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  • International student from Armenia at Roosevelt University in Chicago

    "I came to the United States in 2005. I've had a passion for business since I was little. My father is an entrepreneur, and mother has her degree in economics. When I came to study business at Roosevelt University, I thought I would just become a good candidate for the job market. However, I obtained much more than I expected. The Walter E. Heller College of Business links what's in the books to what's actually happening. As an undergraduate, I had great internships at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. I also worked as a research assistant, helping a professor explore information about the globalization of financial markets. There are so many opportunities for international students at Roosevelt University. The University is convenient and flexible. I'm glad I have chosen a university that embraces and advocates values that coincide with my own. I am planning on pursuing a PhD in business and economics. Ideally, I see myself teaching at a university."

    Karine Mirzoyan from Armenia, BSBA Finance (2008), MBA (2010)
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Year 2 Matriculation Requirements

International students matriculate from the International Year to Roosevelt University's undergraduate program when these requirements are fulfilled:

  • Maintained 2.00 or higher GPA
  • Portfolio poster presentation
  • Passed exit interview
  • Recommendations from professors
  • Post-institutional TOEFL test

These steps are built into the International Study Center program, giving international students the best chance of successful progression to a bachelor's degree.

Academic credit for the Roosevelt-equivalent courses taken during International Year is transferred to your degree.

Your bachelor's degree

Undergraduate Business Degree: Choice of Majors

Upon completion of your degree pathway program, you will have reached the required English level, acquired academic credits, and integrated into American university life. You then matriculate into Year 2 of an undergraduate degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Your choices of business degree and management degree majors once you have completed the International Year business pathway:

Accounting, BSBA

The accounting program exposes students to both established accounting standards and emerging accounting issues. Students earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (BSBA).

Courses teach the concepts and skills necessary to provide accounting services for businesses, governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations; and to control, plan, and evaluate the results of operations. This accounting degree program provides an advanced accounting education to those seeking employment in:

  • internal and external auditing
  • financial or managerial accounting
  • taxation
  • staff accounting
  • comptrolling
  • public accounting
  • governmental and not-for-profit agencies and institutions

Economics, BA

The Economics degree at Roosevelt University prepares students to analyze economic phenomena in fresh and innovative ways. Students receive a broad view of contemporary economics with special emphasis on nontraditional approaches to theory and policy. Students are challenged to be critical of existing institutions and seek new solutions to problems of economic justice, poverty, and inequality. 

Economics graduates typically pursue careers in business, public service, law, teaching, and research.

Finance, BSBA

The Finance bachelor's degree offers students the opportunity to major in both traditional and emerging financial fields. Courses give students a broad exposure to contemporary issues in the financial world, and the concepts and skills necessary to provide funds for a business and to control, plan, and evaluate the flow of funds through the enterprise.

The Finance program prepares graduates to seek employment in corporate finance, banking, securities exchanges, and personal financial planning.

Hospitality and Tourism Management, BSHTM

The Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management provides students with a valuable employment and career advantage. The hospitality industry is a major employer in the Chicago area and worldwide. Students may gain experience through professional partnerships with leading hotels, restaurants, meeting and convention facilities, associations, tourism offices, airline carriers, and others.

Roosevelt University's degree program provides academic training, work experience, and technology and research skills. Students choose a concentration:

  • hotel/lodging management
  • tourism administration
  • sports hospitality
  • restaurant/food service management
  • meeting and event management

Human Resources Management, BSBA

Human Resources Management students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. This HRM degree teaches the fundamentals of management, professional and technical competence in the management of human resources, and the motivational skills necessary for developing employees. The emphasis is on managerial techniques and procedures that harmonize economic objectives with individual and group needs in business organizations.

Psychological and sociological principles, statistical techniques, and practical business economics are blended to produce effective knowledge and skill for the specialist in human resource management.

Integrated Marketing Communications, BA

Integrated Marketing Communications is a broad field that includes advertising, public relations, promotional marketing, and numerous other forms of persuasive professional communications activities. Students majoring in integrated marketing communications are prepared for entry-level work in any area of the broad field.

3 concentrations are available: public relations, advertising management, and advertising creative. Student may also follow a general marketing and communications curriculum, without a concentration.

