research, analyze and utilize data to make decisions that shape the company’s strategy and operational performance in a global environment.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration.

Opportunities

In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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