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Academic Director and Associate Professor, Jane Cote; Professor Emeritus Joseph Cote, Professors, Jerry Goodstein, Debra Sanders, Tom Tripp, U.N. Umesh; Associate Professors, Claire Latham, Gregory Rose, Alberto Sa Vinhas; Assistant Professors, Alex Kier, Brian McTier, Rohny Saylors, Li Xu; Clinical Assistant Professors, Michael Curry, Ron Pimentel, Nishala Reddy, Florian Zach; Instructors, Rick Howell; Doug Steck, Academic Coordinators, Ashley Gale, Mary Stender.

The Carson College of Business (CCB) at Washington State University prepares students to become innovative and purposeful leaders with the skill and knowledge to succeed in the global marketplace. CCB graduates lead insightfully by effectively applying core business competencies, employing a global perspective, and embracing diversity. CCB students, graduates, and researchers apply integrated business tools and entrepreneurial perspectives to successfully execute and deliver transformational innovations across disciplines and around the world.

The Carson College of Business is among two percent of business schools worldwide to achieve accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s premier business education accrediting body, at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. Its business programs are ranked 45th among public national universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to the accounting programs receiving specialized AACSB accreditation, the International Business program maintains a consistent spot in the top 20 in the nation (U.S. News & World Report).  The CCB sends more students abroad than any other college at WSU. The School of Hospitality Business Management is a top provider of career services to its students, and the program is one of the oldest in the country, celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2017.

The faculty in the Carson College of Business have identified six competencies our students should have upon completion of an undergraduate degree in business: 1) mastery of core business knowledge and skills; 2) critical thinking; 3) innovative and entrepreneurial thinking; 4) the ability to write clearly and concisely without sacrificing content; 5) the ability to communicate well orally; and 6) the ability to effectively lead and work in teams.

Faculty across disciplines produce scholarly and applied research at the main campus in Pullman as well as at campuses in Vancouver and the Tri-Cities. International activities include academic centers in China and Switzerland as well as thriving partnerships with several schools around the globe.  For more information and news about the college, its students, and programs, visit

Certification Requirements

Given high demand for business courses and strict accreditation requirements, certifying as a business major is competitive and course enrollments are limited. A student must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply to certify a major in business: 1) Complete the following certification courses with an average gpa of 2.50 or higher: ACCTG 230, 231; B LAW 210; MGTOP 215; ECONS 101, 102; ENGLISH 101; MATH 201, 202; and MIS 250; 2) Have a WSU cumulative gpa of at least 2.5; and 3) Have earned at least 60 credit hours. Students will then be placed in rank order based on cumulative gpa and other performance criteria. The top students then are certified based on the number of spots available that semester.

To be eligible to apply to certify a business minor, a student must be certified in a major, have a cumulative gpa of at least 2.5, and have earned at least 60 credit hours. Students will then be placed in rank order based on cumulative gpa and other performance criteria. The top students then are certified based on the number of spots available that semester.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum business GPA of 2.50 is required for graduation.

General Program Requirements

General course requirements, core courses, and fields of specialization are presented below. Requirements vary depending upon the field of specialization selected. For a detailed description of degree requirements (with changes approved since publication of the latest catalog), see current degree requirements for BA majors, available in the Carson College of Business.

By the completion of 60 hours of credit, all students, including transfer students, must have completed English, Math and 100-200-level CB core courses: ACCTG 230, 231; B LAW 210; MGTOP 215; ECONS 101, 102; ENGLISH 101; MATH 201, 202; and MIS 250. Enrollment in 300-level business courses is restricted to those students who have met these requirements and have certified as BA or HBM majors. Students certified in non-business majors may enroll in required 300-400-level business courses with permission of the department chair as space is available. 

All students majoring in business must complete 60 credit hours of their course work outside of the Carson College of Business.

WSU Course Requirements: At least 50% of business core and major specialization courses and at least nine 300-400-level business/economics courses must be WSU courses. A WSU course is a course that does not require evaluation for transfer credit.

The chair of the department and/or the associate dean of the college in Pullman must approve in writing any business courses to be satisfied by transfer, correspondence, independent study, or other credit. Additional transfer, correspondence, and independent study credit (within University limits on these credits) may count toward the 120 hours required for the degree and/or satisfy requirements other than major courses.

Only general elective courses that are not University Common Requirements (UCORE), not core/major requirements, and not offered by the CCB may be taken pass, fail.

International Experience Requirement (IER)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the IER, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate differences in the external environmental factors that affect global business
  • Identify the specific elements of the cultural environment that affect global business decisions
  • Evaluate the implications of the external environmental factors on global business decisions
  • Incorporate global economic, political and cultural factors when making global business recommendations

Students can satisfy the IER requirements by completing one of the following:

