Degree Type: B.A., B.S.
CIP Code 52.0101
Major Code GBA
Department Code DEA
Degree Website http://usfsm.edu/programs/business-administration/

The General Business Administration (GBA) major prepares students for positions in an interdisciplinary business world that values cross-functional abilities.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum for the GBA major develops the ability to do the following:

  • Explain the key factors in the domestic and global economic, political-legal, socio-cultural, and technological environment of business and be able to systematically analyze the multiple environments in which organizations operate and seek to gain competitive advantage.
  • Understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of organizations as they pursue economic goals and objectives.
  • Effective management and planning with a customer and market focus.
  • Understand key financial, economic, and accounting concepts.
  • Explain how financial, statistical, and other quantitative data can be used to analyze strategic and operating performance and serve as the basis for management decisions.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Prerequisites

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

Students must complete the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of C or higher in each course and an overall 2.00 GPA.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offerings
Course Number  Course Number Credit Hours
ACG X021 or ACG X022 or ACG X001 & ACG X011 ACG 2021 3
ACG X071 or ACG X301 ACG 2071 3
CGS X100C, CGS X100, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X060, CGS X531, CGS X000, ISM X000, or CGS X518 CGS 2100 3
ECO X013 ECO 2013 3
ECO X023 ECO 2023 3
MAC X233 or MAC X230 MAC 2233 3
STA X023, STA X122, or QMB X100 STA 2023 3

Required Communication Courses (6 credit hours)

Students must complete two (2) of the following for a total of six (6) credit hours.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3 None
or
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions None
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 or ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
or
ENC 3310 Expository Writing or equivalent ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 or ENC 1121 and ENC 1122

Business Foundation Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Foundation Courses in business require a minimum grade of C in each foundation course with an overall 2.00 GPA.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
BUL 3320 Law and Business I 3 None
FIN 3403 Principles of Finance 3 ACG 2071, ECO 2013, and ECO 2023
ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations 3 CGS 2100 or equivalent
QMB 3200 Business & Economic Statistics II 3 MAC 2233 or MAC 2241, and QMB 2100 For USFSM students, STA 2023 can serve as equivalent to QMB 2100.
MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3 None
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing 3 None
GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making 3 FIN 3403, MAN 3025, and MAR 3023. Senior standing. This course should be taken in the final semester of the program.

Concentrations (18-24 credit hours)

Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of upper-level coursework. Students are required to earn a “C” or higher in all general business courses within the major requirements. There are three concentration options for students in the general business major: Applied Business, Aging Services Management, or Business and Technical Writing.

Applied Business Concentration (GAB) (18 credit hours)

  • Courses taken as part of the Applied Business concentration cannot be used in other majors, minors, or concentrations within the College of Business.
  • Courses taken as part of another College of Business major may not be used to satisfy Applied Business concentration courses.
  • At least 12 credit hours of the required business courses must be taken in residence at USFSM.

 Required Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites  Notes 
FIN 4414 Advanced Corporation Finance 3 FIN 3403
ISM 3431 Operations and Supply Chain Processes 3 QMB 2100, ACG 2071, both with a grade of C or better For USFSM students, STA 2023 can serve as equivalent for QMB 2100
MAN 4600 International Management 3 MAN 3025
MAR 3823 Marketing Management 3 MAR 3023
Choose any two upper-level ACG, QMB, ISM, FIN, MAN, MAR courses 6 Students may only take courses they have met the prerequisites for.

Business and Technical Writing Concentration (GTW) (24 credit hours)

  • The Business and Technical Writing courses are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).
  • Students will take 12 credit hours from the concentration and 12 hours of upper level ACG, QMB, ISM, FIN, MAN, MAR courses for a total of 24 credit hours.
  • At least 9 credit hours of the required business courses must be taken in residence at USFSM.

Approved Electives (12 credit hours)

Students should choose 4 courses from the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
ENC 3242 Technical Communication for Majors 3 ENC 1101 & 1102 or ENC 1121
ENC 3246 Communication for Engineers 3 None
ENC 3416 New Media for Technical Communication 3 ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 or ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
ENC 4212 Professional and Technical Editing 3 At least one of the following: ENC 2210, ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4260, ENC 4906, ENC 4946, ENC 4268, ENC 4311
ENC 4218 Visual Rhetoric for Technical Communication 3 ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 or ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
ENC 4260 Advanced Technical Writing 3 ENC 2210 OR ENC 3310
ENC 4264 Managerial Communications 3 Any one of the following: ENC 2210, ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4311, ENC 4260
ENC 4311 Advanced Composition 3 ENC 3310
ENC 4906  Professional & Technical Writing Independent Study 3 Any two of the following: ENC 2210, ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4209, ENC 4212, ENC 4260, ENC 4264, ENC 4311
ENC 4946 Internship 3 ENC 3242 and COM 3110; Student must have an approved application and approved formal internship agreement.

Aging Services Management Concentration (GAM) (24 credit hours)

  • The Aging Services Management courses are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).
  • Students will take 15 credit hours from the concentration and 9 hours of upper level ACG, QMB, ISM, FIN, MAN, MAR courses for a total of 24 credit hours.
  • At least 9 credit hours of the required business courses must be taken in residence at USFSM.

Required Courses (9 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging 3 None
GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging 3 None
GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging 3 None

Approved Electives (6 credit hours)

Students should choose two of the following electives.

*With permission from the CAS dean, up to two courses may be taken from USF Tampa (those marked with asterisks)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging 3 None
GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging 3 None
GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging 3 None
GEY 3323 Community Services for Older Adults 3 None
GEY 4322 Gerontological Case Management 3 None
GEY 4360 Gerontological Counseling 3 None
GEY 4608 Alzheimer’s Disease Management 3 GEY 2000 or GEY 3326
GEY 4641 Death and Dying 3 None
GEY 4507* Understanding Policy and Practice in Long-term Care 3 GEY 2000
GEY 4508* Health Care Operations 3 GEY 4507, ACG 2021, each with a grade of C or
better.
GEY 4509* Regulatory and Clinical Operations in Long Term 3 GEY 4508, ACG 2021, each with a grade of C or
better.
GEY 4900 Directed Readings 3 CI
GEY 4917 Directed Research 3 CI