Advising Handbook 2023-2024 
    
    Jul 21, 2024  
Advising Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business (First-Year and Transfer)


Business  
Academic Bulletin

Area of Study: Social and Behavioral Science
Program: Major
Major/Minor Exclusion: A student majoring in Business may not Double Major or Minor in Economics 

The Business major consists of a core of seven required courses (Introductory Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, either Microeconomic or Macroeconomic Theory, Statistics, Accounting, and Introductory and Advanced Business Economics), two elective courses (one at the 200 level and one and the 400 level), two interdisciplinary courses (one in Business Communications and one in Business Ethics/Reasoning), a seminar (taken 2nd semester junior or first semester senior year) and the senior project (taken the semester after the seminar). 

The recommended schedule for most students is to take Introductory Microeconomics (ECON 100) and Introductory Macroeconomics (ECON 101) during their first year, followed by Economic Theory (ECON 200 or 201), Statistics (ECON 202), Accounting (ECON 285), and Introductory Business Economics (ECON 240) beginning their sophomore year. 

When advising a student interested in Business, please note:

  • The order in which ECON 100 and 101 are taken does not matter. The same is true for ECON 200 and 201.
  • MATH 140 or 151 is a prerequisite to ECON 200, 201, and 202 and should be taken First year.
  • Courses numbered 011 or 010 do not count towards the major or minor. 
  • ECON 190 and 226-286 are sophomore-level electives and can be taken without ECON 200-203. 
  • FSECO201 can substitute for a 200-level elective.
  • All Business majors take an ECON 570-580 level seminar in their first semester senior year or second semester junior year. They complete their senior projects following next semester. Most students do their senior projects under the supervision of their seminar instructor.
  • There is no minor in Business.
  • Students cannot double major in Business and Economics.
  • Major Advisor: Students can approach faculty directly about being their advisor. Students in search of advisors often approach the B&E dempartment chair, who is happy to direct students to faculty who are most appropriate.
  • Junior Seminar (students register for an open section) and Senior Comp: Students should plan to take their seminar either spring of junior year or fall of senior year. They should plan to complete their senior project the following semester. Since the junior seminar leads into the senior project, it is NOT recommended that students take the seminar and senior project at the same time. Students planning on graduating in January should take the seminar the previous spring and the senior project in the fall semester.
  • When choosing between the Economics and Business majors, students should consider the following:
    • There is a lot of overlap between the two majors, so for most students, there is no bad choice. Generations of Allegheny alumni have gone into every field of business after majoring in Economics, English, Philosophy, Political Science, etc.
    • The Economics major requires more of the core Economics courses. The Business major requires fewer core Economics courses, but more courses overall. 
      • The Economics major requires 12 courses plus the math prerequisite. The Business major requires 13 courses plus the math prerequisite.
      • Business majors are only required to take one of the theory courses (ECON 200 or 201) and only the first Statistics course (ECON 202 but not ECON 203). Students who are interested in developing stronger quantitative skills, for example students who want to go into the fields of economics, finance, or data analytics, should consider majoring in economics.
      • The Business major requires more Business classes, such as Accounting, Introductory and Advanced Business Economics, Business Ethics, and Business Communication. Business majors are introduced to concepts in business-related fields, such as Human Resource Management, Accounting, and Marketing. Students who are interested in studying a broad set of business-related topics should consider majoring in business.  

Sample Schedule for a Business Major placing into MATH 151:

  1st Semester 2nd Semester
First-Year FS 101
ECON 101
MATH 151
FS 102
ECON 100
Sophomore ECON 200
ECON 240
ECON 202
ECON 285
Junior ECON 440
ECON 200-level Elective
ECON 400-level Elective
Communications Elective
Senior ECON 570-580
Ethics/Reasoning Elective
ECON 620

Sample Schedule for a Business Major placing into MATH 151 and studying abroad:
 

  1st Semester 2nd Semester
First-Year FS 101
ECON 100
MATH 151
FS 102
ECON 101
Sophomore ECON 200
ECON 240
ECON 202
ECON 285
Junior Study Abroad. Transfer back one
200-level business elective plus three
non-business classes.
ECON 440
Communications Elective
Senior ECON 570-580
ECON 400-level Elective
ECON 620
Ethics/Reasoning Elective

Sample Schedule for a Business Major starting late and placing into Math 140:

  1st Semester 2nd Semester
First-Year FS 101 FS 102
Sophomore ECON 100
ECON 285
MATH 140
ECON 101
ECON 240
ECON 200
Junior ECON 203
ECON 200-level Elective
ECON 440
Ethics/Reasoning Elective
Senior ECON 400-level Elective
ECON 570-580
ECON 620
Communications Elective

 

Information for Transfer Students


Suggested pathway of a Business Major for a transfer student planning to finish in 3 years. Students are expected to be transferring MATH 140 or 141, ECON 100, 101, and 285. See sample above for Business Major starting late and placing into MATH 140 for another sample schedule.

  1st Semester 2nd Semester
Sophomore ECON 200 or 201
ECON 202
ECON 226
FSECO 201
ECON 240
PHIL 140
ENGL 114
Junior Study Abroad. Transfer back one ECON 200-level
and one ECON 400-level elective plus two non-economics classes
ECON  440
Courses for distribution and minor
Senior ECON 580
Courses for distribution and minor
ECON 620
Courses for distribution and minor


Suggested pathway of a Business Major for a transfer student planning to finish in 2 years. Students are expected to be transferring MATH 140 or 141, ECON 100, 101, 200 or 201, and 285 and one or more electives in Business or Economics.

  1st Semester 2nd Semester
Junior ECON 240
PHIL 140
Courses for distribution and minor
ECON 400-level elective
ENGL 110
Courses for distribution and minor
Senior ECON 440
ECON 580
Courses for distribution and minor
ECON 620
Courses for distribution and minor