Business Administration Major: Student Designed Option (B.S.)

A Student-Designed Option in Business Administration is available for those students whose interests are not fully satisfied by any of the other currently available options in business administration. Students desiring a self-designed option must submit the application to the faculty coordinator. After approval by the Faculty Coordinator*, the proposal must receive approval from the Undergraduate Programs Office in Paul College.

Students considering this option should begin to plan for it no later than the second semester of their Sophomore year. The formal application deadline is October 15 of a student’s Junior year; students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. The written proposal must contain an introduction to the option, the specific rationale for pursuing this program of study (including academic and career interests, and why none of the existing options are appropriate), and the specific program of study proposed (courses and schedule). The proposal will also include a current copy of the student's UNH transcript.  

A Student-Designed Option in Business Administration shall consist of at least five Paul College courses, at least three of which shall be from the Business Administration departments (currently Accounting & Finance, Decision Sciences, Management, and Marketing). 

*The Faculty Coordinator is Dr. Carole K. Barnett, 862-3307, Office: 360L. 

Student-Designed Option

A typical plan of study follows, showing the major-required courses. Students take 16-18 credits per semester. Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. Students are expected to follow this course plan. In the first three semesters, students cannot take more than two major courses in a single semester. The options have additional requirements as noted. For a detailed schedule/plan of study for each option, students should check with the Paul College Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office for specific recommendations.

Business Adminsistration core requirements
ADMN courses:
ADMN 400Introduction to Business4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 410Management Information Systems4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 510Business Statistics4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 775Strategic Management: Decision Making 14
Other subject code courses:
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
PAUL 660BiP-Social Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 670BiP-Analytical Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 680BiP-Competitive Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 690BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics 22

Depending of the choice of option and the specific requirements thereof, students may be able to take PAUL or non-PAUL electives in their junior or senior year.

Student Designed Option Requirements
At least three (3) courses from ACC, DS, FIN, MGT, or MKTG departments that meet approval12
At least two (2) other Paul College courses that meet approval8
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the core content areas of business.
  • Students will think critically to address business situations.
  • Students will demonstrate communication skills to interact effectively in business situations.
  • Students will identify and understand the ethical dimensions and implications of business decisions.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze a business situation by applying a multiple stakeholder lens.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of business practices as they relate to local, national and global competitiveness.