Undergraduate Program Options

Effective Spring 2012

The Business Management Major

The Business Management major, offered at Stony Brook since 1988, is designed for students who wish to enter the business arena with substantial knowledge and skills across the full spectrum of business disciplines. The major will prepare you for diverse and innovative managerial and professional positions in all areas of business. Career opportunities include management positions in manufacturing companies, business and management consulting, financial planning and banking, sales management, marketing and human resource management. Enrollment in the major has grown steadily since its inception, and it is now the third largest undergraduate major at Stony Brook. Leaders in all economic sectors urge business students to broaden their understanding of the world by exploring non-business subjects; the Business Management major, combined with Stony Brook's liberal arts education, prepares you to manage effectively in the world's competitive marketplaces. Students have the opportunity to specialize in one of four major business functions: accounting, finance, marketing or operations. Students will also take classes in business statistics, decision sciences, and general management. Majors also have the opportunity to specialize in sustainable business, an increasing important segment of business today. Business majors are also required to minor in a discipline outside of business.

Acceptance to the Major

Qualified freshman and transfer students who have indicated their interest in the major on their applications are accepted directly into the major upon admission into the University. Students who did not apply for the major and those who were not accepted into the major when they entered the University may apply to the major provided that their cumulative grade point average (including, for transfer students, course-work complete at other institutions) is 3.10 or higher. Applications must be submitted to the College of Business Office of Student Services no later than March 15 for admission in the following Fall semester, and no later than October 15 for admission in the following Spring semester. Application forms are available at the College of Business Office of Student Services.

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Business Management Minor

The Business Management minor is intended for students pursuing other majors who seek a foundation in business studies. The minor complements their chosen major by introducing them to principles and techniques used in business and management. Students may apply to the BUS minor any time during their academic career provided that their cumulative grade point average is a 3.10 or higher. Applications must be submitted to the College of Business Office of Student Services no later than March 15 for admission in the following Fall semester, and no later than October 15 for admission in the following Spring semester. Application forms are available at the College of Business Office of Student Services.

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The Accounting Minor (ACC)

The Accounting minor provides students with a strong academic foundation in the field of accounting which will serve as a basis for further advanced study in accounting at the graduate level. It is anticipated that students who declare the accounting minor will continue their accounting education by enrolling in the MBA program in order to prepare themselves for the Uniform Certified Public Accountancy exam and a career in public accounting.

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College of Business Honors Program

Business Honors Program (BHP)

Incoming first-year Business Management majors who show exceptional talent will be invited to enroll in a special section of BUS 115. Students who excel in BUS 115 and WRT 102 with an A- or better and who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better will be interviewed to determine their motivation for research. Those who pass successfully through this process will be invited to join the Business Honors Program (BHP).  Relative to the Business Management major who is not in the BHP, the BHP student will take three 1-credit courses, one WRT course (3 credits), and two additional BUS courses (3 credits each). The BHP student will count the WRT course and the two additional BUS courses as upper-division elective courses. Student progress and performance will be monitored throughout the program. Students who perform poorly (below a cumulative 3.3 GPA) in their academic studies will be counseled and warned that they are in jeopardy of being dropped from the BHP. Following at least one warning, such students will not be permitted to continue in the BHP. Students entering as a business major, either as an existing Stony Brook student or transfer student, will be evaluated under the same criteria for curriculum and admittance to the BHP.

Year 1, Fall:  BUS 115 Introduction to Business/WRT 102 (3 credits each)
Year 1, Spring: BUS 195 Business Honors Seminar I (1 credit)
Year 2, Fall: BUS 295 Business Honors Seminar II (1 credit)
Year 2, Spring: BUS 296 Business Honors Seminar III (1 credit)
Year 3, Fall: BUS 447 Business Ethics/WRT 301 (3 credits each)
Year 3, Spring: BUS 380 Research Methods (3 credits)
Year 4, Fall: BUS 487 Independent Research (3 credits)
Year 4, Fall and Spring: BUS 495 and BUS 496 (3 credits)

Business Leadership Program (BLP)

