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Academic programs

Our degrees cover most of the top 10, in-demand business specialties (per a recent NACE survey).  With seven degrees, five concentrations, an associate degree, and five minors, the School of Business offers a program that should fit practically every business interest.  In addition, certificates in project management, business analytics, and market research methods are offered.

How to choose a WWU business degree (Flowchart and Degree Comparison)

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Bachelor of Business Administration

A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree provides strong business and technical content. It requires a concentration in one of five areas (see below), which usually aligns with the area of career interest.  The BBA, like the MBA, is a professional degree replacing the older BS degree.  The BBA degree offers concentrations instead of majors.

Concentrations include:

  • Accounting:  Earn at least 36 credits of upper division accounting courses, including financial accounting, managerial accounting, tax, auditing, and accounting information systems; meets the accounting content required to sit for the CPA Exam in most states.
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  • Entrepreneurship & small business management:  Learn about starting and operating a small business.
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  • Finance:  Learn about investments, banks and other financial institutions, real estate, insurance, and international trade & finance.
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  • Management:  Learn about managing & motivating people, organizational behavior, international management, the human resource function, and project management.
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  • Marketing:  Learn about advertising, consumer behavior, market research, digital marketing, sales, public relations, and international marketing.
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Bachelor of Arts, Major in Business Administration

This degree is broadly-based and flexible.  It requires a minor in an area distinct from the major. Because several quarters of a foreign language are required, this degree works well for students who seek a minor in modern languages and want to study abroad in one of our 11 sister schools in Europe, the Middle-East, South America, and Asia. This degree is also ideal for students seeking pre-graduate studies as well as any student wanting a broadly-based undergraduate degree.
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Bachelor of Science, Major in Business Administration

This flexible degree is designed for students who like a wide selection of electives or who want to form a self-designed concentration or emphasis.  It is particularly ideal for students pursuing graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or any other graduate program with significant science and other prerequisites.
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Bachelor of Science, Major in International Development

This degree is ideal for students who desire to work in the operations of relief and development agencies.  The program is interdisciplinary in nature and includes classes in foreign languages, world religions, international culture, and business.  A quarter spent abroad is required.  A strong business core will also qualify graduates for domestic careers in business as well.
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Bachelor of Science, Major in Information Systems

This degree, jointly offered by the School of Business and Computer Science Department, is designed for students who want to use information technology to make organizations more effective and efficient. Along with information systems content, having a business background is helpful to those who want to develop and maintain business information systems, databases, and networks.
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Bachelor of Science, Major in Automotive Management

This degree, jointly offered by the School of Business and the Department of Technology, is designed for students who want a career in automotive service management. On top of the technical automotive content, the program also covers how to manage personnel, customer relationships, and the finances of the business.
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Bachelor of Science, Aviation Management

This degree, jointly offered by the School of Business and Department of Technology, is designed for students who want to work in aviation management. Supplementing the technical aviation content, the program also covers how to manage people and organizations in preparation for becoming a well-rounded aviation management professional.
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Associate of Science in Business

This is a two-year business degree that can be completed as an incremental step towards a four-year business degree. A variety of job opportunities exist for graduates, including bookkeeping, purchasing, inventory management, billing, sales, and small business management.
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Completing a minor is a great way for non-business majors to add some business credibility to their academic preparation. After all, everything runs as a business, including engineering, law, dentistry, and physician practices, as well as organizations such as schools, hospitals, churches, and even governments. 

The School of Business offers five minors:

Students can earn certificates in the following areas:

  • Project Management - The ability to initiate, plan, execute, and control a complex project is an extremely valuable skill in today's marketplace.  Students complete a number of projects and coursework to earn this certificate. 
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  • Marketing Research Methods - It is essential that every organization knows how its customers feel about current and future products and services.  Several courses and projects are required to earn this certificate.  Contact Dr. Taruwinga for more information.
  • Business Analytics - In the world of Big Data, a critical skill is the ability to reduce the buzzing confusion of data around us into a form that we can appreciate and comprehend.  Business intelligence and data analytics are some of the highest in-demand skills in the marketplace today.  Students complete a list of courses to earn this certificate.  Contact Dr. Motzev for more information.

How to choose a WWU business degree (Flowchart and Degree Comparison) 

Advisement Guidebooks show the order in which classes are normally taken as well as information related to careers and the job-market.  Also, see individual Planning Guides under the separate degree tabs above.

Class Schedules (Days & Times) provides course times, teachers, locations, and enrollments.

Fill-in Degree Worksheets (Excel) for 2018-19:
BBA:  Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, and Marketing
BS:  Business Administration, International Development, Information SystemsAutomotive Management, and Aviation Management
BA:  Business Administration
AS:  Business

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Internship Instructions provide step-by-step guidance on how to register for and complete an internship.

Senior Outline Instructions show the steps needed to complete your Application for Degree, which helps ensure that all graduation requirements are met.

Academic Forms for students

All students at WWU seeking a bachelor's degree in business are required to complete a formal, documented internship as part of their degree requirements.  See Internship Instructions for more details.

For students who need help finding internships, the School of Business prepares a weekly update of opportunities (check your emails).  Students should also check their emails for details of internship interviews held by recruiters on campus.  In addition, students can receive help from the Student Development Center (lower level of Village Hall,, 509-527-2664), either by completing an Internship Interest Form or by contacting the SDC.  For a current list of internship opportunities through the SDC, go here.

All internships must be pre-approved by Dr. Toews, Associate Dean. To obtain approval, either send an email ( with the information below or make an appointment to discuss your internship in person.  The following information will be needed:
(a) Approximate starting and ending date of the internship (a min. of 120 hours must be documented)
(b) Name and contact of the organization and supervisor
(c) Brief description of the anticipated duties
(d) Whether academic credit will be earned and the quarter to which it will be applied (check with your academic advisor first to see if you need credit).

See Internship Instructions for more details.

Last update on December 4, 2018