Students in the 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, 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 administrative 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.
In addition to these 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 is the student’s major that 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 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.