Business Administration

Offered as a major (B.S.) and a minor

Don't just learn about business. Learn how to do business.

Business Administration covers the "nuts and bolts" of a business career and the skills required of successful executives: effective writing, strong presentation, critical thinking, and ethical leadership.

The Curriculum

Build up your core business knowledge

Your courses will combine a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences with an in-depth study of business-related disciplines. Before choosing a concentration, you will complete a core managerial program that covers:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Business Communication
  • Strategic Management

Choose your concentration

After completing the core program, you will choose to specialize in one of nine concentrations. Focusing on your area of interest adds depth to your knowledge — and value to your degree.

Get firsthand experience

You’ll gain practical knowledge as part of your coursework through hands-on projects such as creating business plans, conducting market research, and implementing advertising campaigns. Two-thirds of business administration majors also take on an internship, working at organizations like Disney and the Los Angeles Lakers. This gives you a chance to sharpen your skills in an active workplace — and maybe even secure a job before you graduate!

Build your professional network

Your professors’ real-world business experience will be an invaluable resource during your studies. You’ll also learn directly from company executives through special courses and speaker series. Take advantage of many extracurricular opportunities such as the New Venture Competition and the Entrepreneurship Club to network with other students who share your interests. Or travel with a variety of short-term programs to learn about business in other parts of the world, including Europe and Asia.

Save time and money earning your MBA

Add further value to your degree by choosing the 4+1 Option, which gives you a head start on earning an MBA. With 4+1, you’ll be able to take graduate-level courses as part of your undergrad curriculum. After graduation, you’ll only need one additional year to complete your MBA at Cal Lutheran — saving you both time and money.


Offered as a major (B.S.) and a minor

  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Technology Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Small Business/Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Management

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The Experience
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Students have an opportunity to discover and live their purpose in the classroom by aligning the concepts we study class with service learning opportunities in the community.

Veronica Guerrero
Assistant Professor
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My internships helped to realize that finance, not accounting, was the right option for my own personal interests and talents. I recommend that you do two or more internships in varying areas of your major early on in your college career. As they did for me, internships can help you better understand if your choice of major is the best fit for your own future career.

Anessa Buff '16
Your Future

As a graduate of our business administration program, you can target professional careers in corporate or nonprofit management, finance, international business, small business entrepreneurship, information technology management, or marketing; or you may gain admission to law or other graduate and professional schools.

Our alumni study at:

  • San Diego State University
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Miami
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • New England School of Law
  • University of Southern California
  • California Lutheran University


They work for:

  • ABC Television Group
  • Anthem Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • BDO
  • Dept. of Veteran Affairs
  • Edward Jones
  • Guess Inc.
  • Harmen International
  • J.D. Power and Associates
  • Move, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • PennyMac Loan Services, LLC
  • Sage Publications
  • SmithGeiger
  • UBS Financial Services
  • Wells Fargo Financial

Career paths:

  • Associate Account Executive
  • Audit Staff
  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Professor
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Director of Sales
  • Director of Technical Recruiting
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Logistics Administrator
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Production Coordinator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Research Analyst
  • Sales Manager