Overview

Major Area of Specialization in Legal Studies (People & Society)

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a major area of specialization in Legal Studies is intended to enhance the interaction between the business manager and legal counsel, preparing graduates to excel in a wide variety of business pursuits. A flexible, inherently cross-disciplinary course of study, the Legal Studies major can facilitate careers in such fields as risk management, compliance, human resources, marketing, finance and accounting, general business or non-profit management, health care, government, and small business ownership/entrepreneurship. For some, it may also provide an appropriate foundation for the professional study of law.

Curriculum Requirements

In addition to satisfying the University General Education Requirements and Electives, students pursuing the BSBA in Legal Studies must complete the BSBA Business Core and the specific coursework for the Legal Studies major area of specialization as follows:

University General Education Requirements 1 , 2
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II 33
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
STEM Cognate Courses9
Electives 15
BSBA Business Core Requirements 1
BSL 212Introduction to Business Law and Ethics3
ACC 211Principles of Financial Accounting3
or ACC 221 Accelerated Principles of Financial Accounting
ACC 212Managerial Accounting3
or ACC 222 Accelerated Managerial Accounting
BTE 210Fundamentals of Business Technology and Innovation3
BTE 320Programming: Fundamentals and Algorithms3
BUS 150Business Analytics3
BUS 300Critical Thinking and Persuasion for Business 33
ECO 211Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 212Principles of Macroeconomics3
FIN 302Fundamentals of Finance3
MAS 311Applied Probability and Statistics (minimum grade of C- required)3
MAS 312Statistical Methods and Quality Control3
MTH 161Calculus I (minimum grade of C- required)4
MTH 162Calculus II4
MGT 100Managing for Success in the Global Environment3
MGT 199Professional Development and Success in the Workplace (or other approved Miami Herbert Business School career course)1
or BUS 211 Professional Development for Finance and Accounting
MGT 303Operations Management3
MGT 304Organizational Behavior3
MGT 401Strategic Management (must be taken in the final semester)3
MKT 201Foundations of Marketing3
or MKT 301 Marketing Foundations
Quantitative Choice - Select one of these suggested courses approved by the Vice-Dean for Undergraduate Business Education - check pre-requisites:3
Object-Oriented Programming
Database Management Systems
Applied Econometrics
Mathematical Economics and Applications
Introduction to Optimization and Decision Making
Stochastic Models in Operations Research
Computer Simulation Systems
Supply Chain Modeling and Analysis
Supply Chain Strategy
Major Area of Specialization in Legal Studies 4
BSL 212Introduction to Business Law and Ethics (Taken as part of the Business Core, it is a pre-requisite for all other BSL courses.)
BSL 324Negotiation3
BSL 485Managing the Legal Factor3
Major Choice Courses - Select four courses (12 credit hours) from the following: 12
Corporate Law
Legal and Social Aspects of Business Regulation
Introduction to Corporate Sustainability
Legal Aspects of Real Estate Transactions
The Law of Financial Transactions
International Business Law
Employment and Labor Law
Intellectual Property Law
Law of Entrepreneurship
Health Care Law and Ethics
The Law of Risk
Special Topics in Business Law
Special Topics in Business Law
Total Credit Hours120

Sample Plan of Study

This Sample Plan of Study represents one possible version of a new freshman business student’s 8-semester plan.  The individual student's plan may vary depending upon the initial placement into English Composition and mathematics. Moreover, numerous plan variations are possible if a student enters the University with advanced college credits, wishes to participate in study abroad, chooses a special program option, or selects additional majors or minors.  

Note that each major/minor at the University of Miami satisfies a particular "Area of Knowledge" within the general education requirements of the University. This means that it is possible to pursue two majors, or a major and a minor, within Miami Herbert Business School and fulfill both the STEM and People and Society Areas of Knowledge; a separate cognate in these areas would not be required. The only remaining general education Area of Knowledge is Arts and Humanities, which must be completed through a major, minor, or cognate outside of the Business School.

Students construct their individualized plans in collaboration with their assigned academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ECO 211 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MGT 100 Managing for Success in the Global Environment 3
MKT 201 Foundations of Marketing 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BSL 212 Introduction to Business Law and Ethics 3
ECO 212 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
Fall
ACC 211 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BUS 150 Business Analytics 3
BUS 300 Critical Thinking and Persuasion for Business 3
MAS 311 Applied Probability and Statistics 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ACC 212 Managerial Accounting 3
BTE 210 Fundamentals of Business Technology and Innovation 3
FIN 302 Fundamentals of Finance 3
MAS 312 Statistical Methods and Quality Control 3
MGT 199 Professional Development and Success in the Workplace 1
Legal Studies Major Choice 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
Fall
BSL 324 Negotiation 3
BTE 320 Programming: Fundamentals and Algorithms 3
MGT 304 Organizational Behavior 3
Legal Studies Major Choice 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MGT 303 Operations Management 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
Legal Studies Major Choice 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
Legal Studies Major Choice 3
Quantitative Choice Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BSL 485 Managing the Legal Factor 3
MGT 401 Strategic Management 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120

Mission

  • To develop innovative ideas and principled leaders that transform global business and society.

Goals

  • To instill in students a strong sense of the legal and ethical issues permeating business;
  • To aid students’ comprehension of the legal and regulatory environment as well as the ethical considerations and substantive laws that shape business practices and policies; and
  • To develop students’ analytical and problem solving ability, as well as their oral and written presentation skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • BBA/BSBA graduates will be critical thinkers, able to select and apply appropriate models, tools, and techniques, and frameworks to enable them to render analytically sound business decisions.
  • BBA/BSBA graduates will be able to identify, analyze and resolve ethical issues in business scenarios.
  • BBA/BSBA graduates will demonstrate professional written communication skills.
  • BSBA graduates will have strong technical skills.