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Workshop Topics • Myths related to business as a major/career • Interested in business but not the CSU’s? • UC major options + Business programs + Economics vs. Business • Private/Out of State
Business Degree Myths • You must major in Business Admin/Economics to work in business! • If you want an MBA, it’s best to have an undergraduate degree in business • There’s not much difference between a business and an economics major
MBA Degrees • “Only 19% of students at Business Week’s top 10 MBA programs have a Bachelor’s degree in business.” Business Week-May 8, 2006; pg. 94
Distinctions Among Majors • Definitions are not uniform across campuses • Degrees range across spectrum: Applied Theoretical Bus Adm Bus Econ Econ • Look at which college/department houses major • Compare upper-division course descriptions
UC Berkeley Business Administration (B.S.) UC Irvine Business Administration (B.A.) Bus. Info Management (B.S) UC Riverside Business Administration (B.S) UC Business & Economics Majors Business Administration
UC Berkeley Economics, B.A.; Political Economics of Industrial Societies, B.A. UC Irvine Business Economics, B.A.; Economics, B.A.; Quantitative Economics, B.A. UC Business & Economics Majors Economics and Business Economics
UC Business & Economics Majors • UC Davis • Economics, B.A.; Managerial Economics, B.S. • UCLA • Business Economics, B.A.; Economics, B.A.; Mathematics/Economics, B.S.
UC Santa Barbara Business Economics, B.A.; Business Economics with emphasis in Accounting, B.A.; Economics, B.A.; Economics/Mathematics, B.A. UC Merced Economics, B.A. Management, B.S. UC Riverside Business Economics, B.A.; Economics, B.A.; Economics/Administrative Studies, B.A.; Economics/ Law and Society, B.A. UC Business & Economics Majors Economics and Business Economics
UC Business & Economics Majors • UC San Diego • Economics, B.A.; Joint Mathematics-Economics, B.A.; Economics-Management Sciences, B.S. • UC Santa Cruz • Business Management Economics, B.A. • Economics, B.A. • Global Economics, B.A.
UC Berkeley • Management focus; no specializations • One concentration: Global Management • Opportunities to design business-focused concentration as American Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies major • Most Bus. Admin. Student organizations open to other majors • Great Career Center website; includes profiles of non-business majors who work in business
UCB BASE Program • Intensive 6 week summer program for 50-60 non-business undergraduate students (not limited to UCB students) • 3 Business classes for academic credit • Company related field-trips • Interview and resume workshops • Weekly lunches with business faculty & corporate participants
UC Irvine Admit 150 per year; anticipate 8-10% of those will be transfer students or “major changers” • Specializations: Accounting, General Management, Marketing • Minors: Accounting, Management
UC Merced • Management B.S.: Blend of economics, management theory, and social sciences; analysis and problem solving in business
UC Riverside CONCENTRATIONS: Accounting, Arts Mgmt., Environmental Mgmt., Financial Economics, General Mgmt., Human Resources Mgmt., Info Systems, International Mgmt., Managerial Econ, Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain Mgmt, Public Policy & Mgmt. Minor: Business Administration
UCR Joint Major Programs • Art History/Administrative Studies • History/Administrative Studies • Political Science/Administrative Studies • Sociology/Administrative Studies
Loyola Marymount Degrees: B.S. Accounting B.S. Applied Info Management Systems BBA w/ specializations: - Management -Entrepreneurship -Marketing -Finance Minors: Accounting, Business Administration
Pepperdine Seaver (Malibu campus)degrees: -Accounting -Business Administration -International Business -Contract-design own program Minors: Accounting, Marketing, Non-profit Management Graziadio degree: -Management (BSM)-for full-time working adults
University of Southern California • 2 “Joint” major programs open to transfer students: Business & International Relations, Business & East Asian Studies • Dual degree in Business and Computer Science • Many concentrations w/in major; may also design own • Non-business majors may take up to 20 units Business/Accounting course work • Grade on curve!
Accounting Advertising Biotechnology Business Business Technology Fusion Business Law Consumer Behavior Entrepreneurship Managing Human Relations Management Consulting Marketing Mathematical Finance Operations & Supply Chain Mgmt. USC Business School Minors
USC Business School Minors • Organizational Leadership& Mgmt. • Social Entrepreneurship • Engineering Technology Commercialization • Food Industry Management Certificate
Admission to the “best” schools • Competition is fierce • May need to be geographically mobile • Many top schools are public institutions in other states; often cheaper than private schools even with non-resident tuition • Consider who/which companies recruit for internships/jobs • Research specializations
Undergrad. Business Rankings • US News & World Report “Best Colleges” Issue (published each Spring) • Business Week Magazine-lot of great free info online, including rankings • Entrepreneur Magazine
Counseling Tips • Focus on math, quantitative requirements • Calculus is key; more rigorous sequence may give you more options • Major preparation • Strong GPA in rigorous courses
Career Considerations • Employers in the business world often focus more on experience and communication skills than a student’s undergraduate degree • Internships, part-time work related to field • Leadership skills • Speaking, writing skills • Experiential learning programs • Function independently • Problem solver
Questions for Students • Why are you interested in business? • Is it career-based (marketing, accounting)? • Is it skills-based (writing ad copy, working with numbers)? • Have you explored the individual course requirements and upper-division course descriptions of various majors? • What do you imagine yourself doing post-graduation? • Have you talked about the challenges/rewards with a family member/friend who works in the field you are pursuing?