Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)

Program Overview

Rider’s business administration major provides students with a general business focus, and is ideal for students who do not want to concentrate in a particular functional area, but instead intend to pursue one of the following goals: attend graduate school, such as law school or a MBA or Ph.D. program, enter a management training or marketing program with a future employer and/or enter a family business or start a new one.

Curriculum Overview

The Business Administration major requires completion of 18 credit hours of upper-level business courses across a variety of disciplines, including: economics, finance, management and marketing and more.  For graduation students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 in the major.  Business Administration majors may not count more than six credit hours toward a second major, with the exception of International Business.  Students majoring in Business Administration can count up to nine credit hours toward the International Business major.

Degree Offered

  • B.S.B.A. in Business Administration 

Contact

Dr. Ira Bruce Sprotzer
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 239
609-896-5280
sprotzer@rider.edu

Program Website: Business Administration
Associated Department: Marketing, Sport Management and Legal Studies

Related Programs

Business Administration Major Requirements

(18 credits)

Business Core
See Business Core Requirements
Courses are to be selected as specified below:
One upper-level economics elective3
One upper-level finance elective3
One upper-level management or human resources elective3
One upper-level marketing elective3
Two upper level business courses which may include:6
Independent Research and Study
Business Admin Internship
Total Credits18

Courses listed as core requirements may not be used for filling the requirements of the business administration major.

Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 1 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 2 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 4 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 4 1
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 Social & Legal Environment Bus 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 4 1
Business Admin Major Elective 5 6 3
Business Admin Major Elective 5 6 3
Leadership Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
Business Admin Major Elective 5 6 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Year 4
Fall Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
Business Admin Major Elective 5 6 3
Business Admin Major Elective 5 6 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
Business Admin Major Elective 5 6 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credits120
1

 CIS 185 can be taken in the Fall or Spring of Year 1.

2

Students may be required to take CMP 115 Intro to Expository Writing based on placement. CMP 115 counts as a 3-credit Free Elective.

3

Students may be required to take MSD 104 Intro to Quantitative Methods based on placement. MSD 104 counts as a 3-credit Free Elective.

4

Transfer students can take MGT 336 Career Management (3 credits) as a substitute for the Career Planning sequence.

5

Students are required to complete 6 credits of International Business Electives which can be fulfilled as major courses or as free electives.

6

Business Administration majors are required to take an upper level ECO Elective, an upper level FIN Elective, an upper level HRM/MGT Elective, an ADV/MKT Elective, and 6 credits of additional upper level business electives for a total of 18 credits.

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3
Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
JTerm
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Free Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 2
Fall Semester
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 1
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
Free Elective 2 3
Global/Cultural Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours19
JTerm
Free Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 1
Global/Cultural Elective 3
Leadership Elective 3
Major Course Elective 1 3
Major Course Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
Free Elective 4 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
Int'l Business Elective 3
Major Course Elective 3 3
Major Course Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
JTerm
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
Int'l Business Elective 3
Major Course Elective 5 3
Major Course Elective 6 5
Free Elective 6 3
Free Elective 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Credits122
Note:
  • Assumes no AP or other credits transferred into Rider University.
  • Students are required to take 6 credits of International Business Electives which can be fulfilled as major courses or as free elective courses.
  • Business Honors students will have a different sequence.
  • Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective can be satisfied by courses that are designated as Global/Cultural, including language courses at the 101-level or above.
  • For the Leadership Elective, choose from LDP-398 Co-op Experience Seminar, LDP-200 Foundations of Leadership, LDP-220 Service Learning Through MOB, MGT-355 Team Management, or MGT 363 Management Skills.
  • Students are strongly suggested to complete a credit-bearing experiential course (e.g., Internship, Co-op, Study Tour, study abroad, ENT-448 Seminar in Small Business Consulting, ECO-450 Seminar in Economic Research.)

ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to basic principles and methods of accounting essential to preparation, understanding and interpretation of financial statements. Topics include accounting for merchandising concerns, current assets, long-term assets, liabilities and equity accounts. A brief overview of internal control is also covered.

ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the use of accounting information in managerial decision-making. Topics include cost behavior, cost classifications, and problem-solving functions of accounting as they pertain to planning, control, evaluation of performance, special decisions, and budgeting. The interpretation of published financial statements and the statement of cash flow are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 210.

BUS 300 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3 Credits

The strategies by which organizations in the private as well as the public sectors interact with, adapt to, and attempt to influence their external environments are explored. The primary emphasis is on evaluating the effect of business and governmental decisions on the quality of life. The role of regulatory agencies and the impact of local and national legislation on organizational behavior are considered.

Prerequisite(s): 54 credits.

CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 1 Credits

In this course students will explore their own history, goals and values as input to their definition of success. The course will set the stage for the remainder of students' college career, and will encourage them to draw connections among their career goals, educational performance, extra-curricular experiences, and available resources.

CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 1 Credits

In this course, students will build on their CBA 102 self assessments to identify specific occupations that match who they are and where they want to go. The course will provide students with the understanding of the changed nature of the current work and career environment they will be entering when they graduate from Rider. They will acquire career management skills and apply these skills to develop short and long term career goals and plans for achieving them while at Rider. The course will also touch on the intersection of work and family roles.

Prerequisite(s): CBA 102.

CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 1 Credits

This one credit course will be targeted to second semester sophomores and juniors. In this course, students will build on their CBA 102 and 202 self assessments to develop strategies for a successful job search. The course will provide studens with an understanding of the changed nature of the current work and career environment they will be entering when they graduate from Rider. They will acquire career management and job search skills and apply these skills to developing, networks, identify job search resources and enhance resume and interview skills. Students will understand how to research potential employers and tranaslate their experiences into a successful job search strategy.

Prerequisite(s): CBA 102 and CBA 202.

CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3 Credits

This course will enable students to use Microsoft Excel and Access to design and create complex applications to support effective decision making. Students will use Excel to design and create spreadsheets to support business analytics. Access will be used to understand, design, create, and utilize relational databases.

CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3 Credits

The course focuses on the management and use of information systems and technology for the strategic and operational advantage of the firm. Students explore the business value of information resources including current communication, database, as well as hardware and software technologies. GSC 385 can fulfill the CIS 385 requirement for all business majors. Please note: Students will not receive credit for both GSC 385 and CIS 385 without prior approval by the Dean's office.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185 and junior or senior standing.

CMP 120 Expository Writing 3 Credits

Students will increase their competence in the critical reading of challenging college-level texts that engage significant ideas and in writing effective essays that advance a clear and meaningful thesis while demonstrating understanding of those texts. The second of the department’s three-course composition sequence,

Prerequisite(s): SAT EBRW score greater than or equal to 550 and SAT or.

CMP 125 Research Writing 3 Credits

Introduces students to the process of library research and documented writing. Emphasis will be on the refinement of critical reading, thinking, and writing strategies applied to multiple sources and documented papers.

Prerequisite(s): CMP 120 or BHP 100.

COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3 Credits

Provides students with practical information necessary for effective communication in various business and professional settings. Covers communication processes, principles, and models in the modern organization. Class assignments are given with emphasis on developing a knowledge and practical understanding of informative, persuasive, and impromptu presentations. Limited to students enrolled in the College of Business Administration.

ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 Credits

A collective view of income receiving and spending sectors of the national economy, including households, businesses, and governments. Issues discussed: What determines the level of output, income, and employment achieved by the economy? What determines the growth of national output and employment? National income accounting, income and employment theory, monetary system, general price level, business cycle, government policies designed to provide for full employment, price stability, and economic growth are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): Place into MSD 105 based on SAT or ACT Score, OR place into MSD 105/MTH 102 by passing College Placement, OR passing MTH 100S with a grade of ‘Y’, OR passing MSD 104, OR having transferred in any college level MSD or MTH class.

ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3 Credits

Market price systems are analyzed. The nature and characteristics of consumer and producer behavior, the theory of pricing in competitive and noncompetitive markets, and determination of the distribution of output a re evaluated. Welfare, social control, monopoly, and income inequality a re explored in the light of price theory. The role of the United States in the world economy is explored.

Prerequisite(s): Place into MSD 105 based on SAT or ACT Score, OR place into MSD 105/MTH 102 by passing College Placement, OR passing MTH 100S with a grade of ‘Y’, OR passing MSD 104, OR having transferred in any college level MSD or MTH class.

FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3 Credits

An introduction to the environment, concepts, and techniques of financial management. Topics include forms of business organization, taxes, analysis of financial performance, financial planning, financial markets and interest rates, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and international financial management.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 210 and ECO 201.

MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3 Credits

This course examines market characteristics, consumer buying habits and motives, and functions of marketing within the framework of the strategic marketing planning process. Concepts and current practices in product development, pricing, promotion, distribution, and international marketing are studied.

MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3 Credits

The aim of this introductory course is to acquaint students with a number of basic mathematical techniques that will enhance their ability to become effective decision-makers in a realistic business environment. Topics covered include linear equations and inequalities, linear programming, summation notation, geometric series, counting techniques, event probability and discrete random variables. Where appropriate, these tools will be illustrated with examples chosen from business settings.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 104 or a passing grade on the Math Placement Exam.

MSD 340 Production and Operations 3 Credits

This course introduces the concepts and techniques of designing and managing manufacturing and service systems and their operations effectively and efficiently. Major topics include product and process design, facility location, forecasting, aggregate planning, inventory management, supply chain management, project management, just-in-time systems, quality assurance, linear programming, and the transportation problem. Current issues such as productivity, global competitiveness, and quality are also discussed.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 105 or MSD 110, MSD 200 or MTH 340, MSD 201 or MTH 341.