While many professional degrees in the US can only be studied at the graduate level, business is a field that can often be pursued at the undergraduate level—giving determined students a competitive edge when entering the job market or continuing with graduate studies.
At California’s University of the Pacific, undergraduates can major in Business Administration or Accounting, and minor in specialties such as Management or Information Systems. The University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business is AACSB-accredited and focuses on hands-on, practical learning, as well as the development of communication and critical thinking skills in a team setting.
“With small class sizes there is greater opportunity for both personal and professional development through interaction between faculty and students,” noted Eberhardt School Dean and Professor, Lewis R. Gale.
The best business schools provide their students with opportunities to gain real-world experience early on. Founded in 1883, Central Florida’s Stetson University has long prioritized hands-on learning for all students. One of the advantages of a small university (just over 4,000 students in total) is that undergraduate students are able to interact with their professors, leading to industry connections, personalized letters of recommendation, and opportunities to collaborate on research projects.
According to Stetson’s website, undergraduate business students “have opportunities to intern at leading global firms and take part in clubs and organizations whose focus is on business, investment, or international dynamics.”
Location is important, which is why Centenary University’s proximity to New York City offers no shortage of internship opportunities. School of International Programs Dean, Dr. Joseph Linskey
stated, “Throughout the local area and New York City, there are internships available in all parts of the business industry. The faculty have contacts in almost every area.” Centenary offers undergraduate business specializations in everything from Sports Management to Social Media Marketing.
Students with international experiences have the distinct advantage of a global perspective in the business world. With a large number of students from Latin America, Florida International University emphasizes global learning and its Landon Undergraduate School of Business ranked #5 for international business programs by the 2017 U.S. News & World Review’s Best Colleges survey. “Our international focus provides students the ability to understand business from all corners of the world,” stated College of Business Acting Dean Jose Aldrich.
From internships to international experiences, the top business schools in the US make business an accessible field to graduate and undergraduate students alike. In addition, undergraduate business students often have an “in” when it comes to applying and transitioning to their university’s graduate business degrees.