Jun 15, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024

Business Administration (Communication) (BS)

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The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Communication provides specialized skill sets for students that they will apply to succeed in the workplace, regardless of their chosen profession. Students will learn to apply emotionally intelligent and strategic communication, and utilize rapidly evolving communication technologies, to facilitate effective workplace processes among organizational stakeholders. The degree signals to potential employers that the graduate is ready to lead and motivate teams in-person and virtually and facilitate complex communication situations among diverse groups and individuals across cultures to support the success of the organization.

Requirements for Admission

This program is available only to current Marshall and Leventhal undergraduates who satisfy the following three conditions: (1) have attained sophomore standing, (2) have completed at least one semester in residence at USC, and (3) have earned credit for the course BUAD 302 Communication Strategy in Business . Students who wish to transfer to this program should visit the Marshall Undergraduate Advising Office.

Students may earn only one emphasis within the BS in Business Administration degree.

Requirements for Completion

To complete the program, students must satisfy all requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in business administration including USC’s General Education requirements and at least 12 upper-division units in the area of emphasis.

Composition/Writing Requirements (8 units)

Business Core Requirements

Business Administration majors must complete the business core. The business core contains foundational courses that provide analytical skills and theoretical knowledge in math, statistics, accounting and business economics as well as communication skills pertinent to the business field; functional courses in business disciplines such as finance, marketing, organizational behavior and operations; and integrative courses in strategy and data analysis.


*Placement into MATH 118gx  is contingent on successful completion of MATH 117g  or obtaining an acceptable score on the math placement exam. The MATH 118gx  requirement may be waived with an AP Calculus AB or BC score of 4 or higher or an IB math score of 5 or higher.

**A-level mathematics examination scores of A or B may receive subject credit for MATH 125g . Eligible students should speak with their academic advisers for additional information.

Emphasis Requirements

Complete 12 units of upper-division elective courses (typically three 4-unit courses) offered by the Business Communication department in the Marshall School, specifically 300- or 400-level courses with a prefix BUCO that are available for credit toward the major.

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