Degree Requirements

General Requirements for the Major or Minor

General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.

Bachelor of Arts in Business: General Emphasis

Ten units to include:

  1. Preparatory courses (2 units): ECON 170 (this course may also be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social Scientific Approaches) and MATH 160 or MATH 260 (this course may also be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematical Approaches).
  2. Foundation Courses (5 units): BUS 205, 305, 310, 315, 340.
  3. Business Electives (2 units) at 300-400 level (excluding BUS 300 and 344; CONN 387, 390, and 478).
  4. Senior Research Seminar (1 unit). Students must complete the foundational courses and have senior standing before taking the Senior Research Seminar. Courses approved: BUS 416, 432, 478, 482, or 485.

See additional "Notes on the Major" below.

Bachelor of Arts in Business: International Emphasis

Eleven units to include:

  1. Preparatory courses (2 units): ECON 170 (this course may also be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social Scientific Approaches) and MATH 160 or MATH 260 (this course may also be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematical Approaches).
  2. Foundation Courses (6 units): BUS 205,, 305, 310, 315, 340 and 370 (first offered 2015/2016).
  3. International Business Elective (2 units) at 300-400 level from: BUS 361, 375, 435, 471, 472, and 493 if it has been approved as an International Business Elective.
  4. Senior Research Seminar: (1 unit). Students must complete the foundational courses and have senior standing before taking the Senior Research Seminar. Courses approved: BUS 416, 432, 478, 482, or 485.
  5. An international experience.
  6. Competency in a modern foreign language through the 202 level.
  7. Increased exposure to international content and context through one of the following:
    1. Completion of a third year college level language course;
    2. Demonstrated proficiency of third year college level language by examination;
    3. Completion of one upper division global studies course from an approved list (for example, COMM 460, ECON 271, HIST 385, IPE 300, 311, 323, or 389, P&G 372 or378, SOAN 323 or 350)
    4. Other method as approved by advisor and SBL director.

Notes on the Major (General and International)

  1. Courses used to satisfy the elective and senior research seminar requirements may not also be used to satisfy university core requirements.
  2. Only courses for which the student has received a C- or better can count for the major.
  3. A minimum of five BUS courses towards the major must be completed in residence at Puget Sound, or a waiver approved.
  4. Transfer students choosing to major in the School of Business and Leadership should meet with the SBL Director to determine transferability of business courses completed elsewhere.
  5. Students planning to pursue a graduate degree in business, such as an MBA, are encouraged to take Calculus (Math 180, 181).

Requirements for the Minor

Six units to include:

  1. Economics: ECON 170 (this course may also be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social Scientific Approaches).
  2. Statistics: MATH 160 or MATH 260 (this course may also be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematical Approaches).
  3. Any four business courses (excluding BUS 300 and 344; CONN 387, 390, and 478).

Notes on the Minor

  1. Only courses for which the student has received a C- or better can count for the minor.
  2. A minimum of three BUS courses toward the minor must be completed in residence at Puget Sound, or a waiver approved.

Bachelor of Arts in Business - Business Leadership Program

The Business Leadership Program (BLP) is a four-year program for students selected on the basis of intellectual abilities, motivation, and demonstrated potential for leadership in business. The BLP is distinguished by a unique curriculum that blends coursework in business and the liberal arts, and features multiple special BLP cohort classes. BLP students must participate in regional business field trips, an evening leadership speaker series, a professional internship, and a formal mentorship program. Students can pursue the regular BLP major or the BLP major with an international emphasis. Students receive the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree.

Special application to the program should be made during a student's senior year in high school. Application forms are accessible from the Office of Admission

Sophomore-level admission to the Business Leadership Program is possible, but contingent on space availability. Interested freshmen should contact the Business Leadership Program Director during the first or second semester of their freshman year to obtain application requirements.

Continued participation in the program is subject to academic performance as well as acceptable participation in all aspects of the program. See "Special Considerations for Business Leadership Program students" below.

Key objectives of the program are for students to:

  1. Develop leadership and managerial skills;
  2. Develop the ability to think logically and analytically;
  3. Develop skills in written and oral communication.

These objectives are fulfilled within a liberal educational environment where, in addition to the business courses, extensive coursework in other areas is required. Additionally, the student is required to have contact with business executives (including a mentor) and participate in an internship.

Requirements

Thirteen units to include:

  1. Politics and Government (1 unit): PG 101, 102, or 103
  2. Quantitative (2 units): MATH 160 or MATH 260 (must be completed before enrollment in BUS 315), and one additional unit numbered 150 or higher. Students planning to pursue a graduate degree in business, such as an MBA, are encouraged to take Calculus.
  3. Economics (2 units): ECON 170 and one additional unit at the 200-400 level.
  4. Business and Leadership (8 units): BUS 205, 305, 310, 315, 340, 385; one business elective at the 300-400 level (excluding BUS 300 and 344; CONN 387, 390, and 478); and a Senior Research Seminar.
    1. Courses used to satisfy the business elective and senior research seminar requirements may not also be used to satisfy university core requirements.
    2. Students must complete the foundational courses and have senior standing before taking the Senior Research Seminar. Courses approved: BUS 416, 432, 478, 482, or 485.
  5. Internship (no credit)
  6. In addition to the BLP requirements listed above, students pursuing the BLP major with an international emphasis are required to:
    1. Complete the following course: BUS 370;
    2. Complete an International Business Elective (1) at the 300-400 level from: BUS 361, 375, 435, 471, 472, and 493 if it has been approved as an International Business Elective
    3. Have competency in a modern foreign language through the 202 level;
    4. Complete an international experience, which may include study abroad, a formal internship abroad, or academic research abroad.
    5. Increase exposure to international content and context through one of the following:
      1. Completion of a third year college level language course;
      2. Demonstrated proficiency of third year college level language by examination;
      3. Completion of one upper division global studies course from an approved list (for example, COMM 460, ECON 271, HIST 385, IPE 300, 311, 323, or 389, P&G 372 or378, SOAN 323 or 350)
      4. Other method as approved by advisor and SBL director.
    In addition, they are strongly encouraged to take ECON 271 (International Economics).

Special Considerations for Business Leadership Program students

Once admitted to the Business Leadership Program, students can continue in the program as long as they:

  1. Register for, regularly attend, and earn a passing grade for BLP seminars (BUS 101, 201, 301, 401), freshman through senior years (fall and spring);
  2. Regularly meet with their mentor, sophomore through senior years;
  3. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all university work. Only courses for which the student has received a "C" or better count for the major. In cases where performance falls below this level, students will have a probationary period to bring the cumulative GPA back up to 3.0 or be dismissed from the program.
  4. Enroll in special sections of cohort courses for the BLP major with higher implicit expectations and standards. For the first five semesters there will be at least one cohort course, and there will be at least one cohort course in the senior year.

For university policy regarding Advanced Placement credit, please see the Admission section of the Bulletin.