Welcome to the Bachelor of
Business Administration with Major!
First-year course selection for the Bachelor of Business Administration with Major is very easy. There are some required courses, and you have a variety of choice in the selection of your two elective subjects from the arts and sciences.
First-Year Course Pattern
BSAD 101 – Introduction to Business – 3 credits plus lab (first term)
BSAD 102 – Business Decision-Making – 3 credits plus lab (second term)
ECON 101 – Introductory Microeconomics – 3 credits (first term)
ECON 102 – Introductory Macroeconomics – 3 credits (second term)
MATH 105 – Business Mathematics – 3 credits plus lab (normally first term)
STAT 101 (B) – Introductory Statistics – 3 credits (normally second term)
Arts course(s) – 6 credits in one subject
Arts or Science course(s) – 6 credits in one subject
Six of the courses in your program are 3-credit courses that are offered either in first term or in second term, as outlined above. Note that MATH 105 and STAT 101 may be taken in either term; however, you will normally choose MATH 105 in first term and STAT 101 in second term. These BSAD (Business Administration), ECON (Economics), MATH (Mathematics) and STAT (Statistics) courses are required courses for all programs in the Bachelor of Business Administration.
BSAD 101 and 102 each have required labs for which you must register. Any lab section can be taken with any course section.
Arts/Science Elective Requirements
You will choose 6 credits in each of two subjects from the arts and sciences. Most BBA students choose two arts subjects. You may choose one arts subject and one science subject if you wish, but please see “Notes re Science Courses” below for possible restrictions on science options.
Note that some first-year courses in the arts and sciences are full-year, 6-credit courses. Other departments have two 3-credit courses (one each term) that together provide 6 credits of introductory study in that subject.
Please note that the subjects displayed in the following tables are also links to their respective pages on this website. If first-year, 100-level courses are offered in a particular subject, their course descriptions are displayed at the bottom of the applicable subject page.
Things to Remember
- When making your elective choices for this year, explore your options! You may decide to choose courses in subjects that are familiar to you, but don’t hesitate to be adventurous and try something new.
- As you’re making your choices, it is advisable to choose subjects that appeal to you, and in which you think you might be interested in taking an additional course or two in the future. The BBA degree requires the completion of 36 credits of arts/science electives over the course of the program. 24 of these credits must be completed as two 12-credit “pairs”. (A “pair” is 12 credits in one subject – see the Glossary of Terms for a full definition.) If you really like both of your elective subjects this year, you can take an additional 6 credits in each subject over the remaining years of your program and complete your two pairs that way.
- At least one of your two pairs must be in an arts subject.
- If you find, by year-end, that you are not interested in taking additional courses in either of your first-year elective subjects, don’t worry. You won’t have to. Arts and science courses taken in first year, and not subsequently paired, can be used to satisfy the other arts/science electives for your program.
- Whether you ultimately decide to pair both, only one, or neither of the elective subjects that you choose for this year, be reassured that those courses will be usable in your BBA program. You can choose your arts/science electives this year risk-free!
Notes re Science Courses
- Although BBA students are permitted to take science courses, some of the science subjects may be more readily accessible than others during your initial registration.
- If you are interested in Computer Science or Mathematics, the 100-level courses are available to you.
- If you are interested in Earth Sciences, ESC I 171 and 172 are available to you. Note that these two Earth Sciences courses do not have labs, though they do have bi-weekly two-hour tutorials.
- Physics 101/102 or 121/122 are allowable science options for you. The department also offers two first-year astronomy courses, PHYS 171 and 172, which were developed for non-science students. You are welcome to take these astronomy courses as arts/science electives, but they cannot be used as part of a pair because upper-year physics courses require either PHYS 101/102 or 121/122 as prerequisites.
- Biology and Chemistry may be restricted to science students until all have registered. You may be able to register for CHEM 101 and 102 or 121 and 122 or for BIOL 111 and 112 when you register for your other courses. However, if you try to do so and receive a "College Restriction" error message, contact the relevant department chair to request to be added to a waiting list. Usually, non-science students are ultimately able to register in these courses, but sometimes not until later in the summer. In the meantime, be sure to choose and register in a different course, in case you are not able to get a seat in the science course(s) that you want.
