Accreditation

The undergraduate program of the Heider College of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). This association is recognized by the National Commission on Accrediting as the highest official accrediting agency in collegiate education for business at the undergraduate and master’s levels. Membership in the Association is open only to schools and colleges whose intellectual climate ensures the offering of programs of high academic quality and whose teaching and administrative staff possess the qualifications, experience, professional interests, and scholarly productivity essential for the successful conduct of a broad and liberal, rather than unduly specialized, baccalaureate curriculum in business administration.

Curriculum Goals

The Creighton University Heider College of Business is a Catholic and Jesuit business school committed to excellence in its educational programs. As Catholic, we are dedicated to the pursuit of truth in all its forms and are guided by the living tradition of the Catholic Church. As Jesuit, we participate in the tradition of the Society of Jesus, which provides an integrating vision of the world that arises out of a knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. As a business school, we educate our students for business leadership in a dynamic, transformational and value centered learning environment. Members of the Creighton community are challenged to reflect on transcendent values, including their relationship with God, in an atmosphere of freedom of inquiry, belief and religious worship. Service to others, the importance of family life, the inalienable worth of each individual, and appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity are core values of Creighton. From this tradition, we prepare students who:

  • Apply knowledge, skills, and technologies essential for business as a whole and in their chosen concentration.
  • Integrate a broad and diverse liberal arts education with their business education.
  • Communicate effectively, clearly, and persuasively through appropriate mediums.
  • Think critically and creatively about information, assumptions, and arguments in order to develop innovative solutions to business and societal problems.
  • Apply sound and coherent ethical principles to decision making in their personal and professional lives.
  • Appreciate the responsibility of business to be an agent of change in society for the common good.
 

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree

Majors

Students in the Heider College of Business may complete an additional field of concentration or minor. Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences may, at their discretion, allow a student to complete a major. The second major is in addition to the B.S.B.A degree; students do not receive a B.A. or B.S. degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. Requirements of the field of concentration, major or minor are listed in each department's entry in the catalog. To apply for an additional field of concentration, major, or minor the student should contact the Dean's Office for appropriate advising and referral.

The four-year undergraduate program in business administration comprises two natural divisions, the first including the freshman and sophomore years, and the second the junior and senior years. The work of the first, or lower division, consists largely of required courses and has a two-fold purpose:

  1. to provide a broad cultural background, and
  2. to furnish necessary training in the fundamental principles of business and economics.

During the student’s junior and senior years, provision is made for a group of required and elective courses intended to provide a familiarity with the basic areas of business administration. In addition, the following major fields of study are offered:

In each field instructional emphasis is not directed toward the development of routine skills or to particular industries. Instead, every effort is made to stimulate students to think logically, to process and evaluate information, and to make sound decisions from the overall management point of view.

With more than 500 years of collective business experience, the faculty teaching in every major provide students with discipline-based skills, as well as industry knowledge.  Due to experiential teaching methods and active learning, students leave the college prepared to start careers in their chosen majors, with an eye to leadership and higher level management in those areas.  All of this is grounded in the great Jesuit tradition that stimulates students to think logically, process and evaluate information, and make sound decisions. 

How do students actually choose a major?  A number of factors inform the decision, including work and internship experiences, family occupations and family-owned businesses, favorite courses, and the student's natural skills and talents.  Students are encouraged to discuss possible majors with their academic advisors, as well as with the faculty offering courses in specific majors.  The Career Portfolio program can be helpful, too, as it informs students about their aptitudes, as well as the jobs, career ladders, and compensation in various fields.  

It is recommended that students select a field of concentration by the end of the junior year. A major must be officially declared prior to the student’s final semester. Some majors require departmental approval and have acceptance requirements that differ from general graduation requirements. For specific requirements, refer to the major page.

Students may earn multiple majors by satisfying the requirements for each as shown in the Catalog. If a specific course satisfies the requirements of more than one major, that course may be counted toward fulfillment of each set of major requirements. Only one common class can be shared between majors.

