Foundations

Build a strong base for the rest of your education, both in business and the liberal arts and sciences.

Fulfilling these requirements will help ensure you have a broad perspective and the critical-thinking skills you need to succeed.


Ross Requirements

Become grounded in the core skills of business, including accounting, management, and strategy. Master analytical models, technology, and data. Discover which aspects of business appeal to you the most.

Required Pre-Work (Freshman Year)

BA 100: Introduction to Ross: Foundations in Learning Business

BCOM 250: Intro to Business Communication

First-year writing requirement

Economics 101

Calculus I, II or III

27 credits in non-business courses with a grade of C or better

Detailed application requirements


Ross Fixed Core Courses -- Taken in a set order in your sophomore, junior, and senior years.

Sophomore Fall:

BA 200: Businesses & Leaders: The Positive Differences 

ACC 300: Financial Accounting

TO 301: Business Analytics & Statistics

Sophomore Winter:

ACC 301: Managerial Accounting

STRATEGY 290: Business Strategy

Junior Fall: Integrative Semester

BCOM 350: Professional Communication Strategies

BL 300: Business Law & Ethics

MO 300: Behavioral Theory in Management

TO 313: Operations Management

Senior Fall:

STRATEGY 390: Corporate Strategy

Senior Winter:

Capstone Course


Ross Floating Core Courses -- Taken in an order you choose to enhance your options, starting winter term of sophomore year.

BE 300: Applied Economics

FIN 300: Financial Management

MKT 300: Marketing Management

TO 300: Business Information Systems


U-M Distribution Requirements

Enrich and strengthen your business education with liberal arts and sciences. Become an agile, critical thinker. In addition to your business requirements, you are required to complete three of the following four requirements:

Humanities Distribution — 9 credits

Natural Sciences and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis — 9 credits

Social Sciences — 9 credits (excluding ECON 101 & 102)

Foreign Language Proficiency — fourth-term proficiency in a foreign language is determined by successful completion of a proficiency examination administered by U-M, or by completion of a fourth-semester college-level foreign language course. AP course work which meets fourth-term proficiency fulfills this requirement. See the LSA Bulletin for further details.

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