Interdepartmental Majors

The College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers students the opportunity to choose majors, minors, or emphases that span more than one department's curriculum and still complete requirements for a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. These choices allow students to tailor their degrees to fit the career paths of their choice. 

What cross-departmental options are available?

General Business

General Business is available as a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) major or a minor. Students are able to merge economics, management, accounting, finance, marketing, and information technology courses to build the best curriculum to fit their academic learning goals. This possibility provides an advantage for those students who would like knowledge from a variety of subject areas. Assistant Professor Carol Brunt can answer your questions about the General Business major.

International Business

International Business is available to UW-Whitewater BBA students as a major or a minor. As companies expand into other countries or deal with global suppliers and customers, employees with international knowledge become increasingly valuable. International Business students will have an in-depth understanding of international economics, multinational finance, and global marketing. Students will also participate in a travel study or semester abroad before graduation. 

Integrated Science and Business

The Integrated Science/Business major is one of the most recent and exciting additions to degree offerings at UW-Whitewater. Students may complete this degree through the College of Business and Economics (BBA) or College of Letters and Sciences (BS). Integrated Science/Business is offered as a general major. Integrated Science/Business provides core knowledge to obtain careers in water technology, environmental project management, manufacturing, or water treatment facilities. Contact Dr. Dennis Kopf for more information on this exciting program.

Water Emphasis in the Intergrated Science/Business Major

Students completing the Integrated Science/Business major have the option to add a Water Emphasis or water business minor. Water scarcity, pollution, climate change, and other problematic global water trends pose major challenges to businesses now and will continue to do so in the years ahead. It is increasingly clear that the era of cheap and easy access to water is ending, creating perhaps a greater threat to businesses than the loss of any other natural resource, including fossil fuel resources.

Over the past decade, the business sector has discovered water as both a startling vulnerability and an untapped opportunity. Business, through the production of goods and services, impacts water resources directly and through supply chains. Organizations are increasingly recognizing water as natural capital and scrutinizing water-related risks to business.

Understanding how businesses use water, what the costs are and how to reduce them, and where the value in water is and how to preserve it are increasingly desired skills. As the amount of clean, usable water deteriorates and the demand for environmentally conscientious companies increases, the value of business professionals who have an understanding of science increases. The state of Wisconsin is also known for its water-related manufacturing and research. What better place to access regional opportunities in business and science? If your interest is especially related to the water aspects of the major, Dr. Matt Winden will be a good resource for you.

The water emphasis prepares you for a variety of careers, including those in:

  • Environmental Science
  • Compliance
  • Water Research (in science, economics, public policy and other areas)
  • Business Operations
  • Water Technology
  • Sustainability


The College of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB International. Only 5% of business schools in the world have been able to obtain this highest standard of accreditation.

If you think a one of these cross-departmental degrees may be right for you, you may want to: