Undergraduate Study at The Robins School of Business

Mission

The mission of the Robins School of Business (RSB) is to develop an active learning community in which excellent teaching, scholarship, and service are integrated to stimulate intellectual inquiry as the foundation for responsible leadership in the global business environment.

Pursuing a Major or Minor in the Robins School of Business

To declare a major or business minor in the RSB (Business Administration, Economics or Accounting) a student must have earned at least a 2.7 GPA, after completing at least 12 units of college coursework, including ECON 101, ACCT 201, and MATH 211 (or their equivalents). All students declaring a major or business minor in the RSB must first pass a RSB approved Excel competency exam. Students will have three attempts to demonstrate competency with a grade of 80% or higher. This is not for a grade or academic credit. Students may declare as soon as these criteria are satisfied, but have until the end of the first two weeks of their junior fall semester to declare a RSB major or business minor.* Students not meeting these criteria may appeal to the RSB Undergraduate Affairs Committee one time. Those denied upon appeal may not declare a RSB major or a business minor and must pursue a different academic program of study.

Transfer students interested in declaring a RSB major (Business Administration, Economics or Accounting) or business minor must have earned at least a 2.7 GPA, after completing at least 12 units of college coursework, including ECON 101, ACCT 201, and MATH 211 (or their equivalents), and at least one semester of coursework at the University of Richmond. All students declaring a major or business minor in the RSB must first pass a RSB approved Excel competency exam. Students will have three attempts to demonstrate competency with a grade of 80% or higher. This is not for a grade or academic credit. Students may declare as soon as these criteria are satisfied, but have until the end of the first two weeks of their junior fall semester to declare a business major or minor.* Students not meeting these criteria may appeal to the RSB Undergraduate Affairs Committee one time. Those denied upon appeal may not declare a RSB major or a business minor.

*class year as defined by GradTracker.

General Prerequisites for All Courses in the Robins School

Accounting 201, Economics 101 and 102, and Business Administration 202 are prerequisites to Marketing 320, Management 330 and 340, and Finance 360. In order to take core and/or upper level business classes, students must have a declared major or minor in the RSB or be identified as Pre-Business. In addition to the aforementioned required pre-business and core courses, a major must complete Accounting 202 (exceptions for Accounting majors and concentrators are noted in the department major and concentration descriptions), Business Administration 205, Management 225, Business Administration 393, Business Administration 394, and Business Administration 497 (or International Business 411 in the case of International Business concentration.) One international business or international economics course or a full semester University approved study abroad program is also required. Prerequisites for all RSB courses are provided in the course description and are required to be taken. In unusual circumstances, exceptions may be granted by permission of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs.

Study Abroad

All Robins School of Business students, even those not concentrating in international business, are encouraged to apply for study abroad. The Robins School enjoys relationships with leading business schools throughout the world. In accordance with University policy, credits will be transferred only from partner institutions or preapproved study programs. While studying abroad, students must complete a course that focuses on culture/society, history, political system, or economy of the host school's country or region. Students studying in a country where the native language is not English are required to participate in the host school's or other preapproved pre-semester language course, whether offered for credit or not. Students may complete no more than two courses in the same field. For example, a student may take no more than two marketing courses or two finance courses. Students may complete no more than two business school core courses while abroad. The associate dean for international business programs may grant exemptions to this policy in extreme circumstances and/or for students studying abroad for an entire academic year.

Honors Program

Outstanding students with intellectual initiative and the desire to pursue academic achievement beyond standard coursework have the opportunity to broaden and deepen knowledge in selected major fields through the honors program. Interested students should contact their major department to indicate interest and obtain further information. To qualify, a student should have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, 18 or more units completed and, excluding coursework primarily for first-year students, 3.5 or more units completed with distinction in the major field. Successful completion of an honors program is shown on the student's permanent academic record and on the diploma.