Program Overview



Key facts about the Division of Business at Rust College:

  • One of the five major academic division of Rust college, an historically Black, coeducational senior liberal arts college that was founded in 1866 by the Freemanís Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The college is still related to the United Methodist Church.

  • First offered the four year Bachelorís of Science Degree in Commerce in 1952, becoming the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1954.

  • Highly qualified and committed faculty with diverse academic and cultural backgrounds.

  • Prepares student with analytical, communication, information technology, multicultural and management skills while establishing the ethical values necessary for success as global business leaders and responsible citizen.

  • Small class settings afford students the benefits of individualized instruction and close interaction with faculty.  

  • Distinguished alumni in private and public sectors provide mentoring opportunities for our students.

  •  Located in quiet suburban area of Mississippi about 30 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee.

  • An environment suitable for learning that encourages persistence and hard work as the means to success.

  • Internship placement for practical training and professional exposure.


Mission Statement
The Division of Business is committed to delivering a quality undergraduate business administration program to a student population from diverse academic backgrounds.  Through innovative instruction, applied research, and service learning which seek to nurture ethical values, the division prepares graduates who can meet the challenges of the global marketplace, pursue rigorous graduate studies and assume leadership positions in private and pubic sector organizations.


In pursuit of its mission, the Division of Business will:

  • Actively recruit, and retain promising African American and other students;

  • Inculcate in students a global business perspective and an appreciation for diversity;

  • Develop the analytical and problem solving skills of its students;

  • Recruit and retain qualified faculty committed to excellence in teaching and who also recognize the importance of research and service in education.

  • Internship placement for practical training and professional exposure.


Program of Study

The Division of Business offers the Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education. Students majoring in business administration may elect a minor in the following areas :(a) accounting, (b) management, and (c) computer information systems. Under consideration are minor in hospitality and supply chain management


The Bachelor of Science degree in Education prepares students to teach in high schools and business schools



Adult Pathway and Evening Program

The Evening Program for Business Administration Majors is called the Adult Pathway Program. This program is designed as an accelerated, degree completion program for evening students. The program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for non-traditional students to complete their college degree while working full time during the day. These students must have completed two years of college (60 semester hours, 30 of which must meet Rust Collegeís requirements in liberal arts education) that can be applied toward satisfying the course requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. This accelerated program can be completed within two academic years by taking the required classes on campus at night or online (Not all required classes are currently available online).