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University Bulletin: Undergraduate Programs The George Washington University  



Dean D. Guthrie

Vice Deans S. Kang, P.W. Wirtz

Associate Deans R. Achrol (Interim), I.G. Bajeux-Besnainou, L. Riddle

Organized as the School of Government in 1928, the School of Business has been responsible for over half a century for the professional development of individuals assuming leadership roles in society. The School has eight departments—Accountancy, Decision Sciences, Finance, Information Systems and Technology Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Strategic Management and Public Policy. The use of a multidisciplinary approach in educational programming helps prepare both the generalist and specialist for professional careers in today’s complex, organizational society.

The School of Business is a member of AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and its undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Association.

Vision—To be a preeminent business school recognized for scholarly research, teaching excellence, and innovative curricula focused on the responsible management of organizations in the global environment.

Mission—To deliver an outstanding education, advance knowledge, and provide practical experience in diverse organizational settings, leveraging the unique advantages of our location in the Washington, D.C., area, in order to enhance the capacities of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the business community to be productive and principled members of society.

Values—Integrity: demanding transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior; leadership: encouraging problem solving, commitment, and entrepreneurship; scholarship: emphasizing discovery, learning, and innovation; service: responding to the needs of students, academic professions, and the community; relationships: fostering communication, collaboration, and collegiality.

The Bachelor’s Degrees

The School offers programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration. The programs include foundation knowledge for business in accounting, behavioral science, economics, mathematics, and statistics. Curricula are designed to provide perspectives on ethical and global issues, the influence of political, social, legal and regulatory, environmental, and technological issues, and the impact of demographic diversity on organizations. A Bachelor of Business Administration student selects a field of concentration from among business economics and public policy; finance; information systems; international business; marketing; sport, event, and hospitality management; or, with faculty approval, may structure an individualized field of concentration reflecting a specific interest in management.


Of the 120 credit hours required for graduation, at least 60 credits must be completed at GW and at least 30 credits, including 27 credits in required business or accountancy courses, must be completed while registered in the School of Business. This requirement applies to students transferring within the University as well as to students transferring from other institutions. Unless special permission is granted by the director of the Advising Center to pursue work elsewhere, the work of the senior or final year must be completed in the School of Business. Students who have successfully completed 60 credit hours at GW may not take courses at a community college. Excluding study abroad, students matriculated at GW may have a maximum of 9 credit hours transferred into the B.B.A. or B.Accy. program.

Assignment of Credit for Transfer Students

Certain courses taken at a two-year college (one per area up to a maximum of three courses) comparable to this School’s lower-level undergraduate courses may be accepted for credit only after BAdm 4801 is successfully completed with a grade of C or better in the senior year.

An international student who is required to take the English for Academic Purposes writing course (EAP 1015) will be required to complete the course successfully, and assignment of credit for any previously completed courses at another institution will be held pending completion of this requirement.

To be considered for transfer to the School of Business from another division of the University, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.8 or above. Performance in quantitative courses will also be reviewed.

Scholarship Requirements

A student must have the following to graduate: (1) a minimum of 120 credit hours; (2) an overall grade-point average of at least 2.0; and (3) a grade-point average of at least 2.0 in all required upper-division B.B.A. or B.Accy. courses and concentration-related courses (the major field grade-point average). All courses taken at GW are included in the overall grade-point average calculation. Elective courses in or out of the School of Business cannot be used as substitutes for required courses in the calculation of the major field grade-point average.

Probation—A student whose grade-point average (either overall or in the major field) falls below 2.0 after completing a minimum of 12 credit hours will be placed on probation. Probation by overall grade-point average normally extends over the period in which the student attempts a maximum of 12 credit hours, which may include remedial studies as prescribed. Performance will be reviewed at the end of the next semester, and the student may be suspended at that time. Incompletes and course withdrawals are not allowed during the probation period. Probation by major field normally extends over the period in which the student attempts 6 credit hours in major field course work. Students on probation are required to meet regularly with the assigned advisor during the probationary period.

Suspension—A student whose grade-point average (either overall or in the major field) is 1.5 or below in any semester or remains below 2.0 at the end of the probationary period will be suspended. Any outstanding Incomplete at the time of suspension must be completed or will become an IF. A student suspended for poor scholarship may apply for readmission after the end of the fall or spring semester following the term of suspension. To be considered for readmission, the student must submit acceptable evidence of remedial activity performed during the suspension period and of renewed potential ability to do college-level work. No advanced standing will be assigned for academic work completed while the student is suspended, but the student may petition the director of the Advising Center for consideration of advanced standing after completing a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work here and achieving a cumulative and major field GPA of at least 2.0.

