Take a Giant Leap Toward Your Career and Change Your World View
Add a business minor to your resume in a study-abroad semester in Italy
So you say you want to learn creativity with passion gain the building blocks for a career in a multi-national corporation and broaden your worldview — all in roughly four years? While the requirements of most college majors in the fine arts the liberal arts and sciences and education limit the number of elective hours available to students students can now meet specific career-development needs through Stetson University?s Renaissance International Business Minor offered through the School of Business Administration.
You may have chosen a major for which you have a great passion and that motivates you to learn more. Chances are however that your future career will not relate exclusively to the chosen major. In addition to requiring excellent communication skills and creativity of the liberal arts and sciences all organizations have a ?business dimension? thatcalls for knowledge and comprehension of basic business concepts and principles. Adding the breadth of a business minor to the depth of your liberal-arts major could be the best way to enhance your credentials and develop valuable competencies to solve problems and apply your skills in real-world situations.
In addition nothing else in the college experience so totally affects your values your awareness your knowledge — in short your world view — as much as a study-abroad experience. Employers know that students with study-abroad experiences are often more sophisticated in attitude and beliefs and the ability to handle ever-changing situations. Such experiences often influence greater commitment to life-long learning and stronger interpersonal skills. This enhanced worldview is considered so important by some colleges to train future leaders that all students are required to have a least one semester abroad — but typically this semester abroad does not offer the business minor.
Starting June 1 2006 Stetson University will offer a one-semester five-course international business minor in northern Italy. This minor will be offered three times a year; each semester program lasts 11 to 12 weeks. ?As a former employer and now as a business educator I am very aware of the need to provide a blend of both the breadth of liberal arts and sciences and the focus of business concepts and experiences in a modern university curriculum? says Stephen Barnett director of the program. ?The opportunity to get a business minor in one semester rooted in the lessons of the Renaissance — at a distinctive European facility — meets the needs of a segment of the college population not currently being served.?
The RenaissanceInternational Business Minor covers the basics of business administration (accounting finance management and marketing) and explores the foundations of these concepts as they evolved from the Renaissance and shaped western culture and our global economic system. One of the five courses you will take is a three-hour Renaissance course. This course uses common case studies field trips and extracurricular activities to complement and integrate the common-body-of-knowledge business courses to help the student better understand how commerce influences and is influenced by other systems that form the fabric of society.
?Stetson is committed to meeting critical career-preparation needs by expanding our international curriculum with this special study-abroad semester for non-business students? Barnett says. ?This will be a marvelous opportunity for students to major in their passion and gain basic business literacy critical for success in working or starting their own businesses.?
To be eligible students must be currently enrolled either in an undecided or liberal-arts and sciences major at a four-year accredited college or university with 60 semester hours of credit including a macro economics course. Recent graduates from a four-year accredited college or university with liberal-arts majors or other non-business majors who wish to add the unique dimension of the international business minor to their education as a study-abroad experience are also eligible.
All courses are AACSB-accredited and transferable to other schools; however since this is a new program you should check with your registrar to be sure your school will transfer in the credits. Completion of these courses subject to normal graduate admission requirements would meet (or significantly reduce) requirements for the business foundation required for MBA programs.
For more information visit Stetson University Renaissance International Business Minor Semester Abroad.
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