Jul 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Business Pre-Law Major (B.B.A.)

Major code BB6120

College of Business  
Copeland Hall 214
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740.593.2042

Robert Foehl, 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.


University-wide Graduation Requirements

Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other university-wide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – University-wide  page.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Business

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

Business Pre-Law 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

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:

Cultural Perspectives

Cultural Perspectives courses prepare you for active participation in multicultural business contexts in the US and globally. Through these courses, you will learn cultural self-awareness, cultural frameworks, empathy, communications, curiosity, and openness.  

B.B.A. candidates are required to complete a minimum of six total credit hours of coursework designated as:

  • BRICKS Intercultural Explorations and/or
  • BRICKS Diversity & Practice

Students who complete one of the following College of Business international experience programs will fulfill the Cultural Perspectives requirement:

  • Global Consulting Program
  • Ohio International Consulting Program

Ethical Perspectives

Ethical Perspectives courses prepare you to make difficult decisions when ethical considerations are involved and when the answers are not straightforward. Through these courses, you will learn to recognize and evaluate ethical issues and use ethical self-awareness, perspectives, and concepts to make ethical decisions.

B.B.A. candidates are required to complete a minimum of four total credit hours of coursework designated as BRICKS Ethics & Reasoning.

Internship Requirement

Complete 1 hour of internship credit from the following: