The Major and Minor in Business Administration
Both the Business Administration major and minor are interdisciplinary. "Interdisciplinary" means that while Business Administration students study a particular subject (e.g., finance, general business, human resource management, management, marketing), they also examine how it relates to other subjects and draw information from various disciplines to solve "business" problems. In addition to preparing for a career in their emphasis area, Business Administration students examine how their career fits into the context of other endeavors, including being an engaged community citizen. The ability to understand complex and interdependent issues, to view problems and opportunities from many perspectives and to work with those from other fields are qualities in demand. UW-Green Bay Business Administration majors graduate with a distinct advantage over traditional business school graduates.
More than 90 percent of UW-Green Bay Business Administration graduates find employment in their chosen career within six months of graduation. Those interested in graduate studies are accepted into the better schools. Many alumni are successful business leaders. Alumni surveys indicate that alumni perceive the Business Administration program very favorably, their program of study prepared them extremely well for their careers, the quality of the Business Administration faculty is "excellent" and they would definitely recommend the program to others.
These successes may be attributed to Business Administration's broad array of contempo-rary, professional business courses, a dedication to teaching excellence and to an emphasis on the skills basic to career advancement such as effective writing, speaking, quantitative analysis, computer proficiency, teamwork, leadership, decision making, and problem solving.
The faculty in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is committed to serving the needs of business and society, and to providing an outstanding learning environment. Upper-division classes frequently number fewer than 35 students, facilitating discussion and the opportunity to work closely with faculty members. Nearly one-half (46%) of Business Administration courses are offered online or in the evenings to accommodate employed students.
The Business Administration program addresses contemporary business issues, including economic globalization, sustainability, and business ethics. These issues and more are addressed in specific classes and throughout the curriculum. Today's businesses require employees who are effective communicators and problem solvers with broad-based liberal educations. Business Administration students take courses which develop their communication skills and they gain breadth through courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Each business major studies an area of emphasis extensively: finance, general management, human resource management, management, or marketing. Each emphasis consists of courses designed to thoroughly prepare the student.
Extensive opportunities are available to meet business professionals and to gain practical experience. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in Business Week activities, held each spring. These activities include the Spring Job and Internship Fair, mock interviews, employer and alumni panels, and the Elevator Pitch Competition. Top students are invited to join business leaders at the annual Business Week Keynote Networking Dinner. Active student organizations such as the Accounting Students Association, the Community Leadership Association, the Management Information Systems Society, the Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the Student Finance Association provide opportunities to meet others with like interests and to develop contacts with businesses. The majority of upper-division courses include a practical, major project component, giving you the opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom to real situations. Participation in the internship program is strongly encouraged. Here students learn while working in an actual business setting. Many students continue working full-time for their internship sponsors upon graduation.