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Business Administration (BS)

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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.

Business Core Courses


*Placement into MATH 118  is contingent on successful completion of MATH 117  or obtaining an acceptable score on the math placement exam. The MATH 118  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 125 . Eligible students should speak with their academic advisers for additional information.

Business Electives Requirement

In addition to business core courses, students are required to gain a deeper understanding of a specific aspect of business in which they have an interest. Business administration majors must complete 12 units of upperdivision elective courses (typically three 4-unit courses) offered by the Marshall School, specifically 300- or 400-level courses with a prefix ACCT, BAEP, BUCO, DSO, FBE, FIM, MKT or MOR. Students can also satisfy the business electives requirement through participation in a Marshall School sponsored international exchange program. FIM courses are open only to students in the non-degree FIM certificate program.

Electives should be selected based on a student’s personal and professional goals and in consultation with an academic adviser. The Marshall School’s academic departments and centers can also help students select courses that are particularly useful for careers in fields covered by the department or center. Electives are normally clustered in a particular field, but may be spread across different fields.

Additional Requirements

Sixty units of non-business course work are required for any of the undergraduate degrees conferred by the Marshall School of Business.

MATH 118 , WRIT 150 , WRIT 340 , ECON 351 , ECON 352  and all courses required for the major must be taken for a letter grade. ECON 351  and ECON 352  must be taken in residence at USC.

In addition to meeting university GPA requirements, a minimum overall/cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (A = 4.0) in upper-division business courses is required for graduation.

Free Electives

The business curriculum allows for 32 units of free electives. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a minor, study a language and/or take advantage of the university’s many opportunities to study abroad.


USC offers more than 150 minors, spanning a wide variety of fields. The business curriculum is designed to allow every student enough flexibility to pursue a minor outside of business, in the belief that a strong undergraduate education must be well-rounded and incorporate the liberal arts as well as business classes. Minors allow students to gain substantial expertise in a field outside of business by taking classes in another of USC’s top-ranked departments and schools. Students with an officially declared minor may apply for the honor of being named a Renaissance Scholar if they meet the other program conditions.

Because some classes required for particular minors may have limited availability, students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisers to develop plans for their minors. The Marshall Office of Undergraduate Advising can help plan for minors and provide information on the various minors offered throughout the university and how they complement different business tracks.

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