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Business Administration and Law

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Western’s Business Administration and Law Program offers students a quality education in the area of business administration and law, business policy, and strategy through synergistic teaching, research, and service. Students receive a thorough background in the interrelationship of business and law, legal theory, legal research, and the application of law in everyday business transactions and management.

The B.S.B.A in Business Administration and Law requires 42 Liberal Studies hours, 36 Business Core hours, 21 major hours, and 6-15 general elective hours, depending on Liberal Studies courses completed.
Detailed Degree Requirements

The minor in Business Law requires 18 total hours.
The minor in Business Administration requires 18 total hours.
The interdisciplinary minor in Conflict Resolution and Cross-Cultural Communication provides a unique opportunity for students to become trained campus and community mediators. A mediator is a neutral third party who helps parties to resolve a dispute without going to court.

Students who wish to finish their degree in eight semesters can follow a prescribed program of study.

For a Major in Business Administration and Law

For dual degrees in Business Administration and Law and Management

The distance B.S.B.A. in Business Administration and Law program replicates the on-campus program with distance students taking the same courses delivered by the same faculty as students in the on-campus program. For more information, contact Alexandra Watson at

Most students enroll in 6-9 credit hours per semester.

The B.S.B.A in Business Administration and Law requires 42 Liberal Studies hours, 36 Business Core hours, 21 major hours, and 6-15 general elective hours, depending on Liberal Studies courses completed.
Detailed Degree Requirements

Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Program

Our MBA curriculum was designed in collaboration with employers in western North Carolina, WCU College of Business faculty, and recent MBA graduates. Our students exit the program Business Ready® to meet the employment needs of aspiring graduates and the regional business community. Learn more about our MBA Program.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Participating in student clubs and organizations are a great way to enhance your educational experience and also looks good on your resume.

Business Administration and Law majors may take advantage of the Business and Law Society, whose mission is to promote interest in the fields of business and law, to encourage further study in those areas, to enhance the student environment of Western Carolina University, and to provide opportunities for campus and community service. The Business and Law Society is open to all students. For more information, contact Ken Sanney,

The Campus Mediation Society, which is open to all students, encourages the use of mediation to resolve disputes and provides opportunities for community and student service. For more information, contact Professor Debra Burke at


There are numerous internship opportunities for students. In some cases internships are established through a faculty member in your major. Oftentimes students find part-time jobs in an area related to their field of study. When this happens, students should discuss with their academic advisor the possibility of receiving college credit. Generally, three hours of general elective credit can be earned for a minimum of 200 hours of experience.


  • Three (possibly more) hours of course credit which counts as a general elective towards your degree
  • Compensation Relevant entry-level experience
  • Ability to make a more informed career decision and to be ahead of peers who do not have experience in the field
  • Future contacts and references/networking opportunities

How to Apply and Prepare

  • Visit WCU Career Services and obtain information about resumes, job searches, and interviewing
  • Attend Career Services seminar on Resume Writing and schedule an appointment with Career Services for resume assistance
  • Attend Interviewing Skills and Job Search Seminars
  • Become involved in the appropriate student organization
  • Once you accept an internship offer, with permission from your academic advisor register for the internship course to obtain three hours of elective credit. All students must keep a work log, submit a written report and make a short presentation to faculty and students about their work

Study Abroad

Study Abroad programs are a great way to expand your horizons and at the same time earn college credit toward the completion of your academic program. If you want to gain international experience and exposure and a distinguishing edge in today's competitive job market, then studying abroad is for you. Academically, studying abroad is not only a fun way to earn credits, but it also exposes you to different teaching methods and perspectives on academic topics.

Western's Study Abroad opportunities are designed for both undergraduate and graduate students. These opportunities consist of programs that are one semester or an entire academic year, or even just for the summer. Each program has its own distinctions and prerequisites. Learn more about these opportunities.

Business Administration and Law Faculty
Debra Burke J.D.; Professor
Andrew Emerson  J.D., Assistant Professor
Hossein Fazilatfar   J.D., Ph.D.;  Assistant Professor
Janet Ford J.D.; Associate Professor
Dan Herron  J.D.; Assistant Professor
Peter Ormerod J.D.; Assistant Professor
Ken Sanney J.D.; Associate Professor
Lorrie Willey J.D.; Associate Professor
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