Bachelor of Business Administration

The bachelor of business administration (B.B.A.) degree program offers general management preparation with an opportunity for specialization in a specific field of business. It represents a careful balance of structure and choice, with flexibility that allows students to tailor their programs to reflect their individual career goals. While each student takes the same basic business core classes, many of the general education courses and courses in the field of concentration may be selected to suit the individual student.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

General education and pre-business
BADM 1001
BADM 1002
First Year Development Course I
and First Year Development Course II (*)
or BADM 1003 Transfer Student Development
BADM 1004The Age of Globalization
ECON 1011
ECON 1012
Principles of Economics I
and Principles of Economics II
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
or STAT 1111 Business and Economic Statistics I
or APSC 3115 Engineering Analysis III
STAT 2112Business and Economic Statistics II
or STAT 2118 Regression Analysis
or ECON 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
or STAT 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
UW 1020University Writing
One humanities course**
Two science courses**
A sequence of two math courses from the following:
MATH 1051
MATH 1252
Finite Mathematics for the Social and Management Sciences
and Calculus for the Social and Management Sciences
Or
MATH 1231
MATH 1232
Single-Variable Calculus I
and Single-Variable Calculus II
Business core
ACCY 2001Intro Financial Accounting
ACCY 2002Introductory Managerial Accounting
BADM 2001WMarkets and Politics
BADM 2301Management Information Systems Technology
or BADM 2301W Mgt Information Systems Tech
BADM 3001Career Management Strategy
BADM 3103Human Capital in Organizations
BADM 3401Basic Marketing Management
or BADM 3401W Basic Marketing Management
BADM 3501Financial Management and Markets
BADM 3601Operations Management
BADM 4101Business Law and Ethics
BADM 4801Strategy Formulation and Implementation

*Freshmen are required to take BADM 1001 and 1002; transfer students are required to take BADM 1003.

**A list of approved courses can be found on the University General Education Requirement page

Business concentration courses

A business concentration is required for all bachelor of business administration students. Students select a field of concentration from among accountancy; business analytics; business economics and public policy; finance; information systems and technology management; innovation and entrepreneurship; international business; marketing; sport, event, and hospitality management; or, with faculty approval, may structure an individualized field of concentration reflecting a specific interest in management. The concentration consists of five field courses plus an international field course designated by the department. The concentration must be selected no later than the second semester of the sophomore year; students should contact the advising center to declare a concentration. Students may declare two concentrations, but they should note that this may increase the number of credits required to complete the B.B.A. When double counting courses between concentrations (and other degree requirements such as the minor), each concentration must have at least four unique courses.  Additionally, the maximum number of credits may transfer into each concentration, including study abroad credits, is two courses (six credits). In all cases, students must consult the academic advisor for an appropriate international focus field course. Concentration requirements are available at the School of Business website or at the Undergraduate Advising Center.

Required B.B.A. concentration options:

Individualized field of concentration—A B.B.A. student with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a specific interest in an area of management not reflected by the standard B.B.A. concentrations may design and seek approval for an individualized concentration drawing upon courses across the University. Such a concentration consists of five field courses and one international focus field course selected with the guidance of faculty with expertise in the area of interest. All individualized concentration proposals must be submitted by the end of the junior year and must be approved in advance by the individualized concentration faculty review committee. Interested students should discuss their proposed concentration with their academic advisor in the GWSB Advising Center.

Minor courses

A minor outside of the School of Business is required for this degree. Courses will vary according to minor and typically require a minimum of 18 credits. Students should reference this Bulletin and consult their academic advisor for assistance and additional information.

Elective courses

Elective courses may be numbered 1000-4999; at least 6 credits must be upper-level (numbered 2000-4999). Electives may not include LSPA (Lifestyle, Sport, and Physical Activity) courses and may include a maximum of one HLWL (Health and Wellness) course. In general, students will complete 18 credits of electives, or the minimum necessary to reach 120 credits for the degree.

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

BADM 1001. First Year Development Course I. 1 Credit.

Required of all first-year students in School of Business. This course is designed to enhance students’ education and begin preparation for business careers. The course meets periodically during the semester. Course fee. Restricted to students in the first year of enrollment in School of Business.

BADM 1002. First Year Development Course II. 1 Credit.

Continuation of BADM 1001. Required of all first-year students in School of Business. This course is designed to enhance students’ education and begin preparation for business careers. The course meets periodically during the semester. Course fee. Restricted to students in the first year of enrollment in School of Business.

BADM 1003. Transfer Student Development. 1 Credit.

Required for all transfer students entering the School of Business. Provides information on University and School resources to assist with the student's transition. Helps students develop career-based knowledge; begin preparation for business careers; and learn the importance of civility and integrity in business discourse. Students perform service within the District of Columbia in order to apply business concepts and entrepreneurship skills. Restricted to GW School of Business students.

BADM 1004. The Age of Globalization. 3 Credits.

A multidisciplinary foundation in the globalization of people, markets, and firms. For all School of Business freshmen.

BADM 1900. Special Topics. 1-3 Credits.

BADM 2001. Markets and Politics. 3 Credits.

Economic and political resource allocation; social and political influences on business organizations; contemporary problems and issues.

BADM 2001W. Markets and Politics. 3 Credits.

Economic and political resource allocation; social and political influences on business organizations; contemporary problems and issues.

BADM 2301. Management Information Systems Technology. 3 Credits.

An introduction to data and information processing concepts and systems viewed from a contemporary management perspective. Emphasis on uses and applications as well as emerging managerial issues with the potential to reshape the form and function of information systems. Lab required. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

BADM 2301W. Mgt Information Systems Tech. 3 Credits.

An introduction to data and information processing concepts and systems viewed from a contemporary management perspective. Emphasis on uses and applications as well as emerging managerial issues with the potential to reshape the form and function of information systems. Lab required. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

BADM 3001. Career Management Strategy. 1 Credit.

Restricted to School of Business students in their junior year. The career development process, including job search strategies and formulation of a career management plan, with practice in producing a resume and interviewing for a position.

BADM 3101. Human Resource Management. 3 Credits.

Global and strategic implications of human capital policies and practices, including human resource planning, recruitment, selection, training, development, compensation, and collective bargaining. Prerequisite: BADM 1101 or PSYC 1001.

BADM 3102. Business and Government Relations. 3 Credits.

Economic and legal environment of business enterprise; social and political influences; contemporary problems and issues.

BADM 3102W. Business/Government Relations. 3 Credits.

BADM 3103. Human Capital in Organizations. 3 Credits.

An introduction and integration of concepts drawn from human resource management and organizational behavior. Application of these concepts to individual, group/team, and organizational scenarios through experiential exercises, cases, and projects. Development of skills in analyzing and evaluating human capital problems and determining appropriate solutions.

BADM 3401. Basic Marketing Management. 3 Credits.

Consumer and organizational buying behavior. Strategic marketing processes (market research, segmentation, targeting, positioning, and relationship-building). Product development and brand management, valuation and pricing, channel and logistics management, integrated marketing communications, e-commerce. Prerequisite: ECON 1012 or HONR 2044.

BADM 3401W. Basic Marketing Management. 3 Credits.

Consumer and organizational buying behavior. Strategic marketing processes (market research, segmentation, targeting, positioning, and relationship-building). Product development and brand management, valuation and pricing, channel and logistics management, integrated marketing communications, e-commerce. Prerequisites: ECON 1012 or HONR 2044.

BADM 3501. Financial Management and Markets. 3 Credits.

Introduction to financial markets, investment analysis, and financial management. Financial analysis, risk management, working capital management, capital budgeting, financial structure, cost of capital, and dividend policy. Prerequisites: ACCY 2001; ECON 1012 or HONR 2044; MATH 1221 or MATH 1231 or MATH 1252; and STAT 1051 or STAT 1053 or STAT 1111 or APSC 3115.

BADM 3601. Operations Management. 3 Credits.

Production planning concepts and analytical tools. Designing and managing production processes: facilities, equipment, process control systems. Design issues, demand forecasting, material planning, acquisition techniques. Managing the factory floor: scheduling, total quality management, continuous improvement concepts and methods. Prerequisite: STAT 1051, STAT 1053, STAT 1111 or APSC 3115.

BADM 4101. Business Law and Ethics. 3 Credits.

An introduction to practical reasoning at the intersection of business and society. Emphasis on application of ethics frameworks and core principles of business law to problems of individual, organizational, and social responsibility in business.

BADM 4101W. Business Law and Ethics. 3 Credits.

An introduction to practical reasoning at the intersection of business and society. Emphasis on application of ethics frameworks and core principles of business law to problems of individual, organizational, and social responsibility in business. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.

BADM 4801. Strategy Formulation and Implementation. 3 Credits.

An integrative capstone course to develop skills in diagnosing organizational problems, formulating and selecting strategic alternatives, and recognizing problems inherent in strategy implementation. Restricted to seniors in the B.B.A., B.Accy., and SEAS business concentration programs.

BADM 4900. Special Topics. 0-3 Credits.

Experimental offering; new course topics and teaching methods.

BADM 4900W. Special Topics. 0-3 Credits.

Experimental offering; new course topics and teaching methods.

BADM 4950. Internship. 0 Credits.

School of Business undergraduates may register for this course when they wish to have an internship recorded on the transcript. The supervisor must verify that the internship has been completed for a minimum of six hours per week. An administrative fee is charged. May be repeated each semester if desired.

BADM 4995. Independent Study. 1-6 Credits.

Assigned topics with interdisciplinary focus. Admission by prior permission of advisor. May be repeated once for credit but in a separate semester.