Business Administration



Major Map: B.S. Business Administration

The Department of Business Administration offers a major in business administration for the Bachelor of Science degree. Within the major, students may choose a specialized concentration in accounting, financial economics, international business relations and management. Students may also pursue a joint baccalaureate degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in conjunction with the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. A concentration is available in Music Business through Belmont University. Exceptional students may also pursue a joint baccalaureate degree and Master of Business Administration. Finally, a joint major in business administration in conjunction with a major from outside the department is another option.

The courses in the Department of Business Administration meet the needs of students wishing to pursue graduate study in business administration, economics, management, or other social sciences, and those who wish to pursue careers in business, government, or other organizations without prior graduate or professional study. The program also offers a strong base for professional careers in accounting, law, and financial consulting. The courses emphasize problem-solving techniques and stress the development of analytical skills involving quantitative methods and computer literacy.

In addition to coursework, students participate in community related projects and competitive internships at corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Google and KPMG LLP.

GET THE COURSES YOU NEED

 

Fall Semester [15 credits]
CORE 100 Freshman Orientation 1 credit
BAD 110 Business information Systems 3 credits
MATH 101/110 College Algebra 4 credits
SPAN/FREN 101 Elementary Spanish/ French 4 credits
CORE 150 Composition I 3 credits
Spring Semester [16 credits]
CORE 120 Critical Thinking 2 credits
CORE 160 Composition II 3 credits
SPAN 102/ FREN 102 4 credits
ECON 230 Prin. Of Microeconomics 3 credits
Math 110 Pre-Calculus 4 credits

 

 

 

Fall Semester [17 credits]
CORE 201 Intro to Business and Entrepreneurship 3 credits
SPAN/FREN 200 Intermediate SPAN/FREN 4 credits
ACC 230 Principles of Accounting I 3 credits
BAD 220 Legal and Ethical Env. Of Business 4 credits
BAD 250 Business Communication 3 credits
Spring Semester [17 credits]
CORE 240 Natural Science 4 credits
BAD 260 (Finance/ Acc only_ Applied Calculus 4 credits
ECON 240 Prin. Of Macroeconomics 3 credits
ACC 240 Principles of Accounting II 3 credits
MGT 280 Management Prin. and Practice 3 credits

 

 

Fall Semester [17 credits]
ART 291/ ENG 275/ MUS 200 Cultural Exposure 4 credits
FIN 320 Business Finance 3 credits
CORE 220 Creative Arts 3 credits
  Concentration elective 4 credits

 

Spring Semester [17 credits]
CORE 260 Humanities 3 credits
  Social Science Elective 4 credits
BAD 399 Internship Seminar 2 credits
BAD 320 Marketing 3 credits
  Concentration Electives 4 credits

 

Fall Semester [18 credits]
  Concentration Elective 12 credits
CORE 360 World and its Peoples 4 credits
  General Electives 2 credits

 

Spring Semester [14 credits]
MGT 330 Production and Operations management 4 credits
BAD 490 Business Policy 3 credits
  Concentration Electives 4 credits
  General Electives 3 credits

GET RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

  • Complete on-line assessment to ascertain career interests. Discuss these with your academic advisor and staff in the Office of Career Planning and Development. Self-assessments also available through CareerOneStop.org. One of the five assessment tools matches strengths with occupations.
  • Create a core resume. Ask staff in Office of Career Planning and Development to review your resume.
  • Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.
  • Attend Industry Expo for internship opportunities.
  • Shadow professionals in field of interest.
  • Conduct informational interviews in employment sector(s) of interest.
  • Select part-time jobs in field of interest.
  • Attend conferences of professional associations.
  • Attend Fisk sponsored job fairs and graduate school matching opportunities.
  • Update your resume.
  • Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.
  • Attend Industry Expo for internship opportunities.
  • Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.
  • Shadow professionals in field of interest.
  • Conduct informational interviews in employment sector(s) of interest.
  • Select part-time jobs in field of interest.
  • Attend conferences of professional associations.
  • Attend Fisk sponsored job fairs and graduate school matching opportunities.
  • Visit with professionals visiting Fisk University for promotional activities.
  • Consider taking an instructional two week exploratory internship in your field of interest.
  • Update your resume.
  • Update your resume and review it with Career Services.
  • Consider taking Art 400/Independent Study, to gain creative work experience and college credit.
  • Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.
  • Apply for a summer art residency.
  • Attend Art Lectures on campus and in the community, workshops in related fields to gain further particle.
  • Submit art work for Annual Student Exhibit and local shows.
  • Attend conferences of professional associations (College of Art Association, The American Association of Architectural Students, American institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) etc.).
  • Volunteer with Fisk's Galleries and or local art non-for-profit organization
  • Interview professionals in field of interest.
  • Attend a study aboard session (consider studying aboard in your junior year) and start any necessary paper work to obtain a passport Volunteer with Fisk's Galleries and or local art non-for-profit organization.
  • Visit art galleries and museums.
  • Begin asking professor for possible letters of recommendation for graduate schools etc.
  • Attend conferences of professional associations (College of Art Association, The American Association of Architectural Students, American institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) etc.).
  • Meet with advisor-discuss issues, concerns, and plans
  • Update your resume.
  • Apply for graduate programs.
  • Apply for a summer art residency.
  • Attend Art Lectures on campus and in the community, workshops in related fields to gain further particle.
  • Attend conferences of professional associations (College of Art Association, The American Association of Architectural Students, American institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) etc.).
  • Volunteer with Fisk's Galleries and or other local art non-for-profit organization
  • Visit art galleries and museums.
  • Obtain a passport.
  • Confirm letters of recommendations.
  • Artistic Portfolio

