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Business Administration

The major in general business has been designed for students seeking a broad business background rather than specialization in any one functional area of business. The program for the general business major includes a minimum of 124 hours for graduation as stipulated in the catalog.

Admission Criteria: 56 hours

Students seeking admission to any program in the College of Business must complete 56 credit hours of course work to include the courses listed below.

The foundation courses for admission to the College of Business must be completed with a minimum earned grade of C- (C required for transfer courses) in each. Students must also have an EMU GPA of at least 2.50.

College of Business Foundation Courses: 21 hours

The following seven COB courses are to be completed prior to COB admission, and count toward the total credit hours required for this major.

  • ACC 240 - Principles of Financial Accounting 3 hrs
  • ACC 241 - Principles of Managerial Accounting 3 hrs
  • COB 200L4 - Introduction to Business (GELB) 3 hrs
  • DS 265 - Business Statistics I 3 hrs
  • IS 215 - Information Systems for Business 3 hrs
  • LAW 293 - Legal Environment of Business 3 hrs
  • MGMT 202 - Business Communication 3 hrs

Non-College of Business Foundation Courses: 15 hours

  • CTAC 124 - Foundations of Speech Communication (GEEC) 3 hrs
  • ECON 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics (GEKS) 3 hrs
  • ECON 202 - Principles of Microeconomics (GEKS) 3 hrs
  • ENGL 121 - Composition II: Researching the Public Experience (GEEC) 3 hrs
  • or WRTG 121 - Composition II: Researching the Public Experience (GEEC)  3 hrs

  • Quantitative Reasoning (GEQR)  requirement 3 hrs

Additional Coursework: 20 hours

In addition to the courses listed above, students must complete an additional 20 credit hours of course work prior to admission to the College of Business.

Major Requirements: 60 hours

Business Core: 36 hours

College of Business Foundation Courses: 21 hours

The following COB courses are to be completed prior to admission, and count towards the total credit hours required for this major.

  • ACC 240 - Principles of Financial Accounting 3 hrs
  • ACC 241 - Principles of Managerial Accounting 3 hrs
  • COB 200L4 - Introduction to Business (GELB) 3 hrs
  • DS 265 - Business Statistics I 3 hrs
  • IS 215 - Information Systems for Business 3 hrs
  • LAW 293 - Legal Environment of Business 3 hrs
  • MGMT 202 - Business Communication 3 hrs

Post Admission Core Requirement: 15 hours

  • FIN 350 - Principles of Finance 3 hrs
  • MGMT 386 - Organizational Behavior and Theory 3 hrs
  • MGMT 490 - Business Policy 3 hrs
  • MKTG 360 - Principles of Marketing 3 hrs
  • OM 374 - Introduction to Operations Management 3 hrs
  • Note: All 300-level Core Courses listed above must be completed before enrollment in MGMT 490 - Business Policy. OM 374 can be taken concurrently with MGMT 490.

Discipline: 24 hours

  • MGMT 384 - Human Resource Management 3 hrs
  • MGMT 388 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 hrs
  • MGMT 460 - Management Skills 3 hrs
  • *  MGMT 480W - Management Responsibility and Ethics (GEWI) 3 hrs
  • Students must also complete twelve hours of restricted electives selected from at least two different functional areas (ACC, FIN, IS, MGMT, MKTG, LAW, SCM, IB, OM) in the College of Business. (12 hours)

Minor Requirements:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the on-line catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

University Information: Consult the on-line catalog at catalog.emich.edu.