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Choosing a major can be challenging and requires careful consideration. Students should discuss, research and allow time for self-reflection in making this decision.  In addition, it may help to identify initial career goals, and, from there, determine majors and minors that are appropriate.

Declaring a major or minor in the Argyros School comes with a rigorous set of course requirements. Lower division courses prepare students in Argyros School majors with theory-based and practical business mathematical, accounting, legal and economic principles. Upper division courses build and apply these principles in the discipline chosen.  Upper division electives provide the opportunity for students to enhance their skills in focused areas of study.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Accounting major provides students with a liberal arts education, broad training in the field of business, and intensive preparation in the field of accounting. This course of study equips students to address business challenges by applying the tools of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, operations and information systems. The program strongly emphasizes how accounting information is used for effective decision making in business. Coursework in the Accounting program provides students with the content preparation to sit for the CPA and CMA exams and many other related certifications.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major provides students with a liberal arts education paired with strong professional training in business. This course of study equips students to address business challenges by applying the tools of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, operations, and information systems. The program emphasizes identifying business opportunities, developing solutions supported by data and analysis, and effective communication of the results. Students select five upper division electives, and, within this requirement, can choose to customize their course of study in one or more of the following seven emphases: Business Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing and Real Estate.  
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Economics major provides students with a liberal arts education paired with a thorough understanding of the tools of micro and macroeconomic analysis. This course of study equips students to analyze the choices made by individuals and entities under conditions of scarcity and to evaluate the outcomes of these decisions for society. The program emphasizes decision-making with limited resources, quantitative analysis of economic problems, the study of financial and government institutions and their policies, and behavioral decision making under uncertainty. Students select six electives, and, within this requirement, can choose to customize their course of study.

For any student seeking to add or change to an Accounting or Business major, proficiency must first be demonstrated in a core set of classes: ECON 200, ECON 201, ACTG 210 and MATH 109. In order to become an Economics major, proficiency must first be demonstrated in ECON 200, ECON 201 and MATH 109. Proficiency means that the student must obtain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better prior in these four classes to being accepted as a major. The major change will not be official until course grades are officially posted on the program evaluation and the 2.5 GPA is achieved.

Argyros School Minors

To declare a business, economics or entrepreneurship minor, students can do so on their own at the Registrar’s Office.  There are many career choices that could benefit from these minors. Every organization, regardless of industry, relies on business and economic principles to prosper. Adding one of these minors to your major might create a strong academic combination that suites your career goals well.

+ - Steps for Changing/Adding Accounting, Business or Economics Majors (for non Argyros School majors)

Students seeking to add or change to Accounting, Business or Economics majors will be permitted to join the desired Argyros School major upon completion of the following tasks:

  1. Submission of the last page of the Intent to Change Majors Form indicating the desire to change majors to Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Argyros School. You can pick up a copy of this form from the Assistant Dean or the Argyros School Program Advisors.
  2. For prospective Accounting and Business majors, complete MATH 109, ECON 200, ECON 201 and ACTG 210 with an overall average GPA of 2.5 in these four courses.  For prospective Economics majors, complete MATH 109, ECON 200 and ECON 201 with an overall GPA of 2.5 in these three courses. All courses in Argyros School majors must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better.  The student cannot be on probation.  See catalog for detailed rules. 
  3. Upon completion of the above courses, with the required GPA, the Assistant Dean will notify the student of the steps required to finally complete the change of major process.

Upon Submission of the Intent to Change Major Form, students have access to:

1. Argyros Advising and Student Services

  • Provides program advising to students on majors, minors and clusters from the Argyros School.
  • Delivers advising and personal development workshops and small group meetings.

2. Argyros Career Services

  • Delivers career assessments, career advising appointments, drop-in hours, employer career panels/meet and greets, interview preparation, on-campus recruiting orientations, resume and cover letter critiques, suggested career timeline, and workshops.

+ - Current Argyros Students: Changing/Adding Accounting, Business or Economics Majors

Students who are currently Accounting, Business or Economics majors may change or add second majors within the Argyros School with the signature of the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Argyros School. Change of Major/Minor forms are available from the Registrar’s Office or online, and signed forms must be submitted at the Registrar’s Office. All rules in the student’s catalog of record will be observed.

+ - Adding Business, Economics or Entrepreneurship Minors

Any student may add a Business, Economics or Entrepreneurship minor without the signature of the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Argyros School. Change of Major/Minor forms are available from the Registrar’s Office or online. Completed forms must be submitted at the Registrar’s Office. All rules in the student’s catalog of record will be observed. Note that the 2015 catalog states that, "Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree or the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree are not eligible to earn the Minor in Entrepreneurship."

Business minors must attain at least a 2.5 GPA in ECON 200, ECON 201, MATH 109 and ACTG 210.  Economics minors must attain a 2.5 GPA in ECON 200, ECON 201 and MGSC 208.  Failure to accomplish these requirements will restrict students from enrolling in upper division courses.

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