The Business Leadership Program (BLP) is a highly selective program within the School of Business & Leadership. Each year, up to twenty-five freshmen are admitted into this experiential four-year program.
The BLP is distinguished by a unique curriculum that blends academic coursework in business and the liberal arts, and features seven special BLP student-only classes. Students are educated in business fundamentals including accounting, finance, law and ethics, leadership, management, and marketing. The courses and pedagogy emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and effective written and verbal communication. Students are taught to logically formulate and investigate questions relevant to profit and not-for-profit organizations. Through required coursework in the humanities and social sciences, BLP students develop an awareness of the relationship between business and other important disciplines. Many students pursue second majors outside of business as well.
The Business Leadership Program is also distinctive because it requires students to apply their academic knowledge to real world situations. Students participate in regional business field trips, an evening leadership speaker series, and a professional internship. In addition, BLP students are paired with regional business leaders, who serve as mentors throughout the sophomore, junior, and senior years. These volunteer mentors, typically Puget Sound alumni, help prepare students for internships and careers by teaching from personal and professional experience.
BLP students can pursue the general business administration or the international business emphases. Upon completion of the BLP, students receive a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Many BLP students complete double majors in disciplines such as music, economics, mathematics, computer science, foreign languages, or international political economy.
BLP graduates find open doors to leading graduate schools and employment with respected not-for-profit and corporate employers. BLP graduates enter the world with a background designed for success and a determination to become the kind of leader their broad-based education has inspired them to be.
Admission to the Business Leadership Program requires a supplemental application form in addition to the application to the university. Once admitted, students are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
BLP Graduates of the Class of 2015 are moving on! Erin Stumbaugh and Kaitie Shinsato will be joining Hitachi Consulting; Ryan Del Rosario will become a consultant for Beta Theta Pi Fraternity; Sang-Won Kim will join First Investors Corporation as a financial representative; and Clayton Jacobson will continue his education at University of Oregon's Law School.
Current BLP students have exciting summers ahead of them! Maura Williams ’16 and Nakisha Renee Jones ‘16 will complete internships with Nordstrom and Boeing, respectively. Conner O’Malley ’16 will be interning with Domex Superfresh Growers, WA while Maggie Zach ’18 will be interning with Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s District Office (OR-03) and Emily Bowman '17 will intern at Coca-Cola Co.