Program style: hands-on, traditional lecture, and online.
What will I study?
The Business Administration program enables you to understand how organizations operate in the contemporary global environment. You will acquire an understanding of the external environment of business and how it affects the internal activities of an enterprise. Drawing on management theories as well as current business practices, you will develop knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable you to assume positions in a wide variety of industries and organizations. The BA curriculum places special emphasis on personal ethical accountability and corporate social responsibility.
In addition to management courses, students majoring in Business Administration will learn about other business disciplines such as accounting, economics, finance, law, marketing, management information systems and operations management and explore how to combine different resources (human, information, technology, knowledge or materials) strategically to achieve the mission and goals of an organization. Communication, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed in managerial roles are emphasized across the curriculum.
As part of the program, Business Administration Students have the opportunity to choose a three-course concentration in one of the following areas and develop some specialized knowledge and expertise in that area:
- International Business
- Human Resources Management
- Entrepreneurship & Family Business
Interesting classes you might take:
- Organizational Management
- Business Writings
- Business Law
- Business Ethics
- International Business
- Operation Management
- Organizational Behavior
- Strategic Management
- Principles of Marketing
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Management
- Dynamics of Information Technology
Why choose Business Administration at SHU?
The courses in the Business Administration major are taught by knowledgeable and experienced professors who are active not only in the classroom but also through research, policy advising and consulting. The Business Administration faculty interacts closely with students inside and outside the classroom and provides personal attention to students and their learning needs. Our faculty members also collaborate with both domestic and international academic institutions and professional organizations, serve on boards of directors, and provide consulting and training to numerous organizations.
Will I have internship opportunities?
Yes, every student majoring in business administration has the opportunity to work in a business or management internship to learn the rigors of the business environment and prepare for a successful professional career. You will work with a faculty coordinator of internships and the Career Development Office to obtain a desired position. A typical internship requires between 10 and 20 hours of work experience per week over a semester. Some internships are paying, while others are non-paying. The internship experience is recorded and assessed in a portfolio. At the conclusion of the internship, you will re-evaluate skills, career goals and career development needs in light of the experience. You must complete all sections of the portfolio and submit it to your faculty advisor in order to receive credit.
Companies our students have interned with in the past:
- Walt Disney
- General Electric
- Chelsea Piers
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- NBC Olympic Sports
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- David Lerner Associates
- The Food Network, Hearst Corp.
- Sikorsky Aircraft of United Technologies Corporation
Are there special admission requirements?
No, we have an open admission policy. Incoming first-year students and transfer students may declare the Business Administration major when you apply for admission to Sacred Heart University.
What our my career opportunities with a Business Administration degree?
Here are just a few of the careers you may pursue with this degree:
- Working in a variety of managerial or non-managerial positions in profit or non-profit organizations from different industries
- Becoming a human resources, marketing or international business professional
- Starting a new business or running a family business
- Preparing yourself for pursuit of graduate studies in business or other disciplines