Incoming first-year Business Management majors who show exceptional talent will be invited to enroll in a special reserved section of BUS 115. Students who excel in BUS 115 and WRT 102 with an A– or better and who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better will be interviewed to determine their motivation for leadership. Those who pass successfully through this process will be invited to join the Business Leadership Program.  Relative to the Business Management major who is not in the Business Leadership Program, the Business Leadership Program student will take three 1-credit courses and one WRT course (3 credits). The Business Leadership Program student will count the WRT course as an upper-division elective course. Student progress and performance will be monitored throughout the program. Students who perform poorly (below a cumulative 3.3 GPA) in their academic studies will be counseled and warned that they are in jeopardy of being dropped from the Business Leadership Program. Following at least one warning, such students will not be permitted to continue in the Business Leadership Program. Students entering as a business major, either as an existing Stony Brook student or transfer student, will be evaluated under the same criteria for curriculum and admittance to the Business Leadership Program. The Business Leadership Program is a combination of the minor in leadership development requirements (see below) and the following course requirements.

Year 1, Fall:  BUS 115 Introduction to Business/WRT 102 (3 credits each)
Year 1, Spring: BUS 195 Business Honors Seminar I (1 credit)
Year 2, Fall: BUS 295 Business Honors Seminar II (1 credit)
Year 2, Spring: BUS 296 Business Honors Seminar III (1 credit)
Year 3, Fall: BUS 447 Business Ethics/WRT 301 (3 credits each)

Minor in Leadership Development (LDR):

Requirements for the Minor in Leadership Development (LDR)

General LDR Minor Requirements:

1. Before declaring the minor, each student should plan his or her program with the director of the minor.
2. All credits for the minor must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
3. Students in the College of Leadership and Service are strongly encouraged to consider the minor in Leadership Development, but it is not mandatory.
4. Students who are not residents of the LDS college are welcome to take the minor.
5. Students taking the LDR minor are expected to participate in LLC activities.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits:
1. LDR courses: nine credits from these three courses
LDR 210 Principles of Leadership
LDR 310 Case Studies in Leadership
LDR 410 Senior Seminar in Leadership
2. Practicum (Done in conjunction with LDR 410)
With the approval of the faculty director, students will participate in experiential learning in one of two ways: a) leadership of a project or comprehensive task or b) being mentored by an established leader. Both models require active participation in true leadership activities such as development of vision and strategy.
3. Electives (12 credits)
The course designator of each selected course must be different from the designator associated with any of the student's majors or minors. For example, a student majoring or minoring in Business Management major cannot select any BUS courses, and a student majoring or minoring in Political Science major cannot select any POL courses. In addition, no more than two electives may have the same designator (including cross-listed courses). This is a list of courses appropriate to the minor. The faculty director may choose to modify this list.

AFS 277/ HIS 277 Modern Color Line
AFS 325/ HIS 325 Civil Rights Movement
BUS 111 Business in the 21st Century
BUS 301 Corporate Communication
EGL 232/ HUR 232 Rebels and Tyrants
HIS 104 U.S. Since 1877
INT 201 Democracy and Capitalism
LCR 200 Nature of Community
POL 101 World of Politics
POL 102 Introduction to American Government
POL 322 The Presidency in the American Political System
POL 323 U.S. Congress
POL 324 American Political Parties and Pressure Groups
POL 325 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
POL 364 Organizational Decision Making
POL 374 Global Issues in the United Nations
POL 434 Supreme Court Decision Making
SOC 336 Social Change
WST 347/ POL 347 Women and Politics
 

Fast-Track MBA Combined Degree Program

The University offers an exciting combined degree program wherein you can earn an MBA, along with your choice of nearly any undergraduate major in about five and a half years. Our goal is to create leaders who have the knowledge, integrity, and originality to drive enterprise in the 21st century. By combining undergraduate non-business studies with an MBA, students can significantly jump start their careers. Students begin the program in the summer after their sophomore or junior year, taking several MBA level courses each summer. The program is taught by senior Stony Brook faculty and complemented by key executives recruited as visiting professors from throughout the tri-state region industry leaders who have built stellar careers in today's global business world. More information on this program can be found in the Undergraduate Combined Degrees section 

International Learning Experiences

Business has become a global activity, and an international experience has become an essential component of your education. The College of Business attracts students from all over the world, so students get an international experience right in our classrooms. We also encourage students to study a foreign language and to take advantage of our study abroad programs in countries that include China, England, India, Korea, Russia, Italy, and Japan.

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