Questions You Might Have
1. I am interested in Development Studies, but there is only one 3-credit course available at the 100-level. What else should I take in the second semester to fill out my schedule?
You can take any other 3-credit course from the arts and science subjects listed above, as long as there is no first-term prerequisite for the course. If you decide to do a pair (see explanation above) in DEVS, you will need to complete 9 additional credits of DEVS, to include DEVS 201 and 202, over the remaining years of your degree. If you decide to do a minor in Development Studies (see #6 below), you should complete DEVS 201 and 202 in second year, plus an additional 15 credits of DEVS over the remaining years of your degree.
2. I am interested in Public Policy and Governance, but there is only one 3-credit course available at the 100-level. What else should I take in the second semester to fill out my schedule?
You can take any other 3-credit course from the arts and science subjects listed above, as long as there is no first-term prerequisite for the course. If you decide to do a pair (see explanation above) in PGOV, you will need to complete 9 additional credits of PGOV over the remaining years of your degree. If you decide to do a minor in Public Policy and Governance (see #6 below), you should complete PGOV 201 and 202 in second year, plus an additional 15 credits of PGOV over the remaining years of your degree.
3. I am interested in Sport Management, but there is only one 3-credit course available at the 100-level in second term. How would taking this course affect my registration?
You would then choose only 9 credits in other arts subjects. You should choose 6 of those credits from one arts subject and 3 credits from a different subject.(Be sure to keep a balanced course load between first and second term.) At the end of the year, if you are interested in pursuing a Sport Management minor, you will need to apply for it. Admission into this minor is competitive so be aware that the better your academic performance in first year, the better your chance of being accepted into the minor. Students who take SMGT 101 in first year, but who do not pursue a Sport Management minor, will use the first-year course as an arts elective in their degree pattern.
4. I would like to take more Economics courses after first year. Will I be permitted to do an Economics pair?
The introductory Economics courses, ECON 101 and 102, are required first-year courses and part of your degree requirements, so cannot also be used as part of an Economics pair. However, if you were to take an additional 12 credits of Economics over the remaining three years of your program, you could complete an Economics pair in that way.
5. What if I am interested in taking a course in a subject that is not mentioned above?
The other subjects offered at StFX are in our Faculty of Science professional or applied programs: Aquatic Resources; Engineering; Health; Human Kinetics; Human Nutrition; Nursing. Courses in these departments are normally restricted to students in these programs. If you are interested in taking a course in one of these subjects, you will need to contact the relevant department chair, but permission is not routinely granted. Check the relevant link on the “Academic Subjects” page for further information, and possible exceptions.
These courses are not considered arts or science courses, so cannot be used to fulfill your pair requirements or your “arts/science elective” requirements. The BBA program does include 9 credits of open electives, which may include courses in these subjects if you’re granted permission to take them. This option is still available later in your program. You should concentrate on arts/science courses for your electives this year.
6. Do I have to take any science electives in my BBA program?
You are not required to take any science courses. Both of your pairs and all of your arts/science electives may be in arts subjects. Science courses serve as additional options for you.
7. I know that I can complete a minor in the BBA. How does that work?
A minor is an option in the BBA, though it is not a requirement. A minor is 24 credits in one subject, beyond any required courses in your program. Your minor would be composed of one of your pairs, plus 12 additional credits in that same subject, for a total of 24 credits. You may complete a minor only in an arts or science subject, and not in a subject from any of the professional or applied programs (that is, not in Aquatic Resources, Engineering, Health, Human Kinetics, Human Nutrition, or Nursing). Be sure to make yourself aware of any specific requirements for a minor, as outlined by the relevant department. (See the appropriate department section in Chapter 9 of the Academic Calendar for information on such requirements.) Any department that does not specify requirements for its minor will allow any 24 credits to fulfill that designation.
If you choose to complete a minor, remember that you must also complete a second pair in a different subject.