The Pre-Business program gives students time to make an informed choice. After completing
eight required courses, students are ready to select the major that is right for them.
If students have any questions about the nine business majors, they may contact the
chairperson of that department to discuss which major is best for them.
Many students choose to dual (double) major in two business disciplines. For instance,
students can major in Accounting and Finance; Economics and Finance; Management and
Marketing; or Marketing and Finance. A dual major can improve a student's job prospects
after graduation. Students who major in two business disciplines and plan carefully
can still graduate in four years.
If a student decides to dual major in a business discipline and another major outside
the business program, it may take more than four years to complete your degree requirements.
Students interested in going to law school might major in Economics and Political
Science. Students interested in a career in the FBI might major in Accounting and
Criminal Justice. If a student is considering a second major outside of the business
programs, they should talk with advisors in both departments early in their program.
Within the business programs, students can minor in Accounting, Business Analytics,
Business Law, Digital Marketing, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource
Management, International Business, Supply Chain Management, or White Collar Crime.
Common minors outside the business program include Business Geographic Information
Systems (GIS), Communication Studies, Computer Science, and Studio Art (Graphic Design).
These minors can usually be completed within a four-year program.
Internships are not required, but are highly recommended. Studies have shown that
students who complete internships acquire good job experience and obtain better jobs
upon graduation. Students can receive three or six credits for an internship. During
the last few years, students have served as interns with companies such as Morgan
Stanley Dean Witter; QVC, Inc.; Intermedia Marketing; First National Bank; First Union;
American Express; Vanguard; and SEI.
Of course. It is certainly possible for full-time business students who study hard
and do not switch majors after their sophomore year to graduate in four years.
The university, the Dean of the College of Business and Public Management, and the
departments offer scholarships for outstanding students. For information about the
types of CBPM scholarships offered, please visit the WCU Financial Aid Office.
We encourage students to participate in clubs and activities throughout the university.
Participation can develop leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and lifelong friendships.
Some departmental clubs include Beta Alpha Psi, the Accounting, Finance, and Information
Systems Honors Fraternity; Chi Alpha Epsilon, the Economics Honor Society; and Sigma
Iota Epsilon, the Honorary and Professional Fraternity of the Academy of Management.
Please check the full listing of student organizations in the College of Business and Public Management. An increasing
number of potential employers are seeking graduates with experience in voluntary service
activities. If you are interested in voluntary service activities, the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs can provide volunteer activities related to your major.