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Business Administration Major (BA )


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The business administration major offers students a special combination of pre-professional preparation and a firm foundation in the liberal arts. Both are essential to success in today’s increasingly global and diverse business environment. Interdisciplinary in nature, the major includes courses in accounting, business ethics, business law, business statistics, computer applications, economics, finance, management, marketing and mathematics. The curriculum is designed to make the links between the liberal arts and the world of business explicit. In upper-level courses, the emphasis is on case studies and analytical thinking.

Because of the number of courses required, the student choosing to major in business administration is strongly advised to begin the major during her first or sophomore year by taking the introductory sequence in accounting, principles of economics and perhaps a business administration course. Several courses required for the major will also satisfy core curriculum requirements. Students are encouraged to pursue these in order to increase their upper-level elective options. Internships are not required for the major, but they offer the student an opportunity to apply course concepts in a business setting.

The business administration major is required to take 12 core courses for a minimum of 36 semester hours and 3 elective courses. Some of these courses may also be used to fulfill certain core curriculum requirements. At least seven of the required core courses, including BUAD 350 - Strategic Management Capstone with Portfolio , must be taken at Salem.

A student intending to major in business administration should meet with her advisor early and regularly to discuss a suggested program of study in order to remain on track for graduation within four years.

One additional course must be taken from one of the following writing intensive (WI) courses (not SALEM courses):


Three additional courses must be taken from the following list:


No more than three courses, regardless of semester hours, may be counted toward both a student’s major and a minor.

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