Management, BSBA

The Management degree curriculum is designed to emphasize human values and to develop a sense of responsibility to employers, employees, consumers, and the community. The curriculum provides professional education and training for students preparing themselves to manage their own businesses or to seek managerial positions in private industry or the public sector.

Managers are responsible for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and representing a business or organization to many constituencies. To be effective, managers coordinate the work of specialists. It is essential that a manager possess an understanding of human relations, skill in directing group efforts, and knowledge of the functional aspects of business, such as production, marketing, finance, personnel, and accounting. Students majoring in management study the many areas in which managers must operate as well as topics directly related to managerial roles.

Marketing, BSBA

The Marketing degree curriculum demonstrates the role that marketing plays in the management process provides a comprehensive understanding of marketing concepts and practices. Marketing management has a major role in all aspects of the business firm. The Marketing degree program rests on the concept that the wants and needs of the customer are the reasons for a firm's existence, and courses stress the relationship of the behavioral and social sciences to the marketing concepts employed by the organization.

Students with a marketing degree can expect to move into management training programs in a variety of business organizations or into positions with advertising agencies, research organizations, not-for-profit institutions, health organizations or government. This program also prepares students for graduate education.

Social Entrepreneurship, BSBA

The field of social entrepreneurship is at a formative stage. It is rich with opportunities for learning, innovation, service, and impact. Social entrepreneurs start and build organizations that have a demonstrable commitment to creating social as distinct from purely economic value: organizations that make a difference to the communities and societies from which they spring.

As many social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders have adopted and adapted tools and techniques from the world of business, the lines that have traditionally divided the business and nonprofit sectors have blurred. These developments have created an attractive opportunity for individuals with business skills to make a significant contribution to shaping the "new" social sector.

The Social Entrepreneurship degree curriculum includes the following courses:

Required core courses Recommended electives Other
  • social entrepreneurship
  • case competition
  • business planning and strategic new ventures
  • community organizing
  • social movements
  • policy, law, ethics
  • marketing research
  • small business marketing strategy
  • social justice, commerce and enterprise
  • sustainable future
  • water, food, and waste
  • sprawl, transport, and planning
  • introduction to sociology
  • 36 credits of business courses, including international business
  • 48 credits of general education courses

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  • English support at Roosevelt University in Chicago

    Improve Your English Level Before Your Bachelor's

    To study these bachelor's degrees at Roosevelt University in Chicago, you need an official English test score of:

    • TOEFL 80 iBT (minimum 18 in writing)
    • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in writing)

    If you do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score, or have a lower level of English, your best pathway to a degree is the International Year.

    International Year One
  • Roosevelt University College of Business

    College Of Business

    The College offers business degrees with today's economy in mind. Its programs focus on practical application and success in today's global corporate environment that integrate an emphasis on professional integrity, as well as the importance of social responsibility, sustainable business practices, and global engagement.

    Students learn leadership critical thinking, business marketing, finance, operations, management and information technology giving them an edge in the workplace. Practical experience and real-world access is achieved through internships available at leading Chicago-area businesses and the dynamic instruction and guidance from our seasoned faculty.

  • Economics Department at Roosevelt University in Chicago


    At Roosevelt University, economics goes beyond the curriculum that is currently being taught at universities around the world. It presents and challenges students with radically different economic perspectives and alternative schools of thought. Roosevelt is one of the few US universities where you can study economics from green, Institutionalist, Post Keynesian, anarchistic, rhetorical, Marxist, and other points of view, while gaining technical proficiency in conventional methods.

    Its faculty are drawn to the study of economics by a commitment to social justice. Students are prepared to be socially conscious citizens and leaders in their professions, whether in business, public service, research, teaching or other careers.

  • Hospitality and Tourism Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago

    School Of Hospitality And Tourism

    With offices overlooking several of Chicago's major tourism destinations, the School offers both graduate and undergraduate study of this growing industry. Faculty members are committed to students and their professional growth as they integrate classroom study with the lively metropolitan workplace.

    Programs prepare students for leadership careers in lodging, food & beverage management; meeting, convention and exhibition management; tourism administration; sports hospitality; and club and gaming management. Internships in the world's most prestigious hotels and tourism establishments are available.