Business Administration


Mark Higgins, Dean
Shaw K. Chen, Associate Dean
Deborah Rosen, Associate Dean
Peg Ferguson Boyd, Assistant Dean

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

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, entrepreneurial 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 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.

The College of Business Administration, the first accredited business school in Rhode Island, has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB) since 1972.

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In case of discrepancies between this Catalog and the departmental materials, this URI Catalog is considered definitive. Departmental websites and departmental curricular and course materials  are maintained independently and do not necessarily reflect University-approved curricular and course information.

Admission Requirements

All students are initially enrolled in University College for Academic Success (UCAS), 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 transferred to the College of Business Administration. 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 UCAS 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.

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, 106, 201, or 333 in the freshman year and WRT 227 in the sophomore year.

Group FC. This requirement shall be fulfilled in one of the following ways: Option 1. Demonstration of competence through the intermediate level by a proficiency examination or by successfully completing the 104 level in a living language or the 302 level in a classical language or by completing ARB 100 (6 credits) (students who fulfill this requirement through an examination cannot earn course credit for graduation; students who earn less than six credits in fulfilling the requirement should apply credits to the elective or major areas); Option 2. 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, 102 and 301; 131 and 103; 103 and 104; 301 and 302); Option 3. 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.

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 earn two degrees 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 Chinese, French, German, or Spanish. 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.

Green Business. The College of Business Administration and the Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics offer a double degree in general business and environmental economics. This program is designed for those interested in corporate sustainability, energy efficiency, non-profit management, green marketing, renewable energy, global environmental challenges, environmental policy, and energy finance. Students earn a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Business Administration and a B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. More details on this program can be found at

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