Business at BSC blends the study of business administration with the in-depth learning of a liberal arts education.
As a student, you will learn to think critically, write effectively, and give a persuasive presentation—all tools you'll need to start your own business or climb the corporate ladder.
Our courses explore ethical decision-making and emphasize international business to prepare you for an ever-changing global marketplace. Alongside business coursework, the department also offers opportunities and resources to meet business leaders, find internships, and launch your own business ideas.
Business administration majors can choose to pursue tracks in finance, marketing, and/or management. Other business department majors include accounting and international business.
Why study Business at BSC?
Hands-on experience: To truly prepare for a career in business, students will apply concepts and models to the real economy. During the Bruno Entrepreneurship Challenge, the business senior capstone course, student teams receive $500 to fund a start-up business for three weeks. BSC also participates in outside competitions like the United Way of Central Alabama’s Social Media Challenge.
Study abroad: Students have the chance to travel with their professors and expand their business knowledge on a global scale. International E-Term projects allow students to visit renowned businesses and meet entrepreneurs from around the world, from Germany to South Africa to New Zealand.
Connections: The department brings business professionals to campus throughout the year for panels, lectures, and networking events that connect students to the Birmingham business world. Quite a few BSC alumni who are movers and shakers in our city often come to campus to connect with students.
Internships: Business majors can connect academic learning to real-world experience through internships. Employers with which BSC students have held recent internships include: SociallyIn, Red Mountain Entertainment, Scout Branding, IMG Sports Marketing, BTS Technologies, The Orthopedic Group, Highland Associates, Knight Eady, and Viperline Solutions.
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Recognized among the top 100 schools for return on investment | Forbes
BSC Business majors go on to start their own businesses, run multi-national firms, lead in finance and banking, and succeed in marketing for companies and nonprofit organizations. Here are a few examples of what recent BSC graduates are doing:
NICCO DEROSA ’13
Manager of Creative, In-House Agency
PAXTON DIXON ’20
30A Escapes Realty
MARY HOPE KALIN ’14
Sain Associates, Inc.
JONAS HEIDRICH ’14
Oath Inc. (a subsidiary of Verizon), New York, N.Y.
ANGELA PETULLA ’18
SEO Associate Manager
BRITTANY STURDIVANT ’13
LoveBe Photography, Birmingham
“The coursework and curriculum at BSC were just as good as what I had at Duke, and the teaching and class size were refreshingly positive. But, the faculty and administration’s interaction—really developing relationships with them—is something I couldn’t imagine getting in the same way at larger institutions. All of this without breaking the bank...It’s a lesson that I’ve tried to impart to many family and friends with kids going to college, and talking to my own kids: Keep ‘brand power’ in perspective and really look at the full picture of education—curriculum, career, and cost.”
“Birmingham-Southern is the best thing that ever happened to me as far as business goes. The liberal arts education fostered a way to think out of the box. It didn’t necessarily prepare me for one career or another—I know I can do anything right now.”