Sophomore BBAs, Class of 2025: Registration Information for Winter 2023

General registration opens November 17 for undergraduates, but the University catalog and schedule of classes for Winter 2023 is available now. Be sure to review the schedule and the information below before registration opens.

Winter Schedule

Q. Which Winter business core courses will I take as a Sophomore BBA?

A. Sophomore BBAs will be required to take the following three core courses in their second term of Sophomore year:

  • ACC 301: Managerial Accounting (3.0 credits)
  • BCOM 250: Businesses and Leaders: The Positive Differences (1.5 credits) *unless already completed
  • STRATEGY 290: Business Strategy (1.5 credits)

The Ross Registrar’s Office will enroll Sophomores into their BBA core courses.

Q. Can I add business electives or floating core to my Winter 2023 schedule?

A. Yes, all floating core and some business electives will be available to BBA Sophomores for Winter 2023. The list of Winter 2023 business electives can be found here. As you build a balanced schedule, you may also consider completing distribution (be sure to use the LSA Course Guide to verify which classes meet the main distribution areas – FL, NS/MSA, SS, and HU) and/or other degree requirements (e.g., ECON 102).

Q. How many classes should I plan to take in addition to my core courses for the Winter term?

A. Since Sophomore BBA students will take either 4.5 credits of core (ACC 301 and STRATEGY 290) or 6 credits of core (ACC 301, BCOM 250, and STRATEGY 290) during the Winter term, you will want to take an additional 6-9 credits of coursework in order to complete the recommended average of 12-15 credits per semester. Most Sophomore BBAs will take at least one of their floating core courses during this time and/or ECON 102 if they have not yet completed it.

Q. When can I begin making changes to my Winter schedule?

A. You will be able to make adjustments to your non-core courses as soon as your registration window opens.  In order to adjust a core course you will need to follow the policies regarding course swapping. The University assigns registration appointment times for undergraduate students between November 17 and December 5.  Times are determined by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned.  You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting Monday, November 7.

Q. Do I need to use the backpack feature on Wolverine Access before registration opens?

A. We recommend using it, but it is not required. Beginning November 7, you can add classes to your “Backpack” in Wolverine Access. Backpacking courses allows you to quickly add those classes all at once when your registration appointment time opens. However, be aware that backpacking does not reserve a seat for you in the class – it is simply a way to put the course in your “shopping cart” so that you can “check-out” quickly. If a class in your backpack is full when your registration time opens, you may waitlist yourself, and/or select an alternate open class at that time.

Q. I still have questions. Is there someone I can talk to?

A. If you have questions regarding course selection or degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through our academic advising appointment system. Academic advisors are also holding virtual drop-in hours during the Fall semester, Monday-Friday from 2-3:30 p.m. for quick advising questions or urgent issues. Please check this page on iMpact for information on how to join the drop-in advising queue.

You can also schedule a Peer Academic Advising appointment to meet with one of the Ross Academic Peer Advisors, or visit them during their drop-in hours.

For assistance with forms and letter requests, permissions, registration troubleshooting, and other processes, please contact the Ross Registrar’s Office via phone (734-647-4933) or email (rossregistrarsoffice@umich.edu). 

Degree Requirements, Core Courses, and Planning

Q. How many credits should I plan to take each term as a BBA student?

A. You should register for a minimum of 12 credit hours each term. Going below 12 credits makes you a part-time student, which affects degree progress, financial aid, and international students’ immigration status and is not permitted for BBA students, with some exceptions for students in their final year. It is recommended that most BBAs average 12-15 credits per semester. If you are uncertain how many credit hours you must maintain each semester to reach the required amount for graduation please consult with your Ross academic advisor.​​

Q. When should I take ECON 102?

A. ECON 102 must be completed before you begin your Junior Fall term. It is strongly encouraged that you complete this course during the Winter 2023 term (if you have not already completed it) rather than trying to complete the course during the spring or summer before the start of Junior Fall. Courses completed in the spring or summer terms outside of UM are subject to all transfer credit rules and policies, and may not finish in time for the course to be added to your academic record prior to the beginning of the Junior Fall term. This would result in being placed on academic probation which could affect your eligibility to participate in a Ross semester exchange during your Junior Winter.

