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Business at St. Thomas: nationally ranked, Global reach, real-world experience.

The Foundation for Professional Success

The St. Thomas community provides an excellent, relevant education with a personal approach to each student—and the College of Business Undergraduate Programs are no exception.

While life as a UST student has many facets, what takes place in the classroom is key to your future success in business and in life. We offer many academic avenues to meet your interest in business, all of them sure to put you on a path of professional leadership.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

In addition to liberal arts courses, St. Thomas business majors take a common core of business courses which allows opportunity for exploration of the functional areas of business. Choose from one of 12 concentrations.

The UST Business BA: Intensive Preparation

All students enrolled at St. Thomas are required to take a broad-based liberal arts core curriculum that prepares them to think, analyze and communicate clearly and the develop social consciousness needed by all successful leaders.

St. Thomas business majors then focus on the following:

  • A common core of courses covering the functional areas of business for a solid foundation of business knowledge.
  • One of several concentrations that augment the basics with specific intensive study.

How general is this major? Do the classes offered relate to a certain field of business?

General business students take the same required set of core business courses that all UST business students take. While other business students take additional courses in a specific discipline of business (e.g., finance), general business students can take these additional courses in a variety of disciplines of their choosing. This allows them to do further study in different areas of interest and broaden the disciplines they study. Students can also combine a general business concentration with a major or minor in a non-business department.

What are recent graduates doing now?

TJ works for Target. She began as a business analyst, which is a typical entry level position with Target. As TJ progressed through the career development plan developed by Target, she quickly assumed increased responsibilities. Within two years after beginning with Target, she was signing purchase requisitions for millions of dollars. TJ loves the responsibility she has been given and the clear path of progression open to her as she successfully performs assigned duties.

Study Abroad Opportunities

With a global business marketplace, study abroad opportunities give students the chance to experience different cultures. From these experiences, they bring a multicultural aspect to their organizational experiences. Moreover, study abroad helps students grow and learn about themselves, an important process for any leader or manager. Even if students are not working abroad, the world is a part of business in the United States and all business majors are affected by the global marketplace.

Faculty Involvement

Members of the management department are actively engaged in consulting with local and regional businesses. This keeps them current with the latest business practices, which they integrate into their teaching. They also are conducting research in areas such as human resource strategy, student intercultural development resulting from studying abroad, mid-career development, and intercultural team development.                                                                          

Internship Opportunities

Because UST is located in the heart of a thriving business community, there are many opportunities for internships. Companies such as Target, Best Buy, and 3M regularly employ our business students in a variety of work assignments.

What jobs are possible with a General Business major?

  • Interviewing specialist
  • Director of labor relations
  • HR placement specialist
  • Training and development director
  • Employment recruiter
  • Human resources administrator
  • Safety administration
  • Safety director
  • Arbitrator
  • Benefits director
  • Employee counselor
  • Director of employee relations
  • Director of personnel research
  • FBI agent
  • CIA agent
  • University professor
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Sales
  • Office systems manager
  • Personnel manager
  • Quality control manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • Sales manager
  • CUstomer service manager
  • Retail manager
  • Department manager
  • Business manager
  • Hotel/resort manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Executive director
  • Billing supervisor
  • Director of services
  • Fundraising director
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