Business Administration Major

Part of the Economics and Business department.

  • The business administration major gives you the most flexibility to apply your education to the widest range of career opportunities in virtually any area of business.
  • Business administration majors are often interested in the “people side” of business, including management, marketing, and public relations.
  • At Gordon the business administration major approaches business from a Christian perspective. How can business further the Kingdom of God? What does it look like for a Christian to be called to minister in the marketplace? Business administration majors develop their Christian virtue and vision as well as their ability to think strategically, communicate clearly, and build effective relationships.

The major provides a solid overview of business as a whole. You’ll get a strong foundation in all the basic functions of business, and be exposed to a wide variety of industries from technology to retail to manufacturing to finance to services and more.

  • Coursework begins with a solid grounding in economics, quantitative analysis, accounting, finance, marketing, and management.
  • You build on the foundation with advanced study in an area or two that you select, such as international business, leadership, human relations in business, or small business management.
  • These themes are pulled together in the senior seminar class which focuses on business strategy and business ethics.

Business administration majors often do internships in junior or senior year. Internships help clarify career aims and help focus subsequent course selections—and some even lead to job offers.


Completing the Business Administration major requires at most 52 credits in total. The major and Gordon’s core curriculum fit easily into a 4-year undergraduate program. The following courses are required:

Required foundations courses
ECB101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECB102 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECB211 Statistics in Business and Economics
ECB311 Intermediate Microeconomics
One of the following courses or equivalent validation:
  MAT134 Survey of Calculus
  MAT141 Calculus I

Business Administration core
ECB117, 118 Principles of Accounting I, II
ECB245 Principles of Management
ECB277 Principles of Marketing
ECB247 Financial Management
ECB492 Senior Seminar: Management, Strategy and Ethics

An additional 8 credits of economics and business coursework within the major at or above the 300 level including MAT324 Operations Research and CPS356 Management Information Systems.

Double majors in accounting and business administration will not be allowed to use the following courses as electives for their business administration major: ECB352, 353, 361, 362, 364, 443. Students must continuously maintain a 2.0 GPA within the major.

International Business Concentration
A student majoring in business administration may elect to complete a concentration in international business as an alternative format for the business administration major. Completing the major with this concentration requires 58-60 credits in total. When this is done the student will receive a degree in business administration with a concentration in international business. In addition to the Foundations, requirements for this concentration include:

ECB117, 118 Principles of Accounting I, II
ECB245 Principles of Management
ECB277 Principles of Marketing
ECB247 Financial Management
ECB366 International Economics
ECB440 International Business
ECB492 Senior Seminar: Management, Strategy, and Ethics

One of the following:

ECB369 International Capitalisms: Asia, U. S. and Europe
ECB305 Economic Development

Foreign language: 12 credits of first-year and intermediate (second-year) language or proficiency at the 201 level (first semester of second year).

Requirements for the Minor in Business Administration

ECB101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECB117 Principles of Accounting I
ECB245 Principles of Management
Additional 12 credits in business, worked out with advisor.