A student readmitted after suspension is on probation and must maintain a current grade-point average determined by the director of the Advising Center until the cumulative and major field grade-point averages are at least 2.0. In no case will the overall probationary period after readmission exceed 24 credit hours or the major field probationary period exceed 12 credit hours. A student suspended twice for poor scholarship will not be readmitted.

Mid-Semester Warning—If a professor files an evaluation showing that a student performs unsatisfactory academic work (C− or below), the director of the Advising Center will inform the student of his or her status. This notice constitutes an official direction to consult with the professor and advisor immediately.

Semester Warning—Any student whose overall or major grade-point average falls between 2.0 and 2.2 will be placed on warning. Though the student’s courses will not be restricted, progress during the semester will be monitored. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with the assigned advisor every two weeks during the semester.

General School of Business Policies

Academic Work Load—Full-time students in good standing (2.0 overall grade-point average or higher) may register for a maximum of 17 credit hours each semester and 6 credits each summer session. A student employed more than 20 hours a week, who is in good standing, may not take more than 9 credits each semester and 3 credits each summer session. A full-time student on probation may take no more than 12 credit hours of course work; it is strongly recommended that a student on probation not be employed. Full-time students whose overall grade-point average is 3.0 or higher may take up to 18 credits each semester, with the understanding that additional tuition applies in this situation. A student employed more than 20 hours a week, whose grade-point average is 3.0 or higher, may take up to 12 credits.

Pass/No Pass Option—A junior or senior student who has a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or better may, with approval of the instructor, the advisor, and the director of the Advising Center, take one upper-level non-business or unrestricted elective a semester and receive a grade of P, Pass, or NP, No Pass, which will be recorded on the student’s transcript but will not be reflected in the grade-point average. No student will be allowed to take more than four pass/no pass courses,with a limit of one per semester. Under no circumstances may a student change from pass/no pass status to graded status, or vice versa, after the last date to withdraw from a course. Required courses (including WID courses) may not be taken on the pass/no pass basis. A transfer student may not choose this option until the second semester of enrollment in the University.

Incompletes—Conditions under which the notation of I (Incomplete) is assigned are described under University Regulations. The I must be changed by a date agreed on by the instructor and the student but no later than the last day of the examination period for the fall or spring semester immediately following the semester or summer session in which the I is assigned. An Incomplete that is not changed within this period automatically becomes an IF. In cases of well-documented extenuating circumstances, an instructor and a student may jointly petition the director of the Advising Center for additional time in which to complete the work of the course. Such petitions should be submitted within the same period. The I cannot be changed by reregistering for the course here or by taking its equivalent elsewhere. The I notation remains on the student’s permanent record even after the course has been successfully completed.

Dean’s Honor List—The names of students who achieve a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher are placed on the Dean’s Honor List for that semester. Appearance on the list is limited to (1) full-time students registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours (provided that the 12 credits are taken for a grade) and (2) part-time students registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours over a period of two consecutive semesters, which may include a summer term.

Independent Research Plan—A junior or senior of demonstrated capacity, with a special interest in the subject matter of a course, may be permitted to undertake study under the personal direction of a regular, full-time member of the faculty, in accordance with the rules of the appropriate department. Credit under this plan is limited to the specific credit hours normally allowed when a course is taken on a class basis. A petition outlining the student’s specific study plan must be submitted to the director of the Advising Center prior to beginning any independent study. Generally, a maximum of two independent studies in two separate semesters is permitted.

Secondary Fields of Study—A secondary field of study in business administration is available in the School of Business. School of Business students may pursue a secondary field in other GW schools.

Students from Other Schools Within the University—Degree candidates from other schools of the University cannot register for more than 21 credits in courses from the B.B.A. program. Typically, a maximum of 6 credits is permitted in courses from the B.Accy. program, unless an advisor recommends an additional 3 credits.

The Bachelor of Accountancy and The Bachelor of Business Administration

New undergraduate curricula, including a Bachelor of Science with a major in finance, are expected to be in place by fall 2013. Information will be available at

Curriculum for the First Two Years for All B.Accy. and B.B.A. Students

Freshman Year—BAdm 10012, 1101; UW 1020; Econ 101112; Math 1051, 1252; a two-course sequence chosen from Astr 10012, BiSc 10056 or 11111112, Chem 10034 or 11111112, Geol 10012, Phys 101112; two approved foreign language and culture courses chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Sophomore Year—Accy 2001, 2002; BAdm 2101, 2201, 2301, 2003; Stat 1051 or 1053; PSc 1001, 1002, or 1003; one approved 3-credit humanities elective; one approved 3-credit elective taken outside the School of Business.

