Bachelor of Arts in Business
Brandeis students are multidimensional, and so is the Brandeis business major. Our unique undergraduate business program is a partnership between the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) and the College of Arts and Sciences. This means you can pursue your interests in the humanities even as you receive top-notch training in the social, economic and ethical issues of global business.
Admission to the undergraduate business degree program is by application only, and your peers will be highly motivated and focused. Because it is rooted in the liberal arts, you will encounter innovative thinkers with diverse points of view—not just in front of the class, but in the seat beside you.
The undergraduate business program, which is second only to economics in its enrollment, not only allows but strongly encourages you to pursue a joint major. Double major in psychology, for example, and you will be prepared for a career in marketing. Double major in sociology and you will be uniquely equipped for the field of human resources. Or double major in theater arts if you want to take on the business of show business.
You may also apply to the BA/MA program, which allows you to earn a bachelor's degree in the field of your choice and a master's degree in international economics and finance in just five years. Or you can minor in business as a way of pursuing a liberal arts degree first and foremost while acquiring a solid understanding of business.
The Brandeis approach to business gives you the best of both worlds: you develop an analytical understanding of business and also gain a foundation of practical skills.
Our faculty are thought leaders and scholars who will infuse your classes with real-world relevance through the analysis and debate of business school case studies rather than textbook learning alone. You will gain the quantitative and critical thinking skills that are essential to strategic planning and complex problem-solving. Thanks to the emphasis on in-class participation, you will become fluent in the language of business and gain the speaking skills you'll need to make persuasive presentations.
Such credentials—a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of business, the humanistic perspective of a liberal arts education and an appreciation of the social and global context of business—will truly distinguish you in the marketplace.
Academics and Research
If you are highly motivated and qualified, you might elect to complete an honors project in your senior year. Your project may be a thesis, or you might choose to write a business plan for a start-up or a real estate venture or conduct a business analysis of a company. The business plan must contain a research component.
Our program is overseen by Edward Bayone, Detlev Suderow, and Hagit Weihs, industry leaders who bring their real-world experience and knowledge to the classroom.
Our faculty are dedicated teachers who are highly productive scholars doing exciting and diverse research. For example:
Robert Carver's newest title, "Preparing Data for Analysis with JMP" was recently released by SAS Institute. The book provides a practical approach to data management with visual examples and techniques.
Andy Molinsky examines what it takes for managers to succeed in the global economy, employing cross- culture code-switching techniques. He recently published "Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge, and Build Confidence" (Penguin Random House, 2017).
Aldo Musacchio focuses on the ways in which governments support domestic firms to compete at home and abroad. He recently published a World Bank working paper titled "The Role and Impact of Development Banks."
Sandra Cha conducts research on leadership and identity. She recently co-authored the chapter "Sources of strength: Mobilizing minority racial, ethnic, and cultural identities as resources" in "Positive organizing in a global society: Understanding and engaging differences for capacity building and inclusion" (Routledge, 2016).
Clubs, Internships and Study Abroad
An internship is a great way to sharpen your skills, develop career interests and employer contacts, assess your strengths and connect classroom theories to practice in real-world settings.
Our students intern at a variety of organizations and corporations, including MTV, Godiva Chocolatier, Royal Caribbean Cruises Fidelity Investments, Hillside Advisors, Keller Williams Realty, Boston Digital Ventures, Traub Capital Management, KPMG, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, CTBC, Shasta Partners, LG Solar Division, Tommy Hilfiger, Infor, Santander, Samsung Economics Research Institute, United Nations, Shenzhen Stock Exchange and Amazon.
You can hone your skills and gain a sense of community by joining any number of our student organizations, including the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club, the Global Markets Investment Club, Brandeis Student Consultancy, Chinese Student and Scholars Association and TAMID, which develops professional skills through hands-on interaction with the Israeli economy.
Studying abroad is a great way to learn about the culture and business environment in another country. It will greatly enhance the cultural experience you need to succeed in the global economy.
If your goal is to complete business coursework abroad, we have approved programs in Amsterdam, Singapore and Shanghai.
Careers, Graduate Study and Alumni
Our graduates go on to well-paying jobs in commercial and investment banking, asset management, advertising, sales, product management, venture capital, and consulting and nonprofit management.
Many work in business or finance for a few years and then complete an MBA at Brandeis or elsewhere.
Our graduates have gone on to exciting careers—for example as an investment banking analyst at Moelis & Co., a product manager with Epic Software and a marketing associate at a boutique agency.