Undergraduate Business Major Starting This Fall

Dear Colleagues and Students,

Jones Graduate School of Business Dean Peter Rodriguez, Dean of Undergraduates Bridget Gorman and I are pleased to announce that Rice University will offer an undergraduate major in business beginning this fall. The new degree was approved by the Faculty Senate last week with the support of the Rice Board of Trustees and President David Leebron.

The degree is in response to a strong demand from our current and prospective undergraduate students for a deeper business education and joins the business school’s current offerings for undergraduates, which include minors in business and entrepreneurship. Current freshmen and incoming undergraduates will be eligible to participate in the new program and there will be no limit on how many undergraduates can take part in it.

Designed for highly qualified students who seek a well-rounded and in-depth foundation in business, the major will be administered by the business school and taught by the school’s faculty. It will offer leadership and business fundamentals, including accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, strategy and communications. To complete a major in business, students must also complete a finance or management concentration, which requires additional advanced courses. Both concentrations provide the knowledge, research and analytical skills to solve a broad array of today’s business challenges. You can learn more about the program here and you can read a story about the program in Rice News here.

For questions about changing majors or declaring the business major, current undergraduate students should email aadv@rice.edu or visit the Office of Academic Advising. Peter and his team will be releasing additional information about the program soon.

We are thrilled that Rice is now able to offer undergraduate students a well-rounded foundation in business fundamentals that will enable them to be leaders in business and make an impact right out of their undergraduate studies.

Kind regards,

Reginald DesRoches, Provost

Bridget Gorman, Dean of Undergraduates

Peter Rodriguez, Jones Graduate School of Business Dean