An Introduction to the Major
All of our business administration, accounting and economics students start in a liberal arts program. Entering first-year students take courses in the School of Arts and Sciences to acquire a background in the liberal arts, a requirement of all University of Richmond students. Students enter the Robins School of Business upon their formal declaration of a major. A student may declare his/her major officially after the completion of the first year of study. Academic advisors are assigned once a student has indicated an interest in pursuing a business degree. The advisor will help the student arrange a schedule of coursework, advise students about degree requirements or arrange a study abroad program.
Students majoring in business administration may select one or more from several concentrations: finance, business economics, international business, marketing and management. The finance concentration allows students to choose a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) track having emphasis on investments and securities or a CCM (Certified Cash Management) track having emphasis on cash management/corporate finance.
The Robins School of Business is professionally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International).
With a major investment in facilities, we now have 11 high-technology classrooms and newly refurbished offices and public spaces. Each classroom is equipped with a multimedia instructor's platform, ceiling-mounted projection system and network ports/power for notebook computers at every student seat. Six classrooms have wall-mounted video cameras for taping speakers such as student presentations and talks by visiting executives. Two classrooms are equipped and used for videoconferencing.
We strongly recommend the purchase of a computer for any student considering a business administration, accounting or economics major. This will enable students and faculty to take full advantage of and to be comfortable with the new technology.
The Learning Environment
Approximately 250 students are enrolled in the business program at each of the sophomore, junior and senior class levels. Thus, classes are small and the environment affords a close relationship between faculty and students. In addition to giving regular lectures, the faculty often invite representatives from business and government into the classroom. Professors also maintain office hours that are convenient for students. If problems arise, students are encouraged to visit the professor's office and seek additional help.
Our students are encouraged to engage in joint research projects with our faculty. These studies have investigated areas as diverse as global demand modeling and strategic planning for non-profits. We have had student-involved papers presented at professional conferences and offer summer research stipends to students doing research with a faculty member.