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What is general business?

The General Business degree is offered for students who are interested in many aspects of business but want to maintain flexibility to explore degree options and offerings across Spears School of Business. By choosing General Business, students will be exposed to more classes in different business units and then explore minors and degree options that fit with their interests.

Why general business at OSU?

The breadth of business content in the General Business major is ideal for students pursuing non-traditional careers that benefit from a business background, such as pre-law or pre-health fields. Students often pursue the General Business degree before settling on specific degree options in Spears Business. In particular, our Pre-Law option provides students with a solid foundation of business content that often enhances opportunities in law school.

Career paths

A General Business major provides the skills necessary for students to pursue career opportunities in:

93%of graduating seniors

had employment, job offers or other professional plans within six months of graduation.



Student Success

Student highlight general business

"I chose general business as a degree because I wanted a wide-ranging education in business and all the possibilities that derive from a business degree. I have a variety of career paths to choose from due to my knowledge in a multitude of business areas."

- Emmanuel Guzman

Study abroad

The CAGLE Center is the main hub of study abroad opportunities in Spears Business. Through courses that can count towards degree requirements students can spend 1-3 weeks immersing themselves in a foreign country and meeting professionals from different business industries. The CAGLE Center offers approximately 20+ trips yearly for students to explore the world.

Eastin Center for Career Readiness

Through the Eastin Center, OSU supports students’ professional growth from awareness to knowledge acquisition, practice and ultimately successful implementation.

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