College of Business Administration Core Requirements

Basic Core of Knowledge

Students in the College of Business Administration (CBA) are required to take a core of business courses designed to provide them with a solid foundation in business. These basic requirements are:

  • A background of the concepts, processes, and institutions in the production and marketing of goods and/or services, and the financing of the business enterprises or other forms of organization.This portion is covered in such courses as Marketing Principles, Introduction to Finance, and Production and Operations;

  • A background of the economic and legal environment as it pertains to profit or nonprofit organizations, along with ethical considerations and social and political influences as they affect such organizations. Courses that satisfy this requirement are Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, the Social and Legal Environment of Business, as well as several elective courses;

  • A basic understanding of the concepts and applications of accounting, quantitative methods, and management information systems, including computer applications. This area is covered through such courses as Introduction to Accounting, Managerial Uses of Accounting, Statistical Methods I and II, Information Systems Essentials, and Management Information Systems;

  • A study of organization theory, and behavior and interpersonal communications. Course work in Fundamentals of Management and Organizational Behavior covers this area, as well as courses in composition and speech;

  • A study of decision processes under conditions of uncertainty, including integrating analysis and policy determination at the overall management level. The course, Strategic Management and Policy that serves as the capstone course, provides the necessary coverage in this area;

  • An understanding of international business necessary to engage effectively in the global economy. This area is covered by two required international business electives;

  • A study of professional development and career management focused on individual career goals and strategies for a successful job search. Coursework in Career Planning and Perspectives I, Career Planning and Perspectives II, and Career Planning and Perspectives III covers this area; and

  • A study of leadership and interpersonal skills reinforced with participation in a team environment. This area is covered by a required leadership elective.

In addition to the core courses, all students in the CBA are required to complete a program of study prescribed by the major or program in which they are enrolled. This phase of study typically begins in the junior year. The courses in the major are designed to provide the student with a general competence in one of the principal areas of business.

At least nine semester hours of credit in the area of a student’s major must be taken at Rider, except in the accounting area that requires 12 semester hours.

Students are required to have 54 semester hours completed before enrolling in most 300- or 400-level business courses. 

Fifty percent of all business credits must be taken through Rider. Transfer students can bring in 30 credits in business plus Quantitative Methods, Statistical Methods I and II, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics. All business students must have a 2.0 GPA in their major and overall to graduate.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in writing about business topics using media in a concise, informative, persuasive, and appropriately researched manner
  • Communicate effectively orally about business topics using media in a concise, informative, persuasive, and appropriately researched manner
  • Apply ethical understanding and reasoning in a socially responsible manner to address ethical issues that arise in business contexts
  • Work effectively with others both in person and virtually
  • Use current technologies in business and management contexts
  • Work effectively in diverse groups
  • Apply analytical skills to frame and address business problems
  • Apply knowledge of business and management theories, concepts, and principles to conduct an in-depth critical analysis of business practice

Business Subjects

Business Core
ACC 210Introduction to Accounting3
ACC 220Managerial Uses of Accounting3
ECO 200Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 201Principles of Microeconomics3
MGT 201Fund Management & Org Behavior3
MKT 200Marketing Principles3
FIN 220Introduction to Finance3
BUS 300The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business3
BUS 400Strategic Mgmt and Policy3
Leadership Elective
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Leadership
Service Learning Through Minding Our Bus
The Co-op Experience Seminar
Team Management
Management Skills
Business Analytics and Technology
CIS 185Information Systems Essentials3
CIS 385Management Information Systems3
or GSC 385 Management Information Systems for Global Supply Chain Management
MSD 340Production and Operations3
Professional Development 1
CBA 102Career Plan & Perspective I1
CBA 202Career Plan & Perspect II1
CBA 302Career Plan & Perspect III1
Major Requirements
18 credits 218
Total Credits60

International Business Requirement

All CBA students are required to choose six credits of International Business Electives that emphasize global business dynamics. Courses can be used as either a major or free elective. Students may choose from the following list of courses:

BUS 375International Business Law3
CBA 315International Business Tour3
CBA 316Nature's Business3
CBA 317Emerging Nations Study Tour3
CIS 375Adv. Sem in Global Outsourcing3
or GSC 375 Adv.Sem in Global Outsourcing
ECO 305Internatl Trade and Investment3
ECO 315Comparative Economic Systems3
ECO 365Post-Soviet Economy3
ENT 375International Entrepreneurship3
FIN 308International Finance3
GSC 315International Business Tour3
MGT 375International Management3
MKT 330International Marketing3
MKT 369International Advertising3
SPT 320Global Business of Sports3

Non-business Subjects

In addition to the business subjects, the student must acquire at least 33 credits in liberal arts and sciences and statistics courses.

CMP 120Expository Writing3
CMP 125Research Writing3
or CMP 203 Literature and Composition
COM 290Professional/Strategic Speech3
Numerical Literacy
MSD 105Quantitative Methods for Business3
MSD 200
MSD 201
Statistical Methods I
and Statistical Methods II
Elective Courses: 1
Natural Science Elective
Select from the following subject areas:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Discovery Science
Environmental Science
Integrated Science and Math
Marine Sciences
Sustainability Studies
Social Science Elective
Select from the following subject areas:
American Studies
Communication and Journalism
Gender Studies
Homeland Security
Law and Justice
Multicultural Studies
Political Science
Social Work
Humanities Elective
Selected from the following subject areas:
Fine Arts (Art, Dance, Music, Theatre)
Foreign Languages and Literature (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish)
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Electives
Select two of the following:
Calligraphy As a Window to Chinese Language and Culture
Chinese Culture and Civilization
Images of Women in Chinese Literature and Film
Intercultural Communication
Chinese and American Intercultural Commu
International Communication
Global Film History: Origins to 1960
Global Film History: 1961 to Present
Global Literature
Global Cinemas
French Culture
German Culture
Understanding Global Relations
Social Construction Global Soc
Politics of the Global Economy
The Student Global Village
Emerging Issues Global Multin'l Studies
Ethnographic Film
Global Persptvs Hlth & Illness
Intership in Global Studies
Global Health and Human Rights
Europe Since 1715
Native American History
African American History
Italy Middle Ages to Present
Modern Britain
History of Ireland
Women in Europe from Antiquity to the French Revolution
Modern Russia
Vietnam in Peace and War
Modern Middle East
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Caribbean History
Modern East Asia
African History
History of Modern Japan
The Immigrant in American Life
20th-Century Europe
China in Revolution
Women in East Asia
Masterworks of Western Lit I
Masterworks of Western Lit II
Russian Literature 1850-1917
Russian Culture
World Music
Asian Philosophy
Indian Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy
Japanese Philosophy
Global Politics
Comparative Political Systems
Asian Political Systems
Nationalism in World Politics
European Politics
Chinese Politics
Politics of Latin America
Political Communication
Will China Be Next Superpower?
Global Issues
Politics of the Middle East
International Law
Comparative Environmntl Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy and Security Policy
Third World Politics
Communist Systems: Politics and Policies
Pol Exile, Asylum & Diaspora
International Organizations
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Social and Cultural Change
Developing Societies
Spanish Culture & Civilization
Latin American Latino Culture
Foreign Language Electives at the 101-level or above
Total Credits18

Free Electives

(27 credits)1

The minimum requirements in business and non-business subjects normally leave a student with an additional 271 credits that must be completed to satisfy the 120 required for graduation.

Free elective hours may be taken in any department at Rider, provided the student meets the requirements imposed by the department or program offering the course.

Free elective hours can be used to fulfill the International Business Elective requirements. Courses from a second major or a minor may also be used to fill the free elective hours.