Preparation for college begins in high school. We recommend that you take computer classes as well as courses in bookkeeping, science, advanced math, speech, and advanced writing. Involvement in extracurricular activities is valuable, and any related work experience is a plus.
During your first two semesters, you'll enroll primarily in General Education courses. In addition, introductory business-related courses will help you refine your career direction since the emphasis is placed on choosing a career field as soon as possible. With help from a faculty advisor, you'll choose a career area and select technical components that support your goals. Help with course and career choices is also available through the Advisement and Career Center, the Counseling Center, and Career Services.
As You Progress
A strong general education foundation progresses to more advanced business courses in marketing, management, production operations, finance, personnel, accounting, law, and international business. You'll select upper-level courses in these same areas as they apply to your career goals.
In addition, comprehensive courses in areas such as international studies, information systems, and quality management let you apply information from previous courses to a broader view of business. At the same time, you'll enroll in courses to fulfill the technical component of your degree. That means that if you have an interest in food and beverage sales, an applicable technical area might be food and nutrition or packaging.
As mentioned before, an on-campus practicum and an off-campus work experience are included in the program. The practicum provides an opportunity to apply course work to solve practical problems encountered in business and industry, and gives you a competitive edge over other graduates.
Student professional organizations provide you with additional opportunities to learn outside the classroom setting. There are 25 identified student organizations to choose from that can help you get additional experience in your career area.