Category: Liberal Arts & Business

Depth of Business Degree – Liberal Arts Curriculum

Gandel, Cathie. “Business Schools Give Undergraduate Programs a Liberal Arts Twist.” US News and World Report. US News and World Report, 9 Sept. 2015. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.

The business world is very complex and engaging, requiring people to interact with others and be able to decipher real world issues. In doing so, one must not only be able to recognize the things going on around them, but also be able to react and offer useful insight into meeting certain challenges head on. To ask professionals to be able to perform these tasks is something many businesses do, and colleges are the medium through which students pass in order to reach that level of performance. To do so, however, a business student must be able to go beyond the focus of a general education in finance or management and be able to synthesize information like people’s personalities, opinions, and decisions to compete and earn a living professionally. Teachers and institutions everywhere are recognizing how liberal arts institutions offer students the foundation in education they need to “explain complex concepts as handily as statistics, and… [be] good at connecting dots” (Gandel). With expectations and requirements that make up a liberal arts curriculum, the depth of understanding students gain in courses outside of their intended business major allows them to operate at their maximum potential in business settings. This is something nearly everyone seeking a prolific career in business wishes to achieve.

Working Hand in Hand

Chew, E. B., and Cecilia McInnis-Bowers. “Blending Liberal Arts & Business Education.” Liberal Education 90.1 (2004): 56-63. ProQuest. Web. 9 Mar. 2016.

Although there is an ongoing discussion regarding liberal arts, business, and the challenging task of effectively assimilating them, the fact still seems to remain that their mere connection is what must be appreciated and fostered. This topic is so widely discussed that organizations exist for the sole purpose of furthering the bond between liberal arts schools and business programs. I am impressed by the efforts to ensure business degrees remain integral in the curricula of liberal arts schools, and I believe this is a reflection of the positive attributes of their coexistence. As a student majoring in business at Rollins College, a small liberal arts school with an exceptional business program, I am very much appreciative of the liberal arts approach to business that ensures students are well rounded. As stated in the peer-reviewed source from which I derive a wealth of knowledge on the subject, organizations work tirelessly to ensure “students are provided the breadth of a liberal arts education,” while still learning the core values and knowledge that encompasses a business degree. That being said, I firmly believe there is an optimistic future for those who earn a business degree at a liberal arts institution.

Business Programs and Liberal Arts, Do They Belong Together?

DeNicola, Daniel R. “Liberal Arts and Business.” Nation’s business 12 1986: 4.ProQuest. Web. 25 Feb. 2016.

Many have debated whether or not it is practical or productive for a liberal arts school to offer business studies because business has had a perception of being unrelated to the focus of such institutions. Plenty of evidence, however, points in the opposite direction. As you may know, liberal arts institutions have core classes but incorporate additional classes into the curriculum to prepare students for the complexity of the real world, exposing them to various skill sets that a specialized program may not offer. Rollins College is a liberal arts institution that offers various business programs that are tactfully assimilated into a curriculum that covers the essentials of business, while teaching students the social sciences and various other courses that carry real world significance. In business, more than just a degree is needed. What society asks of business students, Rollins delivers – students who can “recognize, define, and analyze a problem,” carrying their knowledge of business and other aspects of life into their daily lives, as well as the working world after college.

Becoming a Liberal Arts Institution Again

Wetzel Wismar, Mary. “The Reaffirmation.” Alumni Record Feb. 1985: 2-4. Rollins College. Magazine. 29 Jan. 2016.

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This magazine article is very relevant to the topic of academic life at Rollins in that it talks about how one of the most popular majors at Rollins was taken away back in the 60s and 80s. Not only does this concern the subtopic of majors, but also the history of academics here at Rollins. For potential Rollins students, knowing the history of the college’s academics and their intended major may be a huge draw to the college because it shows how long the college and some of the majors have been around. As the group continues to research academic life at Rollins, I have started to section off into the subtopic of majors, specifically business. I have already explored the present day 3/2 Accelerated Management Program, and this source has an accompanying interview about the discontinuation of the business major and how it would affect the 3/2 program. This has allowed me to dive deeper into the history of the business major and how it relates to the Crummer Graduate School of Business, while staying under the main topic of academic life.