Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs
Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean
Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Name: Danah Allen
Position: Communications and Impact Coordinator
Name: Paige Carey
The Pre-Business program gives you time to make an informed choice. After completing eight required courses, you will be ready to select the major that is right for you. As a Pre-Business major, advisors in departments of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, and Marketing will help guide your decision. If you have any questions about the five business majors, you may contact the chairperson of that department to discuss which major is best for you.
Many students choose to dual (double) major in two business disciplines. For instance, you can major in Accounting and Finance; Management and Accounting; or Marketing and Finance. A dual major can improve your job prospects after graduation. Students who major in two business disciplines and plan carefully can still graduate in four years.
If you decide to dual major in a business discipline and another major outside the business program, it may take you more than four years. Students interested in going to law school might major in Economics and Political Science. Students interested in a career in the FBI might major in Accounting and Criminal Justice. If you are considering a second major outside of the business programs, you should talk with advisors in both departments early in your program.
Within the business programs, students can minor in Accounting, Economics, Finance, International Business, or White Collar Crime. Common minors outside the business program include Business Geographics and Information Systems, Communication Studies, Computer Science, and Studio Art (Graphic Design). These minors can usually be completed within a four-year program.
Internships are not required, but are highly recommended. Studies have shown that students who complete internships acquire good job experience and obtain better jobs upon graduation. Students can receive three or six credits for an internship. During the last few years, students have served as interns with companies such as Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; QVC, Inc.; Intermedia Marketing; First National Bank; First Union; American Express; Vanguard; and SEI.
Of course. It is certainly possible for full-time business students who study hard and do not switch majors after their sophomore year to graduate in four years.
The university, the Dean of the College of Business and Public Management, and the departments offer scholarships for outstanding students. For information about the types of CBPM scholarships offered, please visit the Schock Financial Aid Office.
We encourage students to participate in clubs and activities throughout the university. Participation can develop leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and lifelong friendships. Some departmental clubs include Beta Alpha Psi, the Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems Honors Fraternity; Chi Alpha Epsilon, the Economics Honor Society; and Sigma Iota Epsilon, the Honorary and Professional Fraternity of the Academy of Management. An increasing number of potential employers are seeking graduates with experience in voluntary service activities. If you are interested in voluntary service activities, the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs can provide volunteer activities related to your major.
Department of Accounting, 610-436-3460
Department of Economics and Finance, 610-436-3460
Department of Management, 610-436-2304
Department of Marketing, 610-436-2304