School of Business & Leadership

About the School of Business and Leadership

The mission of the School of Business and Leadership is to provide students with a unique and innovative business education that prepares them for success as leaders in a complex and dynamic global environment.

The program of the School of Business and Leadership incorporates business fundamentals (management, marketing, finance, accounting, law, and ethics) while strengthening its ties to other academic units on campus to fulfill the overall mission of the liberal arts goals of the university. Through courses and pedagogy, students will be engaged in effective writing, oral communication, problem-solving, case analysis, and research methods. The business curriculum focuses on critical thinking and written and oral communication; students will learn to logically formulate and investigate questions relevant to the marketplace and managed organizations.

This approach to undergraduate business education acknowledges the growing emphasis on breadth and flexibility in global business. To complement the academic program students are encouraged to participate in off-campus experiences including internships, mentorships, international work and study, field research, and problem solving projects. Students who plan careers in business and non-profit organizations are well served by this innovative approach to business education with its focus on critical thinking and communication skills. The School of Business and Leadership is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff.

The School of Business and Leadership offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree. Within the program, the student may select a General Emphasis or a more specific track leading to an International Emphasis. First-year students may also apply to the selective Business Leadership Program (BLP).

Cross-disciplinary degrees are offered in conjunction with other departments. The Mathematics and Computer Science Department offers a degree in Computer Science/Business and the School of Music offers a degree in music with elective studies in Business. See the sections for these departments in the Bulletin for additional information.

The Internship Program supplements the curriculum by enabling students to apply concepts and theories to actual working situations. Placements and registration requirements are coordinated through Career and Employment Services.