May 19, 2019  
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Studies Program

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Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2656
Fax: 401.865.2978
Location: Ryan Center for Business Studies, Room 364

The Faculty


Ann Galligan Kelley, C.P.A., M.B.A., C.A.G.S., Director

When selecting a major, it is important that students discover their passion and interests.  It is not necessary or even preferable for a student to major in business in order to obtain their desired career goal in business upon graduation. The objective of the Business Studies Program is to give students the opportunity to elect a non-business major while also obtaining a broad business background for a career or future studies in business. As an example, if a student has a strong interest in Psychology, that student would select Psychology as a major.  The student would then utilize elective courses to complete the seven course requirements of the Business Studies Program. Upon graduation, the students who pursue the program will receive a degree in their major area (Psychology in the example we have given) along with the Certificate in Business Studies. An internship is NOT required but is strongly encouraged.  Many alumni of the Program have gone on to have successful careers in Marketing, Human Resources, Hospital Administration, Finance, Education, Management, Information Technology, Publishing, Banking, Insurance and graduate schools including Medicine, Dental, MBA and Ph.D. Programs.

The Requirements

Human Relations Elective

An introduction to the study of human relations that prevail in the business world. Elements such as group and organizational process, motivation, leadership, social control, and conflict will be studied.

Requirement fulfilled by one of the following:


Students are not eligible for this program until they are second semester Freshmen. (Students should enroll as early in their academic careers as possible. This will enable students to receive advising and also will assist in scheduling the appropriate number of courses so sections will be available.)  Seniors are also not eligible.

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