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    Department of Business Management

    Breaking Highlights

    • Thanks to the generous support of the JHC Foundation, the College has been awarded a $5 million grant to support the Department in its efforts to seek AACSB accreditation as well as to enhance the overall student experience. Read more here.
    • $1 million grant created the Warehime Fund for Student Excellence in Business, to support student research and experiential opportunities.
    • The Brown Advisory Student-Managed Investment Fund Program won first place, for the second year in a row, in the 2021 Quinnipiac Global Portfolio Competition, Undergraduate Value Portfolio category.
    • Our newly established partnership with B-Local Mid-Atlantic, an organization committed to “helping business people achieve socio-economic and environmental impact”, provides opportunities for students to connect with for-profit firms that espouse business as a force for good.

    Learning Goals

    Our learning goals can be expressed as the pursuit of integrity, critical thinking, and skills that matter. 

    • Students will know the importance of ethics and social responsibility in business and organizations.
    • Student will be able to interpret texts, analyze data, and conduct research that they communicate clearly and effectively.
    • Students will recognize the global context of contemporary business and be able to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
    • Students will develop the skills and capacity to integrate a liberal arts education across relevant areas of business and management.


    Departmental Minors    

    Focus on what you love, from Physics to Theatre to Environmental Studies. Then, make yourself stand out by adding a working knowledge of marketing and budgeting, or accounting and finance, or information systems, or global business. Even if you work for a non-profit, your expertise will pay off, especially as you move up in the ranks and start to take on supervisory and strategic leadership tasks.    

    Business Management Minor

    he Minor consists of five courses—three required (see below), plus two additional electives

    BUS 111 Principles of Marketing*
    BUS 112 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    BUS 302 Organizational Behavior

    * Pre- or co-requisite: ECN 112 Principles of Microeconomics

    To complete the Minor, students must take two electives, drawn from any 200-level or higher BUS courses, taken on campus or at a study-abroad partner.



    Do you want to become a CPA?  Start with the Accounting Minor. The Accounting Minor covers the accounting principles and practices fundamental to financial analysis and planning, accounting theory, and practical application of accounting in areas like taxation and auditing. Beyond the fundamentals of accounting, students learn to ask questions, communicate answers, and clarify the budgetary and strategic choices that organizations face.

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    Students pursuing the Finance Minor learn to make financial decisions critical to the sustainability of corporations. The Minor provides the knowledge of financial analysis, risk, and venture required to pursue advanced finance concepts both from the corporation and the investment perspective. Students also examine business ethics as it pertains to finance.

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    International Business

    Students pursuing the International Business Minor learn about and analyze business around the world, evaluate international organizational models, and understand the roles culture and ethics play in international business. Students also learn how trade affects profitability, the nature of international currency, and how to configure international business functions. 

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    Students pursuing the Marketing Minor develop the quantitative, analytical, and creative skills they need to conduct market research and data analysis, develop and curate products and services, and effectively communicate with consumers. The Marketing Minor also underscores the ethical demands placed on marketers, along with the consequences of marketing decisions.

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    Interdisciplinary Minors    

    In partnership with our friends in other departments, we offer several great ways you can add something extra to your core studies.    

    Arts Management & Entrepreneurship

    Arts Management & Entrepreneurship program prepares students for careers in the arts by exposing them to this industry’s breadth of professional opportunities, and by arming them with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to succeed as organizational leaders and creative entrepreneurs.

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    Data Analytics

    Data Analytics provides knowledge and skills in data collection and analysis to support decision-making within organizations. Students studying Data Analytics learn to examine an organizational problem, analyze it, design a solution, digitally simulate that solution, interpret the results of the simulation, and communicate their conclusions in a concise, clear, and ethical way.

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    Information Systems

    Information Systems is the interdisciplinary study of the ways in which computer technology can foster organizational excellence. Drawing from both Business Management and Computer Science, the Information Systems Minor stresses strong analytical skills, the facility to find imaginative solutions to difficult problems, and the application of ethical principles.

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    Student Opportunities

    Organizations like Enactus, our student chapter of the American Marketing Association, and the Brown Advisory Student-Managed Investment Fund Program give students in Business Management the chance to hone their skills outside the classroom.

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    Honor Societies and Awards

    Academic excellence, business savvy, leadership potential—there are many ways to stand out and win recognition for excellent work in Business Management.

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