The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's pre-business curriculum is designed for those who are interested in a business-related career but may not be ready to declare a specific major. Our pre-business route allows you to stay on track to graduate in four years by taking the core business classes required for all business majors. After declaring your major — and completing your business generals — you'll transition into the curriculum specific to your chosen degree. Because most of the courses within the core requirements are introductory classes, you'll have the unique opportunity to explore many different industries and career paths before choosing your field.
While discovering your place in the business world, you'll find unparalleled support from College of Business (COB) staff, faculty and advisors. Your professors will know you by name and will go out of their way to help you uncover your interests, strengths and talents.
Core courses within the COB will help you to learn critical business practices necessary for any business career. You'll learn how to adapt messages to existing and emerging technologies, how our legal environment affects decision-making and the basic principles of marketing a product or service. Coursework will empower you to take on the challenges of the business world with confidence and prepare you well for future leadership and management roles.
Many students also choose to take advantage of the many experiential learning opportunities available to them at UWEC. You may choose to take your education to the next level by studying abroad, competing in a national competition, conducting undergraduate research, volunteering in your community, completing a service-learning project or participating in the National Student Exchange. These opportunities open doors to new experiences and ways of thinking, helping you to step outside your comfort zone and grow.
No matter your path, here, you'll experience the incredible support of the Blugold community, all while discovering a career path you love.
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. In fact, many incoming students are automatically awarded scholarships for having outstanding academic achievements. Students also have the opportunity to apply for general business scholarships available to all College of Business students as well as those specific to a major once declared.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your business degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Degrees offered within the College of Business:
Student organizations offered within the College of Business:
- Business Association of Multicultural Students
- American Marketing Association (AMA)
- Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary (BGS)
- Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
- International Business Student Professionals (IBSP)
- The Association for Operations Management (APICS)
- American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)
- Beta Upsilon Sigma (BUS)
- Collegiate DECA
- Blu'$ Gold Financial Management
- Student Accounting Society (SAS)
- Financial Management Association (FMA)
- Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO)
Our business programs are among the best. We are accredited by AACSB International, a mark of excellence achieved by less than 5% of all business schools worldwide.
Varied, all-encompassing curriculum. It takes about two years for most students to complete the core College of Business course requirements, giving you ample time to find a major you love. Beginning courses often include topics in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing, providing you with an incredible overview of all the different business areas.
A supportive environment. Most students accepted into the College of Business start off as pre-business, so know that you are not alone when choosing this path. Our expert faculty and advisors are skilled at helping students find their strengths and passions and will do all they can to set you up for success.
Internship opportunities. All COB undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in an internship during their course of studies. Internships are excellent ways to explore the many different career paths, fields and organizations available to you. Many internships are paid and can be taken for college credit. Previous students have interned at places like 3M, Marshfield Clinic, Baker Tilly, Kraft Foods, State Farm Insurance, Target, U.S. Bank and United Health Group.
Valuable student organizations. UW-Eau Claire's College of Business offers more than 20 student organizations, providing you with countless outside-the-classroom learning opportunities. You may learn from industry experts, network with professionals, go on field trips to local businesses and attend regional and national conferences. These valuable connections allow you to learn from some of the best and can give you a leg up when applying for an internship or future job.
Development of critical skills. Coursework within the College of Business will help you to develop important communication skills, such as the ability to network effectively, present an idea clearly and concisely, and work effectively in a team. You'll also learn to think critically, solve creatively and manage resourcefully. Faculty will provide you with the latest trends, practices and techniques in the industry, allowing you to hit the ground running in your chosen field.
Graduates from our College of Business go on to pursue rewarding, successful careers all over the world. From Google to Shutterfly to Amazon, our alumni go on to work for major corporations — and many eventually open their own business. For those involved with sports or who are interested in working in the sports world, a degree in business can provide valuable insight and lead to exciting career opportunities.
Where are College of Business alumni now?
- Vice president of operations, Nestle Health Science, Minnesota
- Vice president of events, ESPN, North Carolina
- Financial analyst, Ecolab, Minnesota
- Recruiting coordinator, Anheuser-Busch, Texas
- Content creator, YouTube, Wisconsin
- Contract specialist, Gunderson Lutheran, Wisconsin
- Foodservice sales rep, Hormel Foods Corp., Massachusetts
- District manager, Aldi, Minnesota
- Senior internet marketing specialist, Mason Cos., Wisconsin
- Account executive, England Logistics, Texas
- Purchasing consultant, Gartner, Florida
- Staff accountant, Wipfli LLP, Wisconsin
The curriculum within the College of Business is rooted in experiential, real-world learning. Coursework will encourage you to take what you've learned and put it into practice, gaining professional experience along the way. A required professional development program will prepare you well for life after graduation. In addition to helping you with career planning and building a professional image, the program also shares best practices in interviewing, job etiquette and networking.
All business majors take the following courses:
- Introduction to Accounting
- Business Writing
- Business Presentations
- Information Systems in Business
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Legal and Regulatory Environment
- Principles of Finance
- Principles of Marketing
- Organizational Behavior
- Operations Management
- Strategic Management in a Global Business Environment
Learn more about the College of Business in the UWEC course catalog.
Thinking about a business major? Here are other programs you may be interested in exploring.
- Business Administration
- Business Finance
- Health Care Administration
- Information Systems
- International Business
- Management - Entrepreneurship Emphasis
- Management - Human Resources Emphasis
- Management - Operations and Supply Chain Management Emphasis
- Marketing - Analytics Emphasis
- Marketing - Professional Sales Emphasis