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Selecting & Declaring a Concentration

Selecting a Concentration

Our goal for you is that by the end of your sophomore year you have selected a concentration (or have a very strong idea of which concentration you would like to pursue). During your freshmen and sophomore year, there are several resources available to you to aid in your concentration selection. Below is a list of tips and resources for selecting a concentration. It's up to you to take advantage of these resources!

Academic Advising 

Your academic advisor is available to talk with you more about your concentration selection. They can help you identify your interests, narrow down the options, and help you create a plan for determining which concentration is right for you.

To schedule an appointment, go to

  • Concentration Resource Guides - The Scheller Academic Advisors worked closely with each faculty group to create a concentration resource guide for each concentration. In the guide, you will find an overview of the concentration (i.e. what is it), career opportunities, faculty recommendations, etc. (If you are interested in the CPA, the accounting concentration resource guide includes CPA requirements.) The resource guides are linked in the table below. 

  • Introduction Courses - Start taking the business core curriculum your freshmen year! The business core curriculum includes the introduction course to each concentration area. Each concentration's introduction course is also the pre-requisite requirement for the upper-level concentration electives. See the chart below with concentration introduction courses and pre-requisite information.

  • Faculty - Talk to your professors about their personal experiences in the field and career opportunities in that area. Not only is this a great way to get to know your faculty and learn about a concentration area, but faculty are also a great resource for internship and full-time job networking. Utilizing the Scheller directory, you can search for faculty by academic area. If you don't know any faculty yet, the directory is a great starting point. You can also learn more about academics, faculty, and research topics on the Scheller Academics webpage. 

  • Informational Interviews with Professionals & Alumni - Informational interviewing is a great way to learn more about a company and industry. Who better to learn from than someone currently working in an area you are interested in? Informational interviewing is also a very strong networking tool that will come in handy when searching for an internship and full-time job. Start early! Informational interviews can be conducted with alumni, family friends, internship supervisors, faculty, etc. In other words, you can informational interview just about anyone! The Scheller career team has developed resources about informational interviewing, such as an overview of informational interviewing and tips as well as an invitation email template. For more resources, go to the CoB Careers tab in T-Square and checkout the resource section. 

  • Internships - There's no better way to determine if you like a profession than giving it a try! Internships are a temporary (usually 3 month) commitment to a company and provide the perfect opportunity to work in a field of interest to help determine if you would enjoy a full-time career in that area. You can start interning as early as you'd like, i.e. you could intern the summer after your freshmen year. There are tons of internship resources available in the CoB Careers tab in T-Square in the resource section. To learn more about the career resources available to business students, go to the Scheller Career Services webpage.
Concentration Introduction Course Intro Course Pre-requisite Notes Resource Guide 
Accounting  ACCT 2101 No pre-requisites Accounting
Finance  ACCT 2101, then MGT 3062

This is a two semester sequence.
ACCT 2101 is the pre-requisite for MGT 3062 and must be taken at least 1 semester prior to taking MGT 3062. 

Marketing MGT 3300 Must be a sophomore with 30+ hours earned (completed) in order to take MGT 3300.  Marketing

Leadership and Organizational Change

Information Technology MGT 2210 No pre-requisites Information Technology
Operations & Supply Chain Management Math Pre-requisite, then MGT 2250, then MGT 2255, then MGT 3501

This is a 4 semester sequence. 
Math 1550 or 1551 or 1712 is a pre-requistie for MGT 2250
MGT 2250 is a pre-requisite for MGT 2255
MGT 2255 is a pre-requisite for MGT 3501
MGT 3501 is the pre-requisite for upper-level concentration electives. 

Operations & Supply Chain Management 

Strategy and Innovation MGT 3659

ACCT 2101

Strategy & Innovation

After you have selected a concentration, you will need to declare your concentration online, using the directions below. Once your concentration is declared, you will see concentration information in your DegreeWorks. If you need to change your concentration after initially declaring it, use the same steps.

Declaring your concentration helps us help you! Academic advisors can help you incorporate the concentration electives into your academic plan and share information about involvement opportunities related to your concentration selection. The Undergraduate Programs Office is also able to compile data about the number of students declared in each concentration area to help support the schedule of classes.  

To declare your concentration:

  • Login to Buzzport
  • Go to Registration/OSCAR
  • Select Student Services & Financial Aid, then Student Records, then  Change Program of Study
  • Listed on this screen will be your current major. Select the button next to your BSBA program of study, and click Select Program
  • Choose your concentration from the drop down menu, and click Submit Changes
  • Click Done and you will return to the mail screen displaying your current program(s) of study.