Students in the CCV Professional Studies A.S. program can pursue a UVM Business Administration B.S. program.
The Grossman School of Business boasts a demanding curriculum, both undergraduate and graduate, that promises to develop strong quantitative, conceptual analysis, and technology skills. Students expand their classroom experiences working together and with faculty on applied projects in real business settings.
Students who complete our undergraduate program receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with an interdisciplinary theme in one of the three areas. The available themes are:
The Global Business theme is designed to build students' skills, knowledge and abilities to consider the influence of culture, law, geography and the global economy as applied to business decisions. Coursework from across business disciplines is used to enhance students' awareness of the differences and similarities in business conduct around the globe. Typical topics of study include the formulation of global strategy, understanding and reporting global transactions, issues in trade, finance and currency, marketing across geographic boundaries and developing and coordinating global supply chains.
This theme provides knowledge, competencies and experiences for students interested in sustainable business, including but not limited to social and environmental sustainability. Sustainable businesses maximize shareholder value over the long run with leaders who are innovative, and who manage interactions with stakeholders across the economic, social, environmental and political spheres. Students involved in the Sustainable Business theme are challenged to recognize business opportunities and points of tension between the needs of the natural environment, social justice, and the demands of business and economic growth, all of which affect a variety of stakeholders, such as employees, investors, and local and global communities.
The Entrepreneurship theme focuses on the creation of new enterprises and regeneration of existing family or non-family enterprise by developing the core capabilities of idea generation, opportunity recognition and evaluation, resource acquisition, and entrepreneurial leadership. Entrepreneurship theme students will learn to shape their careers by building on who they are, what they know, and whom they know to access financial, human, and social resources from their environment.
In addition to completing the requirements for the interdisciplinary theme, all students must complete five (5) courses within a selected concentration. The available concentrations are:
Most accounting students plan for a career in accounting and work toward obtaining professional certification as either a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Students intending to pursue this path should choose an accounting concentration and plan to obtain a Master of Accountancy immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree. UVM offers a 5th year Master of Accountancy Degree (MAcc).
Accounting is called the "language of business." Accountants record, summarize and communicate financial information to executives, investors and interested individuals for decision making. Students who concentrate in accounting should have good analytical skills, be creative problem-solvers, have strong communication skills and be effective leaders. Accountants are always in demand and the career possibilities are endless. An accounting concentration can put you on the path to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), prepare you for a career in tax or corporate management, help you become a fraud investigator or help you become an entrepreneur.
NOTE: Completion of the Business Analytics concentration may require summer courses to finish in the 4 year timeframe due to limited course offerings.
BA focuses on data-driven decision making with the ultimate goal being the conversion of data into context-specific information to facilitate high quality, timely, value-added business decisions. The BA concentration at the University of Vermont is designed to develop and improve students' technical, quantitative, and analytical abilities as well as their critical thinking skills through courses emphasizing the use of data, technology, optimization and statistical analysis, and predictive and exploratory modeling. Data and numbers are only part of the solution however - students must also understand organizational business models, information flows, and the importance of business processes within the organizational value chain.
Students concentrating in BA will take classes covering content in the areas of information systems technology, quantitative methods/tools (operations research, statistics), and business applications (supply chain management, six-sigma quality, marketing research, business process improvement, etc). It is recommended that students who select the BA Concentration pursue a minor in Computer Science, Math or Statistics. The concentration is flexibly designed to align with student interests in a particular area and to incorporate content from the entire Grossman School of Business curriculum.
Finance is the study of price versus value. It includes the creation and management of money, credit, investments (assets) and liabilities. It consists of the study of financial systems, institutions and instruments (such as stock markets, commercial banks, and bonds). Students work to develop an understanding of these elements while acquiring the skills needed to succeed through various courses, projects, and extracurricular offerings.
Marketing is about offering customer value. It includes a diverse set of activities, people, and processes involved in creating, managing, promoting and distributing products. There are many elements of making the value creation process work including advertising, sales promotions and digital communications, branding and design, supply chains and distribution and marketing research and data analysis. Our students work to develop an understanding of the many ways marketers deliver value through a variety of techniques and tactics based on their understanding of consumers' needs and wants in today's complex marketplace. Students in the concentration explore Marketing through coursework, experiential projects, case competition participation, internships and extracurricular opportunities.
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