Choosing a major can be challenging and requires careful consideration. Students should discuss, research and allow time for self-reflection in making this decision. In addition, it may help to identify initial career goals, and, from there, determine majors and minors that are appropriate.
Declaring a major or minor in the Argyros School comes with a rigorous set of course requirements. Lower division courses prepare students in Argyros School majors with theory-based and practical business mathematical, accounting, legal and economic principles. Upper division courses build and apply these principles in the discipline chosen. Upper division electives provide the opportunity for students to enhance their skills in focused areas of study.
- The Bachelor of Science in Accounting major provides students with an integrated business education across all the major functional areas of business, while also imparting the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to succeed in the field of public or private accounting. This degree offers outstanding preparation for the CPA exam.
- The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major provides students with a complete picture of how contemporary organizations thrive in competitive markets. After obtaining basic tools and theory, students will learn to solve management problems in all functions by applying theory, paradigms and concepts in their upper division core coursework. Students choose five upper division electives and can choose to emphasize in seven disciplines including Business Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing and Real Estate.
- The Bachelor of Arts in Economics major provides students with expertise in the application of economic analysis to practical applications. Students are first required to gain expertise in the basic tools followed by key coursework in microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. Economics majors have a great deal flexibility in choosing electives ranging from Econometrics to Economics of Religion. This degree prepares students for graduate school or to start a career in business, government or non-profit sectors.
As of summer 2013, prior to joining an Accounting, Business or Economic major students must prove proficiency in a core set of classes (ECON 200, ECON 201, ACTG 210 and MGSC 208). Proficiency means that students must obtain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better before the student will be accepted as a major. Additional details are provided below.
There are many career choices that could benefit from a minor in business or economics. Every organization, regardless of industry, relies on business and economic principles to prosper. Adding one of these minors to your major might create a strong academic combination that suites your career goals well. Adding one of these minors is open to all students on campus and is subject to similar proficiency requirements as above. Additional details are provided below.
Policies and Procedures for Change/Add Accounting, Business or Economics Majors
Non-Argyros School Majors or Undecided Students
Students seeking to add or change to Accounting, Business or Economics majors will be permitted to join the desired Argyros School major upon completion of the following tasks:
- Submission of form indicating the desire to change majors (Intent to Change Majors Form) to Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Argyros School (See form below).
- One of the following:
- (2013 catalog and later) Complete MGSC 208, ECON 200, ECON 201 and ACTG 210 with an overall average GPA of 2.5 in these four courses. All courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better. The student cannot be on probation. See catalog for detailed rules.
- (2012 catalog and earlier) Successfully complete GE Writing Inquiry (7WI), MGSC 208, ECON 200, ECON 201 and ACTG 210 with an overall GPA of 3.25 in these five courses. All courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better. The student cannot be on probation. See catalog for detailed rules.
- Submission of a 4 Year Planning Form indicating a proposed schedule of courses to be taken in the Argyros School to complete major requirements to Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs (See form below). The catalog provides the requirements for the degree. In addition there are useful resources found at www.chapman.edu/argyrosadvising for planning the program of study.
Upon completion of the above tasks, Assistant Dean will sign Change of Major/Minor form which student will submit to the Registrar in Bhathal Student Services Building completing the change of major process.
Change to or Add Accounting, Business or Economics Majors for Current Argyros Majors
Students who are currently accounting, business or economics majors may change or add second majors with the Argyros School with the signature of the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Argyros School. Change of Major/Minor forms are available from the Registrar’s Office or online, and signed forms must be submitted at the Registrar’s Office. All rules in the student’s catalog of record will be observed.
Add Business or Economics Minors
Any student may add a business or economics minor without the signature of the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Argyros School. Change of Major/Minor forms are available from the Registrar’s Office or online. Completed forms must be submitted at the Registrar’s Office. All rules in the student’s catalog of record will be observed.
Students wishing to add a business or economics minor must achieve a 2.5 GPA in the 4 required courses (ECON 200, ECON 201, MGSC 208 and ACTG 210), just like majors.
Change of Major Workshops will be offered - check back in the future for dates. You can also contact Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Argyros School of Business and Economics Dr. Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org, Beckman Hall, 303I.