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Design Your Marshall Program!

When speaking to prospective students about the program here at USC Marshall, I often get the question, “What majors do you offer? Do you have a major in finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, etc.?”.  The answer is yes and technically, no.  At USC Marshall we offer two undergraduate degrees in business-the B.S. in Business Administration and the B.S. in Accounting.  After completing a series of courses designed to provide students with a foundation in business, business administration and accounting students choose a focus.  It’s how Marshall students really dig deeper into an area or multiple areas of business that are of interest to them.  For example, a student who is interested in marketing can take courses in USC Marshall’s Marketing department which will give them the depth or deeper understanding of topics related to Marketing.  Students can even design their own area of focus by combining courses from different departments in USC Marshall such as courses in finance, marketing and entrepreneurship.  This leads to a diverse yet rigorous preparation in business and accounting which certainly gives our students an advantage in multiple ways.

I am proud to announce that we have developed a tool to assist you in understanding how business students have the flexibility to not only design their own focus in business but to also take courses outside of USC Marshall and pursue a minor program (USC has over 150 different minors to choose from, by the way).  We call this tool our Interactive Course Grid Game and by playing this ‘game’ prospective students will be able to do the following:

-Understand how Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or A-Level exams expand upon the free elective units already built into the USC Marshall curriculum

-Design a focus in any of the academic departments in USC Marshall (Finance and Business Economics, Marketing, Management and Organization, Entrepreneurship, Information and Operations Management, and Business Communications)

-Choose a minor program to complement the business major and provide  an additional skill set (foreign language, cinematic arts, psychology, etc.)

In essence, the game will allow you to build a sample four-year course plan-a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in business plus a minor.  It will give you a snapshot into what your four years here might look like.  I know after building your schedule and playing with the different options available in the game, you will see the kind of flexibility available to USC Marshall students, which we know is critical when you’re deciding your ultimate career path.  You can access the Interactive Course Grid Game here:, under the appropriately titled web page, Find Your Passion.



Posted on November 19, 2012 by Rick Pine


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