B.S. Degree in Business Administration

You like to make things happen and can manage many different tasks at the same time. You're driven and ambitious. Your enthusiasm makes people naturally follow you. Take your talent to the limit with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

What qualities are today's businesses looking for in college graduates? They want to see strong interpersonal skills, the ability to solve problems, a high energy level, and good judgment. The Business Administration program at UW-Stout is designed to help you develop the qualities that will make you an asset to any company.

You'll get exposure to all facets of business, including:

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Manufacturing
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Personnel management
  • International business
  • Law
  • Written and oral communication
  • Computer applications

In addition to taking general business courses, you'll explore one of UW-Stout's technical areas to supplement your basic program. You can choose from areas such as construction, packaging, graphics arts management, risk management, quality management, foods, tourism, apparel manufacturing, and others.

Stout gives its graduates a competitive advantage with an opportunity that most other colleges students don't have. As part of the program, Business Administration majors gain practical work experience before graduation during an on-campus practicum and an off-campus field experience, or co-op.

Another advantage for Stout Business Administration students is the outstanding faculty. Through their outside work experience and/or consulting, they bring their first-hand knowledge of the business world to you. They know how to communicate and motivate, and can share with you the skills and knowledge you need to be successful.

Preparing for UW-Stout

Preparation for college begins in high school. We recommend that you take computer classes as well as courses in bookkeeping, science, advanced math, speech, and advanced writing. Involvement in extracurricular activities is valuable, and any related work experience is a plus.

Starting Out

During your first two semesters, you'll enroll primarily in General Education courses. In addition, introductory business-related courses will help you refine your career direction, since emphasis is placed on choosing a career field as soon as possible. With help from a faculty advisor, you'll choose a career area and select technical components that support your goals. Help with course and career choices is also available through the Advisement and Career Center, the Counseling Center, and Career Services.

As You Progress

A strong general education foundation progresses to more advanced business courses in marketing, management, production operations, finance, personnel, accounting, law, and international business. You'll select upper-level courses in these same areas as they apply to your career goals.

In addition, comprehensive courses in areas such as international studies, information systems, and quality management let you apply information from previous courses to a broader view of business. At the same time, you'll enroll in courses to fulfill the technical component of your degree. That means that if you have an interest in food and beverage sales, an applicable technical area might be food and nutrition or packaging.

As mentioned before, an on-campus practicum and an off-campus work experience are included in the program. The practicum provides an opportunity to apply course work to solve practical problems encountered in business and industry, and gives you a competitive edge over other graduates.

Student professional organizations provide you with additional opportunities to learn outside the classroom setting. There are 25 identified student organizations to choose from that can help you get additional experience in your career area.

Entry Positions

Industrial, consumer, service, and government organizations seek qualified professionals with knowledge about all aspects of business enterprise. Earning a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration can lead you to positions with local, national, or international firms. Additionally, many government agencies at the local, state, and national level employ business graduates.

Qualification for entry level positions depends on variables including the electives you've taken, your work experience, personal contacts, grade point average, and economic cycles.

The employment rate of 2012–13 graduates was 99 percent. Entry salaries ranged from $19,000 to $100,000.

B.S. in Business Administration

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UW-Stout's B.S. in Business Administration program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

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