Undergraduate Programs
Specializations & Minors

Fisher

Customize your coursework

Students work with their Academic Advisor to develop an individualized plan that could include a business specialization, a major outside of business, minors, or any combination of these curricular opportunities.

As a business major, you will select one of 12 specializations or the Business Management program (only offered on our regional campuses). Specializations provide in-depth course work with a focus on a specific area of study in business.

Choosing a Specialization

  • Accounting

    Accounting Curriculum:

    Accounting Specialization Sheet

    Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program:

    BSBA/Master of Accounting

    Careers:

    What is Accounting? 

    Learn more about Accounting through the Office of Career Management. If you are interested in completing the CPA exam for licensure in Ohio, please visit the following website for information on guidelines and requirements: CPA (Ohio Accountancy Board).


    Winter "Busy Season" Accounting Internships:

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in Accounting to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher. Including the following student orgs:

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
    2

    Acct&MIS 2200*

    Acct&MIS 2300*

    3

    Acct&MIS 3200
    Acct&MIS 3300

    Acct&MIS 3201
    Acct&MIS 3600
    Acct&MIS 3400

    4

    Acct&MIS 4200
    Acct&MIS 4500

    Acct&MIS Elective

    *Accounting specialization students must earn a C- or greater

  • Business Management

    Business Management students register for and complete courses through Ohio State's Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark campuses.

    Business Management Curriculum Sheet

    Upon completion of the curriculum requirements, students will receive the same undergraduate BSBA degree they would have received had they attended classes on the Columbus campus. Please note: business majors in regional campus programs may choose a specialization, but doing so requires completion of some courses at the Columbus campus.

    Courses delivered to the regional campuses are designed to be equivalent to those offered on the Columbus campus. However, there are some differences in form because the regional campus Business Major program is offered partly online and partly in the classroom.


    Undergraduate Business Minor at Ohio State Regional Campuses

    The Business Minor offered through nationally-ranked Fisher College of Business offers Ohio State students the opportunity to enhance their selected field of study while making themselves more desirable job candidates. The minor is available at all four of Ohio State's regional campuses: Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark.

    More information on the Business minor can be found on this page

  • Aviation Management

    Aviation Curriculum:

    Aviation Management Specialization Sheet

    Other information:

    Careers:

    What is Aviation Management?

    Learn more about Aviation through the Office of Career Management.

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in Aviation to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Spring
    1

    Aviation 2000

    Aviation 2100
    2

    Aviation 2200

    Aviation 3000
    3

    Aviation 3200

    Aviation 4000 (Autumn only)

    Aviation 5000 (Spring only)
    4  

    Aviation 4500 (Spring only)

  • Economics

    Economics Curriculum:

    Economists develop theories to explain how components of an economy operate and interact with one another. They then gather statistical and empirical evidence to estimate the relationships among the various aspects of the economy. Using data, economists predict how different economic entities will respond to changes in policies and external forces. These predictions, in turn, help guide private and public decision-makers to form appropriate policies.

    Economics Specialization Sheet

    Careers: 

    What is Economics? 

    Learn more about Economics through the Office of Career Management.

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in Economics to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
    1 Econ 2001.01, 2001.02, or 2001.03H Econ 2002.01. 2002.02, or 2002.03H
    3 Econ 4001.01, 4001.02, or 4001.03 Econ 4002.01, 4002.02, or 4002.03
    4 Econ 4XXX or 5XXX
    Econ 4XXX or 5XXX
    Econ 4XXX or 5XXX
    Econ 4XXX or 5XXX
  • Finance

    Finance Curriculum:

    Finance Specialization Sheet

    Careers:

    What is Finance?

    Learn more about Finance through the Office of Career Management. If you are interested in certification, please visit the following website for more information on guidelines and requirements: CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in Finance to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
    3  

    BUSFIN 3220*

    4

    BUSFIN 4211

    BUSFIN 4221

    BUSFIN 4201

    BUSFIN 4250

    BUSFIN 4219 or 4229 or 4239

    BUSFIN Elective

    BUSFIN Elective

    BUSFIN Elective

    * Finance specialization students must earn a C- or greater

  • Human Resources

    Human Resources Curriculum:

    Human Resources Specialization Sheet

    Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program

    BSBA/Master of Human Resource Management

    Careers:

    What is HR?

