Recommended Course Sequence First and Second Years

You are attending one of the finest liberal arts institutions in the country. Accordingly, prospective business administration majors should fully immerse themselves in the liberal arts upon enrollment and continue to take these courses during their time at W&L. Many upper-level liberal arts courses count as elective credits in the new Business Administration major, as listed here.

For those students who decide to major in Business Administration, most will complete the following preparatory courses by the end of sophomore year.  

  • ECON 100 - Introduction to Economics
  • ACCT 201 - Intro to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 202 - Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • INTR 201 - Information Technology Literacy
  • INTR 202 - Elementary Applied Statistics

As students make academic progress during their course of study at WLU, in the second semester of their second year some take one initial course in the area of business that most interests them.

  • BUS 211 - Marketing Management
  • BUS 217 - Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 221 - Managerial Finance

Thus, a very general and basic schedule of courses for students interested in the Business major would look like this:

First Year (consider study abroad opportunities for the sophomore year)

Fall

  • WRIT 100
  • Foreign Language
  • Math (MATH 101 recommended)
  • ECON 101 (if space is available)

Winter

  • ECON 100 (if not taken in Fall)
  • ACCT 201
  • INTR 201
  • Foreign Language
  • FDR or elective course

Spring

  • Spring term course of interest

Sophomore Year (consider studying abroad for the junior year)

Fall

  • ACCT 202
  • INTR 201 (if not taken in the first year) or INTR 202
  • FDR or elective course

Winter

  • BUS 211, 217 or 221
  • INTR 202 (if not taken previously), FDR or elective course
  • FDR or elective course
  • FDR or elective course

Spring

  • Spring term course of interest

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their FDR lab science requirement by the end of the sophomore year.