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Undergraduate Core Coursework

In Fall , the Ross School of Business launched an updated curriculum for students entering the BBA degree program. Please review the appropriate curriculum below that aligns with your admittance into the Ross School of Business BBA degree program:

BBA Curriculum for Students Admitted Fall and later (BBA Freshmen and Preferred Admission students)

CREDITS ACCEPTED FOR TRANSFER TO THE BBA PROGRAM

The BBA program will transfer in a maximum of 30 transferable test/transfer credits earned prior to the start of the BBA program, although a student may have earned more than this.  Individual courses may be applied to general degree requirements, such as distribution, but 30 total credits may be applied towards the credits for the BBA degree.

BBA CORE COURSES AND SCHEDULE

The BBA degree requires a minimum of credits. of these credits must be business credits, and of the total credits must be non-business credits (including credits used to meet distribution requirements). The remaining credits may be either business or non-business course work.

The BBA program is organized around 40 credits of required core courses, credits of which must be taken in the prescribed order. Students complete those core courses in an assigned cohort (or section) of students and may not drop or complete required core courses out of sequence.

credits of core coursework is designated as “Floating Core.” Students may elect to complete the floating core coursework in any sequence between the Winter term of Sophomore year and the Fall term of Senior year.

A required capstone course (credits vary) must also be completed in the Winter term of Senior year.

If a BBA core course (e.g. ACC ) was completed at the Ross School of Business prior to entering the BBA program and a minimum course grade of "C” was earned, those credits will transfer into the Ross program and the core course may not be repeated for additional credit toward the BBA degree. Students who complete courses offered specifically for non-business students (typically course number ), prior to entering the BBA program will NOT earn credit for those courses towards the BBA degree.

Please click here to browse course descriptions.

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Term Courses

Credits

Winter Term Courses

Credits

BA Introduction to Ross: Foundations in Learning Business

BA Introduction to Ross: Foundations in Learning Business

BCOM Introduction to Business Communication

Fall or Winter Term Course options

Credits

  • Prerequisite courses: Calculus, FYWR, ECON
  • Non-Business coursework (to meet distribution or 54 required non-Business credits)

varies

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Term Courses

Credits

Winter Term Courses

Credits

STRATEGY Corporate Strategy

Capstone Course Options: ACC , ACC/FIN ,BA , BA , BL , BL , ES , MKT , MO , MO , STRATEGY , TO , TO , TO
(TO only offered in the Fall)

varies

Floating Core Course(s) (see list below)

varies

Fall and Winter Term Course options

Credits

Other classes to include any degree requirements:

  • Business Electives
  • Non-Business coursework (to meet distribution or 54 required non-Business credits)
  • Complete Organizations Session for Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO) milestone

varies

ADDITIONAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 58 Business Credits: Students must elect enough Business elective coursework so that elective credits and all business core course credits (fixed core, floating core, and the required capstone course) total 58 or more business credits prior to graduation. Business elective courses cross-listed with other schools will count only as Business credit.
  • 54 Non-Business Credits: Students must complete a minimum of 54 credits of Non-Business coursework in order to graduate, including distribution courses.
  • Total Credits: Students must complete a minimum of credits to receive their degree. In addition to the required 58 Business Credits, at least 54 of the credits must be non-Business coursework.
  • Distribution & Foreign Language Requirements: In addition to the Business requirements, BBA students are required to complete three of the following four requirements:
    • Humanities Distribution (HU) = 9 credits
    • Natural Sciences (NS) and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis (MSA) = 9 credits
    • Social Sciences (SS) = 9 credits (excluding ECON & )
    • Foreign Language Proficiency = Fourth-term proficiency in a foreign language is determined by successful completion of a proficiency examination administered by U-M, or by completion of a fourth-semester college-level foreign language course. AP course work which meets fourth-term proficiency fulfills this requirement. See the LSA Bulletin for further details.
  • Identity and Diversity in Organizations ( admits and beyond): This graduation requirement is composed of three predetermined programs, followed by the submission of an original reflection paper for each IDO-certified program attended. To fulfill this requirement, students must attend a program and write a reflection paper for each topic area: identity, diversity, and organizations. See the IDO information page for further details. Reflection paper due dates for each academic year and IDO theme are as follows:
    • Identity due within a student's first year in the BBA program
    • Diversity due within a student's second year in the BBA program
    • Organizations due by March 1st of the student's final year in the BBA program

Current BBA students can schedule an Academic Counseling Appointment if they have questions regarding any of the degree requirements.

