The Department offers majors and minors in accounting and business administration. As a business major, you will complete 10 business courses and 2 courses that also satisfy liberal studies curriculum requirements. Saint Michael's business majors learn about the functional areas of business including accounting, finance, management and marketing. We offer a range of upper-level elective courses in these areas as well several courses in international business. Accounting students take courses in a sequence that build steadily on one another, culminating in a research-based seminar.
Several local businesses and organizations offer internships to our students. These opportunities allow students to gain skills in a variety of business areas, from advertising to financial planning. Internship sites include Rome Snowboards, Kelliher Samets Volk, Vermont Lake Monsters, UBS and more. Students can also participate in internships back home over summer for academic credit!
3. Sigma Beta Delta
Saint Michael's hosts a chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta Honors Society to honor outstanding academic achievement and scholarship by students studying business, management and administration. Sigma Beta Delta has more than 250 chapters nationwide. The society's principles include wisdom (Sigma), honor (Beta), and the pursuit of meaningful aspirations (Delta).
4. Study Abroad
Our department encourages students to study abroad to gain valuable knowledge and experience in the global marketplace. Each year, almost 25% of our majors study abroad.
There are several opportunities each year to practice what you've been learning in a competitive environment. In 2015-16, 21 students/teams participated in a college-wide pitch competition; the top 10 pitched their idea/innovation/project to a panel of external judges. The winning team moved on to the LaunchVT Collegiate competition where they competed against students/teams from 9 Vermont Colleges & Universities. A team of business seniors won 3rd place at the 4th Annual Free Enterprise Competition held at SUNY Plattsburgh. At the same competition, one of our students who double majored in business and political science was awarded 2nd place for his speech on Social Entrepreneurship and his desire to start a non-profit organization. Opportunities are available and we encourage your participation!
6.Explore the liberal arts
An integral component of studying business at Saint Michael's Colleges includes the completion of a minor. Students can explore minors from Accounting to Theatre or any of the other 34 majors in between! With planning (by working with with your faculty advisor) there are also numerous programs to double-major. Some majors may not be feasible due to the number of credits; but there are about 20+ other majors that can easily be completed!
7. Highly Accessible Professors
Our students frequent professors' offices for help and advice not only for courses but also for questions about the business world in general. Our professors have a variety of experience, some purely academic, and some with a mixture of academic and business experience.
8. Business Skills
Writing and presentation skills are fostered throughout the business major. Students have many chances to practice and enhance their writing and speaking abilities.
9. Speaker Series
The business department sponsors a regular speaker series aimed at giving our students the kinds of knowledge and contacts that can be useful to them once they enter the workplace. Among the speakers and events we run are a Chartered Financial Planner (CFA) panel, "how-to" clinics on how to be your best at a networking event or business meal, and networking events with Saint Michael's alumni.
10. MBA 4+1 Program
To provide post-graduate opportunities for students in both Business Administration and Accounting, the Department has developed a number of agreements with colleges and universities (e.g., Clarkson, Syracuse, Northeastern, Boston College) that will allow facilitated admission for our alumni into MBA and MSA programs. Contact the department chair, Dr. Karen Popovich, for details.