UNH has nearly 100 majors and programs housed in five colleges — the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College. During each issue of “Charger Connection,” we will profile one of the colleges. In this issue, we introduce you to the College of Business.
by Zack Rosen, Admissions Counselor/Coordinator of Social Media and Online Recruitment
One thing that makes the College of Business at the University of New Haven stand out is our 10-course business core curriculum. Through the core curriculum, all students in our bachelor’s degree program get a comprehensive education in general business administration to help supplement their major. Majors within the College of Business include well-known programs, such as accounting, marketing, management, and finance, and more unique majors, such as management of sports industries, spa management, and tourism and event management.
Students in the College of Business take advantage of exclusive hands-on learning opportunities in the Samuel S. Bergami Learning Center for Finance and Technology and the Student Enrichment Center. The Bergami Center provides students with state-of-the-art technology for business simulations and for analysis of current business and market trends. The Student Enrichment Center offers team and conference space for group projects and presentations for both in-class assignments and extracurricular business activities. It is also home to the Hazell Nut Café, which is run by our students as an experiential learning activity. The Hazell Nut Café was recently renovated with donations from alumnus Jeffrey Hazell, who also funded the creation of the café.
In addition to classroom instruction, programs in the College of Business include student internships, study abroad opportunities, practicums, and academic service learning activities. The College of Business requires its students to participate in one of these experiences before graduating and also to be involved in our extensive Professional Enrichment Program. This is not just great experiential education: it often helps facilitate job placement.
The university’s proximity to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Providence allows students to experience a wealth of internship opportunities in a variety of business settings. Practicum experiences are a growing and vital part of business education at UNH, giving students the chance to consult with nonprofit businesses to solve business-related problems. One of these programs, the Corporate Challenge, is a six-week competition that allows students to work on a local business case study and compete for prizes. Additionally, the College of Business’s Robert Alvine Professional Enrichment Program offers a host of short workshops on practical subjects, from study skills and technology use to business, leadership, or public policy-related topics. Many workshops feature prominent speakers from the professional, government, and nonprofit arenas. Our students have the opportunity to attend more than 40 of these sessions each semester.
Sports management and event management students are required to plan and execute an event—for the students, by the students. Sports management students host an annual frisbee competition and mud volleyball tournament. They are responsible for raising money, finding sponsors, providing prizes, running the event, and accounting for the event after it takes place. The money raised is donated to a charity. This hard work is done “for the experience.”
Students can also enhance their experience through a variety of study abroad options: semesters abroad, two-week intensive study abroad sessions, summers abroad, and more! These experiences can be customized to fit a student’s particular interest, allowing the student not only to experience world culture, but also to cultivate relevant business experience to be used later in his or her career. Each summer, a group of students from our College of Business has the opportunity to study abroad in China for two weeks with a UNH faculty member. The students visit business centers such as Shenzhen, Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. They visit four to five businesses to learn about their operations and some of the problems the companies face. The trip is not all about business—the students also take time to explore China and learn about Chinese culture.
The Living/Learning Community
Students in the College of Business can take advantage of living in a special business Living/Learning Community (LLC) during their freshman year. The Business LLC allows first-year business students to live together, take similar courses, meet with faculty mentors throughout the year, and participate in group activities in the residence hall and off campus. Field trips are a great part of this experience. Recently, the group descended on the New Haven IKEA—not only to help outfit their living quarters, but also to meet with the manager for an orientation of the store’s unique business model.