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School of Business Administration Undergraduate Programs

Today’s top companies are seeking graduates who possess an in-depth knowledge of their fields as well as the versatility to work at the intersection of traditional disciplines. School of Business Administration students are actively immersed in real-world challenges from day one, collaborating with team members from across disciplines and engaging with an array of industry partners. That’s what makes PhilaU the model for professional education, and that’s how our program provides students an exceptional advantage over other candidates in a rapidly changing job market.

In addition to courses in the business core curriculum and in a chosen concentration, School of Business Administration students take classes in the DEC core curriculum, which offers an integrated experience featuring critical thinking skills and a multidimensional perspective from exciting, evolving industries. Our students have the opportunity to travel to other countries such as India, China, England, Australia and more to gain a global edge. Prominent industry partnerships and internships offer networking opportunities, and most of our students acquire professional work experience before graduation. Our alumni have gone on to pursue challenging careers in high-profile companies and organizations such as JP Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Vanguard, IRS, Federal Reserve Bank, FBI, General Electric, Disney, Verizon and more.

The School of Business Administration’s Mission

Our graduates have the disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth to innovatively confront the challenges that exist today and that will emerge in the future. Our Nexus learning and teaching model focuses on active learning and real-world problem-solving through collaboration between students and faculty across disciplines and with external partners.

Undergraduate Goals and Outcomes

Goal #1. Ethical Responsibility

Students will:

  1. Use appropriate frameworks to make ethical decisions. 
  2. Implement ethical decisions in workplace-like scenarios.

Goal #2. Functional Business Knowledge

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of core concepts in functional business areas.
  2. Apply relevant knowledge and critical skills from their areas of concentration. 
  3. Design business models that accurately reflect the interconnected functional areas and relationships within the model. 

Goal #3. Analytical Skills

Students will:

  1. Use information literacy skills to acquire and process the information necessary to inform business-related decisions. 
  2. Use technology and relevant quantitative tools to analyze and draw appropriate business-related conclusions. 

Goal #4. Communication Skills

Students will be able to:

  1. Make effective oral presentations. 
  2. Write effective business documents. 

Goal #5. Integrative Learning and Decision-Making

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work together in cross-disciplinary teams. 
  2. Blend knowledge and skill sets from different disciplinary areas to identify business opportunities and to provide solutions to real-world problems.

BUSINESS CORE (B.S)

All business students, regardless of major, complete the business core. The business core provides an understanding of the functional areas of business such as accounting, economics, management, marketing and finance, and imparts a set of skills that are critical to professional success, such as communication, technology, quantitative/analytical analysis, professionalism, global perspectives and business ethics.

The required core courses within the business curriculum (36 credits) are as follows: 

ACCT-101 Financial Accounting 
ACCT-102 Managerial Accounting 
BLAW-301 Business Law I 
ECON-205 Macroeconomics 
ECON-206 Microeconomics 
FINC-301 Financial Management 
MGMT-104 Management Foundations 
MGMT-401 Operations Management (Fashion Merchandising and Management majors substitute FASHMGT-451, Operations and Supply Chain Management)
MGMT-490 Business Policy and Strategy (Business Majors) 
MGMT-491 Textile, Retail and Apparel Business Policy and Strategy (FMM majors)
MKTG-104 Marketing Foundations 
STAT-201 Statistics I 
STAT-202 Statistics II 

Minors for Business Majors

Business majors may choose to minor in any of the business areas, with some concentrations requiring a minor in another field of business. Business majors not required to minor in a functional business area may choose to minor in areas outside of business. More information about non-business minors available can be found in the “Minors and Concentrations” section of the Academic Catalog.

Non-Business Minor for Business Majors

Business majors not required to minor in a functional business area may choose to minor in areas outside of business. More information about non-business minors available can be found in the “Minors and Concentrations” section of the Academic Catalog. 

Business Minor for Non-Business Majors

Many non-business students are interested in better understanding the business world and developing the knowledge and skills that employers seek in a new graduate. The business minor for non-business students provides a foundation in a broad range of business subjects. Since all of the courses in the minor are required foundation courses for the M.B.A. program, students completing the minor may be able to waive some pre-M.B.A. coursework. This information is also in the “Minors and Concentrations” section of the Academic Catalog.

The business minor is a total of 12 credit hours of study in business selected from the following courses:

Required (9 credit hours): 

ACCT-101 Financial Accounting 
MGMT-104 Management Foundations & MKTG-104 Marketing Foundations 
FINC-301 Financial Management

And choose one of the following:

ECON-205 Macroeconomics 
ECON-206 Microeconomics 
BLAW-301 Business Law I