The College of Business and Management recognizes that students pursuing four-year degrees in business and economics at SVSU have two major objectives for their academic training at SVSU. First, they intend to achieve specialized skills adequate to qualify them for entry-level positions in a variety of private and public enterprises. Generally, the specialized content of majors offered by the College makes this objective possible. But the College also recognizes that students have a broader objective. During their four-year experience at SVSU, business and economics students plan to lay a broad foundation of knowledge, and they plan to sharpen their communication skills with the expectation that these efforts will enrich their lives generally and prepare them for leadership roles in our society.
As a result of the total SVSU experience — including careful selection of coursework outside of the College and participation in cultural and other campus events and activities — students expect to gain a better appreciation of the arts, literature and the sciences; they expect to have a better sense of history and the workings of the social, political and legal institutions that form their environment; they expect to be able to speak, listen, write and read more effectively; and they expect to have a more global perspective of their total environment.
The College of Business and Management offers programs leading to master’s and bachelor’s degrees, in particular, the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), the Bachelor of Professional Accountancy (B.P.A.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). The B.A. degree is available only with a major in economics. The B.B.A. program offered by the College allows students to major in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, supply chain management and general business. Students can also choose to major in management with a concentration in family business management. The College also provides an array of minors in business and economics that frequently are elected by students with majors outside the college — for example, pre-law, computer science and many others.
Freshmen and Sophomores who intend to major or minor in any business program are encouraged to first enroll in the 200-level business core courses, the business cognate courses and indicate their intended majors and minors on the course registration form.
Students who are interested but undecided whether to declare a business major or minor should seek the advice of Jaime Leyrer, special assistant to the dean.