BS in Business and Entertainment
Offered by the Kogod School of Business and unique to American University, the BS in Business and Entertainment is a four-year program for students with strong interests in business and the business of entertainment. The program offers a substantial, exciting, and integrated curriculum that prepares students for a career in the entertainment sector. Students learn about the business of entertainment by completing Kogod's AACSB-accredited core business program, an entertainment core, and an entertainment specialization track.
The Business and Entertainment program gives students a strong foundation of academic and hands-on coursework. The business core provides a broad array of basic business knowledge and skills in areas such as accounting, finance, management, marketing, operations management, information technology, and business strategy. The entertainment core focuses on economic, legal, and business aspects of the entertainment industry itself, preparing students for work in this challenging area. In completing the entertainment specialization track, students learn more about a particular sector or field of interest within the general entertainment industry. Specialization areas include agency, audio technology, and music performance. In consultation with the Business and Entertainment Program Director, students may also create self-designed specializations. Finally, students may leverage their academic experience with a for-credit internship, membership in the Business and Entertainment Club, and numerous co-curricular experiences.
Admission to the Program
Freshman applicants should have demonstrated above average performance in their college preparatory courses in secondary school. Scores on the SAT or ACT should indicate that the applicant has the potential for success in a rigorous university degree program. Due to the quantitative emphasis of the business administration curriculum, it is strongly recommended that applicants take the SAT II Math test for placement purposes.
In addition to university requirements for transfer admission, transfer applicants to KSB should have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale). This also applies to students transferring from nondegree status at American University. All transfer students are required to take MGMT-458 and at least 18 upper-level credit hours toward their major requirements in residence. Transfer credits for 300-level and above business courses are subject to validation by the appropriate department chair and may be conditional on successful completion of a more advanced course at American University.
- 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
- Completion of college writing requirement
- Completion of university mathematics requirement
General Education Requirements
- A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas.
- At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component.
- No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline.
- A total of 120 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
- Students must ensure that no more than 66 of the 120 credit hour graduation requirement are taken within the Kogod School of Business.
- IBUS-200 and FIN-200 are considered business courses and may not count toward the non-business course requirement even if they are taken for General Education credit.
- Students must complete 45 of the last 60 credit hours on campus, with a minimum of 15 credit hours of upper-level courses.
- A total of 75 credit hours with grades of C or better for the major requirements.
- Business core courses: 36 credit hours with grades of C or better (pass/fail grades are not permitted).
- Entertainment core courses: 13 credit hours with grades of C or better (pass/fail grades are not permitted).
- Entertainment specialization: 12-15 credit hours with grades of C or better (pass/fail grades are not permitted).
- Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to be eligible to enroll in business or music courses.
- A student may count no more than three internship credits in total towards the 120 credit graduation requirement for an undergraduate business degree.
Students are responsible for fulfilling university and school requirements following a prescribed sequence. Students work closely with their academic advisor in Kogod to ensure appropriate course sequencing. However, it is the student's responsibility to consult course descriptions to identify course prerequisites and to determine when courses are offered.
General Requirements (14 credit hours)
Complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:
- ECON-100 Macroeconomics FA4 (3)
- ECON-200 Microeconomics FA4 (3)
- MATH-211 Applied Calculus I (4)
- MATH-221 Calculus I (4)
- STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4)
- STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4)
Business Core Courses (36 credit hours)
AT = analytical tool emphasis; provides a strong foundation in business analytical software
C = case analysis emphasis; provides growth opportunities for students to evaluate cases
O = oral communication emphasis; assists in the development of oral presentation skills
T = teamwork emphasis; focuses on teamwork and the importance of interpersonal relationships and communication
W = written communication emphasis; develops business writing skills, written assignments account for a significant part of the course grade
- ACCT-240 Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
- ACCT-241 Principles of Managerial Accounting (3) (AT)
- ACCT-244 Introduction to Business Law (3)
- MGMT-203 The Legal Environment of Business (3)
- FIN-365 Business Finance (3) (AT)
- IBUS-300 Fundamentals of International Business (3) (C/W)
- ITEC-200 The Edge of Information Technology (3) (AT)
- ITEC-355 Production/Operations Management (3) (AT/C)
- KSB-100 Business 1.0 (3)
(students not taking KSB-100 in their freshman year take a 300- or 400-level business course in its place)
- MGMT-201 Global Corporate Citizenship (3) (O)
- MGMT-353 Management and Organizational Behavior (3) (T)
- MGMT-458 Business Policy and Strategy (3) (C/O/T/W)
- MKTG-300 Principles of Marketing (3) (W)
Entertainment Core Courses (13 credit hours)
- ITEC-335 Social Networking, Social Media, and Web 2.0 (3)
- KSB-391 Internship (1-6) (1 credit hours required)
- 1 credit hour in another approved internship
- MGMT-301 The Entertainment Industry: Structure and Business Models (3)
- MGMT-302 Entertainment Law (3)
- MGMT-304 Protecting the Creative Class in the Face of Technological Innovation (3)
- MGMT-305 Music Publishing and Copyright (3)
Entertainment Specialization (12-16 credit hours)
Select one of the entertainment specializations below or design a custom specialization with the assistance and approval of the Business and Entertainment Program Director. Specializations are 12-16 credit hours.
Agency (12 credit hours)
- ACCT-443 Federal Income Taxation of Individuals and Businesses (3)
- COMM-301 Public Relations (3)
- MGMT-303 Representing Talent (3)
- MGMT-465 Negotiation (3)
Audio Technology (12 credit hours)
- ATEC-101 Fundamentals of Audio Technology (3)
- ATEC-102 Audio Technology Laboratory (1)
- ATEC-301 Digital Audio Workstations I (3)
- ATEC-311 Sound Studio Techniques I (3)
- 2 credit hours of approved audio technology lab courses
Film (16 credit hours)
- COMM-105 Visual Literacy FA1 (3)
- COMM-200 Writing for Communication (3)
- COMM-331 Film and Video Production I (3)
- COMM-382 Writing for Visual Media (3)
- COMM-434 Film and Video Production II (3)
- COMM-438 Production Practicum (1-3) : Final Cut Pro (1)
Music Performance (12 credit hours)
4 credit hours from the following:
2 credit hours from the following:
- PERF-142 University Chorus (1)
- PERF-542 University Chorus (1)
- PERF-143 University Singers (2)
- PERF-543 University Singers (2)
- PERF-144 University Orchestra (1)
- PERF-544 University Orchestra (1)
- PERF-145 Chamber Ensembles (1)
- PERF-545 Chamber Ensembles (1)
- PERF-146 Jazz Orchestra (1)
- PERF-546 Jazz Orchestra (1)
- PERF-147 Symphonic Band (1)
- PERF-161 Gospel Choir (1)
- PERF-561 Gospel Choir (1)
3 credit hours from the following:
University Honors Program
To graduate with University Honors in the major through the University Honors Program, students must meet the requirements detailed on the Honors website and have been enrolled as either a first-year student between Fall 1989 and Spring 2014, or as a transfer or self-nominated student through Spring 2015. The University Honors Program should not be confused with the AU Honors Program, which begins in Fall 2014 and has separate requirements, also detailed on the Honors website.
Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees
American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. Advanced undergraduates admitted to a combined degree program that includes a master's degree from Kogod are eligible to take graduate-level courses and may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees. See Combined Bachelor's and Kogod School of Business Master's Programs for more information.