Jan 20, 2022  
University of Alberta Calendar 2019-2020 
University of Alberta Calendar 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Major in Business Studies [Business]

Description of Field

Students who wish to keep their options open and explore the many facets of a Business education should choose a major in Business Studies. This major allows students to choose coursework from all functional areas to obtain a broad, generalist degree. Students must do coursework outside the Faculty of Business that supports the major's intent to produce well-rounded graduates with diverse talents. Courses in languages, science and technology, humanities and social sciences are particularly recommended with an ideal balance being selections from each of these major areas.

Career Opportunities

Many employers prefer the generalist graduate with a versatile education background. Such a graduate has exposure to many functional areas and is thus flexible enough to move into many roles and positions in institutions, whether large or small, public or private. A graduate will be well-positioned for entrepreneurial ventures and for further educational and professional training.

Sequence of Courses

Year Two—Winter

Year Three

Year Four


  1. See Policy on Elective Courses .
  2. May be taken in either of Year Three or Year Four.
  3. May be taken in any year except Year Two, Fall Term.
  4. See Courses in the Faculty of Business . All Business Studies majors must take Senior Business electives from at least four of the subject areas of Business, one of which may be expanded into a minor area of specialization. Students may elect to do a minor in any subject area of Business. Areas available for minors are Accounting, Management Information Systems, Finance, Management Science, Marketing, Business Economics, Business Law, and Organizational Analysis. A minor is constituted by ★12 in any subject area at the 300- or 400-level beyond the primary core.


  1. Students with a declared major in Business Studies may choose to do a minor in any subject area of Business. See Minors for Business Students  . Minors are not required.
  2. Students with a declared major in another area may not choose to minor in Business Studies.