Undergraduate Programs Specializations & Minors

There are a number of ways that you can customize your Fisher academic program. Students work with their Academic Advisor to develop an individualized plan that could include a business specialization, majors outside of business, minors, or any combination of these curricular opportunities.

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

Choosing a Specialization

  • Accounting

    Accounting Curriculum:


    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.

       

      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

    • Business Management

      Business Management students register for and complete courses through Ohio State's LimaMansfieldMarion and Newark campuses. 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.

      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.

    • Aviation Management

      Aviation Curriculum:

      Other information:

      Careers:

      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

      Specialization: Economics

      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 these 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 Curriculum:

      Careers:

      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

      The new Finance curriculum under semesters allows students to choose to follow one of three Finance tracks: Investment Management, Risk Management, and Corporate Finance.  Every Finance student is required to take the same set of Finance specialization courses, plus an additional 4 courses within a particular track.  Please see the Advising sheets below for each Finance track.

      Finance Curriculum:

       

      Careers:

      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

      Bus - Fin 4211 (was 4210 & 4212)
      Bus - Fin 4221 (was 4220 & 4222)
      Bus - Fin 4260
      Bus - Fin 4230
      Bus - Fin 4201
      Bus - Fin 4250

      Finance Track
      Finance Track
      Finance Track
      Finance Track

      Finance elective
      Finance elective

    • Human Resources

      Human Resources Curriculum:

      Careers:

        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

      • Information Systems

        Information Systems Curriculum:

        Careers:

        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 Requirements:

        Other information:

        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
      • International Business

        International Business Curriculum:

        Careers:

        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

      • Logistics Management

        Logistics Curriculum:

        Careers:

        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.

        Student group: The Logistics Association

        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

      • Marketing

        Marketing Curriculum:

        Marketing Advising Sheet (Semesters)

        Careers:

        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

      • 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:

        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:

        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:


          Careers:


          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

        • Special Area

          Specialization: Special Area

          The Special Area is designed for the student with a well defined interest which is not represented by the 12 other specializations provided by the BSBA program. Examples might be administrative positions in the performing arts, public relations, professional athletics, or other highly functionalized organizational forms.

          To declare a Special Area specialization, students must:

          • Choose 20-25 hours of coursework that together have a cohesive business theme
          • Have the approval of a full-time counselor, the Director for Student Servies or Executive Director

           

          Since such programs usually result from unique student interests and past experiences, and since there are no existing programs to accommodate such interests, the student is free to select upper-division courses from any department in the University so long as there is cohesive purpose in the group of courses selected and approved.

          No basic degree requirements are waived for those pursuing special areas. Areas which are represented by graduate degree programs are not subject to becoming special undergraduate majors nor are existing minor programs in other colleges which the BSBA student could take along with another business specialization.

          Special Area Curriculum:

            Special Area Advising Sheet (Semesters)

        Minors

        Enhance your program with a minor

        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. In order to graduate with a Business Minor, you must fulfill the guidelines listed on the curriculum requirements page. Upon completing the guidelines, 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.

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

          Curriculum Requirements

          Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

          Contact information

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

           

           

        • Business Analytics Minor

          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

          Curriculum Requirements

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

        • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor

          For students who have begun the Entrepreneurship Minor prior to Spring 2015, please scroll to the bottom of this page for requirements or speak to an advisor.

          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. More information

        • Real Estate Minor

          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 view the minor marketing sheet and visit the Center for Real Estate.