A maximum of 105 students from any class year may declare a major in business, organizations and society. Therefore, you must apply for approval to declare a BOS major.

There are two steps to complete the application process.

Step 1: Sign up for an information session

The first step in declaring a BOS major is joining an information session with OSPGD to learn about the many possible paths into business from F&M. You can sign up for an individual session or RSVP to one of the group sessions below.

Pathways from F&M to Business: For Sophomores Considering Declaring a BOS Major
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., LSP 142, RSVP 
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., LSP 142, RSVP
  • Monday, November 29, 2021, 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., LSP 142, RSVP

Please note: OSPGD is often booked out 1-2 weeks for individual advising appointments. Please do not wait until right before the December 1 deadline to make an appointment or take advantage of the group sessions. Attending an individual or group session is a required part of the application process.

Step 2. Submit your application

Complete and submit your application by December 1, 2021. 

In late December, a committee of faculty and staff will evaluate the applications using this rubric. Applicants will be notified of decisions in early January, 2022.

If you have questions about how to declare a BOS major and the application process, please contact Nancy Kurland, Professor of Organization Studies, and Department Chair of Business, Organizations & Society.

Information for Spring Semester Registration 

All prospective BOS majors should enroll in four non-BOS courses.

The Registrar’s Office is reserving seats in the following courses for those students accepted into the BOS major:

  • BOS 224,
  • BOS 250,
  • BOS 315,
  • BOS 332,
  • and a few seats in BOS 200

In January, students accepted into the major will have the option of enrolling in one of the above courses and dropping one of their other spring courses, if they wish.

Application decisions will be made in early January and further instructions will be sent along with acceptance notifications. In the meantime, students may consider which of the above courses they would prefer to take in the spring, if any, and which of their spring courses they would drop in order to make room in their schedules.