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

Popular Minor Pairings

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The Experience
Business Administration major photo of student or faculty

I have definitely found a lot of value in my Small Business/Entrepreneurship emphasis. I am currently working with one of my Entrepreneurship professors on an independent project, but I have also found this field of study to be useful in other aspects of my life. My knowledge of business and entrepreneurial thinking has complemented my music and ministry endeavors.

Jimmy Sweeden '15

Read Jimmy's Story

Business Administration major photo of student or faculty

Working with students on their research projects helps them prepare for research work in the workplace, and distinguishes them from other candidates in the job market. For me, it provides insight into their experiences in the world of information systems, which often differs from my own – I use those insights often in my teaching.

Paul Witman
Associate Professor
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