What are the characteristics of a good college Business Program?
I am considering majoring in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources. I've looked at lists of top business programs, but I'm looking for advice as to what I should be looking for within certain programs. For example, should I look for something with rigorous course material, or something that offers alot of hands-on learning? #college #business
When looking at business programs I would look at the following:
- what companies recruit at that school:
- tenure of faculty
- strength of alumni
- combination of practical and theoretical coursework.
There are many ways you could approach your business school choices. Large schools may be good for networking and meeting a lot of peers. Small schools may allow you to spend more close time with your professors. It depends on the best ways that you learn and how you want to engage in college. I highly recommend visiting a couple of schools in both categories to see what would be best for you.
Because you have an interest in HR specifically, I would also recommend looking for programs that may allow for a double major or a major/minor – Communications may be a good area to focus on for an HR leader, given how often folks in those roles are working with other parts of the organization and communicating critical information to different teams.
Joe recommends the following next steps:
When I researched Business Schools, I found out that the college I was applying for had a very similar program to one of the top business schools in US. I also talked to many people, peers and business professionals for suggestions. While in business school, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I got from adjunct instructors being most of them are also working in the business world. This enabled them to provide real-life, current, examples tied to lesson plans. I would research the core requirements and curriculum among several business schools which often is easily obtained from the college's website. You will begin to see that many of them offer a similar core. Look for areas/classes in curriculums that aren't the same across various schools and determine if those differences are a good fit for you.