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Pre-Business Student

What does it mean to be a Pre-Business Student?
Students entering the Pitt-Johnstown Businesss Department are enrolled as a "Pre-Business" student.  In addition, students transferring from within the University or from another University are also enrolled as a "Pre-Business" student. 

Therefore, Pre-Business students are those individuals who have not yet declared a specific major in Business.  Students should not be concerned that they do not come into the University with a specific major.  Students in their freshman and sophomore years all take very similar class schedules.  See the link above for details. Therefore, most students in the second term of their sophomore year declare a concentration in Business (accounting, management, marketing, and finance).   

Business majors whether Pre-Business or Business (with a concentration) should carefully review the Pitt-Johnstown General Education requirements.  These liberal arts courses are necessary to complete a Business degree.  

Pre-Business students are not assigned a specific academic advisor for class scheduling.  Pre-Business students receive academic advising and class scheduling as a group. These group advising sessions are normally held one-week before the student has to register for Fall or Spring Term classes.   At any time a student has specific questions or needs, they are encouraged to seek out a Business faculty member to discuss their individual situation with.  Students can obtain the availability of faculty by obtaining the faculty schedules which are normally posted on the faculty members door.  Business Faculty offices are located in Biddle Hall - Rooms 123 and 133. 

Academic Advising Sessions

Pre-Business students are group advised for the Fall and Spring Academic Terms at Pitt-Johnstown.  There are usually several sessions for students to choose from.  Sessions are announced in October for the upcoming Spring Term and in February for the upcoming Fall Term. 

Links can normally be found at the top of this page for these advising sessions.

Declaring a Concentration
Students are able to change from a pre-business major to a Business Major with a concentration by completing certain course work as well as maintaining a certain QPA level.  Students are provided with two options.  See the link above for details. 

The majority of Pre-Business students complete the declaration process during the second-term of their sophomore year.  Students can begin this process by completing the proper form which can be obtained in the Pitt-Johnstown Social Science Office in 104 Krebs Hall or by downloading the file linked above.  After a student completes the declaration for business concentration application, the student will submit it for processing at the Social Science Division Office located in Krebs Hall 104.  Normally, the student will know if their applicaton has been accepted and (if applicable) the advisor they have been assigned within 1-2 days.  Students may request a specific advisor and every opportunity will be given to meet the request.

Last Reviewed: October 10, 2007