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Top 10 benefits of an undergraduate business major at Charlton

top 10 benefits of a Charlton education

Charlton College of Business develops future innovators, entrepreneurs, and business professionals through a program that emphasizes skill development and the practical application of concepts. Courses typically include some combination of teamwork, field projects, and oral presentations of feasible business solutions.

As you explore your college options, consider how you can benefit from these features of the Charlton College of Business. Whatever major you eventually choose, all Charlton graduates share these experiences and advantages:

1. Employers nationwide recognize the quality of your AACSB-accredited degree.

AACSB Accredited sealAACSB accreditation sets the international "gold standard" for a quality business degree. Typically found at business programs in prestigious private colleges and major public universities, AACSB only certifies qualified business programs. Regional accreditations such as NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) don’t specialize in business or impose the same demanding requirements. In southeastern Massachusetts, only Charlton gives students the chance to enjoy the name recognition and credibility of an AACSB-accredited degree—at the price of a public university.

2. Professors with work experience and PhDs teach your classes.

At large universities, teaching assistants (TAs) often teach the actual classes. At Charlton, we look for PhDs with significant real-world work experience who can connect theory with mainstream business practice. No TAs are employed as classroom professors in the Charlton College of Business. You receive your education from qualified professionals.

3. Stake out an entrepreneurial role in the new knowledge-based economy.

As the American economy moves from service-based to knowledge-based, you can position yourself in the high-end knowledge-based services that Massachusetts offers. Massachusetts projects future growth in technology, financial services, and biomedical/life sciences. Charlton students learn about the knowledge-based economy in class, but also can connect with growing high-tech startups at the UMass Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center. An Entrepreneurship/Small Business degree program becomes available at Charlton in fall 2012.

4. Find your interests and a sense of direction.

All majors take an extensive foundation program, which allows you to preview majors via required courses before committing. If you switch majors later, minors allow you to keep previously-earned credits. Internships allow a first-hand view of potential functional areas and/or industries. Student clubs (in most majors plus Students in Free Enterprise) provide professional development through trips, speakers, and projects.

5. Prepare for the job market with career development—both in class and outside.

Whenever possible, classes explore career opportunities in a given area. But you’ll find even bigger opportunities outside of class. Our for-credit internship program builds your professional resume while offering class credit. Career development programming includes interviewing skills, an “elevator pitch” competition, and networking events.

6. Build your skills in teamwork and practical application.

Classes emphasize group projects and fieldwork with local businesses. For example, market research students conduct surveys and analysis for area businesses, and present the results themselves. Similarly, information systems students learn on a fully functioning ERP system from corporate partner MS Dynamics.

7. Present your ideas confidently through practice in oral communication.

Group work and projects set the stage for numerous oral presentations with Q&A. Charlton students build polish and confidence in their oral presentation skills through repeated practice.

8. Keep your momentum with the 4+1 MBA program.

Qualified students can pick up an MBA with one extra year of study. This 4+1 articulation keeps up the momentum of your college years. And because the MBA program is AACSB accredited, the 4+1 program gives your credentials an extra edge for a modest investment of time and money.

charltonbldg9. The building boom at UMass means new dorms and study areas.

New dorms for sophomores and upperclass students now resemble upscale apartment suites. Great new library/study area facilities are currently under construction.

10. Dartmouth’s location and roads allow quick access to beaches, cities, and home.

Dartmouth allows easy access by car. Routes I-195, 24, and 140 are uncongested and well maintained. Reach the Cape, Providence, or Boston in less than an hour. For lovers of Atlantic surf, the famous Horseneck Beach is just down the road. Also, Dartmouth’s suburban economy offers safety, shopping, and part-time employment. A low-crime community, Dartmouth is a regional retail hub. Extensive commercial development offers easy shopping and dining—and part-time employment for those who seek it.

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