Note: CSci 1020, 1023, Math 1007, 1009, 1010, 1220 (without 1221), and LSPA courses may not be used for credit toward the B.Accy. or the B.B.A. For B.Accy. students, a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 is required at the start of the junior year. For B.B.A. students, the concentration must be selected no later than the second semester of the sophomore year.

Curriculum for the Second Two Years for All B.Accy. Students

Junior Year—Accy 3101, 3102, 3601, 3401, 3103; BAdm 3401, 3501, 3001; three approved 3-credit upper-division electives.

Senior Year—Accy 4601, 4301, 4501, 4201, 4801; BAdm 3102, 4801 (BAdm 4801 must be taken at GW); three approved 3-credit upper-division electives, two of which must be outside of the School of Business. All B.Accy students must complete the Assurance of Learning Comprehensive Exam conducted by the Department of Accountancy.

Students who intend to take the C.P.A. examination should be aware that the course work required for admission to the examination varies from state to state. Students are advised to consult the Board of Accountancy for the state in which they plan to take the examination and choose courses that meet that state’s requirements.

Curriculum for the Second Two Years for All B.B.A. Students

Junior Year—BAdm 3401, 3501, 3601, 3001, 3101, 3102; Stat 2112 or 2118; two courses in the concentration; two 3-credit upper-division electives chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Senior Year—BAdm 4101, 4801 (BAdm 4801 must be taken at GW); three courses in the concentration and one related elective; four 3-credit upper- division electives chosen in consultation with the advisor (two non-business, two unrestricted).


The concentration consists of five courses plus a related elective chosen from a set of courses designated by the department. The concentration must be selected no later than the second semester of the sophomore year; the student should contact the Advising Center to declare a concentration. Students may declare two concentrations, but they should note that this will increase the number of credit hours required to complete the B.B.A. Concentrations are listed below, with the courses that constitute them. In all cases, students must consult the academic advisor for an appropriate related elective.

Business Economics and Public Policy—Econ 2101 and 2102 or 2158; PSc 2216 or 2218; PSc/PAd 2217 or PSc 2104; and, with approval of the advisor, a course chosen from Anth 3513, Econ 2136 or 2181, Geog 2120, PubH 1101, or PSc 2222.

Finance—Fina 3001, 3101, and 4001 and two approved courses chosen from Fina 3201, 4101, 4201, and 4900.

Information Systems—ISTM 3119, 4120, 4121, and two additional courses selected from 4123, 4900, and 6243.

International Business—IBus 3001 and four additional upper-division IBus courses.

Marketing—Mktg 3142, 3143, 4148, 4150, and 4149 or 4159.

Sport, Event, and Hospitality Management—event management: TStd 3001, 3101 or 3301, 4301 or 3102, 4900, and 4102; hospitality management: TStd 3001, 3301, 3302, 4301, and 4102; sport management: TStd 3001, 3101, 3102, 4101, and 4102.

Individualized Concentration—A student with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a specific interest in some area of management may design an individualized concentration drawing on courses across the University. Past examples of approved individualized concentrations include small business management, entrepreneurship, emergency response management, media management, and performing arts management. Such a concentration consists of five courses plus a related elective selected with the guidance of faculty with expertise in the area of interest. All such individualized concentrations must be approved in advance through an individualized concentration review committee. Interested students should discuss their ideas with the director of the Advising Center.

Five-Year Joint B.B.A./M.S.I.S.T. and B.B.A./M.T.A.

The School of Business offers two five-year joint degree programs: the Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Science in Information Systems Technology and the Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Tourism Administration. Students pursue the regular B.B.A. curriculum in their first three years of study and are enrolled in courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels during the final two years. Students can apply for admission to the program when they apply for admission to the University (they must meet specified GPA and other requirements to remain in the program), or they may apply after earning 75 credits. The two degrees are awarded concurrently; there are no exceptions. Students who choose to discontinue the program at the end of four years will be required to take additional courses to complete requirements for the B.B.A.

Five-Year Dual B.Accy./M.Accy. and B.B.A./M.Accy.

Students in the five-year dual degree program leading to the Master of Accountancy first pursue either the Bachelor of Accountancy or Bachelor of Business Administration. They may apply for admission to the M.Accy. after completion of 75 credits toward the undergraduate degree and successful completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test. Students typically earn the B.Accy. or B.B.A. after four years and the M.Accy. at the end of the fifth year. The dual degree program requires 150 credit hours, with 30 graduate-level credits.


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Information in this bulletin is generally accurate as of fall 2012. The University reserves the right to change courses, programs, fees, and the academic calendar, or to make other changes deemed necessary or desirable, giving advance notice of change when possible.