Bachelor of Science in Business and Global Affairs

The Bachelor of Science in Business and Global Affairs is a joint program designed and delivered by the McDonough School of Business (MSB) and the School of Foreign Service (SFS) housed in the Program in Business and Global Affairs.  First-year students enrolled in MSB and SFS are eligible to apply to pursue the B.S. in Business and Global Affairs (BSBGA). 

The BSBGA degree program features a four-year sequence of signature courses with multiple off-campus experiences in Washington, D.C., and around the world. The first BSBGA signature course, offered in the Spring of the first year, is a degree requirement and is open to all first-year students.  First-year students apply in April to pursue the BSBGA and, if selected, the program of study continues in the sophomore through senior years.

Students pursuing the BSBGA remain students of their homes schools (MSB or SFS) but no longer pursue the BSBA or the BSFS.  BSBGA students are subject to the policies and procedures of their home schools and to the degree requirements, policies, and procedures of the BSBGA.  Specific BSBGA requirements, policies, and procedures supersede those of the home schools. 

In addition to the requirements outlined below, students will need to fulfill the minimum degree requirements as set out by the university and their home school, unless expressly noted. 

The diploma will indicate that the BSBGA was delivered jointly by two schools, the McDonough School of Business and the School of Foreign Service.

Business and Global Affairs Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Business and Global Affairs Curriculum consists of the Georgetown Core Curriculum, Business and Global Affairs Core Requirements, major study, modern foreign language proficiency, and elective courses. In addition to the Degree Requirements set forth by the University and the student’s home school, students must successfully complete 38 courses of at least three credits. See below for additional information specific to the BSBGA program:

Business and Global Affairs Core Requirements

Core requirements expand on the University Core with coursework that relates to the specific missions and traditions of MSB and SFS and of the interdisciplinary BSBGA:

  • BGAF Signature Course 1 (global markets and politics)
  • ACCT-101: Accounting I
  • MATH-035: Calculus I or equivalent
  • ECON-001: Microeconomic Principles
  • ECON-002: Macroeconomic Principles
  • ECON-243: International Trade
  • FINC-211: Business Financial Management
  • GOVT-040: Comparative Political Systems
  • INAF-008: Map of the Modern World
  • MARK-220: Principles of Marketing
  • Quantitative Methods (OPIM-172, OPIM-173, ECON-122, INAF-320, or GOVT-201)
  • Regional History (select from list)

In addition to BGAF Signature Course 1, it is recommended that the following BSBGA Core requirements be met before the beginning of the sophomore year:  MATH-035: Calculus I; ECON-001: Microeconomic Principles; ECON-002: Macroeconomic Principles; GOVT-040: Comparative Political Systems; and Quantitative Methods.

Courses designed and delivered by the BGA Program are labeled “Business and Global Affairs” (prefix “BGAF”).   The coursework for the Core and for the major also draws on the offerings of MSB, SFS, and College departments.   Upon enrollment in the BSBGA degree program, students become eligible to take courses offered by both MSB and SFS.

Business and Global Affairs Major Requirements

The Business and Global Affairs major is distinguished by an innovative and integrated approach to identifying and solving problems that lie at the intersection of business and international affairs. The jointly delivered Signature Course sequence extends throughout the Program, first year through senior year, including multiple integrated for-credit, on- location international experiential units.

  • BGAF: Signature Course 2 (global leadership and teamwork)
  • BGAF: Signature Course 3 (global operations)
  • BGAF: Signature Course 4 (business, policy, and society)
  • BGAF: Washington, Business, and the World
  • History of Globalization (select from list)
  • International Law, Policy and Governance (select from list)
  • Quantitative Analysis (select from list)

There is one major within the joint degree program designed and delivered by MSB and SFS.  Along with the jointly delivered BGA major, students are eligible, schedules permitting, to pursue minors or certificates consistent with their home school policies (either MSB or SFS as applicable).  Students are not eligible to double major with a major delivered through a different degree program.

Modern Language Proficiency Requirement

The BSBGA program incorporates the School of Foreign Service modern language proficiency requirement: 

BSBGA Students are expected to enroll in a modern language class each semester, for a letter grade, until they have met the proficiency requirement. Students cannot take a language course pass/fail. Language classes occupy elective slots in the academic schedule. The full requirements can be found on the SFS requirements page.

Integrated Writing 

Integrated Writing is embedded within the requirements of the BGA major and degree program.  The Integrated Writing requirement is designed to help students think critically and communicate effectively in business, in international affairs, and at the intersection of business and global affairs.

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For students pursuing the BSBGA, specialized academic advising is provided by a joint MSB-SFS advising team.  A BSBGA advisor is assigned to each student upon acceptance to the program during the summer before the sophomore year. Advisors in the Business and Global Affairs program provide specific information about the proper sequencing of courses required for the degree, give formal approval to students’ proposed course selection for each upcoming semester, and serve as a sounding board for exploring various academic options.  One of the advisor’s primary responsibilities is to help students work out an academic program that will enable them to complete their studies on schedule while also pursuing elective courses and other interests. For first-year students, the BSBGA advising team will supplement the usual first-year advisor resources and assignments within the students’ home schools.

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Academic Policies and Procedures

Eligibility for the BSBGA Degree Program

The BSBGA is a limited-enrollment degree program delivered jointly by the McDonough School of Business and the School of Foreign Service through the Program in Business and Global Affairs.  Students must be enrolled in the McDonough School of Business or the School of Foreign Service to enroll in the BSBGA program.  Interested first-year students from Georgetown College or the School of Nursing and Health Studies must first submit an internal transfer application to MSB or SFS at the end of their first year to be eligible to apply to pursue the BSBGA.

Business and Global Affairs students are subject to the academic policies and procedures of this bulletin as set out by the Academic Regulations section as well as the policies set by their home schools in the MSB and SFS sections of this Bulletin.  Specific BSBGA requirements, policies, and procedures supersede those of the home schools.

All students are required to comply with the University Academic Regulations. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with these regulations, and no student can claim that unfamiliarity with these regulations warrants an exception to them.

Academic Standards Committee

The Academic Standards Committee (ASC) is convened at the conclusion of the Fall and Spring semesters to review the academic records of all of the undergraduates in the degree program.

The Academic Standards Committee has at least four members, including two designated BSBGA senior advisors and at least two other members of the BGA, MSB, and SFS advising staffs appointed by the Senior Associate Deans of the MSB and SFS undergraduate programs. The committee is chaired jointly by two senior BSBGA advisors, one from MSB and one from SFS.

Findings of academic deficiency and infractions that require action by the Academic Standards Committee include:

  • Low cumulative and/or semester grade point averages
  • Unsatisfactory grades (D+ and below)
  • Failures (including a grade of U)
  • Failure to enroll in required classes or make progress toward the degree
  • Failure to enroll in a foreign language class if the proficiency requirement is not completed
  • Unauthorized Incomplete courses (which are treated as failing grades)

The Academic Standards Committee reserves the right to impose or recommend sanctions as necessary, including probation, suspension, and program or University dismissal.  Students who are either suspended or dismissed may appeal the decision of the Standards Committee.

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For more information about the BS in Business and Global Affairs please visit the program website