About the major: If you’re a doer — the kind of person who relishes turning new ideas into action, leading a team, crafting an innovative strategy and helping an organization grow — then the Bachelor of Science in Business major might be for you. This versatile program will give you a deep understanding of business fundamentals and the skills to make your mark in the fast-paced and ever-changing business world. In addition to taking 60 credits in the business core, you’ll also take 15-18 credits in one of three concentrations: marketing, business analytics or management.
The Alverno edge
Alverno is internationally known for its unique abilities-based curriculum, which will help you become a strong communicator, leader, critical thinker and problem solver — all skills prized by employers. In fact, employers often tell us that Alverno grads stand out because they’re confident, agile and job-ready on Day 1. You’ll also feel empowered by a supportive community dedicated to helping become your best self. (Perhaps that’s why alumnae of women’s colleges make up a disproportionate number of the women in Congress and the female board members of Fortune 1000 companies.)
Business is one of the most popular college majors nationwide. And that means that business courses are often held in big lecture halls. Not so at Alverno (we don’t even have lecture halls). Your business classes will typically be 10-20 students. You’ll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with your instructors and develop relationships that will last long after you graduate.
Experiential learning is threaded throughout our curriculum, and you’ll make hands-on, real-world connections starting with your first business course. By your senior year, you’ll create a business plan and pitch it to members of the business community. Plus, your two required internships will give you additional opportunities to put your classroom skills to work.
Enrich your education
Outside of class, you can practice your leadership skills and network with other talented, ambitious women in a variety of student organizations, including Alverno Women in Business, the Society for Human Resource Management and Alverno Management Accounting Zealous Entrepreneurs (AMAZE).
Internships for the Business major
Thanks to Alverno’s location in Wisconsin’s biggest city, you’ll have easy access to fantastic internship possibilities, from small-but-mighty start-ups to massive Fortune 500 companies. Past students have interned with Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp., Rockwell Automation and WE Energies, among other places. Many have landed permanent jobs at their internship sites. Our faculty can help you find the best opportunities to fit your goals.
How you can use your degree
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Do you want to stay close to home or pursue a global job across the world? What are you passionate about? Business majors are in demand everywhere: health care, social service, theater, sports, travel, finance, small businesses, media and technology companies, to name a few. Their roles range from digital marketing to financial analysis to nonprofit management.
Have questions about studying Business at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty to learn more.