Like many college freshmen, I arrived at UW Oshkosh an undecided major. When it came to choosing a major, I changed my mind on a weekly basis. There were simply too many major and minors to choose from! Now in my second year, I’ve made a firm decision: Business Information Systems with emphases in both Computer Science and Web Presence Management.
While I won’t be accepted to the college for another semester or two, I’m excited to get into the business program. Along with general education and major courses, students complete business pre-core, business core, a Global Knowledge Requirement, and an internship, but the College of Business offers so much more than classes. Students are required to attend career fairs, network with professionals, and more. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to set myself up for a successful future.
The College of Business is housed in the newest addition to the UW Oshkosh campus, Sage Hall, and offers seven majors, four minors, and 13 emphases. With so much to offer, there’s something for just about everyone.
The majors are as follows:
- Accounting – UW Oshkosh is a Top 10 school in the nation for its high pass rates for first time CPA exam takers. (This includes schools like Yale, Harvard, etc.,)
- Economics – Several students have published their research in the Oshkosh Scholar.
- Finance – This was the first undergraduate program in the nation to use EISI financial planning illustration software.
- Human Resource Management - The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) has received the Superior Merit Award from the National SHRM in seven of the last 10 years.
- Information Systems – The average starting salary for 2010 graduates was $45,900.
- Marketing – This is the largest major in the college.
- Supply Chain and Operations Management – This was the first program in the nation to require Environmental Management as part of the major.
A lot of students choose to take a minor or add an emphasis. If that sounds like something you might want to do, here are your options…
- Business Administration – For non-business majors who want to get a solid background in business
- Global Business – You would pursue this minor if you’re interested in International Business
- Insurance and Financial Planning – Includes coursework focused on insurance and risk management, features interactions for insurance professionals and prepares you for certification (CPCU, CLU, CERA/FSA)
- Operations Research – For students interested in combining computer science or math with business
- Computer Science
- Cost Management
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management - For students interested in starting a new business or managing small business.
- Financial Services – Gives you the chance to expand skills in financial services while still pursuing another major.
- Healthcare Management – For students who would like to work in healthcare organizations.
- Information Management – Gives you skills in analyzing, managing and using information systems within your area of expertise.
- International Management - Not quite a global business minor, but still allows you to expand your knowledge of the international business environment beyond your major.
- Legal Studies – Presents the opportunity to focus additional study in private law.
- Supply Chain and Operations Management - Gives you an in-depth understanding of the workings of a company, including resources, planning, production and distribution of finished goods and services.
- Real Estate – Learn more about financing, ownership, use, management, control, valuation, disposition and legal aspects of real estate.
- Tax Planning – Intended for students pursuing careers in financial planning or tax preparation services.
- Web Presence Management – Learn how to manage websites and online marketing strategies, including social media.
For a full list of majors, minors, and emphases, click here.
Each major undoubtedly has its points of pride, but the College of Business as a whole has much to be proud of too.
UW Oshkosh College of Business is:
- Composed of 1,782 undergraduate students, 600 graduate students, 47 faculty and 22 staff
- NCA (North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited. Only 10% of Business Schools are nationally AACSB accredited.
- The only public college in the state to require professional experience and one of the first colleges in the nation to require that undergraduate business students have 100 hours of professional work experience and internships to graduate.
- The first business college in the state that has a student managed investment fund for undergraduates.
- The first in the state to offer an Entrepreneurship Emphasis.
Click here for more College of Business firsts.
Undergraduate students receive a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree upon graduation. Students interested in pursuing additional education can apply to graduate school through UW Oshkosh and receive either a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Global MBA or Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree.
Internships and Professional Experience
While having a degree is essential to continued success, the College of Business recognizes the need for graduates to have a solid foundation in professional skills and work experience before graduation.
All students must complete at least 100 hours of internship experience. These internships may be paid or count for credits toward graduation. Many students in the College of Business actually complete several internships before graduation. And they aren’t just filing and getting coffee. College of Business interns take on a lot of responsibility within area organizations, from big corporations such as Oshkosh Corporation to smaller businesses within the Fox Valley area.
Students also engage in professional skill building activities. All business students attend Networking Night to meet with area professionals, sharpen their networking skills and develop connections in the community. There are also several other opportunities for students to meet with prospective employers, including the bi-annual Career Fair on the Fox, which is actually going on today!
There are clubs and organizations for each major within the College of Business and all business students attend club meetings. Because of the high attendance, the clubs are able to bring in speakers, go on field trips and continue to network within the community. (Networking is huge!)
Students also complete a Professional Development portfolio, which helps them make educated decisions on what major or professional path is the best fit for their personalities.
Connect with the College of Business
The College of Business website has a ton of great information for you to browse through on their website if you think you might be interested in getting a great education in business. If you have more questions, can’t find something online or use social media, you can get connected to the College of Business through a variety of social media outlets. Click here for their social media links.
It feels really nice to have finally found what I want to major in. I hope this information helps you in your search as well! Good luck.