Business

Learn about business administration, business management, and personal finance from working business professionals. Manage a college coffee house or intern on Wall Street. Your opportunities are unlimited as a business major at Wells.

Prepare for a career in business in a hands-on bachelor's degree program that offers valuable learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. At Wells, you'll have opportunities to work with area businesses to solve real-world business challenges, and even design your own business, empowering you and your fellow business students with the skills to build successful careers as business managers and entrepreneurs. At the same time, you'll have the experience of a small, private liberal arts college, working closely with top professors who bring real-world business experience to the classroom.

student presenting mock business plan
presentation by alumna Jennifer Pelton
sign from the door of The Grind student-run cafe
Professor Dhameeth speaking with students

A Look Inside the Business Bachelor’s Degree Program at Wells

Earn your bachelor’s degree in business at Wells and head into a changing world with confidence in your skills and abilities—confidence built on experience. Here are just a few of our undergraduate business program highlights:

  • Put innovation into action by designing a for-profit or not-for-profit business in Wells’ annual Business Idea Competition. Entrepreneurship Week also includes lectures from successful entrepreneurial CEOs from around the globe.
  • Learn to make ethical and informed financial decisions in our Personal Financial Management course. Open to all majors and relevant to any career, the class covers topics including savings, loans, credit cards, mortgages, taxes, investments, and much more.
  • Get first-hand experience managing a small business at The Grind café, work in our Wall Street-style Trading Room, and learn to achieve breakthrough solutions to all kinds of real-world challenges at Wells’ Innovation Lab. It’s all part of our active, modern learning facilities at the Sullivan Center.
  • Earn your bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration degree in just 5 years as part of our 4+1 and 3/2 business programs.

Learn more about the Wells Business Bachelor of Science program at the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship.

What You’ll Learn as a Business Major

  • How to start a business and market a product or service
  • How to effectively deal with employees and customers
  • How to manage complex finances in a changing, global economy
  • How businesses large and small manage economic success, social responsibility, and environmental protection 

In addition to specific business management, business administration, and business finance skills, you’ll also develop key personal skills you can apply to any career: 

  • Communication skills: Write and speak effectively and persuasively, listen closely.
  • Intellectual skills: Solve problems, question assumptions, reason things out.
  • Leadership skills: Take charge, set the agenda, build consensus, inspire others.
  • Global awareness: Appreciate diversity, understand interconnectedness.
  • Professional skills: Dress the part, talk the talk.

Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning in the Business Bachelor’s Degree Program

At Wells, you get the personal attention of a small private college with all of the opportunities to gain real-world business experience in the surrounding Aurora, New York, community and beyond. 

Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities

Get hands-on business experience through our numerous business internship programs, some of which are provided by Wells alumnae who are established leaders in their fields. Wells business majors hold internships such as:

  • Welch Allyn, Skaneateles, New York
  • MacKenzie-Childs, Aurora, New York
  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, New York, New York
  • American Heart Association, Albany, New York
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Boston, Massachusetts
  • Delta Air Lines, Atlanta, Georgia
  • United Way of New York City, New York, New York

Want to study international business in another country? Learn more about study abroad programs at Wells.

Business Clubs and Other Aurora Campus Programs

Practice your business leadership skills by getting involved with one of many active groups on campus. Below are just a few that might catch your interest: 

  • Collegiate Counsel (student government)
  • Chinese Language and Culture Club
  • Film Production Club
  • Red Cross Club
  • The Sycamore magazine
  • Student Athletic Advisory Committee
  • Programming Board

Related Minor Degree Programs

The Business program at Wells offers both a major and minor. If you’re interested in studying business, you might also choose one of our variety of minor programs including:

Career Options for Business Majors

Enter today’s job market with the skills to succeed. When you earn your bachelor’s degree in business from Wells College, you’ll be ready to pursue careers in virtually any industry, in positions that involve business administration and business management expertise. Many of our graduates put their entrepreneurial education at Wells to work and go on to start their own businesses. You can also continue your education and pursue your MBA, law degree, or other graduate degree programs with a business background.

Current Research in the Business Bachelor’s Program

Gehan Dhameeth, Assistant Professor of Business, recently conducted workshops on topics such as team leadership, effective selling, and teaching techniques for organizations in Sri Lanka including the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and the United Nation Development Project. He was featured on the National Television for Sri Lanka talking about dreaming for success, cultural changes in education, and more.

Xanthe Matychak, Lecturer in Business, manages MakeBetterStuff.com, which began as a TEDx Talk about rapid prototyping in 2011 and evolved into a blog and workshop series in 2012. She is also the Assistant Director of the Hardware Accelerator at REV Ithaca.

Matthew C. McCabe, Lecturer in Business and Management published his paper “The Loss of Inheritance Claim, Revisited,” in the Journal of Legal Economics as part of that issue’s symposium on wrongful death.

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Kailin Kucewicz '16
Business Major, Aurora Farmers Market Intern
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Program Faculty
Gehan S. Dhameeth
Assistant Professor of Business
Matthew C. McCabe
Lecturer in Business and Management
Kevin Miles
Director, Susan Wray Sullivan '55 and Pike H. Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship
Learn Business Practices First-hand

Along with your coursework, internships, and study abroad, you'll have many opportunities to learn how to plan and build a successful business long before graduation. Wells holds an annual Student Business Idea Competition, in which students compete for prizes by presenting their ideas to a panel of judges. Learn to work within a team, workshop ideas with mentors or focus groups, develop and adapt your idea to work long-term, make "elevator pitches," and present your fully-formed idea those who could help you make it a reality.

The Grind, a student-run cafe on campus, presents opportunities to get involved with a working enterprise. The student management team includes a president, vice president, human resource manager, finance manager, and operations manager. This group of student administrators is responsible for meeting regularly in order to collaborate and seek each other's input and advice for the progression of the business.

Wells' Innovation Lab is a unique space in which idea generation and collaborative refinement is paramount. The space is used to teach courses in "Design Thinking," a technique usually focused on in graduate courses and professional settings. Students in this course have conducted real-world projects that combined teamwork within the Lab and surveys and research in professional settings.

As a business student at Wells, your approachable and helpful faculty will take a personal interest in helping you to develop your strengths and discover new ones as you plan for your career. Their advice isn't just based on theory—our business professors have held roles as entrepreneurs, company presidents, CEOs, CFOs, solicitors, accountants, consultants, and more. The organizations with which the faculty work include non-profits, small businesses, corporations, government agencies and benefit corporations verifiably committed to contributing to positive social change.

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Wells College promises a relevant liberal arts and sciences education. Intellectually challenging. Reinterpreted for today. Classroom teaching combined with hands-on learning. Wells graduates enter the world prepared for successful futures.

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