2020-2021 Catalogue

Majors and Minors

THE UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE

The Undergraduate College at Bentley University offers a variety of academic programs. Students may choose a major that enables them to develop expertise in a specific area of business, or they may pursue an arts and sciences degree. All programs in the undergraduate college are characterized by a balanced education in business and the humanities, the social sciences, natural and applied sciences and mathematical sciences — the best combination for preparing tomorrow’s organizational leaders.

The business skills that students develop are enhanced by a curriculum that integrates the use of technology as a tool of analysis, decision-making and management. Moreover, students benefit from their interaction with experienced faculty who are business professionals and scholars in their fields. Bentley provides faculty with the resources necessary for quality research and teaching, and many faculty also serve as advisors and career mentors.

Listed below are the available Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs, with business and arts and sciences majors identified. All arts and sciences majors, with the exception the Liberal Arts major, are required to complete either a Business Studies Major or Minor as part of their program of study.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Science degree programs are designed for students who want to combine a broad approach to business studies with a specialization in a specific discipline.

Business majors are available in:

Arts and Sciences majors are available in:

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Arts degree programs are designed for students who want to concentrate in areas such as the humanities, the social sciences, or natural and applied sciences, while also supplementing their major with business courses that strengthen their professional career opportunities.

Arts and Sciences majors are available in:

SECOND MAJORS

For Bachelor of Arts Majors

In addition to their primary major, students enrolled in an arts and sciences major must select either a Business Studies Major or Minor. Liberal Arts majors are exempt from completing the Business Studies Major or Minor.

THE BUSINESS STUDIES MAJOR

The Business Studies Major (BSM) is an optional second major open only to students majoring in an arts and sciences discipline (see listing above) and only as a second major. Students cannot pursue this major either on its own or in conjunction with another business major. Arts and sciences majors who do not select the BSM must instead enroll in the Business Studies minor, except for Liberal Arts majors. The BSM consists of the first six courses in the General Business Core plus two additional business courses selected by students in consultation with their primary major advisor.

The BSM allows students another innovative way to combine the study of liberal arts and business at Bentley.

SECOND MAJORS

For Bachelor of Science majors

LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR

The Liberal Studies Major (LSM) is an optional second major designed to be paired with any BS major. Students choose from one of nine LSM concentrations and then select eight courses from general education and elective requirements according to that concentration. Each LSM is student-owned and is significantly different from a traditional major that drills deep within a particular field of study, such as history or finance, for example. Rather, the LSM concentrations explore important themes such as ethics and social responsibility, global perspectives and media arts and society that cut across many disciplines of the arts and sciences and business. The LSM requires a student-designed culminating project, through which students synthesize the connections they have made between various disciplinary perspectives and ways of knowing acquired through the major.  This process requires creativity, analytical thinking and communication, among other skills commonly considered essential in business and society.

More detailed information on the Liberal Studies Major and thematic concentration choices can be found at Liberal Studies Majors at Bentley.

MINOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

The minors program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to develop more knowledge in an area of study outside their majors and to receive formal recognition for these efforts. All departments offer minors. A minor consists of at least 12 credits. The following is a list of available minors:

MINORS IN BUSINESS

MINORS IN ARTS AND SCIENCES