In addition to the basic fields of study, the Heider College of Business, in conjunction with the School of Law, offers a combined Business Administration-Law program—requiring a total of six years—which leads to both the B.S.B.A. with the Prelaw Business Major and the Juris Doctor degrees. The Heider College of Business also offers a combined 5 Year Bachelor’s to Master’s Program with the Werner Institute at Creighton School of Law. This Program would allow students who major in Management: Human Resources track, to earn a B.S.B.A. degree in four years, and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in one year.

Majors outside of the Heider College of Business for B.S.B.A. Students

Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences may, at their discretion, allow a B.S.B.A. student to complete a second major. The second major is in addition to the B.S.B.A degree; students do not receive a B.A. or B.S. degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. Requirements of the field of concentration or major are listed in each department's entry in the catalog. To apply for an additional field of concentration, major, or minor the student should contact the Dean's Office for appropriate advising and referral.

Minors

Minors offer the opportunity to develop substantial knowledge in areas outside of the major. Eighteen credits of coursework are required to complete a minor; only 3 credits of transient study will be allowed. Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses toward the minor.

Minors for B.S.B.A. Students

Business Administration students may only declare an Economics minor in the Heider College of Business, but may choose a minor in a department outside of the Heider College of Business, given appropriate approval and advising.

Minors for non-B.S.B.A. Students

Students from the other undergraduate Colleges may pursue any of the following Heider College of Business minors, given appropriate advising and approval.

Undergraduate Certificate

B.S.B.A. Degree Requirements and Curriculum

The University will confer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) on students who successfully complete all of the following prescribed requirements. 

A candidate for a degree must have earned 128 semester hours of credit with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or above for all courses attempted at this University, and a 2.00 average or above for all required courses in the field of concentration.

Normally, students must register for not less than 12 hours nor more than 18 hours in each semester. The privilege of carrying more than 18 hours is contingent upon the student’s grade point average and requires special approval of the Dean.

Approval of the faculty advisor and the Dean is required for semester study programs, including electives to be counted toward graduation. College policy states that 48 hours must be completed at Creighton with a minimum of 32 hours of business coursework completed at Creighton. All Business Administration students must complete BUS 471 Strategic Management with a grade of “C” or better.

B.S.B.A. Requirements Summary (see details below this summary chart):

Categories Semester Hours
Magis Common Core Curriculum
Magis Common Core - Foundations
16-17 hrs
Magis Common Core - Explorations
17 hrs
Magis Common Core - Integrations
3 hrs
Magis Common Core - Designated Courses
1 course each
BSBA General Education, Core, and Elective Requirements
Other General Education
17 hrs
Global Perspectives
9 hrs
Business Core - Lower Division
18 hrs
Business Core - Upper Division
15 hrs
Business Core - Major
18-21 hrs
Business Electives
3-9 hrs
Unrestricted Electives
4-9 hrs
Total Hours Required for Graduation with 2.00 or above GPA128 hrs

Note that of the 128 hours required, a minimum of 48 must be earned at Creighton, including the final 32. A minimum of 15-18 hours must be earned at Creighton in the major field of study.

B.S.B.A. Requirements Detailed List:

Magis Common Core Curriculum

Foundations Explorations Integrations Designated Courses (1 course each)
Contemporary Composition (3 credits)Understanding Natural Science (2 credits)Intersections (3 credits)Designated Ethics
Critical Issues in Human Inquiry (3 credits)Understanding Social Science (3 credits)Designated Oral Communications
Oral Communication (1 credit)Global Perspectives in History (3 credits)Designated Written Communication
Mathematical Reasoning (3-4 credits)Literature (3 credits)Designated Statistical Reasoning
Philosophical Ideas (3 credits)Ethics (3 credits)Designated Technology
The Christian Tradition (3 credits)The Biblical Tradition (3 credits)
 

B.S.B.A. General Education, Core, and Elective Requirements:

Other General Education17
Ratio Studiorum (freshman seminar) - RSP 103
Humanities 1
Introductory Psychology - PSY 201
Applied Math - MTH 201
Statistical Analysis - BUS 229
Managerial Communication - COM 314
Global Perspectives9
Global Business Class 2
Foreign Language or International Culture 3
Business Core - Lower Division 418
Introduction To Financial Accounting
Introduction To Managerial Accounting
Introductory Microeconomics
Introductory Macroeconomics
Legal Environment of Business
Management Information Systems
Business Core - Upper Division 415
Principles of Marketing
Managerial Process And Organizational Behavior
Managerial Finance
Production And Operations Management
Business Ethics
Strategic Management
Business Major18-21
See Major Field of Concentration Requirements
Business Electives 53-9
Unrestricted Electives4-9
1

 Any class with prefix of ART, DAN, MUS, or THR.

2

 Select among ACC 538 International Accounting,ECO 528 International Economic Development, FIN 558 International Financial Management, MKT 363 Global Marketing, ECO 518 Comparative Economic Systems, ECO 538 International Economics, MGT 373 International Management. If you also apply the global business class to your major, you must take an additional business elective.

3

 There are three options for the Foreign Language/International Culture requirement: (1) one or two courses in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish. Students must complete through the 112 level or above. (2) One course in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish, and one international class (see list); the language must be spoken in the region; one class must be 200 level or above. (3) Two international studies courses (see list). Both classes must focus on the same country or region.

4

Business Core-Lower and Upper Division courses are not considered Business Major courses. No core course will ever be included in the major GPA or major course requirements.

5

 Any classes offered in the Heider College of Business. No major required course can also count as a Business elective. One business elective must be outside the major department. A third business elective is only needed if the Global Business class is also counted as one of the elective classes within the chosen major.

BSBA Pre-Health Sciences Curriculum

Magis Common Core Curriculum

Foundations Explorations Integrations Designated Courses (1 course each)
Contemporary Composition (3 credits)Understanding Natural Science (2 credits)Intersections (3 credits)Designated Ethics
Critical Issues in Human Inquiry (3 credits)Understanding Social Science (3 credits)Designated Oral Communications
Oral Communication (1 credit)Global Perspectives in History (3 credits)Designated Written Communication
Mathematical Reasoning (3-4 credits)Literature (3 credits)Designated Statistical Reasoning
Philosophical Ideas (3 credits)Ethics (3 credits)Designated Technology
The Christian Tradition (3 credits)The Biblical Tradition (3 credits)

Note: Explorations: Understanding Natural Science is fulfilled by pre-health electives.

B.S.B.A. General Education, Core, and Elective Requirements:

Other General Education17
Ratio Studiorum (freshman seminar) - RSP 103
Introductory Psychology
Applied Math - MTH 201
Statistical Analysis - BUS 229
Global Perspectives9
Global Business Class 3
Business Core - Lower Division18
Introduction To Financial Accounting
Introduction To Managerial Accounting
Introductory Microeconomics
Introductory Macroeconomics
Legal Environment of Business
Management Information Systems
Business Core - Upper Division15
Principles of Marketing
Managerial Process And Organizational Behavior
Managerial Finance
Production And Operations Management
Business Ethics
Strategic Management
Business Major18-21
See Major Field of Concentration Requirements
Pre-Health and Business Electives32-41
General Biology: Organismal and Population
and General Biology: Organismal and Population Laboratory
General Biology: Cellular and Molecular
and General Biology: Cellular and Molecular Laboratory
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Business Electives as needed 4
General Physics for the Life Sciences
and General Physics Laboratory I
General Physics for the Life Sciences II
and General Physics Laboratory II
3

 Select among ACC 538 International Accounting, ECO 528 International Economic Development, FIN 558 International Financial Management, MKT 363 Global Marketing, ECO 518 Comparative Economic Systems, ECO 538 International Economics, MGT 373 International Management. if you also apply the global business class to your major, you must take an additional business elective.

4

 Any classes offered in the Heider College of Business. One of the two business electives can be in the major (optional) but one must be outside the major.  A third business elective is only needed if the Global Business class is also counted as one of the elective classes within the chosen major.

