Core Curriculum

The Dolan School of Business has two components to its student undergraduate core curriculum. Fairfield’s Magis Core, common to all undergraduates, provides a solid grounding in liberal arts skills and habits of mind: critical thinking, oral and written communications, and reflective practice, to name a few. The Dolan Business Core provides a solid foundation in the business disciplines while preparing them to delve deeply into their chosen major.

The plan of study below presents a typical four-year schedule of courses in the program.

Dolan School of Business Curricula

Applies to Class of 2025 and later. Students in the Class of 2024 and earlier should consult the catalog for the year in which they matriculated.

  Courses Credits
A. Magis Core Requirements 15 45
B. Business Core Requirements 11 33
C. Major Field Courses 6 18
D. Free Electives 9 27
Total 41 123

Magis Core Curriculum

15 courses, 45 credits.

Beginning with the Class of 2023, all undergraduate students will be required to complete the newly designed Magis Core Curriculum. For students entering Fairfield prior to fall 2019, please reference the Catalog Archive.

Students in the Dolan School of Business will fulfill certain areas of the Magis Core by taking specified courses as outlined below. Please refer to the Curricula section of this catalog for full requirements and a detailed explanation of the Magis Core

Tier I: Orientation

Mathematics
Select one Calculus course 13
MATH 2217Statistics I3
Modern or Classical Language
Select one language course based on placement3

Tier II: Exploration

Behavioral and Social Sciences
ECON 1011Introduction to Microeconomics3
ECON 1012Introduction to Macroeconomics3

Business Core Requirements

11 courses; 33 credits.

ACCT 1011Introduction to Financial Accounting 13
ACCT 1012Introduction to Management Accounting 13
AETH 2291Business Ethics3
BUSN 1101Messaging and Persuasion: Effective Business Communication 13
BUSN 3211Legal Environment of Business3
DATA 2101Business Analytics3
FNCE 2101Introduction to Finance 23
INBU 2101Introduction to Global Business3
MGMT 2101Introduction to Management 23
MGMT 4300Business Strategies in the Global Environment 33
MKTG 1101Principles of Marketing 23
Total Credits33

Business Major Requirements

6 courses; 18 credits.

Some concentrations may require additional courses. Descriptions and requirements of each of the seven majors are detailed in the respective departmental sections that follow. Course descriptions are also included.

Free Electives

9 courses; 27 credits.

All business students must complete a minimum of nine free electives totaling 27 credits. A free elective is a three- or four-credit course chosen by students without any restrictions related to their majors. Students can use the free electives toward the completion of a double major, a minor, or Magis core signature elements.