Business Management

Business Management or Business Administration is the most common college major in America.* Business executives work in nearly every industry, in businesses that are large and small, for-profit and non-profit, developing strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate the operational activities of organizations.

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. At Cal Lutheran, your degree in Business Management will consist of a strong liberal arts based, core managerial program with courses in:

  • Accounting
  • Business law
  • Finance
  • Organizational behavior
  • Computer information systems
  • Marketing
  • Strategic management

Employment of business executives is projected to grow 11 percent from now until 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by industry and is largely dependent on the rate of that industry’s growth. Top executives should face very strong competition for jobs. Executive salaries can vary widely, and in 2012, the median annual wage for a top executive was $101, 650.

*US Census survey statistics

**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook,

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Program Requirements

As of Fall 2018

Required credits: 39 credits minimum; 28 upper division credits. 2.0 minimum GPA.

Required Courses

BUS 251 (4) Principles of Accounting
BUS 252 (4) Managerial Accounting
BUS 367 (4) Behavior in Organizations
BUS 374 (4) Business Law 
BUS 375 (4) Principles of Marketing
BUS 381 (4) Information, Systems, and Organizational Design
BUS 391 (4) Principles of Finance
BUS 469 (4) Strategic Management (Capstone)
BUS 476 (4) International Business Behavior


ECON 311 (4) Statistical Methods

Required Supporting Courses

One of the following:
ECON 200 (3) Micro-Economics and ECON 201 (3) Macro-Economics
ECON 203 (4) General Economics

Business Communications

One of the following:
BUS 301 (4) Communication for Managers 
COMM 306 (4) Business and Professional Communication


MATH 245 (4) Applied Calculus


One of the following:
PHIL 370 (4) Business Ethics
RLTH 350 (4) Contemporary Christian Ethics

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Note: Some business courses may need to be completed on the Thousand Oaks campus.

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Required credits: 20 credits minimum; 12 upper division credits. 2.0 minimum GPA.


BUS 251 (4) Principles of Accounting
BUS 252 (4) Managerial Accounting
BUS 391 (4) Principles of Finance

Elective Courses

Two courses (8 credits) from Business Administration curriculum (BUS 367, 374, 375, 381, ECON 311)


One of the following:
ECON 200 (3) Micro-Economics and ECON 201 (3) Macro-Economics
ECON 203 (4) General Economics