Rady School of Management offers the most popular undergraduate minor at the University of California, San Diego

By Keri Peckham, for @UCSD Alumni Magazine

Rady undergraduate students in class

The undergraduate accounting minor taught at the Rady School of Management became the most popular minor at UC San Diego this fall after just one year of being offered. More than 300 students have declared the minor. From 220 to 250 students are expected to take the seven required courses to graduate with the minor in June.

The campus has approved 23 undergraduate courses at the Rady School including nine in accounting and 60 sections will be taught this academic year. This represented over 3,800 student seats and was a 58 percent increase over the previous year. Students pursuing the accounting minor will take seven required courses in order to graduate from UC San Diego with a minor in accounting. Those who take the seven required courses plus an additional two accounting courses will also fulfill the accounting portion of the educational requirements for the CPA exam.

In addition, Rady will submit more information to the main campus this fall in support of an undergraduate business minor. The original proposal was submitted in November 2009, revised and resubmitted in March 2010 with the main campus asking for further information. 

The Rady School began its MBA program in fall 2004 and almost immediately after opening its doors, the school began receiving inquiries from undergraduates hoping to take courses in the new business school. The proposal for the school specified it would initially offer graduate management education, but the leadership of the Rady School soon realized offering undergraduate courses could fill a void for undergrads looking to augment their education with business skills.

Initially, the Rady School offered just one undergraduate course, Innovation to Market. The course prepares students to take a product or service to the marketplace, similar to the MBA program’s Lab to Market course series. Beginning with its first offering in spring 2007, Innovation to Market was filled to capacity and the course is consistently ranked among the best on campus by undergrad students. Based on the excellent reviews, the course created a buzz on campus and the Rady undergrad courses quickly picked up momentum. Courses are taught by Rady faculty and industry experts.

Similar to the Lab to Market program, students have formed several companies out of the Innovation to Market course. Undergrads have also been successful in business plan competitions as a result of their learning. One undergrad group won the 2010 U.S. Imagine Cup.

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