Undergraduate Business Degree (BABA) Options

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Business Major and Study Options

The Milgard School of Business offers one major-Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Your diploma will say Bachelor of Arts Business Administration. Students chose one of five study options: Accounting, Finance, General Business, Management, or Marketing.  The formal study option is noted on the transcript, for example, an accounting graduates's transcript will say Bachelor of Arts Business Administration (Accounting). Business students may only have one transcripted option. 

Accounting

The Accounting option is designed to complement the broader-based Business Administration core. Students develop skills to work in organizations and be effective decision-makers with a focus on the accounting aspects of business. Areas stressed within the accounting discipline include recording and reporting of financial data under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), understanding tax law and its effect on business decisions, auditing financial statements using GAAP, understanding accounting information systems, understanding the composition of consolidated financial statements, and gathering and using cost data for planning and control decisions. Electives provide further study in public-sector accounting, taxation, auditing and other areas.

If you wish to pursue a career in public accounting and be eligible to sit for the CPA exam, you are required to have an additional 45 quarter credits (30 semester hours) beyond the undergraduate degree requirement. The Milgard School offers an opportunity to take additional undergraduate and graduate business coursework. Other programs at the university can provide additional non-business learning opportunities.

Accounting curriculum

Once accepted into the Business School, accounting students must complete the following courses for graduation.

  • 30 credits of core courses:
    • TBUS 300 Managing Organizations
    • TBUS 301 Quantitative Methods
    • TBUS 310 Effective Managerial Communication
    • TBUS 320 Introduction to Marketing Management
    • TACCT 330 Accounting Information Systems
    • TBUS 350 Business Finance
  • 35 credits from Accounting:
    • TACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I
    • TACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II
    • TACCT 303 Intermediate Accounting III
    • TACCT 311 Cost Accounting
    • TACCT 411 Auditing Standards and Principles
    • TACCT 451 Individual Income Taxation
    • TACCT elective (5 credits)
  • TBUS 400 (5 credits) Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • Elective credits to bring total to 180

Finance

Finance – the indispensable discipline for the future. It is impossible to participate in any discussion of financial trends for the next few decades without becoming aware of the low accumulated savings of the average individual, of the depletion of the Social Security Trust Fund, of an aging population, and other factors that will affect all of us in some way. An understanding of finance and how it, together with time, can be made to work for you and your employer is the major goal of the finance option. Whether you are managing your own money or other peoples, whether you are running your own business or involved with the financial affairs of a corporation, whether you work at a bank or the loan department of a car dealership, a comprehensive understanding of finance together with the ability to apply it in your decision making is critical to your future wellbeing.   

After taking basic and elective courses in finance you will be able to:

  • Apply the concept of the time value of money in all your financial decisions;
  • Understand interest rates and how they affect financial decision making;
  • Value financial securities like bonds and stocks;
  • Understand risk and its relationship with return;
  • Estimate and compute returns;
  • Learn about derivative securities and their various uses;
  • Learn about the goal of a corporation and how it uses financial tools to achieve that goal;
  • Learn about portfolio management;
  • Use your knowledge of finance to secure your own financial future.

Finance grads are among the best compensated in business. Our finance grads work for BNY Mellon, Chase Manhattan, Infoblox, Boeing, the State of Washington, and other prominent employers. The Milgard School of Business at UWT can open the world of finance for you and, thereby, the world itself.

Finance curriculum

Once accepted into the Business School, finance students must complete the following courses for graduation.

  • 30 credits of core courses:
    • TBUS 300 Managing Organizations
    • TBUS 301 Quantitative Methods
    • TBUS 310 Effective Managerial Communication
    • TBUS 320 Introduction to Marketing Management
    • TBUS 330 Introduction to Information Technology
    • TBUS 350 Business Finance
  • 30 credits from 300- and 400-level T FIN and T BECON courses
  • TBUS 400 (5 credits) Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • Elective credits to bring total to 180

General Business

The study of business is truly interdisciplinary, drawing from such varied fields as economics, political science, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The General Business option is designed for the student interested in a broad perspective that draws from multiple disciplines. General Business gives students the opportunity to explore a wide range of business disciplines, including management, marketing, accounting, financial services, information systems, international business and organizational leadership.

Students completing the General Business option will be well-prepared to work in small businesses where their work will span multiple functional areas or in large organizations where they will be involved with cross-functional projects or teams. Students interested in entrepreneurship will also benefit from this option, as it allows them to customize the curriculum while exposing them to all critical aspects of business.

