All business administration and accounting majors are required to fulfill the nonbusiness breadth requirement as part of their major coursework.
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Nonbusiness breadth is 24 credits of nonbusiness coursework that are all focused on ONE theme. Students who need assistance or have any questions should contact an advisor. Students can fulfill the requirement in one of the following ways.
Study a Language
Students who choose to study a college-level foreign language for two years, earning at least 24 credits, will automatically satisfy the nonbusiness breadth requirement. For example, a student who takes SPAN 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, and 203 will have completed the nonbusiness requirement since this is a total of 27 credits around one theme: the Spanish language.
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Complete a Minor
Completion of a minor automatically fulfills the nonbusiness breadth requirement. Students planning to earn a minor should declare their intention and seek advising with the respective department. NOTE: Students may not earn a minor in business while majoring in business administration or accounting.
Complete a Second Major
Completion of a major also automatically fulfills the nonbusiness breadth requirement. Students planning to earn another major should declare their intention and seek advising with the respective department. NOTE: Second majors must be completed outside of the Lundquist College of Business.
Complete a Certificate
While not automatic, students may be able to meet the nonbusiness breadth requirement through completion of a certificate. Students pursuing certificates are advised to submit their plan for approval to determine whether or not their certificate will apply toward this requirement. They should also declare their intention and seek advising with the respective department. NOTE: The International Business Communication Program is open to students who are nonnative speakers of English. Students who choose to complete this program can use it to fulfill the nonbusiness breadth requirement; however, those who do so cannot use any of the courses required by this program toward their upper-division business electives.
Design a Theme
Cultural study, sustainability, or choose your own. All students may select their own theme study to complete nonbusiness breadth. Nonbusiness breadth proposals must, however, be approved by a professional Lundquist College of Business advisor before students begin taking their selected courses. Please note that theme studies cannot include required business and accounting courses. Pre-business courses that are not taught by the business school—economics, writing, math—may only be used for nonbusiness breadth if the student is planning to earn a minor in that subject area or if the student has consulted with and received permission from an advisor. Themes, unlike minors and certificates, do not appear on a student’s transcript.