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Business Pathway

Do you want to lead people or facilitate projects at a large public corporation, a mid-sized private company or a nonprofit organization? Are you passionate about managing teams or departments to accomplish company objectives and goals? Do you see yourself as a future chief executive officer? Chief financial officer, chief operating officer or vice president?

 

If so, DePauw’s Business Pathway is for you.

If you follow the Business Pathway, your classes in economics, finance, computer science and communication with be enhanced by cocurricular, experiential learning and leadership opportunities available to you through programming at the McDermond Center for Management and Entrepreneurship; the Tenzer Technology Center, the Prindle Institute for Ethics; the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media; the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement; and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

HOW DOES A DEPAUW EDUCATION RELATE?

When you embark on a career in business – whether you work at a small company or a large one, in the public or private sector – you’ll need essential skills to succeed. DePauw’s liberal arts curriculum enables you to develop leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving and effective communication skills as you explore courses on topics that interest you. You will learn how to speak persuasively and engage in thought-provoking debate. You’ll learn how to work with people from diverse backgrounds to achieve common goals. And you’ll learn how to pivot and adapt so that you will be able to solve complex problems that are unknown today, working in new industries and re-imagining structures of economics and efficiencies.

If you are a prospective DePauw student or a first-semester first-year student, we encourage you to apply to the Management Fellows Program.

 

You’ll be required to take certain courses and maintain a GPA of at least 3.1; you also will spend a semester of your junior year in a paid, off-campus internship.

 

You should explore minoring in accounting and finance in decision-making.

WHAT DEPAUW COURSES COULD I EXPLORE?

  1. ECON 100 - INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

    Explores basic concepts and processes in microeconomics and macroeconomics, including income, demand, supply, cost, price, money and finance.

  2. ECON 220 - INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

    Examination of economic events within a business, including an understanding of financial statements, and how financial statement analysis is used for a variety of business decisions.

  3. CSC 121 - COMPUTER SCIENCE ONE

    Uses problem-solving and algorithm-development as a lens for considering computer science topics that help people solve problems.

  4. PSYCH 100 - INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY

    Examines how humans develop, function and adapt.

  5. PSYCH 254 - CONSUMER PSYCHOLOGY

    Explores the concepts, findings, theory and methods of research in consumer behavior.

  6. PHIL 233 - ETHICS AND BUSINESS

    Examines ethical questions related to business activity.

  7. COMM 123 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

    Examines the attitudes, methods, and techniques used in effective public speaking.

  8. COMM 326 - COMMUNICATION IN ORGANIZATIONS

    An examination of the role of communication in coordinating, integrating and regulating human activity in organizations.

  9. UNIV 184K - LEADERSHIP IN BUSINESS/BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE

    Learn how to evaluate business opportunities, develop new business models, and establish new management practices to lead teams and organizations.

  10. UNIV 184N - AN APPLIED INTRODUCTION TO EXPLORATORY VISUALIZATION.

    Learn how to interpret and create visualizations that are appropriate in business situations and think critically about data sets, infographics, and dashboards.

  11. UNIV 184C - MARKETING FOR BUSINESS AND NONPROFITS.

    Explores brand strategy, marketing, public relations and digital marketing concepts in a business or nonprofit organization.

You are encouraged to get involved and become a leader in one or more of the McDermond Center’s student-run groups:

Investment, Consulting, Marketing, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Women in Economics and Business, Investment Banking and Sports Management and Administration.

You also may join a debate team at the Prindle Institute; produce a radio or television program at the Pulliam Center; or gain visual presentation skills at the Tenzer Center.

We frequently invite accomplished leaders to speak on campus, and you’ll have the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with alumni who are successful in business.  

Who are alumni engaged in careers related to Business?

  • Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO of General Mills
  • Jan Risi, CEO at Independent Purchasing Cooperative
  • Justin Christian, president/CEO of BCforward
  • Kristie Carter, president and founder, Aadvanced Limousines
  • Ann Hand, chair and CEO, Super League Gaming
  • Mark Koenig, chief operating officer, L Brands International Division
  • Steve Sear, president of international and executive vice president of global sales for Delta Airlines
  • Watchen Nyanue, senior vice president of marketing partnerships at Chicago Sky WNBA

WHAT OTHER OFFICES AND PROGRAMS MIGHT I CONNECT TO?

  • Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Communications departments
  • McDermond Center for Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Prindle Institute of Ethics
  • Tenzer Technology Center
  • DePauw Entrepreneurship Group
  • DePauw Innovations
  • Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media
  • Hubbard Center for Student Engagement
  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion

WHO ELSE CAN TELL ME MORE AND ANSWER MY QUESTIONS?

  • Steve Fouty
    director
    McDermond Center for Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Jeffrey Gropp
    professor of economics and director
    Management Fellows Program
  • Sandy Smith
    manager of programming and outreach
    McDermond Center and Management Fellows Program
  • Sarah Miller
    associate director
    Management Fellows Program

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