The E. J. Ourso College of Business Undergraduate Program offers specialized professional training in several areas of business in addition to a program of general business administration. Each curriculum is constructed to ensure that students receive a broad general education and a sound foundation in the basic areas of business knowledge. At the same time, students may obtain limited specialization in a particular area of business. The objective of the college is to provide training in the functional fields of business administration so students will be qualified to hold positions of leadership, trust, and responsibility in business and industry.
Accounting, which is the language of business, defines transactions so they can be used to describe business activities. Learning the language allows an individual to communicate and understand the financial operations of any and all types of organizations.
Economics is the study of how people make choices. It examines these choices and provides a way of understanding how to make best use of natural resources, machinery, and work efforts. Through economics, the trade-offs between various goals and the anticipation of the outcomes of events are made more feasible. Majoring in economics provides many career options. Training received in the undergraduate program enables one to analyze complex economic problems, to think critically about a variety of issues, to learn beyond the confines of the classroom, and to be adaptable to the ever-changing demands of the workplace. Employers view these traits as essential.
Finance is the study of how individuals, businesses, and organizations acquire and utilize capital (i.e. money). Two basic elements of finance include the tradeoff between expected returns and risk and the importance of timing of future cash flows.
The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business offers an interdepartmental program in general business that allows students to build their curriculum around one of more than a hundred possible minors. Turn your passion into your degree.
Information Systems and Decision Sciences combines information about business processes with software and computer systems to help an organization achieve its goals. Information Systems and Decision Sciences professionals understand both the technical and non-technical factors vital to an organization’s strategic advantage and superior performance. They serve as a bridge between highly technical and management communities within an organization and many are involved in helping implement and tailoring new systems to the company’s needs.
Management is the process of getting activities completed efficiently and effectively with and through other people. Planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coo
rdinating, reporting, and budgeting are all key factors and aspects of the overall function of an organization’s management.
Marketing is an organizational function and a set of processes that performs customer needs analysis, executes product/services design, devises branding strategy, establishes pricing, accomplishes promotion, and creates the distribution system all while maintaining a competitive advantage.