The Byrd School offers students the opportunity to concentrate in one or more areas of business.
You combine core courses in the business disciplines with electives that will customize your own program of study. You may want to specialize in Accounting, Arts, Entertainment & Media Management, Economics and Finance, Entrepreneurship, Health Care Management, Information Systems and Technologies, Management, Marketing, and Sport Management.
We will take your academic and career goals and help you build your own special program of study. Students wishing to build a program of study outside the Byrd School may do that as well by working with the faculty mentor. The vision is yours. Success is a team effort.
As an account executive in premium sales for the Houston Astros, my job is to fill stadium suites at every home game, which means doing a lot of cold calls and facing adversity, just as I did on the Shenandoah Hornets baseball team and in my business classes. It’s challenging to sell suites worth thousands of dollars but my education at the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business groomed me to face different challenges head-on.”
Greg Van Sickler | Business Administration | Three-time All-America Baseball Player, ’11
Learn More About This Program
Our program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management and business education. It represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, and it recognizes that the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business offers high-quality business programs. Processes are in place to ensure continuous improvement in the future. Therefore students and alumni can be proud of earning a degree from an institution that has taken its place among other world-wide leaders in business education.
Shenandoah University educates you to become a successful, principled leader with a global perspective. You graduate with an ability to solve problems, be an effective communicator and work successfully as an individual or team member. The curriculum applies real life principles and applications. The Professors take a real interest in each individual student due to the smaller classroom sizes. I was not just a name and a number here I was a person that mattered. I built a special bond with many of my former Professors and I still keep in contact with most of them today.
David Abraham | Business Administration Accounting Concentration, ’08
Minor in This Program
The Minor in Business Administration consists of a sequence of six required courses designed to provide the foundation for the degree-seeking student desiring a business supplement to a non-business degree program. In addition to providing a general knowledge of business practices and terminology this program prepares a student to take additional business courses either at the undergraduate or graduate level. Faculty members from the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business are available to advise students about career opportunities and further study beyond the requirements for the minor in Business Administration. All courses are three credit-hour courses:
|BA 203||Statistics and Data Analysis for Business|
|BA 211||Principles of Accounting I|
|BA 212||Principles of Accounting II|
|BA 307||Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior|
|EC 211||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|EC 212||Principles of Microeconomics|
Declaring A Minor
Shenandoah students work with their Academic Advisor to declare a minor. Academic Advisors will continue to work with students to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements to complete the minor.
Incoming students should not indicate their intended minor on their Shenandoah application. Applications are for intended majors only.
Business majors cannot also minor in another business program.
For my internship I work at Act I Salon in Winchester Va. Doing payroll processing, data processing for taxation purposes, and helped in assisting to manage a group of 9 employees. Doing my internship helped confirm that I was on the right path towards my career goals and I loved working in small business management and how entrepreneurship is leading force in building a successful venture.
Sorianny Taveras | Business Administration & MBA, ’16 & ’17
I interned as a Staff Accountant for a Non Profit Organization called Project Hope. I helped with internal reporting, reconciliations, their general ledger system, developing ad hoc reports to analyze profitability and trends, and creating a risk mitigation strategy for use in prevention of theft.
David Abraham | Business Administration Accounting Concentration, ’08
The Career Services staff helps Shenandoah students search and apply for internships related to their major and career goals. Internships differentiate you as an applicant in your future job searches, provide hands on experience in your field, allow you to sample different career paths for your major, and help you find a specific position that fits your passion before graduation.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Career and Salary Examples for Business Administration Majors:
- Sales Director: $122,000
- Pharmaceutical Sales Representative: $84,400
- Account Manager, Sales: $63,500
- Human Resources (HR) Manager: $65,124
- Human Resources (HR) Generalist: $49,640
- Financial Analyst: $61,120
- Office Manager: $41,575
- Executive Assistant: $49,007
- Senior Financial Analyst: $79,777
David Abraham ‘08, ‘09 received the 2016 Government Information and Technology Executive Council Award. Abraham is currently the senior manager at DRT Strategies. “Shenandoah University educates you to become a successful, principled leader with a global perspective. You graduate with an ability to solve problems, be an effective communicator and work successfully as an individual or team member.”