  1. Study abroad for 6 or more credit hours. Two smaller study abroad programs may be cumulated to meet the entire 6 credit-hour requirement. International students in the Carson College of Business (not including WSU Global students) will meet their study abroad requirement through their study in the United States.
  2. Complete a major or minor in a foreign language.
  3. Students that demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (e.g., STAMP test) will be deemed to have met the Carson College of Business International Experience Requirement. [Honors College students that meet their demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language will also be deemed to have met the Carson College of Business IER.]
  4. Complete a minimum of one year of international experience in any of the following areas: military service, Peace Corps, Volunteer work with an organization, missionary work, or other.  Documentation must be submitted to the student's academic advisor for approval.
  5. Complete two of the following:
    1. The Global Leadership Certificate or other certificate with a major international component (e.g. The East Asia Program) as approved by the administrative head of the Department of Marketing and International Business.
    2. A brief study abroad program of at least 3 credit hours.
    3. An “international non-business course”. Approved courses include: AMDT 413; ANTH 301, 306, 307, 309, 312, 316, 317, 320, 330, 350, 370, 405, 417, 418, 450, 469; ARCH 428; ASIA 302, 315, 373, 374, 477, 479; BIOLOGY 401; CES 301, 325, 372, 377, 379, 380, 401, 405, 421, 426, 470; COMSOC 321; CRM J 405; CROPS SCI 360; ECONS 427, 428, 430, 433, 453; ENGLISH 373, 410, 457; ENVR SCI 410; FINE ART 331; FOR LANG 410; GEOLOGY 390; H D 350, 403; HISTORY 331, 373, 374, 436, 464, 466, 473, 477, 479, 491, 492, 494, 495; HUMANITY 350; NATRS 300, 312; PHIL 314, 315; POL S 314, 424, 427, 435; RUSSIAN 410; SOC 331, 332, 375, 415; SOIL SCI 360; TCH LRN 480, 487; WOMEN ST 316, 332, 340, 406.
    4. An approved 300-400-level “international business or economics course”. Approved courses include: ACCTG 420; ECONS 327; I BUS 415, 416, 435, 453, 470, 482, 496; MIS 441.
    5. At least 3 credits in a foreign language. Approved courses include: CHINESE 101, 102, 203; FRENCH 101, 102, 203; GERMAN 101, 102, 203; ITALIAN 101, 102; JAPANESE 101, 102, 203; LATIN 101, 102; RUSSIAN 101, 102, 203; SPANISH 101, 102, 203; or as approved by advisor. Sign Language is not an approved foreign language to satisfy this requirement.
    6. An international internship approved by the Department of Marketing and International Business (maximum of 3 credit hours).
    7. An accepted petition to the Department of Marketing and International Business to allow the use of extensive international travel experiences at the collegiate or corporate level for up to 3 credit hours towards the International Experience Requirement. Although petitions must be approved prior to the international travel, exceptional cases can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Normally such an experience will be at least three months in duration.
    8. A University course research project with an international business research focus that is a significant part of the course learning component, and that constitutes 40% or more of the class. The petition for allowing a project work to count towards the International Experience Requirement should be signed off by the course instructor, and the final approval will be made by the Department of Marketing and International Business for Pullman based students, and an IBUS Fellow or Area Director for urban campus students. *
    9. Participate as finalists in an international or global case competition (e.g., Global Case Competition conducted by WSU International Programs). The determination of whether a case competition can be counted towards the International Experience Requirement will be made through a petition to the Department of Marketing and International Business. Although only final round participants can be considered, exceptional cases that did not make it to the final round can also be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Marketing and International Business, which will make the final approval.

* Students also need to obtain pre-approval from course instructor prior to start of project work on the petition form that is available with advisors at the respective campus locations.

Double Majors in Business

Students may double major within business provided that they satisfy the requirements of the second major. At a minimum, students must complete 15 additional credits (18 credits for accounting) from among those courses specifically designated by the second major and distinct from those used to satisfy the first major.

Second Bachelor's Degree

Students who have received a bachelor’s degree in another area may obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration by presenting total credits of at least 150 hours and by fulfilling the following departmental requirements: ACCTG 230, 231; B LAW 210; COM 102 or H D 205; ECONS 101, 102; ENGLISH 402 or 403; FIN 325; MATH 201, 202; MGTOP 215, 340; MGMT 301 and 491 or 492; MIS 250; MKTG 360; POL S elective; SOC or PSYCH [SSCI]; and the courses required for the student’s chosen major in business.

The second degree can usually be completed in less than two years, depending on the number of business requirements completed as part of the first undergraduate degree. Second degree students must also go through the certification process (see Certification Requirements above) before they can enroll in 300-400-level business courses. Students should consult the CCB Advising Office for specific requirements.

Transfer Students

Students planning to transfer to Washington State University at the end of the freshman or sophomore year should follow, as closely as possible, the general and core course requirements set forth above. If this is done, there should be no difficulty in completing the requirements for the bachelor's degree within the normal period of four years. It should also be noted that courses taken at community colleges are not accepted as transferable equivalents to 300-400-level courses at WSU.

Certificate Programs

Professional Sales.  The objective of the Professional Sales certificate program at WSU Vancouver is to prepare students for marketing careers in professional sales and customer account management.

These careers are available across a myriad of industries and provide graduates with high-paying jobs with diverse duties and excellent long-term career prospects. Starting compensation and benefits are among some of the highest available to any undergraduate degree holders (often in the $40-50K range or higher), with graduates of Professional Sales Programs often in a position to earn $100K+ as few as five years after graduation.

Importantly, long-term career prospects and advancement for those with sales experience are excellent. For example, more than 80% of Fortune 500 CEOs spent a significant portion of their career in frontline sales and customer management.

To be admitted into the program, students must be either certified in their WSU major or a non-degree student with at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and 60 semester credits. In order to complete the program, students must complete the certificate with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

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