Undergraduate Business Programs


  • Bloomberg Business Week research various programs
  • Concerns undergraduate business program
  • Babson College-an eminent program in Needham, MA

 Economic realities, particularly high unemployment rates and skyrocketing college costs, are encouraging many students to consider studying business administration as undergraduates. Back in 1968, about 13% of Bachelor degrees awarded were in business.  This made business the third most popular major at the time. By 2008, more than one out of every five Bachelor degrees awarded were in business, making it, by far, the most popular undergraduate major.

Popularity of this scope tends to attract ever larger audiences of students to it. A good place to gain a better sense of what a business degree entails, and which programs are the best is the Bloomberg/Business Week’s site on the Top Undergraduate Business Programs, http://www.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/bschools_undergraduate_10rankings.html. Just to defuse the suspense, this year’s top business program was Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business. Besides the ranking, you’ll also find a lot of information about the various programs including the program’s length, the recruiter survey of the school (these are the people that interview the school’s business candidates for possible employment), teaching quality, median starting salary of graduates…all told there are 18 criteria to consider and weigh.

What I like even more about this site is it also has in depth reviews on each of the programs,  http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/rankings/?chan=magazine+channel_special+report . At this link you can find out detailed admissions requirements, academic requirements of the program, Alumni career information, and even graduate comments. There is a lot of information to compare and contrast. This is a good site to really delve into and learn from.

While Business Week’s listings might whet your appetite for starting to explore the world of undergraduate business schools, a recent book by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus, Higher Education? How Colleges are Wasting our Money and Failing our Kids, raises a number of concerns about such vocational training becoming ever more entrenched in our colleges and universities. One of their first concerns is who is actually teaching business courses to undergraduates? It appears that many schools, including Wharton, prefer faculty with PhDs over actual hands-on business men or women. Business, by its very nature, is practical and hands on; just how effective can an academic with little applied business experience be?  Then there is the question about what these teachers will teach.  Many business teachers use case studies involving corporate strategy, which leads to the next concern about undergraduate business coursework: how many students will be able to apply such material to their first jobs in business?  A truly provocative argument arises from the fact that the chief executive of Costco majored in sociology; the head of Goldman Sachs, English; and the chairmen of IBM, Proctor & Gamble, Union Pacific and Wyeth all majored in history.  Are the liberal arts really passé and antiquated, or merely misunderstood? 

Despite that dose of reality, it still might be worth your while to preview one of the top business programs in the country at Babson College in Massachusetts, ranked number 17 on the Bloomberg Business Week 2010 listing. Babson, a school with only 1,800 undergraduates, all of whom graduate with a BA in business, mixes liberal arts and business coursework into what it calls a “practical business education.” During freshman year, all students take Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME).  In this course students learn to start and run (and eventually) liquidate a business (with all profits destined to charity). Additionally, many of the classes are actually headed up by influential business leaders: CEOs, CFOs, and other executives, which directly, at least at Babson, contends with the Higher Education claim that business schools prefer academics to real business people.

Once again a lot of details and comparisons of Babson’s program can be discovered and made on the Bloomberg Business Week site. The key to this or any business program for that matter, is not necessarily the campus, the curriculum, or even the teachers, but the commitment, curiosity and dedication of the students to just get down to business. A lot of ideas, and even more sweat, might just be the place where your business acumen is sparked.

학부 경영학 프로그램

  • Bloomberg Business Week: 리서치에 훌륭한 싸이트
  • Babson College: Needham, MA 있는 뛰어난 경영학 학부 프로그램의 대학

 경제 현실, 높은 실업률, 엄청난 대학 교육비를 생각할 때, 많은 학생들은 학부에서 경영학을 전공하고 싶어한다.  1968년에는 대학생의 약 13%가 경영학도 이었으며, 경영학은 세번째로 인기있는 학과였다.  2008년에는 5명 중 한 명 이상이 경영학도이며, 현재까지 가장 있기있는 전공이다.

경영학의 인기는 더욱 많은 학생들을 끌고 있다.  경영학에 대해 더 알아보고자 하면, Bloomberg/Business Week’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs, http://www.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/bschools_undergraduate_10rankings.html.  에서 어떤 프로그램이 가장 좋은지를 파악할 수 있다.  미리 알려 준다면, Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business 이다.  순위뿐만 아니라, 프로그램의 길이, 리쿠르터(직원을 뽑고자 인터뷰를 하는 사람들)의 설문조사, 교육의 질, 졸업생의 평균 연봉…18가지의 기준 사항들을 알 수 있다.

필자는 무엇보다 이 싸이트의 깊이 있는 조사를 강조하고 싶다.  http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/rankings/?chan=magazine+channel_special+report .  이 링크에서는 입학요건들, 학업 요구조건, 졸업생 정보, 졸업생들의 설명까지 담고 있다.  또한 비교 분석할 수 있는 많은 정보들이 있다.  이곳에서 깊이 있는 써치로 많은 것을 배울 수 있다.

Business Week 보다 더 많은 것을 알고 싶다면,  Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus의 Higher Education? How Colleges are Wasting out Money and Failing out Kids를 권한다.  이 저서는 대학에서의 직업교육의 실체와 문제점을 제시하고 있다.  먼저, 대학의 경영학을 누가 가르치는가?  Wharton을 비롯한 많은 대학들이 실질적 비즈니스 men/women 이 아닌 박사학위를 가진 학자를 선호한다는 점이다.  경영이란 본질적으로 실용학문이다.  학위만 가진 실용성이 떨어지는 교육이 얼마나  효과적이겠는가?  다음, 이런 교수들이 무엇을 가르치는가?  많은 교수들은 회사 전력을 비롯한 cast study를 하면서, 학과수업에는 등한히 한다.  얼마나 많은 학생들이 졸업 후 첫 직장에서 이 공부를 적용하겠는가?  실제적인 예로서 Costco의 CEO는 사회학; Goldman Sachs 회장은 영어; IBM, Proctor&Gamble, Union Pacific and Wyeth 회장들은 모두 역사를 전공했다.  인문과학이 유행이 지났다고 할 수 있겠는가?

다음으로Babson College in Massachusetts대학을 the Bloomberg Business Week 2010 에서 17위를 기록함을 살펴볼 가치가 있다.  Babson 대학은 1,800명의 학부생 중에서 인문학과 경영학 과목들을 “practical business education’ 일환으로 같이 수강한다.  1학년 때는 모든 학생들이 Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship(FME)를 수강한다.  이 과목에서 사업의 시작과 운영, 그리고 처분하거나 헌납하는 것을 배운다.  또한 많은 과목들이 실제로 CEO, CFO 회사대표들에 의해 이루어 진다.  이런 면에서 Babson 은 적어도 Higher Education?에서 지적한 실제 사업가를 선호하고 있다.

Babson 대학에 대한 여러가지 자세한 정보와 비교를 Bloomberg Business Week 싸이트에서 알 수 있다.  결론적으로 경영학은 캠퍼스, 커리큘럼, 교수의 문제가 아니라 헌신, 호기심, 비즈니스에 임하는 자세이다.  많은 사고와 더 많은 땀만이 여러분의 비즈니스 능력을 밝힐 것이다.