In an increasingly dynamic and challenging world, business-as-usual is no longer an option. Every day, business leaders face numerous situations that require adaptability, technical knowledge, social skills, critical thinking, and the capacity to make difficult decisions that consider the impact on multiple stakeholders at a global scale.
An important theme of the business administration and management major at St. Mary’s College is the need for business leaders to practice ethical decision making with a goal of being managers of socially responsible businesses. Courses in the major will consistently develop this theme as a way to thoroughly engage students in the ethical norms of corporate social responsibility, but the St. Mary’s College business administration and management experience goes far beyond these classroom experiences. The leaders who will shape the future of business hone their theoretical analyses, business skills, ethical decision-making, and global mindset in real-world contexts, through internships, applied projects, and multicultural experiences. Students in the major will be advised by business faculty who will help them target opportunities which will consolidate their learning and help them to stand out from the crowd when they graduate.
The senior capstone, international experiences, and internships are especially relevant to this hands-on, grounded approach. Taken together, these transforming experiences will help our students gain a deeper knowledge of the key tenets of our business curriculum, develop a broader perspective towards an increasingly diverse world, and understand how people and culture play a role in ethical business decision making.