Charles Harbaugh IV ‘09, ‘11 completed his undergraduate program in Business Administration and masters at Shenandoah. He developed a close relationship with Miles Davis, Dean of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business and Professor of Management. As students, it’s important to develop strong relationships with your professors, and it served Harbaugh well. Davis was a driving force in Harbaugh’s election to the Middletown Town Council in 2010. In 2012, Harbaugh was the youngest mayor to be elected in Middletown, Virginia. He is now serving his second term as mayor after the 2016 election.
Melanie Marks Hitchen ’95 turned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree into becoming president of her own firm, TDC Virginia Benefits and Risk Management, in Winchester, Virginia. SU was Hitchen’s first choice, with its small class sizes and faculty that left a lasting impression on her.
Amy Robertson ‘17 is a marketing coordinator for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia through AmeriCorps VISTA. Robertson believes her time at Shenandoah helped prepare her to participate in AmeriCorps VISTA. “I now serve with a heart that is excited to hear someone’s passion and develop a way to get others excited.”
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
Career Services helped me be presentable on paper and in person. They assisted with everything from resume and cover letter writing, to proper interview attire, to asking thoughtful questions at the end of an interview.”
Casey Edsall | Business Administration & MBA, ’16 & ’18
The Bachelor of Business Administration degree requires students to complete 30 credit hours of general education coursework, 42 credit hours of business-specific coursework and 21 credit hours. In addition, students are also required to complete 24 credit hours of business elective course work. These credit hours can be applied to one or more of the following concentrations:
- Accounting Concentration
- Arts, Entertainment & Media Management Concentration
- Economics and Finance Concentration
- Entrepreneurship Concentration
- Health Care Management Concentration
- Information Systems and Technologies Concentration
- Management Concentration
- Marketing Concentration
- Sport Management Concentration
Four elements compose the 120 hour Bachelor of Business degree program:
|General Education Courses||30|
|Non-Business Elective Courses||24|
|Business Core Courses||42|
|Supporting Business Electives||24|
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
Student Teaching and Teacher Licensure
This program is eligible for secondary teacher licensure.
Shenandoah University’s comprehensive Professional Studies Certificate program prepares you to be an effective secondary school teacher. You’ll complete coursework necessary to earn Virginia licensure (coursework can be adapted for teachers who are provisionally licensed), and spend 300-500 hours gaining hands-on classroom experience. Our programs are fully accredited by TEAC/CAEP.
These courses plus student teaching comprise a minor that can connect to the following majors for Virginia 6-12 Licensure. In addition to the regular admissions process, students applying to teacher education programs in Virginia must pass state-mandated standardized tests such as Praxis I.
Professional Studies Program for Secondary School Teacher Education (6-12)
|PSY 220||Child Development||3|
|EDU 221||Child Development Lab||1|
|EDU 301||Orientation to Teaching/Practicum||3|
|EDU 343||Methods & Assessments in Middle/Secondary Schools||3|
|EDU 344||Methods & Management in Middle/Secondary Schools||3|
|RDG 425||Reading & Writing in the Content Area||3|
Pass PRAXIS II requirement before student teaching
|EDU 441||Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary Schools||9|
Upon completion of EDU 301 – Orientation to Teaching, students apply to the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) for admission.
There’s a special bond between Byrd School students and their professors. Students enjoy close professional relationships with academically and professionally experienced faculty who mentor them in and out of the classroom. This remains a hallmark of a Shenandoah University business education. Students also benefit from our executive-in-residence who works with both professors and students to broaden the student’s focus beyond the classroom.
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Shenandoah University works on rolling admissions and accepts applications throughout the year. Applications are reviewed individually and holistically.
Submit your application, review required admission materials, and find our admissions standards.
Fast-Track To Your MBA
4 + 1 Option
Students enrolled in Shenandoah’s four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program can take advantage of the new 4 + 1 option to earn an MBA with one additional year of classes.
2 + 2 + 1 Option
Transfer students with two years of college credits can take advantage of the 2 + 2 + 1 option that allows them to transition from an associate of arts degree in business degree to the BBA degree and subsequently to the MBA degree — all in five years.
Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks. You will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.
Business students looking to study abroad should consider studying at Audencia. Located in the city of Nantes, France, 2 hours from Paris, Audencia is an AACSB accredited university that specializes in courses in Business and Mass Communications.
Short Term Exchange Program
The January Business exchange program with SU partner university Audencia in France provides an experience of a lifetime while completing undergraduate or graduate credit hours. Through coursework, city tours, and company visits, you will have the opportunity to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of European management practices and the European market. All courses are taught in English.