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:

**Only students admitted Fall 2019 and after are required to complete these requirements. Students who entered Brandeis University prior to Fall 2019 should refer the University Bulletin of their entrance year for the proper requirements.**

 

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:

Thematic Electives in the Field of Business Administration

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

Important Items to Note for the Business Major

"Double Counting"

Students undertaking the economics major and the business major are subject to additional restrictions. Business majors may double count no more than two courses for the Economics major. Excluded in this calculation are: ECON 2a or ECON 10a, ECON 83a to exempt from BUS 51a, and ECON 171a to exempt from BUS 71a. Please note that ECON 171a cannot be counted as both a Business Administration elective and an upper-level Economics elective. PSYC 150b, which has several prerequisites, may be taken in place of BUS 120a.

For Business and Economics double majors, BUS 10a (required for the Business major) will count as a lower level elective for Economics and ECON 20a (required for the Economics major) will count as a Business and Society elective for Business. As a result, no further "double-counts" are allowed for the Business major, except as noted in the requirements for the Business Major.

Specializations

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.