Within the field of business, you can pursue many different majors and concentrations. All bachelor’s degrees in business generally require a similar business core curriculum and total number of college credits (generally, 120). However, the classes these programs require and the skills students need to succeed in these different fields can vary widely. While an easy degree program means different things to different students, some of the easiest options include broader fields of study that require less specialization, programs that include few math courses and majors that don’t require a lot of creativity.
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The Broadest Programs of Study in Business
One way of evaluating the difficulty of a business degree program is by looking at breadth vs. depth of the curriculum. Often, the more specialized a program is, the more challenging the coursework, because students have to understand the nuances and intricacies of the subject.
A Bachelor of Science in Finance program is more specialized, and likely to be more difficult, than a broader Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a finance concentration. A general business BBA tends to be easier than a BBA with a declared specialization. Perhaps the broadest and easiest degree option is the business management degree, which emphasizes the theory and applications of management over the development of practical and technical skills typically emphasized in a BBA program.
Although general business programs require less specialization, students still take upper-level coursework and advanced studies, but they do so in a variety of business subjects rather than developing expertise in a single subject area.
Degrees With the Least Math Requirements
The consensus of many students is that mathematics is among the most difficult subjects of study. If your feelings about math align with this perspective, then you should rule out finance and accounting as easy degree options, because they both include a lot of quantitative work in financial reporting and analyzing data. The field of economics, which often requires a strong foundation of mathematics and statistics coursework, may also be prohibitively challenging for students who prefer to minimize their math classes.
The degrees that require the least amount of math are BBA and Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA) – as opposed to science-intensive Bachelor of Science in Business Administration BSBA degrees – in certain majors and concentrations. A general business administration or business management program is unlikely to pile on extra mathematics requirements. Human resources may require some coursework in compensation analysis, but generally focuses more on the concepts and practices of recruiting, retaining and training employees. Entrepreneurship and marketing programs are somewhere in between. They may require a bit more work in the accounting and finance fields or in analyzing marketing data than a general business program but aren’t nearly as math-focused as finance and accounting majors.
Generally, no matter what your major is, you will have to complete at least one college-level course in mathematics to satisfy general education requirements. Business majors often meet this requirement by taking a basic calculus, applied calculus or business calculus class. Business statistics coursework is required in some business administration programs. Introductory accounting and finance classes are part of most business program’s core curricula.
Accounting students who intend to pursue the certified public accountant (CPA) credential will need a fifth year of college studies. While that extra year doesn’t have to be at the graduate level, the need for further study makes this field even more challenging.
Degrees That Require the Least Creativity
While there are some areas of study that are almost universally considered hard, in most cases, level of difficulty is subjective. While some business students might immediately shy away from math-heavy majors like accounting and finance because they are “too hard,” other students who enjoy working with numbers might find the challenges of pitching an advertising campaign to be nerve-racking. If creativity isn’t your strong suit, you may wish to avoid degrees in marketing and advertising. Students who prefer working with numbers and data sets than with people might want to steer clear of programs in human resources, sales and even entrepreneurship, which require a willingness to communicate with new people.
Which degrees are ideal for students whose analytical strengths outweigh their creativity and people skills? Accounting, economics and finance are all great options for applying your math and analytical skills and have less emphasis on interpersonal skills than other business majors. However, students should know that, as part of their college general education requirements and in the workplace, having basic skills in effective communication is a necessity.
Although courses in advertising and marketing may take students out of their comfort zones, these classes can also help students cultivate new skills and grow personally and professionally.