The Department of Business and Economics offers several programs that provide special opportunities for students who are interested in careers in business and related fields. The programs in business benefit from endowments by the estate and family of the late D. Abbott Turner who was a prominent leader in business and civic affairs in Georgia and a trustee of Wesleyan. These endowments help provide Wesleyan students with instruction, equipment, and special activities that add an important dimension to the educational process.
The D. Abbott Turner Program in Business Management includes three major curriculum alternatives: the major in business administration, the major in accounting, and the major in international business. The department also offers an interdisciplinary major in advertising and marketing communication.
The department has an expanded minor curriculum program with minors in accounting, business management, economics, and finance.
The department sponsors lectures, conferences, seminars, and research which promote entrepreneurship and business career opportunities for women. These activities provide students with the opportunity to discuss significant issues and experiences with successful women from the business community. A lecture series offers topical special lectures and convocations with prominent leaders in business and government.
Major Requirements: International Business
The interdisciplinary major in international business prepares students to be effective in the international environment, with knowledge of the language, culture, business, and political affairs of other countries. Graduates with this major will be prepared to work for a multinational corporation in the United States and abroad or to pursue graduate studies in international business.
The international business major combines study in a foreign language (Chinese, French, Japanese, or Spanish), along with courses in economics, finance, marketing, management, accounting, political science, history, ethics and cultural awareness. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in an exchange program or study abroad.
Major Requirements: International Business
Total hours in major: 46**-70 hours (**exclusive of required courses in general education and modern foreign language)
Integrative Experience: The student learning outcome of enhancing a student's capacity for integrative thinking is met in the international business major with the requirement of BUS 475 Portfolio Seminar. This course provides a forum for international business majors to discuss, analyze, and critique and prepare a senior portfolio documenting their integrative experience. The student will reflect upon the interdisciplinary nature of her courses of study including the general education experiences and their relationship to her international business major. This course includes the formal presentation of a portfolio documenting these experiences.
Professional Development: Throughout her Wesleyan education each student is given opportunities to explore professional and career choices, and to develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for professional success. Each student will complete PDE 400 Professional Development Experience and PDE 401 Professional Practice Seminar.
The student learning outcome of developing an understanding of how a liberal arts education enhances a student's preparation for careers ad further professional growth is met in the international business major with BUS 475 Portfolio Seminar. The program also recommends internship opportunities in the areas of international trade and finance, as well as working with business faculty on academic projects. Students interested in graduate study in law or business have numerous internship opportunities with local law firms and a wide variety of businesses. For those students who wish to work before attending graduate school, it is not uncommon for an internship to lead to a job offer. Some of the sponsors who welcome Wesleyan interns in business include Bank of America; Merrill-Lynch; Sun Trust Bank; BB&T Bank; Capital City Bank; McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks, CPAs; and Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce.
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