General Business curriculum

Once accepted into the Business School, general business students must complete the following courses for graduation.

  • 30 credits of core courses:
    • TBUS 300 Managing Organizations
    • TBUS 301 Quantitative Methods
    • TBUS 310 Effective Managerial Communication
    • TBUS 320 Introduction to Marketing Management
    • TBUS 330 Introduction to Information Technology
    • TBUS 350 Business Finance
  • 30 credits of upper-division Business courses (TBGEN courses, TACCT/TBUS 468, TBUS 469, and some TBUS 490 courses do not apply)
  • TBUS 400 (5 credits) Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • Elective credits to bring total to 180

Management

How do you manage and be managed in the 21st century? The Management option enhances your ability to get work done with and through other people in a variety of workplaces. Whether you are managing a project team, a small group of customer service representatives, a large accounting department, your own start-up, or a family-run restaurant, there is a set of skills that all managerial positions have in common. This program is designed to equip you with exactly those skills and prepare you to meet the managerial responsibilities and challenges of the 21st century more effectively. You will learn how to be a critical thinker, use the best available evidence to make your managerial decisions, and how to enact your decisions with ethical principles in mind. 

Specifically, through a variety of different courses, you will …

  • Learn how to build and work effectively in teams
  • Understand how to make better decisions, alone and in collaboration with others
  • Learn how to motivate people towards common goals
  • Sharpen your interpersonal skills and ability to communicate well with others from diverse backgrounds;
  • Become familiar with human resource management tools such as recruiting, hiring, performance appraisal, and reward systems
  • Improve your ability to manage conflict and negotiate with others
  • Learn strategies to navigate difficult conversations
  • Enhance your ability to solve complex problems considering the ethical and sociocultural implications
  • Bolster your critical thinking skills
  • Develop tools to initiate and motivate change in organizations

The Management option prepares you for entry-level management positions and management training programs, as well as administrative, planning, project team and coordinating roles. MSB management majors end up working in a variety of different organizations in the private and public sectors, for for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, small and large firms, start-ups and well-established corporations, in the local Tacoma area, Puget Sound region and beyond. 

Recent MSB management majors have been hired for positions in operations and supply chain management, property management, project management, human resource management, recruiting, program coordination, administrative assistance and coordination, office management and contract management. They work for organizations such as Multicare, Boeing, Pepsico, Gensco, Amazon, Target, State Farm, Puget Sound Energy, Redfin, the Port of Seattle, the State of Washington and the Federal Government, and many more. 

Equipped with the MSB undergraduate degree and a few years of work experience, our management graduates pursue advanced degrees such as a Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Business Analytics, Masters in Cyber Security and Leadership, Masters in Public Policy, or Masters in Public Health or Health Leadership. The sky is the limit!

Management curriculum

Once accepted into the Business School, management students must complete the following courses for graduation.

  • 30 credits of core courses:
    • TBUS 350 Business Finance
    • TBUS 330 Introduction to Information Technology
    • TBUS 320 Introduction to Marketing Management
    • TBUS 310 Effective Managerial Communication
    • TBUS 301 Quantitative Methods
    • TBUS 300 Managing Organizations
    • 30 credits of Management courses
    • TBUS 400 (5 credits) Business Policy and Strategic Management
    • Elective credits to bring total to 180

Marketing

Marketing is about fulfilling customer needs. The Marketing option examines the dynamic world of consumer and organizational buyer behavior, and the impact of economic, technological, legal, and social changes on buyer behavior. The courses in this option include consumer behavior, channels of distribution, marketing research, marketing strategy, advertising, product development, promotion, services marketing, business-to-business marketing, and sales administration. 

The option prepares students for responsibilities in both publicly and privately held business firms, as well as governmental agencies, and multinational organizations. Marketing careers include product or brand management, retailing, advertising, wholesaling, marketing research and sales.

Marketing curriculum

Once accepted into the Business School, marketing students must complete the following courses for graduation.

  • 30 credits of core courses:
    • TBUS 300 Managing Organizations
    • TBUS 301 Quantitative Methods
    • TBUS 310 Effective Managerial Communication
    • TBUS 320 Introduction to Marketing Management
    • TBUS 330 Introduction to Information Technology
    • TBUS 350 Business Finance
  • 30 credits from Marketing to include:
    • TMKTG 450 Consumer Marketing
    • TMKTG 460 Research Methods
    • TMKTG 475 Marketing Strategy
  • 5 credits of capstone courses:
    • TBUS 400 Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • Elective credits to bring total to 180

Review Milgard School of Business course descriptions.