BBA Curriculum for students admitted Fall and later (sophomore start)

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION AND CREDITS ACCEPTED FOR TRANSFER TO THE BBA PROGRAM

In preparation for admission to Ross, students must have a minimum of 27 transferable credit hours, including a C or better in the following prerequisites: 1) any course in Calculus I, II, or III [includes AP credit for Math or or IB, A-level or transfer credit for an exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., Math X)], 2) Economics [includes IB, A-level, or transfer credit for the exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., Econ X)], and 3) any course approved as First-Year Writing in LSA [includes transfer credit for any course approved as First-Year Writing at U-M (not departmental credit, e.g., English X or ENGCMPTC X)]. See Ross Admissions for more details regarding prerequisites.

The BBA program will transfer in a maximum of 45 transferable credits earned prior to start of BBA program, although a student may have earned more than this. Review our Transfer Credit page for details on what courses are accepted by Ross.

BBA CORE COURSES AND SCHEDULE

The BBA degree requires a minimum of credits. of these credits must be business credits, and of the total credits must be non-business credits (including credits used to meet distribution requirements). The remaining credits may be either business or non-business course work.

The BBA program is organized around 40 credits of required core courses, credits of which must be taken in the prescribed order. Students complete those core courses in an assigned cohort (or section) of students and may not drop or complete required core courses out of sequence.

credits of core coursework is designated as “Floating Core.” Students may elect to complete the floating core coursework in any sequence between the Winter term of Sophomore year and the Fall term of Senior year.

A required capstone course (credits vary) must also be completed in the Winter term of Senior year.

If a BBA core course (e.g. ACC ) was completed at the Ross School of Business prior to entering the BBA program and a minimum course grade of "C” was earned, those credits will transfer into the Ross program and the core course may not be repeated for additional credit toward the BBA degree. Students who complete courses offered specifically for non-business students (typically course number ), prior to entering the BBA program will NOT earn credit for those courses towards the BBA degree.

Please click here to browse course descriptions.

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Term Courses

Credits

Winter Term Courses

Credits

STRATEGY Corporate Strategy

Capstone Course Options: ACC , ACC/FIN ,BA , BA , BL , BL , ES , MKT , MO , STRATEGY , TO , TO , TO
(TO only offered in the Fall)

varies

Floating Core Course(s) (see list below)

varies

Fall and Winter Term Course options

Credits

Other classes to include any degree requirements:

  • Business Electives
  • Non-Business coursework (to meet distribution or 54 required non-Business credits)
  • Complete Organizations Session for Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO) milestone

varies

ADDITIONAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 58 Business Credits: Students must elect enough Business elective coursework so that elective credits and all business core course credits (fixed core, floating core, and the required capstone course) total 58 or more business credits prior to graduation. Business elective courses cross-listed with other schools will count only as Business credit.
  • 54 Non-Business Credits: Students must complete a minimum of 54 credits of Non-Business coursework in order to graduate, including distribution courses.
  • Total Credits: Students must complete a minimum of credits to receive their degree. In addition to the required 58 Business Credits, at least 54 of the credits must be non-Business coursework.
  • Distribution & Foreign Language Requirements: In addition to the Business requirements, BBA students are required to complete three of the following four requirements:
    • Humanities Distribution (HU) = 9 credits
    • Natural Sciences (NS) and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis (MSA) = 9 credits
    • Social Sciences (SS) = 9 credits (excluding ECON & )
    • Foreign Language Proficiency = Fourth-term proficiency in a foreign language is determined by successful completion of a proficiency examination administered by U-M, or by completion of a fourth-semester college-level foreign language course. AP course work which meets fourth-term proficiency fulfills this requirement. See the LSA Bulletin for further details.
  • Identity and Diversity in Organizations ( admits and beyond): This graduation requirement is composed of three predetermined programs, followed by the submission of an original reflection paper for each IDO-certified program attended. To fulfill this requirement, students must attend a program and write a reflection paper for each topic area: identity, diversity, and organizations. See the IDO information page for further details. Reflection paper due dates for each academic year and IDO theme are as follows:
    • Identity due within a student's first year in the BBA program
    • Diversity due within a student's second year in the BBA program
    • Organizations due by March 1st of the student's final year in the BBA program

Current BBA students can schedule an Academic Counseling Appointment if they have questions regarding any of the degree requirements.

