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College of Business Administration

INDEX


Admission Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

Accounting

Entrepreneurial Management

Finance

General Business Administration

Global Business Management

Management Information Systems

Marketing

Supply Chain Management

Mark Higgins, Dean

Shaw K. Chen, Associate Dean

Jill Nosach, Associate Dean for Development

Deborah Rosen, Associate Dean

Peg Ferguson Boyd, Assistant Dean

Faculty: Professors Beauvais, Beckman, Budnick, S. Chen, Comerford, Cooper, Dash, Della Bitta, N. Dholakia, R. Dholakia, Hazera, Hickox, Higgins, Jarrett, Mangiameli, S. Martin, Matoney, Mazze, D. Rosen, Scholl, Schwarzbach, Smith, and Westin; Associate Professors Blanthorne, Boyle, Creed, Dorado, Dugal, Dunn, Graham, Hales, Jervis, Y. Lee, Leonard, Lin, Lloyd, Oppenheimer, Sheinin, Shin, Wheeler, and Yu; Assistant Professors Cai, Y. Chen, DaDalt, Jelinek, Ozpolat, and Y. Xu.

The seven majors in the College of Business Administration allow students to develop competence in special fields of interest and prepare them to meet the changing complexities of life and leadership in the business community. Majors are offered in accounting, entrepreneurship management, finance, general business administration, global business management, marketing, and supply chain management.

Basic courses required of all undergraduates at the University introduce the student to the humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, letters, foreign language, and the arts. The business curriculums develop the student's professional capabilities through a broad group of business courses with specialization in one area of study. Business programs provide a strong foundation in accounting, finance, marketing, organization and management theory, supply chain management, and statistics. The college emphasizes behavioral studies and computer technology to meet the needs of the business community and society as a whole. Emphasis is placed on the total business environment, as a part of the national and world economic structure. Theory, analysis, and decision-making are stressed in all areas of learning.

The College of Business Administration is a professional school with courses in lower and upper divisions. The lower-division courses constitute those taught in the freshman and sophomore years; the upper-division courses constitute those taught in the junior and senior years. Courses taken by transfer students at the lower-division level may be applied to satisfying upper-division requirements only after successful completion of a validating examination. All 500- and 600-level courses in the college are open to matriculated graduate students only.

A student enrolled in this college must complete the curriculum in one of the majors and must obtain an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or and a 2.00 or better average for all required courses in the major. Students wishing permission to substitute required courses or waive other requirements may petition the college’s Scholastic Standing Committee. Petition forms are available in the Office of the Dean.

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Admission Requirements

All students are initially enrolled in University College, where they complete general education and lower-business core courses. Core requirements include accounting, economics, business computing and decision-making, mathematics, and statistics. First-semester sophomores who complete a minimum of 42 credits with an overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher and who have a 3.00 or higher average in BUS 111, 201, 210, and ECN 201 will be admitted. Students not qualifying after the first semester of their sophomore year must still meet the requirements of an overall grade point average of 2.50 and a 2.70 or higher average in BUS 111, 201, 202, 210, and ECN 201 and 202.

Students who have not satisfied entrance requirements may petition the Scholastic Standing Committee of the college for a waiver of those requirements during their fourth or succeeding semesters. Students in the University College business programs who have not met entrance requirements to the College of Business Administration are permitted to enroll only in 100- and 200-level business courses and in nonbusiness courses.

To ensure that business majors have access to required courses, a strict registration policy will be followed with regard to business courses. Highest priority will be given to business students for whom a course is a program requirement, as stated in this catalog, followed by any other student in the College of Business Administration, and then students outside the College of Business Administration who specifically need the course as a requirement for their degree.

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Curriculum Requirements

The first two years are common to all majors in the college.

Freshman Year: 16 credits in the first semester and 15 credits in the second semester. All students take URI 101 fall semester. All students must complete a behavioral science course from the following list: APG 203; PSY 103, 113; SOC 100, 204. BUS 110 and 111 are taken in alternate semesters, with the balance of credits in general education. Students majoring in global business management are required to complete PSC 116. Students majoring in accounting are required to complete PHL 212.

Sophomore Year: 15 credits in each semester. The BUS 201, 202, ECN 201, 202, and BUS 210, 211 (entrepreneurial management, finance, marketing, or supply chain management majors only) sequences are begun in the first semester and completed in the second. WRT 227 may be taken in either semester. The balance of credits is made up of general education requirements and liberal electives.

General Education. Students are required to select and pass 39 credits of course work from the general education requirements (see “General Education Requirements”). Specific requirements of the College of Business Administration in each group follow:

Group A (6 credits). A minimum of three credits must be in literature: AAF 247 [D], 248 [D]; CLA 391 [D], 395 [D], 396 [D], 397 [D]; CLS 160 [D]; ENG 110 [D], 160 [D], 241 [D], 242 [D], 243 [D], 247 [D], 248 [D], 251 [D], 252 [D], 260 [D], 262, 263 [D], 264, 265, 280 [D], 3OO [D], 302 [D], 303 [D], 304 [D], 355 [D], 357 [D], 358 [D]; FRN 309 [D], 310 [D], 320 [D], 391 [D], 392 [D], 393 [D]; HPR 125; RUS 391 [D], 392 [D]; SPA 305 [D], 306 [D], 307 [D], 308 [D], 320 [D].

