Requirements for the Major

In addition to one prerequisite (Introduction to Economics), there are a minimum of 11 courses required for the major. The requirements are summarized below:

Prerequisite for Entry into Business Courses (one course)

Survey of Economics (Econ 2a) or Introduction to Microeconomics (Econ 10a) gives you the conceptual foundation that is critical to understanding business.

Core Courses

Quantitative Course

Foundational Literacies

As a part of completing the Business major, students must:

Note: You MUST earn a grade of "C" or above to count toward your major in your core and all Business Administration courses. "C-minus" is the minimum grade you must earn in your Business and Society courses. No courses taken pass/fail will count towards the business major.

Thematic Electives in the Field of Business and Society

Two courses from arts and science departments covering themes such as:

Communications, Commerce, Culture

AMST 103b - Advertising and the Media

AMST 190a - Money, Markets, and Morals in American Culture

ANTH 26a - Communication and Media

ANTH 70a - Business, Culture, and Society

ANTH 163b - Production, Consumption, and Exchange

CHIN 106b - Business Chinese and Culture

CLAS 121b - Money, Markets, and Society

ECON/FA 87a - Economics and the Arts

FREN 124a - French Cultural Perspectives on Work and Business

HBRW 124a - Hebrew for Business

NEJS 163a - Jews and American Capitalism

PHIL 13b - Idea of the Market: Economic Policies

PHIL 25a - Business Ethics

PSYC 34b - Social Psychology

SOC 120b - Globalization and the Media

SOC 150b - Culture of consumption

THA 138a - The Business of Show Business

Environment, Health and Social Policy

ECON 57a - Environmental Economics

ECON 76b - Labor Economics

FA 181a - Housing and Social Justice

HS 104b - American Health Care

HS 110a - Wealth and Poverty

HSSP 104b - Health Economics

HSSP 106a - Managing Medicine

HSSP 107b - Health Care Technology

SOC 112b - Social Class and Social Change

SOC 116a - Work, Employment, and Underemployment

SOC 117a - Sociology of Work and Gender

SOC 175b - Environmental Movements: Organizations, Networks, and Partnerships

Law and Government

AAAS 126b - Political Economy of the Third World

AMST 188b - Louis Brandeis: Law, Business, and Politics

ECON 20a - Introduction to Macroeconomics

HIST 160b - American Legal History II

LGLS 114a - American Health Care: Law and Policy

LGLS 127b - International Economic Law

LGLS 138b - Science on Trial

POL 172b - International Political Economy

SOC 123b - The Welfare State and Nonprofit America

Applied Methods

COSI 12b - Advanced Programming Techniques in Java

COSI 21a - Data Structures and the Fundamentals of Computing

MATH 15a - Applied Linear Algebra

MATH 37a - Differential Equations

MATH 126a - Intro to Stochastic Processes and Models

Thematic Electives in the Field of Business Administration

Three courses in advanced business studies, covering themes such as:

Accounting and Finance

BUS 113a - Intermediate Financial Accounting *

BUS 114a - Managerial Accounting *

BUS 117a - Intermediate Corporate Finance +

BUS 118a - Corporate Finance: European Case Studies +

ECON171a - Financial Economics (or FIN 201a) +

FIN 202a - Corporate Finance +

BUS 135a - Real Estate and Society ~

ECON 161a - International Finance ~

ECON 172b - Money and Banking ~

Note: In order to have a specialization in Accounting and Finance, students must complete at least one accounting course (*), plus at least one finance course (+), with other electives to choose from (~).

Human Resources and Leadership

BUS 89a - Work in the Global Business Environment

BUS 125a - Leading in the Era of Diversity

BUS 222f - Global Dexterity (2 credits)

BUS 226f - Managing Global Human Capital (2 credits)

BUS 227a - Influence, Power, and Identity

BUS 275a - Introductions to Negotiations

BUS 297c - Leadership Internships in Social Impact Organizations (1 year course)


Innovation and Strategy

BUS 130a - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

BUS 160a - Competitive Strategy

BUS 231a - Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Plans

BUS 233a - Entrepreneurship and Rapid Prototyping

BUS 261a - Managing Technology and Business

BUS/ECON 265a - Business and Economic Strategies in Emerging Markets

ECON 135a - Industrial Organization

ECON 141b - Economics of Innovation


BUS 111a - Business Analytics

BUS 114a - Managerial Accounting

BUS 172a - Operations Management

BUS 174a - Supply Chain Management

LGLS 189a - Business Law


BUS 111a - Business Analytics

BUS 152a - Marketing Research

BUS 155a/255a - Consumer Behavior

BUS 160a - Competitive Strategy

BUS 195a/292a - Marketing Field Project

Important Items to Note for the Business Major

Double Counting

Business and Economics double majors: BUS 10a (required for the Business major) counts as a lower level elective for Economics and ECON 20a (required for the Economics major) counts as a Business and Society elective for Business. No further "double counts" are allowed for the Business major, except ECON 2a or ECON 10a, which satisfies the prerequisite for the major. Students may not count ECON 171a as a core class and as an elective for Business Administration. 


A specialization is achieved by taking three courses in one of the eight designated themes. Specializations do not appear on transcripts but may be reported on a resume.

200-Level Courses

200-level courses are graduate level and are primarily for seniors. Students need to request a permission code to register from the Business Administrator.