Q. What do I do if I want to do a “concentration” or “emphasis?”

A. Ross offers a general Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers. You will have the flexibility to select electives within that major that align with your interests and goals. Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss options as they plan ahead. We recommend that Sophomores focus on their required core classes as well as completing distribution and ECON 102 first. Information about specific business electives open to Sophomore BBAs in the Winter term will be posted on this page prior to Winter registration.

Q. How do I find out what courses are being offered and when?

A. You can view the full University schedule (including Ross and non-Ross courses) on Wolverine Access, or via the Office of the Registrar. The LSA Course Guide is another great resource if you are looking for courses to fulfill distribution.

Q. What other academic opportunities can I explore as a Sophomore?

A. There are many opportunities that can be explored during Sophomore year. These include:

Q. Who is responsible for ensuring I complete all of my requirements?

A. Each student is responsible for registering for and completing all of their appropriate requirements. The Ross Registrar’s Office will enroll students into their core courses each term based on section, but all other enrollment responsibilities (ECON 102, distribution, electives, etc.) fall on the individual student.  A helpful tool in planning your semester-by-semester coursework is the Personal Development Plan (PDP) which you may remember working on in BA 100.  You can download a blank PDP template, according to your class year, by clicking here.  If at any time you have a concern regarding your schedule or fulfillment of requirements, be sure to contact your Ross academic advisor.

Q. What are my core requirements?

A. You can review the core curriculum for BBA students on the curriculum page. 

Q. How do I know which degree requirements I have or haven’t completed?

A. You can review your “Academic Requirements” on Wolverine Access and access a live degree audit of your record. You may also view the core curriculum, track your progress using a Degree Requirement Checklist, and schedule an advising appointment each semester with your academic advisor to discuss your academic plan and ensure you remain on track for graduation.  

Course Swapping

Q. What is course swapping?

A. Course swapping is the method Ross students use to resolve BBA core course conflicts. It is very important that students reflect on the decision to alter their assigned core schedule since it may impact their section cohort experience and transition to Ross core. Generally, students choose to keep their assigned schedule of courses, swapping sections only if there is a significant need to do so. 

​Q. What do I do if my core class is the same time as another course I need to take?

A. Students may complete the swap request form.  The core classes you will take in the Winter semester, ACC 301 and STRATEGY 290, are linked by section number so you will need to request to swap both classes in the event that you need to swap one. You cannot swap just one of these two courses. To submit a swap request is to commit to swap and, once a swap has been processed and permissions to enroll in the new section have been entered into Wolverine Access, the commitment to swap is complete and the student must switch sections.  Since the student’s original seat is given to another student during the swap processing, any student wanting back into his/her original section after swaps have been processed will need to submit another swap request.  Please note that, although swap requests are processed regularly, there is no guarantee that a swap request will be processed, and students are encouraged to have a back-up plan in place in consultation with their academic advisor.  The links to the course swap request forms will be posted to the bottom of this page when they become available.

Q. What should I do if I have a documented disability, intercollegiate athletic obligation, official University or religious obligation, or a required course for my dual degree that conflicts with a core class? 

A.  Students who have conflicts with a core class due to a documented disability, intercollegiate athletic obligation, official University or religious obligation, or a required course for a dual degree, are asked to submit a course swap request form and provide a letter from the SSD office or his/her coach, advisor, or religious leader/organization via e-mail to the Ross Registrar’s Office so that they can review and process the necessary schedule adjustments where possible.  

Swap Forms Winter 2023

ACC 301 & Strategy 290 Swap Formhttps://forms.gle/Rk3jTBPCidLYw1YNA

BCOM 250 Swap Formhttps://forms.gle/H9Cr6172bJ2BusGc9