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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Business Prelaw Major (B.B.A.)

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Major code BB6120

College of Business
Copeland Hall 401
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740.593.2060

Robert Föehl, contact person

Program Overview

There is no doubt that the business environment is becoming more complex as the years pass. One significant complexity is the dramatic increase in the number of regulations and the numerous legal actions arising from them. The success of future business leaders is dependent upon the recognition of potential legal concerns before they arise or the effective handling of legal concerns that have arisen before legal action ensues. To be successful in today’s business world, it is imperative that students have a working knowledge of the fundamental concepts of business law and regulation so that they can effectively manage their businesses in a fashion that optimizes legal risk. The business pre-law co-major provides students with this knowledge.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements and admission to the College of Business.

Change of Program Policy

The College of Business allows limited number of students from other Ohio University academic colleges to apply for transfer into the College of Business. It should be noted that the transfer requirements differ for students at the end of their freshmen year and students in their sophomore and junior years. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements and the requirements to successfully transfer into the College of Business.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Business law competency makes students more marketable, no matter the business discipline. From top managers to international practitioners, legal astuteness is in demand as a valuable commodity. For example, legal issues occupy up to 25 percent of a CEO’s available time. In one survey, sixty-nine percent of CFOs have indicated that “global regulatory requirements” will be required for the professionals of the future. Compliance Officer positions are experiencing a high growth rate, prompting the Wall Street Journal to call the compliance market a “hiring spree” and a “battle royal for talent.” A blossoming risk management industry has driven the need for positions in contract and regulatory risk management as well as holistic enterprise risk management.

Students with a well-developed competency in business law will produce graduates that will be superior candidates to those without such training. Companies will highly value these candidates in their search for top talent. The business pre-law co-major delivers valuable legal astuteness that generates graduates who are in demand.


Major Hours Requirement

The business prelaw major requires a minimum of 120 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Business

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Business.  

Business Prelaw Program Requirements

Complete one of the options below for a total of 5 courses or 15 credit hours. You must complete the requirements of the business pre-law co-major in conjunction with the requirements for one of the other BBA majors, which include accounting, business economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management and strategic leadership, management information systems, and marketing, or in conjunction with the requirements for the Bachelor of Sport Management major.

Co-Major Curriculum

Option 1) Recommended for Students Majoring in Accounting or Finance

Complete the following courses:

Option 2) Recommended for Other College of Business Co-Majors

Complete the following courses:

College of Business (COB) Requirements

Introductory Cluster Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Business Cluster Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Non-Business Required Hours

Every COB major must complete a minimum of 30 hours of classwork outside of the College of Business. The remaining hours consist of elective classes taken outside of the College of Business.

Individual Non-Business Required Courses

Complete the following courses:

Global Requirement

Complete one of the following three components:

1. Global Course Component

Complete 6 hours from the following courses:

2. Global Experience Component

You may arrange to meet this requirement by completing one of the following:

  1. a Global Consulting Project experience through the College of Business
  2. an approved international experience through the Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities
  3. an approved international experience through the Global Leadership Center

Contact the College of Business Student Services Office for details.

3. Foreign Language Component

Complete a foreign language through at least 2120.

Internship Requirement

Complete 3 hours of internship credit from the following:

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