Majors & Minors

Students at the school of businessThere are four academic departments and corresponding majors in the School of Business:

Major Degree Requirements

A bachelor of science degree in a business discipline requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. Some degree programs require more credit hours. To successfully complete the degree, students must maintain good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0, both overall and in the major. Course requirements regularly evolve to meet the demands of the modern, changing market. Students should be careful to select the academic planning form corresponding to their major and expected year of graduation.

Accountancy Academic Planning Forms

Finance Academic Planning Forms

Finance Fast Track Academic Planning Form

Management Academic Planning Forms

Marketing Academic Planning Forms

Minors

The PCSB offers minors in accountancy and finance. Minors offer students the opportunity to focus on an academic area that may complement their major. Both business majors and non-business majors may consider completing an accountancy or finance minor.

View the accountancy and finance required courses sheet here.

Business & Innovation Minor

The School of Arts and Sciences will offer a minor in Business and Innovation, effective with the class of 2020. Students will be required to take three (3) foundational courses which will introduce them to core concepts and practices in business and innovation, along with the essential tools for writing a business plan, with interdisciplinary courses offered through the departments of Accounting, Computer Science, and Art/Art History; a three (3) course concentration track which enables to build depth in an area related to business and innovation in one of four tracks: Organizations and Entrepreneurs, Global Engagement, Applied Science, or Design Thinking; one (1) business policy and analysis capstone course which requires them to complete a business plan in their area of focus; and demonstrate competency in Excel through certification.

Note: The BI minor is only available to students in the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies. Business School majors are NOT eligible for the minor.

Students build depth in Business and Innovation in tracks reflecting major-aligned disciplinary clusters. Being able to apply concepts from the required core courses into specialized courses within disciplines will enable students to develop track specific skills overlapping with business and design principles. Courses may be added or removed to those listed below as appropriate. Track sponsors will work with students within in track to facilitate advising and course options/availability.

Track One: Organizations and Entrepreneurs

The BI Organizations and Entrepreneurs track is designed to expose non-business majors to the core areas of business, providing them with a broad understanding of business theory, economics, practices, and applications.  It combines a foundational education in business competencies like design thinking and financial principles with courses oriented toward building skills vital for working in a business environment. This track is also applicable to students interested in problem-solving in non-profit or government settings.

Track Sponsor: Eve Veliz-Moran, Department of Sociology

Track Two: Global Engagement

The global engagement track in the BI program is designed to give non-business majors a set of competencies related to the study of global business and innovation, including, an awareness of globalization and global issues, intermediate proficiency in a foreign language, and reflective practice on international experiences.

Track Sponsor: Tuba Agartan, Department of Health Policy and Management

Track Three: Applied Science

This interdisciplinary track is designed for students interested in developing business skills with a focus on emerging technologies and innovation in STEM fields. The program combines foundational courses in business competencies and data analysis with STEM courses centered on project-based learning and problem solving with a real-world emphasis. There is considerable flexibility in the STEM courses so that students will be able to either specialize in depth in one area or develop breadth in multiple disciplines. Students are encouraged to engage in either a research or internship experience as part of their course work.

Track Sponsor: Kathleen Cornely, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Track Four: Design Thinking

The Design Thinking Track hones students’ visual and creative skills, enabling them to make meaningful contributions to industry, commerce, and their global context. This track gives students the tools of visual analysis and creative problem solving, allowing them to navigate a world that has become increasingly inundated with visual media and data. The track combines introductory business skills, design, digital media, visual arts, computer graphics, and other electives that enable students to tap into the liberal arts and learn how to apply their skills in the business sector. For Computer Science majors there are several possible sub-tracks including App, Web and Data Warehousing Design.

Track Sponsor: Eric Sung, Department of Art and Art History

For more information, contact program director, Professor Sung, at mastersung@providence.edu.

Business Studies Program

The Business Studies Certificate will be phased out starting with the Class of 2020 and replaced by the above Business and Innovation minor. The BI minor is only available to students in the School of Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies. Business School majors are NOT eligible for the minor. Students not already formally enrolled in BSP from classes of 2019 and 2020 must be granted an exception by the Program Director.