BBA Curriculum for students admitted between Fall & Fall

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION AND CREDITS ACCEPTED FOR TRANSFER TO THE BBA PROGRAM

In preparation for admission to Ross, students must have a minimum of 27 transferable credit hours, including a C or better in the following prerequisites: 1) any course in Calculus I, II, or III (includes AP credit for Math or or IB, A-level or transfer credit for an exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., Math X)), 2) Economics (includes IB, A-level, or transfer credit for the exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., Econ X)), and 3) any course approved as First-Year Writing in LSA (includes transfer credit for any course approved as First-Year Writing at U-M (not departmental credit, e.g., English X or ENGCMPTC X)). See Ross Admissions for more details regarding prerequisites.

The BBA program will transfer in a maximum of 45 transferable credits earned prior to start of BBA program, although a student may have earned more than this. Review our Transfer Credit page for details on what courses are accepted by Ross.

Note: Core courses must be taken in the prescribed terms. Students may not drop required core courses.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

The first year of the BBA program introduces students to some of the core business fundamentals, while they continue to complete some of the general LSA requirements.   

*For students admitted to the BBA Program Fall or before, BE was required Fall term of sophomore year.

JUNIOR YEAR

The second year of the BBA program continues to build on the base core curriculum, while beginning to immerse students more into business electives as they wrap up their LSA requirements.

*For students admitted to the BBA Program Fall or before, MO was required Winter term of junior year.

SENIOR YEAR

The last year of the BBA program contains one final core course and provides students with the freedom to select from a variety of electives. Students should also make sure they complete any remaining degree requirements. 

ADDITIONAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • Business Law: Students must complete one of two Business Law courses (either BL or , formerly LHC or ). This requirement may be completed at any time during the Junior or Senior years.
  • 45 Business Credits: Students must complete at least 45 credits of Business classes in order to graduate. The core courses listed above as well as ACC and ACC , which may have been taken before beginning the BBA program, are included in the required The core, ACC & , and the Law requirement total 36 credits, so an additional 9 credits of Business elective coursework is required.
  • Total Credits: Students must complete a minimum of credits to receive their degree. In addition to the required 45 Business Credits, at least 54 of the credits must be non-Business coursework.
  • Distribution & Foreign Language Requirements: In addition to the Business requirements, BBA students are required to complete three of the following four requirements:
    • Humanities Distribution (HU) = 9 credits
    • Natural Sciences (NS) and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis (MSA) = 9 credits
    • Social Sciences (SS) = 9 credits (excluding Econ & )
    • Foreign Language Proficiency = Fourth-term proficiency in a foreign language is determined by successful completion of a proficiency examination administered by U-M, or by completion of a fourth-semester college-level foreign language course. AP course work which meets fourth-term proficiency fulfills this requirement. See the LSA Bulletin for further details.

Current BBA students can schedule an Academic Counseling Appointment if they have questions regarding any of the degree requirements.

The degree plan of every undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin includes three components: core curriculum and Flag requirements, major requirements, and electives. Together, these components produce self-reliant graduates who will become leaders in their chosen professions and communities.

The core represents a university-wide commitment to general education, incorporating the perspectives of an array of academic disciplines and including courses taught by faculty members from every college and school.

Core Curriculum

View the course requirements for the core curriculum.

The hour core curriculum is required for all students, regardless of major. The core begins with a common intellectual experience known as the first-year Signature Course and includes coursework in English composition, literature, government, history, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences and technology, and visual and performing arts.

These requirements allow students to put their major coursework into a broader intellectual context and understand how other disciplines raise and answer important questions. The core also facilitates the exploration of prospective majors and can serve as a foundation for more advanced coursework within the major.

Skills & Experience Flags

Learn how to fulfill Flag requirements.

Students gain experience in writing, quantitative reasoning, global cultures, cultural diversity, ethics and leadership, and independent inquiry by completing core, major, and elective courses carrying flags in the aforementioned areas. Flags are taught across the curriculum so that students learn about writing or ethical decision-making, for example, in the context of their own discipline.

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