School of Business

Why Study Business at PLU?

PLU’s School of Business combines a challenging upper division business curriculum with a strong liberal arts foundation. Classes are taught by Ph.D.-qualified faculty who bring industry experience, current practice, and a dedication to teaching. Classes are small (average 22 students) to provide a personal learning environment. The School’s mission is to provide a supportive learning experience that challenges each student to:

  1. acquire relevant business skills;
  2. apply them to create sustainable value; and
  3. prepare for a purposeful life of achievement, inquiry, integrity, leadership and service.

We are especially committed to scholarship, innovation, and a global perspective.
The Bachelor of Business Administration degree program prepares you for a broad range of careers in industry, government and not-for-profit organizations. Undergraduate concentrations (accounting, finance, management & human resources, and marketing) offer specializations to complement the fundamental education required in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Year-Round Education

We want you to progress through our program at your own pace. Some of the required business courses are also taught during January Term and summer. Planning ahead gives you flexibility.

Accreditation

Both the Bachelor of Business Administration program and the MBA program are professionally accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting body for business programs worldwide.
AACSB International accreditation represents an institutional commitment to educational excellence and serves to attract quality faculty members and students. Accreditation means that a business school has met challenging standards in areas such as mission and objectives, faculty composition and development, degree content, instructional resources and admissions policy. For more information, please visit www.aacsb.edu.

Additional Opportunities for Business Majors

Student Organizations: Get Involved

The School of Business encourages active participation in university student organizations. You can learn about business careers and opportunities through several student groups that explore business through speakers, tours, career workshops and seminars. The School of Business sponsors groups or chapters of the following organizations:

  • American Marketing Association
  • Beta Alpha Psi (for Accounting and Finance students)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (AACSB-sponsored honors society)
  • PLU Business Network (alumni organization)
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Student Investment Fund

The Business Program

The School of Business offers an exciting program focusing on relevance, integration and interaction. As a PLU business student you will benefit from:

  • Integration – Learn the way business really operates. The School of Business offers more than 150 different internship opportunities. Courses integrate and build on subjects such as marketing, production management, interpersonal skills, human resource management, accounting, operations, technology and strategic management.
  • Competency (Skill) Development – In business classes you will prepare to make ethical decisions, be competent in the disciplinary foundations of business, understand global and multicultural perspective, gain critical thinking and quantitative skills, be an effective written and oral communicator, have team and interpersonal competence, and be prepared to use contemporary technologies.
  • Learning by Doing – Case studies, computer simulations, and internships will give you real world experience/team projects.
  • Career Development – The School of Business offers opportunities to explore career planning and the PLU Career Development office offers workshops and assistance.

Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student, many of the course requirements listed may be met through your work at a prior school. Give us a call and we will evaluate your transfer work. If you are attending another school and plan to transfer to PLU, we will assist you in planning your program to ensure a seamless transition to PLU.

Undergraduate Concentrations

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management and Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Individualized

Business Administration Minor

Also available is a flexible Business Administration minor which includes three required courses:

  • Business in the Global Environment (BUSA 201)
  • Financial Accounting (BUSA 202)
  • Behavior in Organizations (BUSA 305)
  • Principles of Marketing (BUSA 308)
  • Plus one elective course to total at least 20 credits in BUSA courses.

Each student pursuing the Business Administration minor works with a business advisor to select an elective course that complements their major and matches individual career plans.

Internships

Internships, taken for credit or not-for-credit, provide you with the opportunity to get valuable work experience in a wide variety of fields, ranging from private, family-owned businesses to international corporations. An internship will give you the advantage of getting hands-on experience at the same time you develop your network of contacts for the future. For many students, an internship is the experience they need to land their first job after college. The School of Business can assist you in locating an internship that will complement your formal business education.

Recent Program Statistics

  • Total BBA Students in School of Business: 420
  • Approximate Graduates Per year: 100
  • Business Minors: 50
  • Average Class Size: 22

Admission to the School of Business

To be admitted to the School of Business, a student must:

  • Be officially admitted to the university
  • Have completed at least 32 semester credit hours
  • Have successfully completed, with a minimum grade of C- Math 128, CSCE 120, ECON 101, STAT 231 and BUSA 201, or their equivalents
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50
  • Submit an application to the School of Business

For a list of course offerings, view a PDF of the catalog »