    Learn more about Human Resources through the Office of Career Management.

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in Human Resources to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
    3 Bus -MHR 3200

    Bus - MHR 4320
    Bus - MHR 4323

    4 Bus - MHR 4322
    Bus - MHR 4326
    Bus - MHR 4330

    Bus - MHR 4490
    Bus - MHR 4324
    HR major option

    *Human Resources specialization students must earn a C- or greater

  • Information Systems

    Information Systems Curriculum:

    Info Systems Specialization Sheet

    Careers:

    What is Information Systems? 

    Learn more about Information Systems through the Office of Career Management.

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in Information Systems to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Spring
    1

    Math 1130

    Math 1131
    CSE 2111

    2

    Acct&MIS 2200
    CSE 1223

    Acct&MIS 2300
    CSE 2123

    Math 2366 (only offered Spring)

    3

    CSE 2133

    CSE 3241

    4

    CSE 3232
    ACCTMIS elective

    ACCTMIS elective
    ACCTMIS elective

  • Insurance

    Insurance Curriculum:

    Insurance Specialization Sheet

    Careers: 

    What is Insurance? 

    Learn more about Risk Management through the Office of Career Management.

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in insurance to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Spring
    1 ECON 2001.01 ECON 2002.01
    2 ACCTMIS 2200 ACCTMIS 2300
    3 BUSFIN 3220* BUSFIN 3300
    4

    Finance elective
    Finance elective

    BUSFIN 4310
    BUSFIN 4311
    BUSFIN 4312

    *Insurance specialization students must earn a C- or greater

  • International Business

    International Business Curriculum:

    International Business Specialization Sheet

    Careers:

    What is International Business? 

    Learn more about International Business through the Office of Career Management.

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in International Business to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
    2

     

    BUSMHR 2000*

    3

    BUSMHR 3000*

    BUSMHR 4020

    4

    IB elective

    IB elective
    IB elective

    *International Business specialization students must earn a C- or greater

  • Logistics Management

    Logistics Management Curriculum:

    Logistics Specialization Sheet

    Careers:

    What is Logistics? 

    Learn more about Logistics through the Office of Career Management.

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in Logistics to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
    3 BUSML 3380*

    BUSML 4380
    BUSML 4383
    BUSML 5381

    4 BUSML 4382
    Logistics elective

    Logistics elective
    Logistics elective
    Logistics elective

    *Logistics Managment specialization students must earn a C- or greater

  • Marketing

    Marketing Curriculum:

    Marketing Specialization Sheet

    Careers:

    What is Marketing? 

    Learn more about Marketing through the Office of Career Management.

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in Marketing to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
    3 BUSML 3250*

    BUSML 4201
    BUSML 4202

    4 BUSML 4203
    BUSML 4204

    Marketing elective
    Marketing elective
    Marketing elective
    Marketing elective

    *Marketing specialization students must earn a C- or greater

  • Operations Management

    Students majoring in Operations Management may choose from one of two tracks: Purchasing and Operations. Please see the advising sheets below for each track.

    Students will need to declare which track they intend to pursue by contacting an Academic Advisor.

    Operations Curriculum by track:

    Careers:

    What is Operations Management? 

    Learn more about Operations through the Office of Career Management.

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in Operations to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    *Operations Management students in either track must earn a C- or greater.

    Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
    3 BUSMGT 3230*

    BUSMGT 4250
    BUSMGT 4232

    4 BUSMGT 4239
    Operations elective

    Operations elective
    Operations elective
    Operations elective

    The table above shows a sample course model for the Operations track

    Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
    3 BUSMGT 3230*

    BUSMGT 4232
    BUSMGT 4261

    4 BUSMGT 4262
    Operations elective

    Operations elective
    Operations elective
    Operations elective

    The table above shows a sample course model for the Purchasing track.

  • Real Estate

    Real Estate Curriculum:

    Real Estate Specialization Sheet

    Careers:

    What is Real Estate? 

