Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

  • Overview

    Learn how to successfully navigate the world of business with Saint Joseph’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

    The business administration degree provides a general knowledge of business and allows students to build areas of expertise in accounting, finance, human resource management, international business, management, or marketing. Visit the curriculum section below for more information on these program specialties.

    At a Glance

    • Sound foundation in the core disciplines of business administration including accounting, marketing, management, and economics; skills needed in order to operate successfully in graduate school and the professional world.

    • Ability to choose one of several areas of concentration within the business administration discipline.

    • Emphasizes the understanding of international business and the global economy.

    • Provides sufficient preparation to enable students to pursue professional certifications such as Certified Public Accountant and other professional designations.

    • Ability to take courses toward a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and CPA all at the same time.

    • Over 80% of our students participate in business internships, which often lead to jobs.

    • Students participate in real-world, community-based class projects in corporate settings.

    • Faculty members, most still working in the business world or own businesses, actively help students find internships and jobs.

    • Opportunity to finish degree in three years or fast track into Saint Joseph’s Master of Accountancy program.

  • Curriculum

    Courses in the business administration major provide students with a core base of knowledge in business theory, skills, and applications. Choose from one of six specializations.

    Accounting

    The major in accounting prepares graduates to pursue professional certifications. Students majoring in accounting study financial statements, cost accounting, taxes, auditing, and financial analysis.

    Business and Sports Management

    Business and sports management provides students with preparation for future careers in either a business or sports environment. It places a strong emphasis on business administration/management and a sports focus in athletic and recreation management/sport event planning. For students with a deep interest in sports, this integrated specialization provides a solid background in business yet helps prepare them for managing professional sports teams and sports-related venues, both small and large.

    Finance

    With the major in finance, students gain a deeper understanding of finance through the same business simulation software Fortune 500 companies use to train their managers. The curriculum focuses on entrepreneurial and ethical sustainability in the study of finance, with an equal focus on all stakeholders including employees, customers, community, government, and stockholders.

    Human Resource Management

    The major in human resource management prepares students for careers in recruiting and employment, compensation, benefits, training, and labor relations, while focusing on how organizations can better manage their human resources to perform more effectively. Students will study recruitment and staffing, training, management and employee development, employment and union-management relations, wage and salary management, evaluation of employee performance, national and international human resource policies and programs, as well as organizational behavior, development, and leadership.

    The human resource management track reflects on the business partner model that the best HR professionals have a broad base of business skills, allowing them to function as business partners within an organization. This major combines accounting, management, marketing, economics, business law, and ethics courses with a strong internship program and the required human resource courses.

    International Business

    Courses in the international business major are taught by faculty with experience in cross-cultural management and global businesses. Students learn how to incorporate technology into business, and are put in direct contact with foreign mentors in both international management and marketing.

    Management

    The major in management prepares graduates to pursue careers in business, industry, government, or for graduate study.

    Marketing

    The major in marketing builds on the core curriculum in business administration, combining business theory, skills, and applications. This program teaches collaboration through team projects, as well as an immersive, hands-on educational experience with real-world partnerships with local companies and small classes.

    Business Administration Minor

    A minor in business administration is available and requires students to take 20 credit hours.

  • Some of our faculty

    • John Zerillo

      Vice President, Special Projects

      Associate Professor of Business Administration, Chair of Business Administration

      MA, University of Maine

      BA, Rutgers University

    • Mary Lynn Engel

      MS, Roosevelt University

      BA, Miami University 

    • Antony Girlando

      DBA, Nova Southeastern University

      MBA, The American University, Rome

      BSBA, The American University, Rome

    John Zerillo

    Vice President, Special Projects

    Associate Professor of Business Administration, Chair of Business Administration

    MA, University of Maine

    BA, Rutgers University

    Mary Lynn Engel

    MS, Roosevelt University

    BA, Miami University 

    Antony Girlando

    DBA, Nova Southeastern University

    MBA, The American University, Rome

    BSBA, The American University, Rome

  • Student Stories

    • Chris Petzy

      As a result of Chris Petzy's quality work on projects and presentations, his internship led to his full-time job as a financial analyst in the IT finance department at Liberty Mutual in Portsmouth, N.H.

    • James Gott

      As the senior product developer for men's apparel at L.L. Bean, James Gott '90 launches new items in a product line that changes 20 to 30 percent each year.

    • Courtney Rague

      Courtney Rague believes internships are a great way for students to gain real life experience and make important connections that could lead to employment.