Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Managerial Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of how private economic practices, responsibilities, rights, and rewards are related to public policy, regulating institutions, and politics (including local, state, and federal regulation, international policy, and the like) and will be able to evaluate critically the impact of policy, institutions, and politics on business practices.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of economic practices internal to conducting business, including financial reporting and accounting, while also demonstrating an understanding of economic practices external to business, including private investing in company stocks, bonds, and options.
  3. Define and critically apply interdisciplinary methodologies and theories (including those from psychology and economics) to problems in Managerial Studies, as well as demonstrate the ability to evaluate different forms of evidence.
  4. Demonstrate sufficient proficiency in algebra, statistics and other pertinent mathematics to develop and verify economic hypotheses as well as to evaluate computationally business problems or proposals.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles that govern the way the profession accounts for and communicates business transactions.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Managerial Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30-32 credit hours, depending on course selection) to satisfy major requirements.  
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements. 
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 5 courses (15 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above. 
  • The requirements for a second departmental or interdepartmental major.  

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Managerial Studies 30-32
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies 120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
BUSI 305FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING3
ECON 100PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS3
Select 1 course from the following:3
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS
CORPORATE FINANCE
FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
Select 1 course from the following:3
MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATIONS IN A CONSULTING SIMULATION
CONSULTING PRACTICUM
FINANCE AND BANKING PRACTICUM
Select 1 course from the following:3
LEADING PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS
INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Elective Requirements
Core Statistics Elective
Select 1 course from the following:3-4
STATISTICAL METHODS-PSYCHOLOGY
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS FOR BIOSCIENCES
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR DATA SCIENCE
Advanced Methods Elective
Select 1 course from the following:3-4
INTRODUCTION TO OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND OPTIMIZATION
ECONOMETRICS
METHODS OF DATA ANALYSIS AND SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION
R FOR DATA SCIENCE
LINEAR REGRESSION
APPLIED TIME SERIES AND FORECASTING
MARKET MODELS
External Course Electives
Select 3 courses from the following, with at least 1 course from Group A and 1 course from Group B:9
Group A: Management, Markets, and Finance
FINANCIAL MARKETS
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS AND FINANCE
INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION
ENERGY ECONOMICS
MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ENGINEERING
ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY SEMINAR
ADVANCED ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
RESEARCH SEMINAR: THE HOUSTON AREA SURVEY
Group B: Government, Regulation, and Policy
POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
POLITICS OF REGULATION
PUBLIC POLICY
POLICY ANALYSIS
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Managerial Studies 30-32
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements28-30
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the major in Managerial Studies should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • Students pursuing the major in Managerial Studies must complete the requirements of a second departmental or interdepartmental major.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Managerial Studies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 
  • For transfer credit requests for subjects outside of the program's subject code (i.e. ECON courses required for the major in Managerial Studies), students seeking transfer credit should contact the appropriate department for approval, and not the Director of Managerial Studies. 

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Managerial Studies website: https://mana.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies  

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Managerial Studies website: https://mana.rice.edu/