The remainder may be in Fine Arts: ARH 120 [D], 251 [D], 252 [D]; ART 101, 207; FLM 101 [D], 203 [D], 204 [D], 205 [D]; HPR 105, 124; LAR 201; MUS 101 [D], 106 [D], 111, 292, 293 [D]; PLS 233; THE 100, 181, 351 [D], 352 [D], 381, 382, 383.

Groups L (6 credits) and N (6 credits). Any course for which prerequisites have been met.

Group MQ (3 credits). BUS 111 in the freshman year.

Group S (6 credits). ECN 201, 202 in the sophomore year.

Group EC (6 credits). COM 100; WRT 104, 105, 106, 201, or 333 in the freshman year and WRT 227 in the sophomore year.

Group FC. The language requirement can be met using either of the following options:Option 1. A two-course sequence in a language previously studied for two or more years in high school through at least the 103 level in a living language or 301 in a classical language appropriate to a student’s level of competence (e.g. 102 and 103). Note: Study abroad may be used to complete the second semester requirement of a foreign language only under option 1 (e.g., 102 at URI, study abroad would count as 103).Option 2. A two-course sequence in a language not previously studied (or studied for less than two years in high school) through the beginning level (e.g., 101 and 102).Note: Study abroad does not waive the foreign language requirement. As the above indicates, a minimum of 102 in a foreign language must be completed.

Note: Study abroad does not waive the foreign language requirement. As the above indicates, a minimum of 102 in a foreign language must be completed.

Electives. Liberal electives are courses offered by departments outside the College of Business Administration.

Business Track in the Honors Program. In cooperation with the University Honors Program, academically talented business students are able to enhance their intellectual development and strengthen their preparation by participating in the Business Track in the Honors Program.

Minors. College of Business Administration majors are encouraged to develop a nonbusiness minor. See “Minor Fields of Study” for requirements and options relating to minors, along with a list of approved interdepartmental minors. Students in the College of Business Administration choosing the third option—“related studies from more than one department under the sponsorship of a qualified faculty member”—need the approval of the Scholastic Standing Committee.

Nonbusiness students wishing to obtain a departmental minor in the College of Business Administration should expect to take the required six courses over a period of two years. Admission is on a space-available basis only, and therefore not guaranteed. Interested students should complete an application form, available from the Office of the Dean of the College of Business Administration.

International Business Program. In cooperation with URI’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the College of Business Administration offers an opportunity for students to complete a double major and receive a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in foreign language. The business requirements include a major in accounting, entrepreneurial management, finance, general business administration, global business management, marketing, or supply chain management. The student also develops a language component, choosing to major in French, German, Italian, or Spanish, or choosing to minor in Chinese. In addition, studies in international politics, European history, and courses in history and literature of the target country are included. Following the junior or senior year, students must complete a study abroad experience and a professional internship experience.

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Accounting

The College of Business Administration offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in accounting. This curriculum provides the education requirements recommended by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for certification as a public accountant (CPA). The college also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in accounting.

The increased scope of governmental and business activities has greatly extended the field of accounting and has created an unprecedented demand for accountants in both government and industry. This curriculum has been designed to meet that demand.

In addition to providing a general liberal arts and business background, the curriculum offers specialized training in the fields of general accounting, cost accounting, and public accounting. It offers specific, basic training to students who wish to become industrial accountants, cost analysts, auditors, credit analysts, controllers, income tax consultants, teachers of specialized business subjects, certified public accountants, government cost inspectors, or government auditors.

The broad scope of the courses offers fundamental training in the accounting field of the student’s choice, whether this training is to be used as an aid to living or as a basis for graduate study.

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits

BUS 301 (3) 320 (3), 341 (3), 390 (1), 401 (3), and one liberal elective (3)..

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 302 (3), 303 (3), 355 (3), 365 (3), and PSC 113, 116 or GEG 104 (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

BUS 315 (3), 345 (3), 403 (3), and 404 (3), and one liberal elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 402 (3), 428 (3), 445[capstone] (3), and two liberal electives (6).

Note: All accounting majors are required to complete a minimum of three credit hours in each of the following areas. Ethical Foundations: fulfilled by taking PHL 212 as a Letters general education requirement or as a liberal elective. Political Foundations: fulfilled by taking PSC 113, 116, or GEG 104 as a liberal elective.