    Learn more about Real Estate through the Office of Career Management. If you are interested in Ohio Real Estate licensure, please visit the following website for information on guidelines and requirements: R.E. (Ohio Real Estate Licensing)


    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students specializing in Real Estate to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Sample Course Model:

    Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
    3

    BUSFIN 3220*
    BUSFIN 3400

    BUSFIN 4412
    BUSFIN 4411

    4

    Finance elective

    BUSFIN 4413 or 4414
    BUSFIN 4410

    *Real Estate specialization students must earn a C- or greater

  • Special Area

    Special Area Specialization (SAS)

    Special Area Specialization Sheet

    The Special Area Specialization is designed for students who have well-defined academic and career interests which are not represented by the twelve specializations offered by the BSBA program. Students must be self-motivated and willing to work in consultation with faculty to develop a cohesive and interdisciplinary area of study.

    Steps to declaring a Special Area specialization:

    1. Complete a thorough search of University academic programs (majors and minors) to ensure that the idea for the SAS does not exist at Ohio State through another college or department.
    2. Talk to faculty in different departments about the SAS and potential courses for the major to make sure the program is well thought out and the courses are at an appropriate level of depth for the major.
    3. Schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor in the Fisher Undergraduate Programs and Advising office to go over the SAS application and requirements.
    4. Complete an application for the SAS that includes:
      • Applicant information, faculty signatures, and the title of the SAS
      • Motives and rationale for the Special Area Specialization
      • A list of specific courses (15-18 credit hours) that comprise the major.
    5. Students must have a 3.0 GPA at Ohio State for the SAS to be approved and have completed a minimum of 30 OSU hours.

Minors & Other Certifications

You can choose from more than 150 minors at Ohio State, some with a direct relationship to business (which are highlighted below) and many others from disciplines outside the field of business.

  • Minors consist of 12-18 hours. With appropriate planning, you can incorporate a minor within your four year degree plans.
  • A minor allows you to pursue academic interests that go beyond your major
  • You can explore different perspectives and interact with Ohio State students from outside of business.
  • A minor can complement your business specialization and make you more marketable to employers or enhance your graduate school application.

We offer the following business minors:

  • Business Minor

    The Business Minor is designed to provide students in majors other than business with an understanding of the language and basic concepts of business. The minor consists of five courses, one each from the areas of accounting, finance, management and human resources, marketing, and operations management.

    The Business Minor does not have an application process. Upon completing the curriculum requirements, a student need only to file the Business Minor Program Form with their college office. No approval from the Fisher College of Business is required.

    Curriculum Requirements

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    The Ford Motor Company provided financial support to help develop this program.

    Contact information

    Undergraduate Programs Office
    Fisher College of Business
    120 Schoenbaum Hall
    210 Woodruff Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
    (614) 292-2715
    fisherundergrad@fisher.osu.edu

     
  • Business Analytics Minor

    Designed with extensive input from industry interested in hiring individuals to work with “big data,” the Business Analytics Minor is an opportunity for students across disciplines to complement their major with skills in this fast-growing and important field.

    What is Business Analytics?

    Business analytics is the process of transforming data into insights for better business decisions. The Business Analytics Minor provides an understanding of how to extract patterns to predict behavior and other business outcomes as well as the ability to make informed decisions using a data-driven approach. A three-stage framework is used to build these skills:

    Learning Objectives:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of how data acquisition and analysis is done in organizations to meet a specified set of objectives
    • Demonstrate critical thinking associated with: problem identification, decision making, assessing value propositions supported by data, and generating a logical synthesis of information from data
    • Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to detect patterns in data, draw inferences and conclusions supported by the data, and communicate insights through visualization and written reporting
    • Identify and assess ethical issues surrounding data-informed decision making

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students interested in analytics to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Curriculum Requirements:

    The Business Analytics Minor consists of 15 credit hours, including nine hours of required courses and six hours of elective courses.

    Curriculum Requirements

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor

    The Undergraduate Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor is offered through a collaboration of the following colleges: Fisher College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Design).

    Designed for capturing the economic value in creative ideas for commercially viable products and services, this educational program enhances a student’s understanding of and appreciation for entrepreneurship and innovation.

    Curriculum Requirements

    For students who have begun the Entrepreneurship Minor prior to Spring 2015, please speak to an Academic Advisor.

  • Insurance Minor

    The minor is designed (1) to provide students with an opportunity to complement their major studies with a specialization in Insurance; (2) to engage students from different majors to create an interdisciplinary classroom experience; and (3) to prepare students for various employment opportunities in the rapidly growing field of insurance.

    Why Insurance?

