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Business Administration: BS, BA

Department: Management Department
College: Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Business Administration

The business administration major provides students with a broad education in the core business areas of finance, human resource management, marketing, and operations.This well-rounded degree option is for students wishing to enter the business world and pursue a wider variety of careers.

Students earning a degree in business administration develop strong interpersonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to make decisions, pay close attention to detail, and analyze and interpret data. This skill set is highly sought after by employers in the business field. Internship opportunities, along with participation and leadership in clubs and organizations as well as study abroad experiences, are available to students through the Huntsman School of Business, giving them an edge in finding careers after graduation.

The business administration program is housed in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, the oldest business school west of the Mississippi. USU has offered business degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.

Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.


  • BS - Logan Campus , Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cortez, Delta, Ephraim, Grantsville, Ignacio, Junction, Kanab, Milford, Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Panguitch, Park City, Price, Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Salt Lake, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover
  • BA - Logan Campus , Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cortez, Delta, Ephraim, Grantsville, Ignacio, Junction, Kanab, Milford, Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Panguitch, Park City, Price, Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Salt Lake, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover

With a degree in business administration, students can pursue the following careers:

  • Business manager
  • Business analyst
  • Benefits administrator
  • Account executive
  • Department administrator

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, this program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: Incoming freshman may be admitted directly if they have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions or students transferring from other USU majors may be admitted after they have earned 24 or more post-high school credits with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Students not meeting the above conditions can still to apply. Admission is competitive based on available space. Students must fill out an application (available online), have earned a minimum GPA of 2.67, and must have completed certain prerequisite courses.

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Business Administration Specific:

Society for Human Resource and Management (SHRM): The SHRM chapter at Utah State is designed to help MHR, HR minors and other business related majors/minors develop and refine the skills necessary for today's business world. By being a part of USU's SHRM chapter, benefit from the business professionals that share their experiences in the business world in an interactive learning environment.

 

General Business:

Hunstman Scholar Program: This premier business program offers challenging academic experiences, participation in weekly meetings, opportunities to travel abroad and networking opportunities with program alumni.

Beta Gamma Sigma: BGS is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition an AACSB business student can receive.

Buehler Leadership Scholars: Buehler Leadership Scholars will learn to effectively articulate leadership narratives that reflect their life experiences, demonstrate a commitment to cultivate transformational leadership qualities and accelerate their preparation for leadership roles in the organizations and communities where they choose to serve.

Business Ambassadors: The Business Ambassadors are student representatives of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Each spring, business ambassadors are selected to assist the dean with hosting events attended by alumni and prominent business professionals. They are responsible for welcoming, giving campus tours, and helping recruit students to the Huntsman School of Business. They travel with the USU ambassadors to community colleges and other two-year institutions to recruit transfer students, to high schools to recruit new freshman, and they work with campus advisors to recruit undeclared students.

Business Council: The business council is a 16-18 person team under the direction of a business senator and a faculty advisor. Each of the members on the council has a direct relationship with a Huntsman club and works with the club to bring ideas and activities forward to benefit students.

Entrepreneurship Club: The Entrepreneurship Club teaches skills sets entrepreneurs need to be successful, provides access to resources, otherwise hard to find, teaches how to develop and refine business ideas (recognizing the difference between ideas and opportunities) and assists in building, and launching a sustainable successful company.

Future Business Leaders of America (Phi Beta Lambda): PBL is a nonprofit educational association of students preparing for careers in business. PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Global Learning Experience: The Global Learning Experience program provides the opportunity to visit foreign lands, where participants see global business in action and meet corporate executives.

Koch Scholars: Expand your critical thinking skills and connect with from various academic programs, while participating in weekly meetings to discuss selected books, movies and podcasts.

Leaders for Continuous Improvement: The Huntsman LCI provides students with experience and skills needed to get career placement before or upon graduation.

Partners In Business: Partners In Business is a student-run, non-profit organization sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The program holds a series of professional business conferences featuring topics on operational excellence, accounting and leadership. Students are encouraged to attend and network with industry leaders, faculty and gain insight to improve business practices.

Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED): The SEED Program provides a hands-on, once-in-a-lifetime learning experience while simultaneously educating people in developing economies in new business creation and development skills.

Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership: This club brings practical, real-world, hands-on, ethics and leadership training to students. Members participate in the Ethical Leadership Book Club, Ethics Leadership Day, and Partners in Business Ethical Leadership Seminar.

Society for International Business and Economic Development: SIBED focuses on the strategic role businesses play in the development of people and the communities where they live. This club focuses on expanding awareness of international opportunities for academic and professional development, developing knowledge and understanding of current issues in international business and development, and helping students become advocates for corporate and humanitarian social responsibility.

Women in Business Association: As a new organization on the Utah State University Campus, Women in Business Association represent women making a difference in business. This club is focused toward making essential networking contacts, recruiting and mentoring future women in business, and learning vital skills for the business world.


Labs, Centers, Research

With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities program allows students to apply for grants and receive funding. USU’s Honors Program prepares students for excellent graduate programs by helping them build relationships with professors, participate in research projects, take smaller, more intensive classes, and develop leadership skills.

Advising

All new USU students participate in a New Student Orientation program, where they receive detailed information about major requirements, registering for classes, and other important advising information.

Barbara Baird
Advisor
Office: BUS 309
Phone: (435) 797-2272
Email: barbara.baird@usu.edu


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