Business Administration Major: Student Designed Option (B.S.)

Business Administration Major: Student Designed Option (B.S.)
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A Student-Designed Option in Business Administration is available for those students whose interests are not fully satisfied by any of the other currently available options in Business Administration.

What is the student-designed option?

A Student-Designed Option in Business Administration is available for those whose interests are not fully satisfied by any of the other currently available options in the business administration major. If you desire a self-designed option you must submit to the faculty coordinator a standard written proposal describing your objectives and intended program of study. After approval by the faculty coordinator, the proposal must receive approval from the Undergraduate Programs Office in Paul College.

Curriculum & Requirements

A Student-Designed Option (SDO) in Business Administration is for highly motivated and disciplined students to pursue a course of study that is not available through any of the other current options in Paul College. The SDO should be different from any of the existing options and should serve to further the students’ intellectual development and future career goals.

The SDO cannot be used to avoid portions of existing options that are presumed to be uninteresting or difficult. For example, the SDO cannot consist of all courses from an existing option with one or two substitutions. The SDO will consist of courses from Paul College, and courses from outside of Paul College from existing disciplines (e.g., Psychology, Art, Homeland Security, etc.).

Students should begin planning for their designed major in their sophomore year by finding a faculty advisor and work with them to draft the proposal. All proposals should be submitted by the fall of the student's junior year. 

The faculty coordinator is Professor Carole K. Barnett.

If you are considering this option you should begin to plan for it no later than the second semester of your sophomore year. The formal application deadline is Oct. 15 of your Junior year; you must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

A typical plan of study follows, showing the major-required courses. Students take 16-18 credits per semester. Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. Students are expected to follow this course plan. In the first three semesters, students cannot take more than two major courses in a single semester. The options have additional requirements as noted. For a detailed schedule/plan of study for each option, students should check with the Paul College Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office for specific recommendations.

Business Adminsistration core requirements
ADMN courses:
ADMN 400Introduction to Business4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 410Management Information Systems4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 510Business Statistics4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 775Strategic Management: Decision Making 14
Other subject code courses:
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
PAUL 660BiP-Social Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 670BiP-Analytical Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 680BiP-Competitive Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 690BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics 22

This is the capstone course in the business administration  program, and satisfies the capstone requirement of  the Discovery Program. Students may be required to concurrently enroll in ADMN 700 PAUL Assessment of Core Knowledge (zero credits) for AACSB accreditation purposes.


Students may satisfy PAUL 660, PAUL 670, PAUL 680, PAUL 690 requirements through other courses/experiences with approved intelligence attributes assigned.  

Depending of the choice of option and the specific requirements thereof, students may be able to take PAUL or non-PAUL electives in their junior or senior year.

Student-Designed Option

Student Designed Option (SDO) Requirements20
Students will work with a faculty advisor to draft a proposal to be submitted to the Undegraduate Curriculum Committee. Proposals must be submitted by fall of Junior Year. The option must consist of at least 5 courses and include: 1
At least two (2) courses from ACC, DS, FIN, MGT, or MKTG departments that meet approval
At least two (2) other courses from outside of Paul College
One (1) Additional Course chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor.

Students interested in the Student Designed Option must meet with their advisor to discuss their interest and obtain the proposal application. 

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the core content areas of business.
  • Students will think critically to address business situations.
  • Students will demonstrate communication skills to interact effectively in business situations.
  • Students will identify and understand the ethical dimensions and implications of business decisions.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze a business situation by applying a multiple stakeholder lens.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of business practices as they relate to local, national and global competitiveness.


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