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Business Administration Major

The actions of the few can have a profound impact on the many — for good and for bad. One of the places where that has become most evident is the business world. Recent improprieties have shaken the confidence of consumers and employees, even for the vast majority whose companies play by the rules. Now, more than ever, the world demands business professionals who are not only good at what they do but who conduct themselves ethically.

Ethics? Always.

As a business administration major, ethics and social responsibility will permeate everything you learn and do. Marquette was talking about business ethics decades before it became fashionable to do so. Since 1910, we’ve been offering a values-based business education built upon a foundation of the liberal arts — especially philosophy and theology.

Meet a mentor.

In your junior year as a business administration major, you will participate in our one-on-one mentoring program and be paired with an executive from a Milwaukee-area firm. The mentors, who are Marquette alumni and friends, can provide you with valuable insights into career choices, business etiquette and your own job search — and they can help you start your career network.

A strong foundation.

A cross-disciplinary business curriculum will teach you and your fellow business administration majors the skills, knowledge and perspectives businesses expect. Add to this a series of business leadership courses designed to make you a better communicator, team player and leader, and you will have a strong base upon which to build your career.

Study business in the heart of the city.

Our location near downtown Milwaukee lets our business administration majors see — and do — business up close through hundreds of internships.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Foundations for Business Leadership
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Elements of Calculus
  • Three Non-business Electives


  • Applying Business Leadership Skills
  • Business Statistics
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Literature Elective
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Theology Elective
  • Business Communication
  • Non-business Elective


  • Four Business Electives
  • Applied Business Economics
  • Strategies for Entering the Business World
  • Behavior and Organization
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Non-business Elective


  • Five Business Electives
  • Business Policies
  • Ethical and Societal Issues Elective
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment Elective
  • Non-business Electives


You might like the Business administration major if you

✓ have keen math and communication skills

✓ enjoy all facets of business enterprise

✓ are interested in a double major

employment outlook

Student in classAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for all management, business and financial occupations is steady. The BLS projects a growth rate in these jobs of 10.6 percent, which slightly outpaces the overall growth rate across all occupations nationally.

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