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What is a Bachelor of Business Administration?

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Each year as spring turns to summer millions of American teenagers prepare to take one of the biggest steps of their life, moving from high school to college. For the first time students will be out from under their parents’ roof; and for the first time they’ll have a say in their own education. The biggest choice many will make will be which degree program they will pursue.

A popular choice for many students is to choose a Bachelor’s degree in the field of business. An extremely general major with a number of specializations, business degrees are popular despite a lack of full knowledge among the students who choose to pursue these degrees. One of the more common choices for students in the 21st century is the Bachelor of Business Administration.

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree is conferred upon undergraduate students who have completed four years as a full time student, or the equivalent number of credits usually amounting to 120 semester credits (180 quarter credits). [] Much like any other Bachelor’s program, those interested in seeking a Bachelor of Business Administration will need to complete certain Liberal Arts requirements determined by the institution they are attending.

Applying for a BBA program may require the submission of ACT or SAT scores. Students who have previously completed a related two-year Associate’s program in business may be accepted as third-year students, depending on the policies of their institution.

At this point it is important to note that some institutions offer a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). This degree is not considered to be equivalent with the BBA, but rather is looked upon as a variation on the BBA program. The main difference between the two programs is the prerequisite and program course requirements.

While many BBA programs emphasize prerequisite courses in social sciences and humanities, the emphasis in BSBA programs is on mathematics and science.

The overall purpose of a BBA program is to give students a working knowledge of how a business should flow. This includes but is not limited to learning how different parts of a company are interconnected, teaching students basic managerial skills, and helping students develop business decision-making processes, says the website

Students will take a variety of core subjects in any BBA program, subjects that all students will take regardless of the area they choose to specialize in later on. When students begin to break off into specializations then they will begin to take different courses than some of their peers.

Here are some common majors for people with bachelor’s degree in business administration (BBA): []

  • Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management

Students entering colleges and universities across the country in 2012 will have plenty of degree program options awaiting them when they hit campus. While no program is perfect for everyone, a Bachelor of Business Administration offers flexibility and a wide range of specializations that few other programs can match.