Business Administration

Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Department Business Administration
Academic Division The Williams School
Offerings Major Entrepreneurship minor
Business administration is one of the most popular majors at W&L. We offer small classes (usually 16 to 22 students) that are innovative and experiential. Our professors maintain open-door policies and are regularly available to students outside of class. Quality teaching is unquestionably our highest priority.

Business Administration

Business students engage in multiple aspects of business administration and how they relate to the broader social and cultural aspects of society and the world. 

Typical areas of interest are in the financial industry (such as banking, investments, Wall Street and real estate development), marketing (advertising and branding), entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability and business consulting. Business Administration students engage in case studies focusing on many aspects of business (finance, marketing, organizational behavior, leadership, strategic management, law and ethics). They have the opportunity to critically analyze real companies in current situations and make recommendations.

"I enjoy the process of analyzing problems, finding the best solutions and supporting my decisions with evidence."

Joe WenClass of 2019

Related Programs

The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability integrates thought and action in direct service to disadvantaged communities. Through an array of courses and service opportunities, the program prepares students from a variety of majors and political perspectives to work with those communities to address the problems associated with poverty.

The Environmental Studies Program is designed to educate students in a broad class of issues related to the environment and humanity's place in the natural world. 

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The Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship

The J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary center intended to help students from across campus learn how to turn their creative ideas into successful business ventures. Students are immersed in a course of study that emphasizes analytical thinking, qualitative and quantitative reasoning, creativity and innovation.

The Connolly Center provides students with the necessary tools to develop business plans that are both executable and fundable, and an extremely supportive faculty and alumni community help shepherd students' ventures from concept to business plan to launch and beyond.

The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics

The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics advances dialogue, teaching and research about issues of public and professional ethics across all three of the university's schools - the College, the Williams School, and the School of Law. It was established in 2010 through a gift to the university from award-winning journalist Roger Mudd '50.



Business administration majors can look forward to careers in investment banking, marketing, consulting, finance, retailing and manufacturing. A number of alumni enter MBA programs at the finest schools in the country.

Meet Our Faculty

At W&L, students enjoy small classes and close relationships with professors who educate and nurture.