BSBA 3-3 Pre-Law Curriculum

Magis Common Core Curriculum

Foundations Explorations Integrations Designated Courses (1 course each)
Contemporary Composition (3 credits)Understanding Natural Science (2 credits)Intersections (3 credits)Designated Ethics
Critical Issues in Human Inquiry (3 credits)Understanding Social Science (3 credits)Designated Oral Communications
Oral Communication (1 credit)Global Perspectives in History (3 credits)Designated Written Communication
Mathematical Reasoning (3-4 credits)Literature (3 credits)Designated Statistical Reasoning
Philosophical Ideas (3 credits)Ethics (3 credits)Designated Technology
The Christian Tradition (3 credits)The Biblical Tradition (3 credits)

B.S.B.A. General Education, Core, and Elective Requirements:

Other General Education17
Ratio Studiorum (freshman seminar) - RSP 103
Introductory Psychology
Applied Math - MTH 201
Statistical Analysis - BUS 229
Managerial Communications - COM 314
Global Perspectives9
Global Business Class 3
Business Core - Lower Division18
Introduction To Financial Accounting
Introduction To Managerial Accounting
Introductory Microeconomics
Introductory Macroeconomics
Legal Environment of Business
Management Information Systems
Business Core - Upper Division15
Principles of Marketing
Managerial Process And Organizational Behavior
Managerial Finance
Production And Operations Management
Business Ethics
Strategic Management
Business Electives 46
Non-restricted Electives
3

 Select among ACC 538 International Accounting, ECO 528 International Economic Development, FIN 558 International Financial Management, MKT 363 Global Marketing, ECO 518 Comparative Economic Systems, ECO 538 International Economics, MGT 373 International Management. if you also apply the global business class to your major, you must take an additional business elective.

4

 Any classes offered in the Heider College of Business beyond the core business classes.

Encuentro Dominicano

The Heider College of Business participates in the Encuentro Dominicano Program. Generally, one of the College’s faculty members participates each semester. Interested students should contact the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs for more information about the Encuentro Dominicano Program.

Typical Four-Year Degree Program in Business

Outlined on this is a sample of a program that a typical student will follow during the freshman and sophomore years. The program for the junior and senior years will depend on the field of concentration selected.

The Heider College of Business Dean’s Office has available four-year plans of study handouts for all Business fields of concentration. Junior and senior year course planning requires an understanding of degree requirements and attention to the Schedule of Courses and Catalog.

Academic advising is performed by faculty members and department chairs in the Heider College of Business. Faculty advisors are assigned to freshmen and then students are reassigned to advisors within the respective discipline when a major field of concentration has been declared. Advisors serve as facilitators of communication, assist students in career planning, and perform academic progress reviews. Frequent advisor contact will help ensure students have current academic information and are making adequate progress toward educational goals.

Freshman
FallCredits
ENG 150Contemporary Composition:College Composition 3
RSP 103An Introduction to the Culture of Collegiate Life 1
Christian Tradition course  3
Critical Issues & Human Inquiry course  3
COM 101Digital Communication Lab 1
MTH 141
   or MTH 245
Applied Calculus
   or Calculus I
3-4
ECO 203Introductory Microeconomics 3
 Term Credits17-18
Spring
ACC 201Introduction To Financial Accounting 3
PSY 201Introductory Psychology 3
Philosophical Ideas course  3
Understanding Natural Science course  2-3
MTH 201Applied Mathematics 3
ECO 205Introductory Macroeconomics 3
 Term Credits17-18
Sophomore
Fall
ACC 202Introduction To Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 229Statistical Analysis 4
BUS 201
   or BIA 253
Legal Environment of Business
   or Management Information Systems
3
PHL 270Philosophical Ethics 3
Global Perspectives in History course  3
 Term Credits16
Spring
Literature course  3
International Cultures or Foreign Language  3-4
MKT 319Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 201
   or BIA 253
Legal Environment of Business
   or Management Information Systems
3
Biblical Tradition course  3
 Term Credits15-16
 Total Credits: 65-68