    • Insurance is part of every business, every industry.
    • Risk is a major driving force in business operations, and insurance is an extremely valuable tool to help managers mitigate risk.
    • Insurance is an incredibly stable career. Whatever happens to the economy, people and businesses will always need insurance.
    • Insurance companies offer top benefit packages and opportunities for continuing education and professional development.
    • Insurance is a career where YOU can make a difference!!

    Curriculum Requirements

  • International Business Minor

    The international Business Minors is designed to provide students with an opportunity to complement their major studies with a deeper understanding of how the global economy works, to develop a greater appreciation of business opportunities and risks associated with a more interconnected world, and to prepare students for working in cross-national settings.

    The International Business Minors consists of 15 credit hours, including nine hours of required courses and six hours of elective courses. 

    Curriculum Requirements

  • Real Estate Minor

    The Real Estate Minor provides an interdisciplinary introduction to core issues in real estate finance, city and urban planning and construction management and prepares students for the various employment opportunities in the field of real estate. While the minor draws on classes from three different departments (Department of Finance, Department of City and Regional Planning and Department of Construction System Management), students are free to select courses that best compliment their current major.

    What is Real Estate?

    The real estate industry offers a number of exciting career paths for students of different academic backgrounds. Depending on students’ personal interests, they can pursue careers in real estate investment, real estate development, property and asset management, consulting, marketing, commercial brokerage, construction, accounting, design, architecture, planning and many others. The real estate minor is designed to provide students with an overview of this vibrant industry and provide them with industry specific skills and knowledge.

    Curriculum Requirements

    The Real Estate Minor consists of 15 credit hours, including six hours of required courses and nine hours of elective courses.

    For more information about the minor and about other real estate related opportunities, please contact Supaphen Niroula at niroula.1@osu.edu or visit the Center for Real Estate

    Real Estate Minor sheet

Other Certifications:

  • Global Option in Business (GO Business)

    Enhance your degree by incorporating global opportunities through the Global Option in Business (GO Business) program, a university approved micro-credential.

    What is GO Business?

    Learn the impact of global cultural diversity, the benefits of including global perspectives, how to navigate a different business culture, and the critical knowledge to bridge differences, you can develop as a dynamic global citizen and business leader! The requirements are designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and qualities to thrive in the global business world. Show your global academic achievements and your global mindset to future recruiters who are increasingly in search of candidates with global talent.

    You are able to complete the program without adding time to graduation by selecting courses and experiences that are already a part of your business degree. 

    Overview of Program Requirements:

    To receive the Global Option in Business designation, students will complete the following requirements:

    • A. Global Academic Courses (6 credits)
    • B. Global Experience (1 experience)
    • C. Culture and/or Language Courses (6 credits)
    • D. Global Activity (2 activities)
    • E. Global Competency Evaluation (ePortfolio + GPA Check)
    • Complete sections A-D prior to your graduating term. Courses may overlap with your major, minor, honors curriculum, or general education requirements.
    • Submit required forms to verify your participation in programs and/or activities
    • Complete all required courses with a C or above grade to fulfill requirements
    • Start your Global Option ePortfolio page upon starting the program and complete within one month of the start of your graduating term
    • Enter your graduating term with an overall 3.0 or above GPA

    Learn more

  • Dean's Leadership Academy

    Leaders solve societal challenges, empower others, and elevate our quality of life. Start making a positive impact today by developing your leadership skills in the Dean’s Leadership Academy!

    Why participate in the Dean's Leadership Academy?

    Employers look to hire students who possess the following skills: teamwork (78% of employers), problem solving (77% of employers) and effective communication (75% of employers). By completing the DLA coursework, you will build these and many more.

    Curriculum Requirements:

    To complete the Certificate, you must complete five (5) of the courses listed below:

    Required:

    MHR 2210: Personal Leadership and Team Effectiveness (3 credits)

    Electives:

    1. MHR 4244: Negotiations (3 credits) 
    2. MHR 3211: Leadership and Character (3 credits)
    3. MHR 3220: Leadership Legacy (3 credits)
    4. MHR 4228: Organizational Coaching (3 credits) 
    5. MHR 4235: Developing Leaders through Practical Exercises (3 credits)
    6. MHR 4236: Crucial Conversations (3 credits)

    Learn more