BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - OPUS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Opus College of Business
McNeely Hall (MCH) 128, (651) 962-5544
Fisher, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs 

Opus College of Business Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/business/degrees/undergraduate/default.html

The programs in Business Administration provide a carefully designed curriculum that balances practice and theory. Students begin by building a foundation of knowledge and basic skills with courses in economics, statistics, mathematics, and communication. They then take a series of core courses that span the functional areas of business. These include accounting, finance, legal studies in business. management, and marketing. An ongoing, in-depth study of business ethics and decision-making is woven into the curriculum, helping students not only align their values with their future business practices, but helping them understand the conflicts and challenges modern business leaders face. Students may build greater knowledge in several different concentrations (listed below). Students may also combine a general business concentration with a minor in another field, such as economics, music, foreign language, etc. A plan of study is available for students interested in both a B.A. in business administration and a B.S. in mechanical or electrical engineering. See the Department of Engineering section of this catalogue or contact the Opus College of Business for further information. 

Students may choose to provide a practical element to their academic experience through consulting projects developed by the Small Business Development Center or through internships and other opportunities to work with businesses in the Twin Cities.

Opus College of Business faculty provide students with hands-on, interactive learning experiences such as presentations, group projects, case studies, simulations, guest speakers - as well as stimulating discussion and debate.

It is expected that students majoring in business administration will take their business courses at St. Thomas. Students must have prior approval before registering for a business course at another school. All students who major in business administration must take a minimum of 28 credits in Opus College of Business courses at the University of St. Thomas; at least 16 of these 28 credits must be from courses in the department of the student’s major concentration. Credits earned at ACTC colleges and through affiliated programs abroad do not count toward this residency requirement. All students majoring in the business communication concentration must take a minimum of 8 credits from the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas. Students majoring in business administration must complete a minimum of 76 credits that are outside the Opus College of Business.

All Opus College of Business courses taken by business administration majors and minors must be taken for a letter grade. These courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Credits for Opus College of Business courses taken more than eight years ago (or more than five years ago for credits in a major concentration) will be accepted but may not fulfill current requirements.

Student Honor Pledge

It is the expectation that Opus College of Business students will become highly principled global business leaders, and students are expected to maintain the highest standards of integrity while enrolled in the business program. Honesty and integrity in the conduct of academic life is fundamental to the principle of independent learning and growth. The Honor Pledge (below) is signed by undergraduate business students at the time they declare their business major or minor, as an affirmation of their commitment to accept personal responsibility for their own behavior, and conduct themselves in an ethical manner with academic honesty and integrity. 

As a student in the Undergraduate Program of the Opus College of Business, I will adhere to the University academic integrity policy, and I will act with honesty, integrity, respect, and accountability in all my actions.

Major in Business Administration (B.A.)

One of the business concentrations of:

Minor in Business Administration

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • BETH 301 Business Ethics (4 credits)
  • BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 credit)
  • BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)

            or

  • BLAW 302 Business Law for Accounting (4 credits)

           or

  • BLAW 303 International Business Law (4 credits)

           or

  • BLAW 304 Real Estate Law (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 Management & Organizational Behavior (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • ECON 251 Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Microeconomics (4 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • ENTR 300 Entrepreneurship for Non-Majors (4 credits)
  • FINC 300 Finance for Non-Business Majors (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)

Note: Students must complete a minimum of 16 credits in Business Administration at St. Thomas. Coursework transferred to St. Thomas must be equivalent to St. Thomas coursework. All prerequisites for courses selected for the minor must be satisfied.

Concentration in General Business Management

The general business management program consists of the core courses that all students majoring in business at the University of St. Thomas are required to take, regardless of their specialization. This program contains courses that will give the student an understanding of business fundamentals without emphasizing a particular area, such as accounting or marketing. With this concentration, the student will be described as a generalist, with a broad business base. Because fewer courses are required in this concentration, there is more room for elective courses. These elective courses may be taken in one department, giving a strong secondary academic concentration or a minor, or they can be related courses from different departments (e.g., management marketing, finance). Note: a minimum of 76 credits outside the Opus College of Business are required for graduation.