GET CONNECTED WITH THE COMMUNITY

  • Students enrolled in the Department of Business Administration are eligible for membership in the Society for the Advancement of Management; the National Association of Black Accountants; and Enactus. Participate in Honda All-Star Challenge National Championship.
  • Participate in Service Day during New Student Orientation, Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.
  • Take advantage of service learning opportunities offered in courses (e.g., Core 100) and as scholarship requirements.
  • Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations. twitter.com/FISK1866
  • Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.
  • Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).
  • Become involved in the Student Business Advisory Board and attend I- Develop Business Week.
  • Students enrolled in the Department of Business Administration are eligible for membership in the Society for the Advancement of Management; the National Association of Black Accountants; and Enactus. Participate in Honda All-Star Challenge National Championship.
  • Participate in Service Day during New Student Orientation, Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.
  • Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations. twitter.com/FISK1866
  • Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.
  • Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).
  • Become involved in the Student Business Advisory Board and attend I- Develop Business Week.
  • Participate in Service Day during New Student Orientation, Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.
  • Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations. Facebook
  • Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.
  • Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).
  • Become involved in the Student Business Advisory Board and attend I- Develop Business Week.
  • Apply for Delta Mu Delta Business Scholars Honorary Society.
  • Students enrolled in the Department of Business Administration are eligible for membership in the Society for the Advancement of Management; the National Association of Black Accountants; and Enactus. Participate in Honda All-Star Challenge National Championship.
  • Qualified students are inducted into the International Honor Society in Business, Delta Mu Delta.
  • Participate in Service Day during New Student Orientation, Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.
  • Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.
  • Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.
  • Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).
  • Be a leader in Delta Mu Delta, the Student Government Association, and I- Develop Week.

GET THINKING GLOBALLY

  • Begin foreign language course requirements (placement examination determines beginning course)
  • Begin planning potential study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives).
  • Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.
  • Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.
  • Begin foreign language course requirements (placement examination determines beginning course)
  • Begin planning potential study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives).
  • Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.
  • Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.
  • Finalize arrangements for study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives). Meet with advisor to ensure courses earned abroad will meet student course requirements for general studies, electives, and major.
  • Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.
  • Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.
  • Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.
  • Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.
  • Consider graduate study abroad.

GET READY FOR LIFE AFTER GRADUATION

  • Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.
  • Explore resources for undergraduate students offered by the Small Business Association, National Business Association, the Music Business Association, the National Small Business Association, the Female Entrepreneur Association, the Young Entrepreneur’s Council, the Young President’s Organization, the Entrepreneur’s Club, Ashoka for Social Entrepreneurs, and The Association of Private Enterprise Education.
  • Apply for membership in Delta Mu Delta Business Honorary.
  • Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.
  • Apply for EXCEL program offering professional development opportunities for sophomores with GPAs of 2.8 or higher.
  • Browse job listings: Idealist.org; CareerOneStop.org; USAJobs.gov; CollegeGrad.com; state employment websites.
  • Attend Industry Expo to meet with graduate school recruiters.
  • Research graduate or professional schools (see petersons.com; gradschools.com).
  • Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.
  • Explore resources for undergraduate students offered by the American Sociological Association (asanet.org; select Teaching and Learning, select Undergraduate Student Resources): Navigating the Sociology Major (download), 21st Century Careers as an Undergraduate Major (free); webinar Connecting the Sociology Major to Employment for Undergraduates.
  • Consider student membership in the American Sociological Association, Southern Sociological Society, Association of Black Sociologists, Society for the Study of Social Problems.
  • Attend Industry Expo to meet with graduate school recruiters.
  • Participate in Graduating Senior Boot Camp.
  • Present your senior thesis at regional and local symposia. Compete in undergraduate paper competitions.
  • Prepare for and take Graduate Record Exam or other professional examination (e.g., LSAT).
  • Apply for graduate or professional school. Have personal statement reviewed by staff in Writing Center and Office of Career Planning and Development, and sociology faculty/advisor. Request letters of recommendation from faculty members (be sure to give plenty of advance notice of deadlines).

WHERE COULD I GO AFTER GRADUATION?

Survey of Recent Graduates

Administrative/Program Support, Management, Education, Protective Services, Sales Marketing, Social Science Researcher

Selected Job Titles

Business and Industry

market analyst, human resources manager, data entry manager, recruiter

Justice System

criminal investigator, parole officer, special agent, rehabilitation counselor Community and Social Services: caseworker, community organizer, substance abuse counselor, hospital administrator

Government

human rights officer, urban planner, legislative aide, personnel coordinator

Education

admissions counselor, college placement worker, public health educator

Research

analyst, demographer assistant, consumer researcher

Selected Job Titles of Fisk Business graduates

Lawyer, Federal probation officer, FBI agent, College admissions administrator, Property manager, Juvenile probation officer, Marriage and family counselor, Human services caseworker, School resources counselor, Urban planner, Hospital administrator, Data analyst, Elementary and secondary school teachers, Not-for-profit organization administrator

Sample of Graduate/Professional Degrees earned by Fisk business graduates

J.D., Ed.D., Ph.D., master's in criminal justice, master's in urban planning, Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling, Masters in Hospital Administration, master's in social work, master's in public health, master's in public administration