Mar 01, 2024  
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog 
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog

Business Administration — General Concentration, BA

Location(s): WWU - Poulsbo

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Department of Management, College of Business and Economics

88-90 credits

The Business Administration-General Concentration is currently only available to students at our Poulsbo campus.


The Business Administration program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in business and the community. One program objective is to provide students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary to make decisions and evaluate policies in business; another is to develop student understanding of the social, economic and regulatory environments in business. The program is designed for students with a variety of career goals, including opportunities with financial institutions, manufacturing and retail firms, service industries and the public sector.

Learning Competency Goals

  • Demonstrate breadth of business knowledge
  • Produce quality business documents
  • Analyze problems using an ethical perspective
  • Analyze the legal implications of business decisions
  • Critically analyze problems and defend resolutions
  • Solve business problems using quantitative techniques
  • Apply a global perspective in conducting business
  • Identify and analyze social consequences of business activities
  • Understand the importance of environmental sustainability

Why Consider a General Concentration in Business Administration Major?

The College of Business and Economics prepares men and women for positions of leadership and stewardship in the management and administration of complex organizations — from small companies to large multinational enterprises. Students develop managerial skills, analytic economic skills and interpersonal sensitivities, as well as quantitative and accounting skills. All students earning a degree in Business Administration will develop significant understanding of management information systems and computing.

 Contact Information

CBE Admissions & Scholarships
Dean’s Office
Parks Hall 419

Department Chair

Mary Sass
Parks Hall 351A

Major Information:
Academic Department Manager

Cristina Nelson
Parks Hall 351

Major Information:
General Business

Western on the Peninsulas

 Sample Careers

Project Management | Event Planning | Management Consulting | Nonprofit Management | Government | Small Business

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Admission to programs in the College of Business and Economics (CBE) is selective and based upon prior academic performance and other evidence of high promise. For admission to CBE as a Business Major with a General Concentration, students must have completed the following requirements:

General Concentration in Business Administration, BA (Poulsbo Campus only)

  • Confirmed admission to Western Washington University - Apply to WWU online/Apply to WWU by Paper/Mail
  • A completed Extension Transfer/Post-Baccalaureate Application
  • Achieved a 2.5 cumulative college GPA (including transfer work)
  • A plan that includes completion of the CBE foundation courses (if not completed before applying to WWU

To help the Admissions Office match up your documents, we recommend that you include your full name and date of birth on all materials.

Mail all application materials to:

Western Washington University
Office of Admissions
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

General Concentration Courses

❑ 28 credits of approved upper-division elective courses:
Students in the department may elect to work with their faculty advisor in designing a set of upper-division courses appropriate to their academic interests. The resulting course of study shall have prior approval of the advisor and include the following: HRM 322 or HRM 422, MGMT 313 and five additional upper-division CBE courses. Students interested in entrepreneurial management or human resource management should select the general option and inform the department of that interest. They will be advised of the preferred courses for students intending to embark upon entrepreneurial or human resource management careers or careers in small business.

❑ Take one Communication Focus (CF) course and a minimum of three writing proficiency points in approved upper-division writing proficiency courses (WP) at WWU with a minimum grade of C-. The CF and WP courses must be taken within CBE and can be completed as part of the above required and elective courses, prior to graduation. Consult the CBE catalog for more information. Consult Browse Classes for the specific course sections that fulfill the CF and WP requirements.

❑ Accounting and Business majors must complete a minimum of 90 credits in areas other than accounting and business administration.

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