Business Administration B.A.

  1. Communication: Students will be able to organize thoughts and compose ideas to demonstrate articulate written, oral, listening, visual, and media skills for effective presentation to varying audiences
  2. Management and Teamwork: Students will be able to work with others in diverse and cross-functional environments and manage and lead teams to achieve stated objectives
  3. Thinking (critical, strategic, creative) and problem solving: Students will demonstrate excellence in critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, and strategic planning so as to be able to link data, knowledge and insight to make sound strategic decisions on a timely basis
  4. Ethical Reasoning and Spiritual Formation: Students will be able to engage in ethical reflection, evaluate ethical issues, and apply ethical principles and moral values in decision-making
  5. Decision Making: Students will conduct research and apply analytical decision-making skills to identify structure and solve business problems
  6. Business Tools and Technology: Students will exhibit technical expertise and demonstrate the use of information technology as a tactical and strategic resource for business professionals

Students working towards a degree in Business Administration may select an optional concentration in International Business, Management or Organizational Psychology.  Academic requirements for these optional concentrations can be found here.   

Core Curriculum Requirements 150
Business and Management Core Requirements39
Business Administration Major Requirements18
General Electives13
Total Units120

Business and Management Traditional Undergraduate Core Requirements 

Lower Division
ACCT-225Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT-226Principles of Managerial Accounting3
BUSN-125Computer Applications3
BUSN-215Principles of Macroeconomics3
BUSN-216Principles of Microeconomics3
MATH-265CIntro to Statistical Methods 23
MATH-116CCollege Algebra3
or MATH-170C Precalculus
COMM-273Visual Technology3
or COMM-290 Intro to Interpersonal Communication
or COMM-333 Small Group Leadership
Upper Division
BUSN-316Business Law3
BUSN-455CBusiness Policy and Strategy (Capstone Course)3
FINC-335Corporate Finance3
MNGT-325Management Theory/Practice3
MRKT-360Principles of Marketing3
Total Units39

 Business Administration Major

In addition to the Business and Management Core Requirements for a Business Administration Major, students must successfully complete the following courses:

Upper Division:
Upper and/or Lower Division:
Department of Business and Management courses 6
Non-Department of Business and Management courses require prior approval of the Chair of the Department of Business and Management.
Total Units18

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 


Three of the 57 units count toward Core Curriculum

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Business and Management. 

Study Abroad Participation: Students interested in participating in the university's Study Abroad programs are encouraged to reach out to the Global Education and Outreach Office for more information and collaboration in their academic course planning. Students using Education and Training Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are encouraged to also reach out to the School Certifying Official for more information regarding how benefits can be applied.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
BUSN-125 Computer Applications 3
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
THEO-101C Foundations of Christian Life 3
MATH-PLHDACMath Algebra Or Precalculus 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
Year 1 Term 2
MATH-265C Intro to Statistical Methods 3
KINE-148C Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 3
HIST-PLCR1History Core Req (US Hist Or Democracy) 3
BUSN-215 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
SOC-PLHD2Social Science Requirement 3
Year 2 Term 1
BUSN-216 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ACCT-225 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ENGL-220C Researched Writing 3
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
Year 2 Term 2
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
ACCT-226 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
HIST-PLCR2History Core Requirement (World Civ) 3
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
MRKT-360 Principles of Marketing 3
Year 3 Term 1
MNGT-325 Management Theory/Practice 3
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
FINC-335 Corporate Finance 3
COMM-BUSPHCOMM Requirement Placeholder 3
NSCI-PLCRScience Lec/Lab Requirement 4
Year 3 Term 2
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
BUSN-316 Business Law 3
MNGT-PLUD3Upper Division Management Elective (3u) 3
BUSN-PLACFNUpper Div Acct Or Finc Elct 3
ELCT-PLUD3Upper Division General Elective 3 Units 3
Year 4 Term 1
BUSN-PLUD3AUpper Div Business Dept Elective (3u) 3
BUSN-PLUD3BUpper Div Business Dept Elective (3u) 3
BUSN-PLGE3General Business Dept Elective (3 Units) 3
ELCT-PLHD3AGeneral Elective 3 Units 3
MRKT-PLUD3Upper Division Marketing Elective (3u) 3
Year 4 Term 2
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
BUSN-455C Business Policy and Strategy 3
ELCT-PLHD6Electives 6 Units 6
ELCT-PLHD1Elective Course 1 Unit 1
 Total Units120


  • THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View can only be taken after completion of at least 60 units. CHIS-400C Christian Heritage can only be taken after completion of at least 90 units.