Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Business Undeclared

You will learn a strong foundation in business administration, as well as technical and practical skills in accounting, finance, economics, operations, international management, human resources management and marketing. You will improve your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. This exploratory program allows you to learn about different business areas while you decide on your major. Students are encouraged to declare a major by their junior year. 


  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will:
    • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and interpret financial statements to judge business performance.
    • Apply critical thinking skills using quantitative techniques for problem solving and strategic decision making
  • Communication: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will demonstrate competency in oral and written communication skills. Students will:
    • ​Prepare in proper format and style the following documents: business report (one to two pages), business memo, research report and presentation.
    • Deliver an effective oral presentation on a business and/or professional topic.
  • Information Technology: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and software to manage information with statistical analysis, spreadsheet, database, and other appropriate applications.

  • Ethics: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will demonstrate an understanding of the legal environment and ethical standards of business and an awareness of the implications of their behavior and actions as a business professional. Students will apply an appropriate framework for examining ethical dilemmas and be able to (1) identify ethical issues and stakeholders, (2) evaluate alternative course(s) of action, and (3) formulate an appropriate action plan.

  • Professional Proficiency: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to meet professional competencies as business professionals and global citizens. Students will:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and vocabulary unique to business disciplines.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of procedures, concepts, and technical business skills through practical application (forecasting, budgeting, financial statement analyses, business plans, strategic planning).
    • Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret financial statements in the decision-making process.
    • Demonstrate effective teamwork and collaborative skills in a simulated business environment.

Related Links

Business Undeclared Program Page

Management and Marketing Department Page

Accounting, Economics and Finance Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Overall: 2.0 or higher
Core GPA: GPA 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42-43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements45

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
Select one of the following:3-4
Quantitative Reasoning
Introduction to Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42-43

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements 

  • You are strongly encouraged to declare a major by the junior year. To assist you in keeping on-track for graduation in a timely manner, consult your My Rock Audit report and meet with your adviser.
Business Administration Core Requirements
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 219Business Analytics I 13
or MGMT 219 Business Analytics I
ECON 319Business Analytics II 13
or MGMT 319 Business Analytics II
ACCT 209Financial Accounting3
ACCT 322Business Analysis and Decision Making3
MGMT 320Operations Management3
MRKT 230Principles of Marketing3
MGMT 351Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 303Issues in Global Business3
or FIN 303 Issues in Global Business
FIN 320Managerial Finance3
ACCT 340Legal Environment of Business3
MGMT 458Business Capstone 13
MIS 265Management Information Systems 13
Required Computer Science Course
CPSC 210Productivity Software 13
or MIS 210 Productivity Software
Total Hours45

Co-Curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Student leadership development
  5. Service-learning classes
  6. Career education and development
  7. Internships
  8. Volunteering in healthcare industry related settings
  9. Job Shadowing

This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 10.2019
UCC 4.9.2019

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 2 3
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MIS 210 Productivity Software 2 3
Beginning Algebra  
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts (or Computer Competency Exam)  
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Second Year
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
ECON 219
Business Analytics I 2
or Business Analytics I
MIS 265 Management Information Systems 3
MRKT 230 Principles of Marketing 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 3  
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
ACCT 209 Financial Accounting 3
MGMT 320 Operations Management 3
MGMT 351 Organizational Behavior 3
Elective 3
Third Year
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
ECON 319
Business Analytics II 2
or Business Analytics II
FIN 303
Issues in Global Business 2
or Issues in Global Business
Elective 3
Declare Major: Major Course 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
ACCT 322 Business Analysis and Decision Making 3
FIN 320 Managerial Finance 3
Elective 3
Declare Major: Major Course 3
Fourth Year
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
ACCT 340 Legal Environment of Business 3
Declare Major: Major Course 3
Declare Major: Major Course 3
Declare Major: Major Course 3
MBA Course 2
MBA Course 2
MGMT 458 Business Capstone 2 3
Declare Major: Major Course 3
Declare Major: Major Course 3
Declare Major: Major Course 3
Elective 3
MBA Course 2
MBA Course 2
 Total Hours**121

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 2398
Revised: 06.09.2022