Business

Explore the art and science of business. Get a handle on the realities of personal finance. Manage a college coffee house or intern on Wall Street. Connect with opportunities on campus and beyond.

Learn to apply market principles and a broad understanding of economic and cultural needs to make the most of your career in business. We'll teach you to develop a business from an idea, adapt it to changes in your market and the world, and build a creative and important enterprise over time.

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

Available as a major leading to a Bachelor of Science or as a minor.

We know it's as much about what's next as what's here. 

 No matter what career is in your future, you can benefit from an understanding of the interdisciplinary principles and concepts that shape the business world. Become acclimated to change, learn about yourself, and leave Wells prepared for your entire career. The business major at Wells equips students to build successful careers as business managers and entrepreneurs.

Through rigorous and practical coursework grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, students will learn to understand principles related to starting a business, marketing a product or service, effectively dealing with employees and customers, and managing intricate finances in a changing economy.

Additionally, students who graduate from Wells College with a BS in Business will learn to:

  • set realistic personal and professional goals and express them through a thorough business plan
  • develop effective reading, writing and communication skills
  • apply the concepts they've learned to their professional entrepreneurial and/or intrapreneurial activities and personal lives
  • adapt to as well as drive important changes in society and take steps to help others
  • demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions, fulfill professional commitments and meet the obligations of the community that they are working within.

The curriculum includes core required business courses providing a strong foundation for students complemented by select electives chosen with guidance from their faculty advisor to further explore their areas of interest. This combination allows student to tailor the program to fit their personal career goals.

Recognizing that business programs around the country are in high demand, we at Wells emphasize partnerships and close interaction with other campus programs through the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. These include programs with the Center for Sustainability and the Environment and the Economics program, the annual Entrepreneurship Week and Business Idea Competition (a popular event at Wells for students of all majors), the College's Innovation Lab, student-run café The Grind, the 4+1 MBA program with Clarkson University, and relationships with local businesses and organizations in the Finger Lakes.

Relevant Skills

When you graduate, you’ll head into a changing world with confidence in your skills and abilities—confidence built on experience. You’ll be able to prove to employers and to graduate schools that you actually can do all that you say you can do.

  • 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.

Internships and Study Abroad Opportunities

Numerous internship choices exist for students who want to experience the business world first-hand before graduating. Wells alumnae/i who are established leaders in their fields often provide internship opportunities for current students. Wells business majors hold internships such as:

  • Welch Allyn, Skaneateles, NY
  • MacKenzie-Childs, Aurora, NY
  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, New York, NY
  • American Heart Association, Albany, NY
  • Finger Lakes Boating Museum, Penn Yan, NY
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Boston, MA
  • Delta Air Lines, Atlanta, GA
  • Societe Africaine de Cash Management (SACM), Dakar, Senegal
  • United Way of New York City, New York, NY

Want to study international business in another country? Wells makes it possible. You can pursue fascinating programs around the world – Check out our off-campus study programs.

Co-Curricular Activities

Share your newfound business expertise with others and learn to develop your people skills outside the classroom. Practice your leadership skills by getting involved with one of many active groups on campus. Below are just a few that might catch your interest:

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

Or you can gather a few friends and start your own club or campus group!

 

"My professors are not only my teachers but my mentors and my friends. The students here are my peers, my friends, and my allies. Wells has helped me to find and pursue my passions."

Kailin Kucewicz '16
Business Major, Aurora Farmers Market Intern
Dominic Frongillo
10-21-2015
The Wells College Center for Sustainability and the Environment presents the Fall 2015 Sustainability Speaker Series with Dominic Frongillo. Frongillo's talk, "Turning the Tide: How Young Leaders are Winning...
News: Business
04-27-2016

Three Wells student entrepreneurship teams traveled to Syracuse University recently to participate in the highly-competitive and...

03-11-2016

The 2016 Wells College Entrepreneurship Week and Be Your Own Boss Business Idea Competition was a riveting experience for the...

01-12-2016

Wells College is pleased to announce the addition of a major in Business to the College's program...

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.

Academics

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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