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Enter the World of Business

A minor in Business Administration is ideal for any RIT undergraduate students from outside Saunders College of Business interested in a broad exposure to the world of business. Students, ranging from technical programs to liberal arts, will get an introduction to business disciplines and enhance their education. A business administration minor provides an understanding of business principles, and a more substantial skill set for any non-business student as they begin their career.

Students interested in pursuing a Master's in Business Administration degree could strategically use certain business minor courses to waive certain MBA foundation courses for an accelerated 4+1 MBA.

Recognized among the nations very best business schools

Saunders College of Business is #1 in Western NY, ranking #62 nationally for undergraduate business programs in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings, moving up two places from last year. These ranking are based on graduation and retention rates, as well as peer assessment and faculty resources.

Learn about other top rankings and recognition received by programs at Saunders College and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Policy specific to the Business Administration minor:

This minor is not available to Saunders College of Business majors.

Business Administration at a glance

The business administration minor consists of five courses.  Students are required to complete a minimum of three of the following courses and two electives:


This minor is appropriate for undergraduate students interested in broad exposure to the world of business. Undergraduate students interested in pursuing an MBA degree may use this minor to fulfill certain MBA bridge courses.

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students majoring in any program in the Saunders College of Business.
  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
Required Courses
Choose three of the following
Financial Accounting
An introduction to the way in which corporations report their financial performance to interested stakeholders such as investors and creditors. Coverage of the accounting cycle, generally accepted accounting principles, and analytical tools help students become informed users of financial statements.
Business Law I
An introduction to legal principles and their relationship to business organizations. Explores the U.S. legal system, the U.S. court system, civil and criminal procedure, the role of government agencies, legal research, and the substantive areas of law most relevant to business, including constitutional law, tort law, criminal law, contract law, intellectual property, debtor-creditor relations, bankruptcy, business entities, securities regulation, and antitrust law.
Operations Management
A survey of operations and supply chain management that relates to both service- and goods- producing organizations. Topics include operations and supply chain strategies; ethical behavior; forecasting; product and service design, including innovation and sustainability; capacity and inventory management; lean operations; managing projects; quality assurance; global supply chains; and the impacts of technology.
Global Business Environment
Being an informed global citizen requires an understanding of the global business environment. Organizations critical to the development of the global business environment include for-profit businesses, non-profits, governmental, non-governmental, and supranational agencies. This course introduces students to the interdependent relationships between organizations and the global business environment. A holistic approach is used to examine the diverse economic, political, legal, cultural, and financial systems that influence both organizations and the global business environment.
Organizational Behavior
As an introductory course in managing and leading organizations, this course provides an overview of human behavior in organizations at the individual, group, and organizational level with an emphasis on enhancing organizational effectiveness. Topics include: individual differences, work teams, motivation, communication, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational change.
Principles of Marketing
An introduction to the field of marketing, stressing its role in the organization and society. Emphasis is on determining customer needs and wants and how the marketer can satisfy those needs through the controllable marketing variables of product, price, promotion and distribution.
Personal Financial Management*
Financial Management*
Emerging Business Technologies
This course stresses a business-oriented approach to evaluating, selecting and leveraging emerging information technologies to support an organization's business processes. Students gain hands-on knowledge to design effective and secure networked IT infrastructure systems for business operations. Students also explore management issues such as defining an IT strategy, establishing IT standards, managing IT operations, and outsourcing IT services.
Choose two electives from courses within Saunders College of Business.

* Student may choose only one of the finance courses.