General Education Requirements

This University-wide general-education Core of arts and sciences courses strengthens business communication and critical thinking skills while introducing students to global cultures and traditions. All undergraduate majors in the Valparaiso University College of Business take these courses, along with the Business Core courses and specialized courses required for the major field of study.

Freshman CORE Program

10 credits
CORE 110 The Human Experience 5 credits
CORE 115 The Human Experience 5 credits


3 credits
THEO 200 The Christian Tradition 3 credit

Cultural Diversity

11 credits
Foreign Language 8 credits

One of the following options:

Courses numbered 102 and 203 in a foreign language in which the student has more than one year of high school credit

Courses numbered 101 and 102 in a foreign language which the student has not previously taken

For non-immigrant visa international students whose native language is not English, there is no foreign language requirement, provided they have completed ENGL 200: Literary Studies

Cultural Diversity Course 3 credits

One of the following options:

Three-credit course from a specified list of approved diversity courses

Semester abroad in one of the International Study Programs, the Chicago Urban Studies Semester, or either of the Washington Semester Programs


3 credits

One of the following options:

Fine and Performing Arts



Philosophy (except PHIL 145/150)

Social Science

3 credits
Choose one three-credit course from geography (designated), political science and international relations, social work (designated), sociology, or gender studies

Natural Sciences

8 credits
PSY 110 General Psychology 3 credits
PSY 111 Laboratory in General Experimental Psychology 1 credits

Three to four credits with a laboratory component from astronomy, biology, chemistry, physical geography, meteorology, physics, or natural science

Quantitative Analysis

4 credits
MATH 124 Finite Mathematics 4 credits
MATH 122 (Transfers Only) Applied Calculus 4 credits
MATH 131 Calculus I 3 + 2, 4 credits

Must complete MATH 122 or 131

Healthy Lifestyles

1 credit
KIN 100 Healthy Lifestyles 1 credit


ECON 221 Principles of Economics-Micro 3 credits
ECON 222 Principles of Economics-Macro 3 credits
ENGL 300 Introduction to Professional Writing 3 credits
Total 55-56 credits

Core Business Requirements

The business core provides background in the production and marketing of goods and/or services and the financing of the business enterprise, building on the knowledge gained in the General Education Core. All undergraduate majors in the Valparaiso University College of Business take these courses, along with the General Education Core and specialized courses required for the major field of study.

Freshman/Sophomore Core Courses

BUS 100 The Business Experience 3 credits
BUS 100L The Business Experience Lab 0 credits
BUS 115 Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning Using SAP 1 credit
BLAW 104 Legal Environment of Business 3 credits
ACC 205 Financial Accounting 3 credits
ACC 206 Managerial Accounting 3 credits
IDS 205 Business Statistics 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Junior/Senior Core Courses

FIN 304 Financial Management 3 credits
MGT 304 Management and Organizational Behavior 3 credits
MGT 305 Business Ethics 3 credits
MKT 304 Marketing Management 3 credits
IDS 305 Production-Operations Management 3 credits
IDS 410 Management Information Systems 3 credits

Senior Capstone

MGT 475 Business Policy and Strategy 3 credits
MGT 475L Business Policy and Strategy Lab 0 credits

One course from the following options:

MGT 395 Internship Experience in Business Administration I 1 credit
MGT 381 Cooperative Education in Business Administration I 2 credits
Total 22-23 credits
Total Business Core 38-39 credits

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