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Entrepreneurial Management

The College of Business Administration offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in entrepreneurial management. The curriculum is intended to provide the student with a background to tackle all aspects of a small business or entrepreneurial endeavor. The entrepreneur faces unique situations and needs a variety of skills to meet the challenges these situations present. Our program builds the skills necessary to the successful development of a business enterprise and includes courses in human resource management, marketing research, customer relationship marketing, leadership, and motivation.

With a degree in entrepreneurial management, students are prepared to start and manage their own business or work for companies in an entrepreneurial role.

Junior Year First Semester: 16 credits

BUS 315 (3), 341 (3), 345 (3), 365 (3), 390 (1), and one liberal elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 320 (3), 342 (3), 355 (3), 367 (3), and one liberal elective (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

BUS 441 (3), 443 (3), 449 (3), 467 (3), and one liberal elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 445 [capstone] (3), 448 (3), 450 (3), and two liberal electives (6).

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Finance

The College of Business Administration offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in finance. The college also offers the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree with an opportunity for specialization in finance and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

A finance curriculum is designed to prepare the student to be eligible to pass the Certified Financial Analysts (CFA) Level /1 exam. This background prepares the student for managerial positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The curriculum emphasizes both financial decision-making and implementation.

Careers in finance are found in financial institutions; security analysis, portfolio, and related investment management; corporate financial management leading to positions as treasurer, controller, and other financial administrative positions; and financial administration tasks in federal and state agencies as well as in the nonprofit sector in hospitals, nursing homes, and educational institutions.

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits

BUS 301 (3), 320 (3), 365 (3), 341 (3), 390 (1), and one liberal elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 302 (3), 315 (3), 321 (3), 322 (3), and one liberal elective (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

BUS 345 (3), 421 (3), 424 (3), 428 (3), and one liberal elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 355 (3), 420 (3), 445[capstone] (3), and two liberal electives (6).

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General Business Administration

The College of Business Administration offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in general business administration. This curriculum offers the student an opportunity to study all phases of business operation. It is particularly suitable for: 1) those students who are planning to operate their own businesses and are seeking a broad business background; 2) those who are preparing for positions in large organizations with training programs in which specialization is taught after employment; and 3) those who desire a general business background at the undergraduate level prior to taking more specialized graduate work.

A general business administration student takes a broad spectrum of courses and does not concentrate in one special field of study. The student cannot enroll in more than six (6) credits of professional electives in any area of business. All general business administration majors are strongly encouraged to include in their program of study an internship, or a study abroad experience, or a minor in a field outside of the College of Business Administration.

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits

BUS 320 (3), 341 (3), 335 (3), 365 (3), 390 (1), and one liberal elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 315 (3), BUS 355 (3), 342 (3), 345 (3), and one liberal elective (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

BUS 448 (3), two professional electives (6), and two liberal electives (6).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 445 [capstone] (3), 460 (3), two professional electives (6), and one liberal elective (3).

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Global Business Management

The College of Business Administration offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in global business management. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of an international career by achieving a high degree of proficiency in the language of another country as well as a background in its history, economy, politics, culture, and arts. In addition to the common body of knowledge required of all business students, global business management majors will study business principles taught from a global perspective. A required internship abroad and/or study abroad experience is an essential part of the program.

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits

BUS 320 (3), 341 (3), 355 (3), 365 (3), 390 (1), and one foreign language (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 345 (3), 342 (3), 460 (3), one foreign language (3), and one liberal elective (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

Study Abroad: Business-related courses (12) and one liberal elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 315 (3), 428 (3), 468 (3), 445 [capstone] (3), and one Letters course (3).

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Management Information Systems

As of fall 2007, admission to this program has been suspended.

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Marketing

The College of Business Administration offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in marketing. Elective courses in the department expose students to career opportunities in a variety of fields in marketing. The college also offers the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree with an opportunity for specialization in marketing and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

A major focus of marketing is determining product and service needs of consumers and industries as well as understanding how an organization deals with these marketing issues. The courses required of a marketing major give the student a well-rounded view of consumer and organizational needs.

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits

BUS 315 (3), 355 (3), 365 (3), 366 (3), 390 (1), and one liberal elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 320 (3), 341 (3), 345 (3), 367 (3), and one liberal elective (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

BUS 441 (3), 460 (3), 465 (3), 468 (3), and one liberal elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 445[capstone] (3), 467 (3), 470 (3), and two liberal electives (6).

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Supply Chain Management

The College of Business Administration offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in supply chain management. The supply chain management major is a comprehensive program covering the basic and advanced topics necessary for designing, implementing, operating, and improving global supply chains.

Careers in supply chain management span every industry. Career options also include a diverse list of positions including inventory management, customer relationship management, scheduling, purchasing, and facilities management.

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits

BUS 315 (3), 341 (3), 355 (3), 360 (3), 390 (1), and one liberal elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 320 (3), 362 (3), 365 (3), 460 (3), and one liberal elective (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

BUS 345 (3), 361 (3), 463 (3), and two liberal electives (6).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 445 [capstone] (3), 462 (3), 464 (3), 467 (3), and one liberal elective (6).


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