Business and Communication Department
Whether you aspire to lead a multinational corporation, serve a global nonprofit, launch a media career, or start your own business, the interconnectedness of business, communication, theory, and technology will impact your success and satisfaction.
Business majors at Saint Mary’s University combine coursework in the theory and practice of business with studies in the liberal arts. This combination provides you with a broad educational foundation from which to enter a rapidly changing business environment.
Majors in digital media, journalism, and public relations develop the mass communication and media studies experience needed to stand out in today’s media-saturated world.
The Business and Communication Department has created programs that will not only give you the fundamentals, but will aid you in developing an ethical approach to your work and life. You’ll gain the skills you need to be effective, including:
- Analytical and quantitative decision-making
- Qualitative problem-solving
- Written and oral communication
- Human interaction
In the business majors, you will complete a common set of core business courses introducing you to a variety of important functional areas, including accounting, marketing, management, economics, finance, mathematics, business law, and the international business environment. Basic knowledge in each of these core areas is considered essential to a broad-based business education.
In the communication majors, you will study and implement manners of conveying information, ideas, and opinions in written, oral, and multimedia formats. You will learn practical skills for today’s work environments, but also the communication theories, ethics, and critical analysis necessary to create effective messages for companies, organizations, and the media.
Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Kabara Institute incites an entrepreneurial spirit in students across the university, regardless of their major field of study, to enhance the entrepreneurship program offerings at Saint Mary’s University. The institute provides opportunities for you to interact with entrepreneurs and experience entrepreneurship first-hand, and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in our society.
Cooperative Education Program
During your undergraduate business program, you will receive career preparation, as well as a well-rounded liberal arts curriculum that will equip you with highly desired critical thinking skills and a broad perspective.
Then, for one semester, usually during your junior or senior year, you will have a meaningful work immersion experience while you earn credits (and in some cases compensation) — all while participating fully in campus life. In turn, you will help the organization advance its goals and objectives.
The Cooperative Education Program is like an internship, only amped up. You’ll gain practice solving real-world problems, learn practical and soft skills, discover your strengths and interests, build an impressive resume … and have made an impression on a potential full-time employer.
All of this means you’ll have the competitive advantage when you begin your job search.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE); 11374 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, Kansas, 66215; 913-631-3009; iacbe.org. The degree programs accredited by the IACBE are the bachelor of arts degree with majors in accounting, business intelligence and analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, marketing, and sport management.