Management, Marketing and MIS / Rankin College of Business
The rapid expansion of the world’s population has created both great opportunities and great needs in the area of food production. A General Business degree with a specialized minor in Agriculture equips students with both the general business knowledge and the specialized knowledge of agricultural economics, skills, and methods to take advantage of these opportunities and address these needs.
Students who choose the Agricultural Industries Track complete 19 hours of coursework through the SAU Agriculture Department. In addition, these students will have 12 hours of additional electives split between business, agriculture, and free electives.
In the first two years of a four-year business degree, students take a broad range of classes. Upper level courses include advanced business courses that are taken by all business majors and major-specific courses that allow students to specialize in their areas of interest.
Students who choose the General Business Agricultural Industries Track complete 19 hours of coursework through the SAU Agriculture Department. In addition, these students will have 12 hours of additional electives split between business, agriculture, and free electives.
- Agriculture classes include courses related to farm management, animal science, plant science, agricultural policies and procedures, real estate, and forestry.
- Students are encouraged to obtain internships related to their career plans.
- Students are assigned to advisors who are members of the faculty to help with class scheduling, professional mentoring, and career placement.
- Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers manage organizations that grow crops, raise and manage livestock, and process dairy products.
- Food Manufacturing Operations.
- Sales and Marketing of Agricultural Products.
- Inspectors ensure the compliance of agriculture-based businesses with government safety, health, and quality regulations.
- Student organizations like Phi Beta Lambda, ENACTUS, Emerging Entrepreneurs, the Finance and Economics Society, and the Business Student Investment Advisory Council provide opportunities for fun, leadership, and networking
- Guest lectures and workshops conducted by business professionals and recognized speakers
- Student travel both within and outside the region and the US: Recent trips included tours of financial institutions in New York and Chicago, advertising agencies in Dallas and Chicago, and Arkansas businesses like Walmart, Tyson, and J.B. Hunt and international destinations such as Costa Rica.
- The Arkansas Small Business Development and Technology Center is located on the first floor of the business building. The center offers seminars and other resources that are free to students and houses the Entrepreneurship Center.
The Rankin College of Business is AACSB certified. All upper level professors are required to hold doctorates from AACSB certified universities or to have significant professional experience in the areas in which they teach.
- Graduates from the College of Business can communicate effectively.
- Our graduates are prepared to be socially responsible citizens.
- Our graduates can think critically, solve problems, and make informed decisions.
- Our graduates can use technology effectively in their fields.
- Our graduates have content knowledge in their chosen fields and the necessary skills to be successful.
Major in Business Administration: General Business (BBA) with Agricultural Industries Minor – 120 hours
Students earning a BBA in general business with the agricultural industries minor complete 120 hours, including the following specific requirements:
- University General Education 35 hours
- Business Core 54 hours
- Agricultural Industries Curriculum 19 hours
- Approved Electives 10 hours
- University Requirement, GSTD 1002 2 hours
Note: Business majors may not take FIN 2003 Personal Finance or ECON 2103 Principles of Microeconomics as part of their general education requirements.
Agricultural Industries Curriculum – 19 hours
- AGEC 3043 Farm Management
- ANSC 1003/1001 Introduction to Animal Science/Lab
- AGEC 4053 Agricultural Policies and Procedures
- FIN 3083 Fundamentals of Real Estate
- PLSC 1003 Introduction to Plant Science
- PLSC 2022/2021 Elements of Forestry/Lab