In all its degree programs, METU BA adopts curricula that include the components of a traditional business education while also adjusting the curriculum content to include courses that address the current issues relevant to the business environment. METU BA's undergraduate program philosophy is akin to the other prominent business schools around the world. With its contemporary and innovative curriculum, the objective of the undergraduate program is to educate future business leaders who make a difference in the world.
During the first two years in the program, students are offered required courses in two types of content: (1) Functional areas of business (accounting, finance, operations, marketing, human resources, organizations, and management science [total credit hours: 28]), and (2) Tools used in business decisions (microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, behavioral sciences, calculus, English as a second language, and introduction-level law [total credit hours: 36]). These courses allow the students to develop a sense of the meaning of business and management and expose them to different functional areas. The expectation for the first two years of their business education is for the students to (i) develop a keen understanding of the functional areas and, (ii) through self-reflection and guidance from the Department, arrive at a decision regarding the particular functional area(s) that they may want to pursue after graduation. Hence, the first two years set the stage for the third and fourth years of their education.
During the third and fourth year, students are offered courses in two types of content: (1) Two capstone courses that encompass all functional areas and their interrelationships (information systems and strategic management [total credit hours: 6]), and, (2) 17 elective courses (14 departmental electives in business and management up to three of which may be taken as non-departmental electives in supporting areas such as psychology, industrial engineering, economics, mathematics and 3 free electives for which there are no subject restrictions [total credit hours: 51]). Departmental electives are chosen from a portfolio of about 35 courses offered by the department every semester. The expectation for the third and fourth year of the curriculum is to (i) provide a framework for the students to synthesize all the functional area knowledge through the capstone courses, and (ii) allow students to specialize in one or more functional areas through elective courses. This specialization opportunity via students' elective course portfolios proves especially beneficial in their job search since students get a chance to demonstrate mastery in their chosen fields when they go to job interviews or take tests administered by headhunters.