Job titles of recent graduates with a general business concentration include business analyst, business consultant, account executive, service consultant, commodity manager, account analyst, customer service representative, merchandise coordinator, and marketing assistant.

Business Core Courses

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • ACCT 215 Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
  • BETH 301 Business Ethics (4 credits)
  • BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 credit)
  • OPMT 310 Operations Management (4 credits)
  • FINC 321 Financial Management (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 Management & Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
  • BLAW 302 Business Law for Accounting (4 credits)
  • BLAW 303 International Business Law (4 credits)

Concentration course

  • MGMT 480 Strategic Management (4 credits)

Allied requirements

  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Note: STAT 220 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students who have not had an equivalent course must complete this course by the end of their first semester, junior year.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits)
  • MATH 109 Calculus with Review II (4 credits)
  • MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science (4 credits)
  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)

Note: The math requirement must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • COJO 100 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace (4 credits)
  • COJO 370 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • ENGL 211 or above (4 credits)

Concentration in International Business

International business is an interdisciplinary major concentration dedicated to gaining an understanding of how to conduct business in foreign countries. To gain such an understanding requires study in courses taken in disciplines such as communication, economics and foreign language as well as business. An underlying assumption is that the student must first develop an understanding of the domestic business core before knowledge of the international sector is developed.

Of particular importance to this concentration is an understanding of another country and its culture. So, international business students must study abroad for at least one semester.

Specific courses taken in a foreign university may substitute for St. Thomas requirements. See undergraduate business program advisers to discuss those possibilities.

Business Core Courses

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • ACCT 215 Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
  • BETH 301 Business Ethics (4 credits)
  • BLAW 303 International Business Law (4 credits)
  • BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 credit)
  • OPMT 310 Operations Management (4 credits)
  • FINC 321 Financial Management (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 Management & Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)

Concentration Courses

  • FINC 450 International Finance (4 credits) or MKTG 330 International Marketing (4 credits)
  • MGMT 430 International Management (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Two courses (minimum of six credits) in transnational business courses taken abroad with pre-approval of the student’s business faculty adviser. The course content must address transnational business issues in accounting, finance, management, marketing, or law. (Three of the following core courses must be completed before taking IBUS courses: ACCT 210, BLAW 303, OPMT 310, FINC 321, MGMT 305, MKTG 300.) These courses will transfer to St. Thomas as two of the following:
  • IBUS 450 Transnational Business Issues in Management, Marketing, or Business Law (4 credits)
  • IBUS 460 Transnational Business Issues in Finance or Accounting (4 credits)
  • IBUS 470 Transnational Issues in International Business (4 credits)

Allied requirements

  • COJO 370 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Note: STAT 220 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students who have not had an equivalent course must complete this course by the end of their first semester, junior year.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits)
  • MATH 109 Calculus with Review II (4 credits)
  • MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science (4 credits)
  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)

Note: The math requirement must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Plus eight credits from the following:

  • ECON 346 Country and Area Studies in Economics (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
  • POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective (4 credits)
  • POLS 225 Introduction to World Politics (4 credits)
  • POLS 321 Comparative Foreign Policy (4 credits)
  • Foreign language at the 212 level or above
  • International or cross-cultural course(s) with prior approval of business faculty adviser
Course Number Title Credits
BUSN  200 Busn Learning Through Service 0
BUSN  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
BUSN  297 Topics 4
BUSN  298 Topics 4
BUSN  389 Research 2 OR 4
BUSN  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
BUSN  476 Experiential Learning 2
BUSN  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4
Course Number Title Credits
IBUS  450 Trans Issues/Mgmt/Mktg/Blaw 4
IBUS  460 Trans Issues/Finc & Acct 4
IBUS  470 Trans Issues/Int'l Business 4