You’ll take your knowledge and business skills out into the world to do amazing things. You’ll have big ideas and solve complex problems – you’ll make a difference.
What you learn here will help shape your path, no matter which route you choose. Every area of business will empower you to make contributions that help people and communities, but you get to decide where you want to focus your curiosity and talents. Explore the different areas of business to see what interests you and how the College of Business will support you along the way.
Areas of Focus
Accounting blends business expertise and knowledge with communication skills to improve organizational decision-making. Accountants play a key role in the continued growth of a prosperous society. They’re far more than “bean counters” or “score keepers” and often hold positions of trust within organizations. Accounting information is how businesses communicate, attract resources, and decide how to organize and differentiate in an ever-changing world.
Information Technology (IT) helps information flow through organizations so all other business functions can be efficient and profitable. Careers in IT are fast-paced and challenging. The field always changes, and there are new tools and methods to discover all the time. IT professionals continuously develop new skills to stay competitive and marketable.
Finance is about money, time, and risk. Practitioners combine money and time in tools that help to determine things like car loan payments, mortgage payments, and funds needed for retirement. Uncertainties in life -- incomes, expenses, and rates of return -- have a major impact on the ability to achieve financial objectives, and investors are rewarded for bearing risks through different required rates of return.
Human resources is about managing relationships within an organization. Practitioners are employed in every industry and are essential to an organization’s strategic vision by ensuring the right people are in place. HR professionals develop and manage people, practices, and policies to help shape employee attitudes, skills, behaviors, and performance. They often recruit, hire, train, and evaluate performance.
Managers balance projects, teams, and processes. They coordinate, strategize, plan, evaluate, and motivate. They often oversee a budget and the activities of others to ensure that an organization’s goals and objectives are the focus of employee activities. Effective managers handle conflict, create good working environments for employees, and care for the human resources of an organization.
Marketing is about understanding markets and potential customers. Marketers analyze the needs of market segments and lead organizational efforts to develop products and services for target customers. They develop strong relationships with customers and design distribution channels that make products/services conveniently available. Marketing professionals often specialize in a particular facet of marketing, such as branding, market research, pricing, or customer relationship management.
Real estate is the largest industry in the world, representing nearly 50 percent of the world’s wealth. It is a multi-disciplinary profession that coordinates architecture, construction, law, finance, marketing, property management, and urban dynamics. Real estate professionals help find, provide and manage space for people who need a place to work, sleep, shop, eat, and play. The profession offers one of the widest career selections in the business world today.
Supply chain focuses on purchasing, producing, moving, and providing goods and services on a global basis. Supply chain management professionals operate in a dynamic and changing world, managing resources and relationships with suppliers and customers worldwide. A supply chain manager will adhere to company, regulatory, and governmental practices to manage flow of money and information up and down the supply chain.