Although you can be admitted as undeclared within Business by applying as “Open Option”, you must declare your area of emphasis by the time you are a junior (60 credits complete). You can declare your area of emphasis (major) by meeting with an undergraduate advisor. To prepare for your meeting, review the requirements for each Area of Emphasis.

Be sure to declare your Area of Emphasis before you have completed 60 credits. If you are unsure of which area you will choose, there are a lot of resources to help you. Talk to your advisor, meet with Career Development in s210 or the Career Services in the C4C, and visit with faculty advisors. You have to take a BCOR class in each area, so that gives you a glimpse as to what the different areas are like. It will take you 3 semesters to complete the 18 credits required for your area of emphasis, so be sure to get started in area classes your junior year.

Leeds students are now officially allowed to declare two areas of emphasis. If you'd like to add a second area of emphasis, come in and meet with your advisor.

For academic and career questions specific to your area of emphasis, speak with a faculty advisor. Current faculty advisors can be found on each Division page.

How long does it take to complete a Major (Area of Emphasis)?

It depends on the Area and your other plans. All the areas have prerequisites so the first step is to look at these and make sure you take courses in the required order (i.e. you must take the 2 3000-level FNCE courses before you can enroll in the 4000-level FNCE courses). After you have completed the introductory BCORs , most areas take 3 semesters to complete. If you plan to Study Abroad or take a semester off, this could affect how long it takes to complete your Area. Please see an advisor to discuss your plans. Transfer students and IUT students who come in without BCORs completed could take up to 6 semesters to complete their area of emphasis requirements because of prerequisites.

Changing your Major (Area of Emphasis)

If you would like to change your area, contact the Undergraduate Student Services office either by stopping by the office, e-mailing, or calling us at 303.492.6515. If you are near graduation and an area change may affect your graduation timeline, we will ask you to sit down with an advisor before the change is made.


Business electives are any courses offered by the business school that you take in addition to your BCOR and Area of Emphasis requirements. You are required to complete 15-18 credits depending on when you started your program. You may use your electives to do extra courses in your area, to complete an area of application or certificate, or to pursue other business interests.

These courses are not gathered under one prefix, so it's hard to see a complete list in the registration system. You would need to search by the different prefixes (ACCT, FNCE, REAL, etc.). An easier way to see a list of courses that will count as Business electives is to look at the University Catalog. Near the back of the catalog, there is a complete listing of Leeds Business course descriptions. Please make sure you check pre-requisites before enrolling in business electives.