General Business Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree

Program Overview

The General Business program is designed for students who do not necessarily want to specialize in one or two specific areas of business.  It provides students with a broad foundation in business and the flexibility to choose courses that relate to their particular areas of interests within the field of business. Students complete the CBA core curriculum and 27 credits chosen from the following areas:

  • accounting
  • entrepreneurship
  • finance
  • information systems
  • international business
  • management
  • marketing
  • sales management

Due to the general nature of this degree program, it prepares you to hold a wide variety of positions within a business enterprise. If you intend to pursue a career in small business management, whether by creating or acquiring a small business, or taking over a family enterprise, the general business degree will provide you with the broad knowledge and skills needed to manage your business. The degree will also prepare you for further graduate study or certification in a specialized business field.

Business Administration Coursework

Undergraduate degrees at The University of Akron require a student to complete 128 credits. Please note that some number of electives might be needed in addition to required courses to equal 128 credits. The following are the credits required for Business Administration majors:

  • General education requirements (minimum of 42 credits)
  • CBA core and additional business requirements (42 credits)
  • Business Administration major coursework (27 credits) includes:
Accounting Courses (6 Credits)
6200:320 Accounting Systems & Internal Control 3
6200:454 Information Systems Security 3
Finance Courses (6 Credits)
6200:200 Foundations in Personal Finance 3
6400:338 Financial Markets & Institutions or 3
6400:343 Investments 3
Management Courses (6 Credits) from:
Marketing Courses (6 Credits) from:
General Business Electives (3 Credits)
6100:495, 6300:201, 6600:275
Business Systems Requirement
One of the courses chosen must fulfill an information systems requirement: 6200:320, 6200:454; 6500:310

Professional Experience

You will work in teams on real-world business cases, applying your classroom knowledge to help solve problems faced by local businesses. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to gain practical, professional experience through the CBA’s paid and for-credit internship and cooperative education programs.

Course Availability

University general education requirements and CBA Core classes are offered each semester, including over the summer. CBA core classes also are available each semester, including summer. Please note that the number of sections available often is less during the summer semester.

Business Administration major courses are offered during fall and spring semesters with some options for summer.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to completing all required courses for their major a student must also maintain certain cumulative GPAs to graduate:

  • 2.3 overall GPA in all courses
  • 2.0 GPA in major courses
  • 2.0 GPA in business and economics courses

Graduation Deadlines

  • Spring Graduation – Apply by December 1
  • Summer Graduation – Apply by April 1
  • Fall Graduation – Apply by July 1

Academic Resources

Resources are available to help you learn more about the school and major, determine class schedules, requirements, and progress toward you degree.

Before you apply to The University of Akron, contact our Undergraduate Recruiter to answer your questions. Current UA students who want to be admitted to a major should be sure to visit an undergraduate Academic Adviser.

Graduation Planning Summary (GPS). The GPS is a document that lists course titles and additional, supplemental information for you as a Business Administration student. When you are admitted to the CBA, you will review the GPS with your adviser, and use it in conjunction with the Degree Auditing Report System (DARS) (see below). Download your Business Administration GPS.

Once you are admitted to The University of Akron, you’ll use the Degree Auditing Report System (DARS), which is an online tool you can use to view data regarding course requirements. DARS outlines your degree requirements, marks completed courses, and shows your remaining coursework.


Once you are a student, The University of Akron and the College of Business offer tutoring services for additional help in many subjects.

  • The University of Akron offers free online tutorials for students to learn to use a variety of software programs, like Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Google Docs, and Springboard through Atomic Learning.
  • The CBA offers tutoring on business topics.
  • The main campus library has writing and math Tutoring Services. 

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to participate in at least one of our many active, student-run organizations. Participating in an organization will enrich your college experience by providing opportunities to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and by opening doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth, and jobs. Our student organizations regularly excel in regional and national competitions. CBA management student organizations include:

You also can get involved in other CBA student organizations:

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