Academic Catalog

Business Administration, B.S.

Program Description

The Business Administration curriculum is designed to provide the student with the practical, as well as the theoretical knowledge and learning experiences required to be successful in a business environment. The goal of the program is to give students the ability to recognize and capitalize on business opportunities by harnessing the business and economic resources available to them. Medaille College’s generalist approach imparts a working expertise in all the functional areas of business, enabling the student to better understand the management of a business.

As part of the major requirements, each student takes courses in accounting, management, marketing, finance, and law. The management information systems component seeks to provide a basic familiarity of computers for Business students. The field experience requirement gives students the opportunity for “hands-on” experience applying what has been learned in the classroom to real business situations. Credit hours for work/life experience can also be earned by students who have had appropriate previous experience in related areas.

The liberal arts and sciences portion of the degree seeks to provide a solid foundation in the humanities and social sciences as well as a background in mathematics and science. All Business majors should complete 100-level business courses, ENG 110 College Writing/ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students, ENG 200 Advanced College Writing/ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students, SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, ECO 200 Macroeconomics, and ECO 201 Microeconomics during their first two years at Medaille College.

Business majors are expected to attend all classes. Students are responsible for all material covered and for any announcements made in any class session whether the student is present or not. Majors in this program may not take any business course Pass/Fail. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required of all Business majors in their core and elective business courses to graduate.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

Program Goals

Student Success: The program seeks to enhance student understanding of career related fields, improve the retention rate of its students, increase the quality and quantity of network opportunities, and continuously improve the curricula that develops the knowledge, skills, and values of its graduates so that students are prepared for productive careers in a global economy.

Academic Program: The program will expand its academic program array, enhance its delivery methods, and continuously improve the curriculum so that students can select from a variety of quality programs that prepare them for the global work environment.

Faculty Involvement: The program will innovatively increase its support for faculty and staff in order to attract, develop, and retain talented faculty/staff who continuously improve the quality of teaching, advising, research, and service.

Community Engagement: The program focuses on both the success of every student and on the difference that each can make in building a better community and serving the common good. The intent of these strategic initiatives is to help students learn beyond the classroom and to give students the inspiration that can help turn individual and communal aspirations into realities.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the principal concepts, theories, and practices in the functional areas of business.
  2. Recognize the relevant theories and principles associated with the economic environment of business.
  3. Evaluate the social and natural environments of business and apply them to the development of managerial strategy.
  4. Recognize legal and ethical principles in business and apply them to organizational decision-making.
  5. Evaluate the global dimensions of business.
  6. Apply business-related quantitative methods and information technology in support of management decision-making.
  7. Construct coherent written forms of communication.
  8. Compose and present effective oral forms of communication.
  9. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills in the context of organizational decision-making.
  10. Integrate theory and practice across the business functional areas in the analysis of organizational problems and challenges.

Department of Business, Management, and Leadership Code of Ethics

The Department of Business, Management and Leadership of Medaille College expects all students, faculty, staff, and administrators to conduct themselves in an ethical manner when carrying out the activities required to fulfill the department’s mission:

The Department of Business, Management and Leadership is dedicated in excellence in teaching; providing students a meaningful integration of theory and practice while developing mutually beneficial partnerships with the academic, business, and local communities.

The Department of Business, Management and Leadership strives to develop graduates for responsible citizenship and leadership roles who are prepared to meet the various global challenges of the 21st century.

In particular, all members of the department are expected to adhere to the following:

  • Integrity: Abide by the academic code of conduct, and uphold the highest standards of honesty, and fairness in our work and communications.
  • Professionalism: Maintain high standards in our own work, and help others strive for continuous improvement and the betterment of the department.
  • Respect: Treat others with the dignity and decency, appreciating the diversity that brings richness and growth to the department. Demonstrate respect for property, time, and ideas, as well as people.
  • Collegiality: Strive to complete our work in the spirit of mutual understanding and the sincere desire to operate as a team of students, faculty, and staff; seek to achieve the best possible outcomes together.

Degree earned: B.S.
Total number of credits: 120-121

Credit Distribution

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Sustainability Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3-4
Introductory Biology
Human Nutrition
Enviromental Studies
Introductory Chemistry
Scientific Discovery
Physical Science
Principles of Physics I
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Arts in Society
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 115Pre-Calculus3
or MAT 216 Survey Of Introductory Calculus And Its Applications
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
ACC 101Financial Accounting3
ACC 102Managerial Accounting3
ECO 200Macroeconomics3
ECO 201Microeconomics3
ECO 260Econometrics I3
ECO 261Econometrics II3
MGT 175Management Concepts and Communication3
MGT 230Human Resources Management3
MGT 240Financial Management3
MGT 299Business Law I3
MGT 302Operations Management3
MGT 335Organizational Behavior3
MGT 420Strategic Management I3
MGT 421Strategic Management II3
MIS 240Management Information Systems3
MKT 220Principles of Marketing3
MKT 315Marketing Management and Strategy3
Experiential Learning 2
MGT 377Field Experience I3
MGT 477Field Experience II3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
ENG 205Introduction to Literature3
or ENG 215 Survey of World Literature
ENG 260Business and Professional Writing3
INT 411Global Leadership3
MAT 114Intermediate Algebra 33
PHI 300Ethics3
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
Breadth Electives
Select at least two (2) courses (300/400 level) from those housed in the Department of Business, Management and Leadership (Except BBA, BBA-IS, or SPM designated courses).6
Free Electives
Select 9 credits of Free Electives 49
Total Hours120-121

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective


For students with significant business experience, the department offers several options in fulfilling the field experience requirements. Information on these options and waiver applications may be obtained from the department. Waiver applications must be filed at least one semester before implementation according to the following schedule: October 1 for the following spring semester; March 1 for the following fall semester.


Students who meet the math competency may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective.


May include any College course.

Suggested Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
MAT 114/115 Intermediate Algebra 3
MGT 175 Management Concepts and Communication 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
MAT 115/216 Pre-Calculus 3
MKT 220 Principles of Marketing 3
MIS 240 Management Information Systems 3
Second Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
ECO 200 Macroeconomics 3
ECO 260 Econometrics I 3
MGT 230 Human Resources Management 3
ACC 101 Financial Accounting 3
Second Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
ECO 201 Microeconomics 3
ECO 261 Econometrics II 3
ACC 102 Managerial Accounting 3
MGT 240 Financial Management 3
Third Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
ENG 260 Business and Professional Writing 3
MGT 335 Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 299 Business Law I 3
Breadth Elective 3
Second Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
MGT 302 Operations Management 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
MKT 315 Marketing Management and Strategy 3
ENG 205/215 Introduction to Literature 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
MGT 377 Field Experience I 3
MGT 420 Strategic Management I 3
PHI 300 Ethics 3
Free Elective 3
Breadth Elective 3
Second Semester
MGT 477 Field Experience II 3
INT 411 Global Leadership 3
MGT 421 Strategic Management II 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.