Our degrees cover most of the top ten, in-demand business specialties (per a recent NACE survey). In addition, certificates in bookkeeping, professional accounting, business analytics, and social media & digital marketing are offered.
Areas of Study:
Accounting: Learn about financial reports & budgets, tax planning, fraud investigation & auditing, and financial software; meets the accounting content for the CPA Exam in most states. Planning Guide
Entrepreneurship & small business management: Learn about starting & operating a small business. Planning Guide
Finance: Learn about investments, banks, real estate, insurance, and international finance. Planning Guide
Management: Learn about how to lead and manage people, projects, and organizations, both domestically & internationally. Planning Guide
Marketing: Learn about digital advertising, consumer behavior, market research, sales, public relations, and international marketing. Planning Guide
Global Development: Learn foreign languages, world religions, and global cultures & business practices. Spend at least a quarter abroad. A strong business core qualifies grads for domestic jobs in business as well. Planning Guide
Information Systems: Learn how to use technology to help firms become more effective & efficient, and to develop and maintain databases & networks. Planning Guide
Automotive Management: On top of technical automotive content, learn how to manage personnel, customer relationships, and the finances of an automotive business. Planning Guide
Aviation Management: Supplement technical aviation content & licensing with skills in managing people and businesses. Planning Guide
Multiple Areas of Interest? In addition to a business core, the BA degree includes a non-business major/minor, which is a good fit if you want to study languages at one of 11 sister schools in Europe, Asia, or S. America. Planning Guide
Self-Defined Concentration: The flexible BS degree allows for a self-defined concentration of study, which is ideal for pre-professional programs (e.g. pre-med, pre-dent) with significant prerequisites. Planning Guide
Summary of Bachelor Degrees:
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
The BBA degree provides strong business and technical content. It requires a concentration in one of five areas, aligning with career interests, as follows: accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing.
Business Administration Major (BA)
Broadly-based and flexible, the BA degree requires a major or minor in an non-business area. Because several quarters of foreign languages are required, this degree works well for students who 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, such as pre-law. Planning Guide
Business Administration Major (BS)
This flexible degree is designed for students who want 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 programs with significant prerequisites. Planning Guide
Global Development Major (BS)
This interdisciplinary degree is ideal for students who desire to work in the operations of relief and development agencies. Classes cover foreign languages, world religions, and international culture & business practices. At least one quarter is spent abroad. A strong business core will qualify grads for domestic careers in business as well. Planning Guide
Information Systems Major (BS)
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 in developing and maintaining business information systems, databases, and networks. Planning Guide
Automotive Management Major (BS)
This degree, jointly offered by the School of Business and the Department of Technology, is designed for students who want careers in automotive service management. On top of the technical automotive content, the program covers how to manage personnel, customer relationships, and the finances of a business. Planning Guide
Aviation Management Major (BS)
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 and licensing, the program covers how to manage people and organizations in preparation for becoming a well-rounded aviation professional. Planning Guide
Associate of Science in Business
This two-year business degree 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.
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:
- Bookkeeping - Be prepared to keep the books and process payroll for small business and nonprofits. See Requirements
- Professional Accounting Certificate - Designed for those pursuing the CPA Exam or seeking advanced courses in accounting. This 46-credit certificate can be completed in one year for those who've already had the first course in accounting (Principles of Accounting). Courses include financial accounting, managerial accounting, governmental/nonprofit accounting, personal/business income tax, auditing, and accounting information systems. Contact Dr. Toews 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. See Requirements.
- Social Media and Digital Marketing Certificate - Learn how to use social media and conduct digital marketing campaigns. The 21-credit certificate includes courses in web design, social media, and marketing. Sponsored by the Department of Communications & Languages and the School of Business.
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 2019-20:
BBA: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, and Marketing
BS: Business Administration, Global Development, Information Systems, Automotive Management, and Aviation Management
BA: Business Administration
Registration Sign-in Page (myWWU or PeopleSoft)
How to register for classes (on myWWU or PeopleSoft)
The Internship page provides resources on how to find, 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