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Non-Business Electives

Students in the BBA program have three non-business electives that are usually taken during the students’ sophomore, junior, and senior years. Students ordinarily fulfill non-business electives by taking 3-credit courses offered by the departments listed below. Non-Business electives cannot be ACCY, BADM, ECON, FINA, IBUS, ISTM, MATH, MGT, MKTG, SMPP, STAT, or TSTD courses. CSCI courses below 2000 level may NOT be used in the BBA or BACCY programs. You MUST check with your advisor to determine if a CSCI courses may be taken in your curriculum.

For students matriculating to GW prior to Fall 2009:

BBA students must take three lower-level (courses numbered 1000 – 4999) non-business electives and four upper-level (courses numbered 2000 – 4999) non-business electives.

For students matriculating to GW in Fall 2009 or thereafter:

BBA students must take one lower-level (courses numbered 1000 – 4999) non-business electives and two upper-level (courses numbered 2000 – 4999) non-business electives.

The lower-level elective is usually taken in the sophomore year and may be fulfilled by a course numbered below 2000; however, students may also fulfill this requirement with a course numbered above 2000 if they have the appropriate prerequisites. In the junior and senior year, all of the non-business electives must be numbered above 2000. Exceptions are made for a few courses, such as language courses (above Intermediate 2), honors courses, and science for science majors courses. If you have questions before registering for a non business elective, please check with The Advising Center in Duquès Hall, 456. The Advising Center can be reached by telephone at 202- 994-7027 or by e-mail at

Students are encouraged to pursue their interests in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences with their nonbusiness electives. Many students successfully use their non business electives to obtain a Secondary Field (minor) or to gain fluency in a language. All GWSB students are encouraged to plan ahead; some requirements in the junior and senior years (such as certain Field-Related Electives) have prerequisites which must be used as a lower-level non-business elective if they are to count towards the credits required for graduation. Please note that if you are interested in studying abroad you may want to hold onto some of your non-business electives so they can be taken while abroad.


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