Division Curriculum Requirements

In addition to the Miami Plan requirements, all business programs have a core of basic courses in accounting, information systems, economics, finance, business law, statistics, management and leadership, marketing, operations and supply chain management, speaking skills, and calculus. This core is described in detail later. The following requirements apply to all business majors:

Business Capstone Experience

In addition to completing a Miami Plan Capstone Experience, all business majors must complete a business Capstone Experience. You should complete the business core first. The business Capstones are senior level experiences which are writing and speaking intensive, provide for multiple skill development, and integrate the business course work you have already completed.

All business Capstones are also Miami Plan Capstones; you may fulfill both requirements with one course. You are encouraged to consider a Capstone from any business department. A complete list is available on your DAR or in the advising office.

Communication Requirement

All business programs require COM 135 Public Expression and Critical Inquiry. In addition, each major incorporates communication across the curriculum so that writing and speaking skills are important characteristics of that program.


All business courses, COM 135, MTH 151 or 153, and any other specifically required course (except freshman English) or major requirement must be taken for a grade and not credit/no-credit.

Diversity Perspectives Requirement

You must complete at least one course that provides an understanding of diversity perspectives. This course may be selected from any division and may overlap with your Foundation courses, Thematic Sequence, major, or electives. A list of approved courses is available from the academic adviser or the advising office in 1022 FSB or at the following website: http://www.fsb.miamioh.edu/offices/academic-advising/forms-documents.

Grade Point Average

A minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average in business courses is required for graduation.

Mathematics Requirement

All business students must complete MTH 151 or 153 Calculus I or equivalent. Advanced placement credit for MTH 151 is accepted toward fulfillment of this requirement.

Non-Business Requirement

All business majors must take at least 50 percent of their hours required for graduation outside of the business school. You can include up to nine hours of economics and six hours of statistics courses (ISA 205, 291, 321, 331, 333, 365 or STA 200-499) toward meeting this requirement. This means that business majors must complete at least 64 hours outside of the Farmer School of Business.

Residency Requirement

All business majors must complete at least 50 percent of their business courses required for their business degree at Miami University. These courses include the core business classes and the courses required for a primary major. These required courses include ISA 205, ECO 201 and 202, but do not include COM 135 or MTH 151.

Statistics Requirement

You are expected to take ISA 205 Business Statistics. Any other introductory probability and statistics course is considered duplicate credit. Students with advanced placement or transferred hours in probability and statistics should consult with the decision sciences and management information systems department before enrolling in ISA 205.

Technology Requirement

Students are expected to take ISA 235 Information Technology, and the Intelligent Enterprise. The prerequisites for ISA 235 are CSE 148 and BUS 101, 102. Students who plan to complete courses in computer science and software engineering should consult with the decision sciences and management information systems department before enrolling in ISA 235 or in computer science and software engineering courses to avoid duplicate credit.

Thematic Sequence Requirement

Business students must complete a thematic sequence from a department outside the School of Business. The ISA 2 thematic sequence, however, is permitted for business students. Alternatively, a nonbusiness minor or a second degree may be utilized to meet the requirement.

Transfer of Course Credit

All transferred course credits intended to apply to specific course requirements for any business program are subject to approval of the department concerned. If credit hours earned are less than Miami’s equivalent courses, they must be validated by the department. A department may require an examination or completion of a higher level course to validate transfer credit.

The Department of Accountancy requires transfer students majoring in accountancy to complete at least four required junior or senior level accountancy courses at Miami University with at least a 2.00 grade point average.

The Department of Economics requires students to complete at least nine hours of advanced economics (above 300 level) at Miami including ECO 315 and ECO 317.

The Department of Finance requires students majoring in finance to complete at least 12 elective hours of finance (FIN) courses at Miami.

Curriculum Options

You are responsible for completing the curriculum that is in effect the date of your initial Miami enrollment. However, since programs offered by the Farmer School of Business change as new courses are added and programs are modified, you may opt to complete a revised program in its entirety.

Double Majors

A student who has earned 60 or more semester hours with a 3.25 or higher GPA on the combination of Miami Plan and business core course work is eligible to apply for a second major in business. Some majors may require a higher GPA due to enrollment limits. In all cases, approval of the second major by the academic department is required.

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