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Undergraduate Programs

The School of Business offers Bachelor of Science degrees in the following areas:

Accounting
Finance
General Business
International Business
Management
Marketing

Required Courses for Each Major

Course Descriptions

8 Semester Plan

Earn your BS and MBA in 5 years through the 4+1 BS and MBA program.

Students can also double major or minor in business.

Accounting

Accounting information is essential for effective planning, control, and decision-making by management, and for reporting on the activities of an organization to interested external parties such as investors, creditors, government agencies, and taxing authorities. Accounting includes the development and analysis of data, the testing of its validity and relevance, and the interpretation and communication of the resulting information to users. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program prepares students for accounting positions in industry, government and nonprofit organizations.

The MBA in Public Accountancy program prepares students for careers in public accounting, and consists of 36 credits of graduate study beyond the BS in Accounting at New Paltz or its equivalent. This program is registered with the NYS Education Department as meeting its 150-semester-hour education requirement for becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Professional certifications in Accounting include:

Finance

The field of finance is broad and dynamic, directly affecting every individual, business, organization, and government. Finance focuses on the allocation of resources and resource management, as well as financial markets and institutions.

The Bachelor of Science in Finance program provides an understanding of the financial decision making process and prepares students to apply their knowledge and skills in a competitive and global business environment. All finance courses apply accounting, economic analysis, and quantitative methods in solving financial problems. The Finance program provides a foundation for a wide range of careers in corporate finance (managing cash, credit, capital and financial budgets) and financial services (banking, investing, real estate and insurance).

General Business

General Business majors gain the general knowledge needed to work in professions where having a business degree is essential, including careers in small business or entrepreneurship, or management positions in healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, investment, hospitality, retail sales, military-related enterprises and professional and service organizations. Students gain the skills needed to manage business operations, understand finance, marketing and sales, and utilize organizational theory in meeting business needs. Graduates can continue graduate study in business school or law school.

The Bachelor of Science in General Business program provides students with greater breath and knowledge of business-related disciplines and prepares students to function in a world of that increasingly demands cross-functional abilities. The General Business program builds on the abilities across multiple business disciplines including accounting, finance, international business, management and marketing. The program emphasizes the multiple roles of managers in organizations and is beneficial to managers in both small and large organization. Students customize their program of study under the guidance of a faculty advisor based on their selection of elective courses, internships and independent studies.

International Business

One of the greatest challenges facing college graduates today is the need to succeed in a globally competitive environment. Meeting this challenge requires an understanding of the growing complexities of international competition together with the ability to thrive in multicultural settings. The Bachelor of Science in International Business program responds to this need by teaching students to think globally about business issues. 

The program focuses on analysis of domestic and international business environments and the related business practices and problems. It gives students a solid foundation in business core areas, international business, and international relations, as well as proficiency in a foreign language. Students gain a broad understanding of the economic, social, and political world in which we live, as well as the macro- and micro-level business implications of working in a global environment. 

Management

In today's highly complex and competitive global business environment, there is a current and future need for well trained professional managers skilled in the areas of planning, organizing, and controlling work-related activities and the leadership of individuals, groups, and organizations.

The Bachelor of Science in Management program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in these areas and the ability to apply what they have learned in a wide variety of management and administrative positions. The focus of this program involves course work in organizational behavior, human resource management, organization theory, international business, motivation and work behavior, workplace aggression and counterproductive behavior, and strategic management.

Marketing

Marketing is the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion and distribution of ideas, goods, and services to create exchanges that satisfy individual and organizational objectives. Marketing also responds to the changing environment by meeting the ever changing needs, and desires of consumers. In effect, marketing exists within the dynamic context of our social trends, and cultural forces. Understanding these activities and their impact on consumers and businesses is a goal of the marketing professional.

The Bachelor of Science in Marketing program introduces students to an innovative and stimulating discipline using dynamic learning techniques. Students develop a solid understanding of the marketing principles and concepts, then apply them using a variety of experiential learning activities. Students gain marketing fundamentals and focus on the management of marketing strategies and policies.