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Women are building strong careers and making important contributions to society through positions in management at all levels. A major or minor from the School of Management will help prepare you for work in any type or size of organization including private companies, non-profit organizations or social enterprises, whether large (thousands of employees) or small (entrepreneurial start-up). Working with program options and your internship requirement, you can focus on a functional area such as finance, marketing or entrepreneurship, you can target a specific industry of interest such as health care, retail, financial services or information technology, or you can even consider our 5 year joint B.A. and MBA program. The School of Management is ready to work with you to plan your program of study so that it delivers value to you now and throughout your career.
Organizations today are seeking college graduates with the education and experience to succeed as creative, ethical and versatile problem solvers and team members who are globally aware and sensitive to the value of a diverse workforce. At the School of Management we integrate these topics throughout the curriculum using experiential and service learning, case studies, the internship and practical, hands-on class projects. Our program is designed to help develop and hone your critical thinking, decision making, and project management skills. Students leave with a portfolio of course and work projects that demonstrate the skills and competencies needed in today's workplaces. Overall, we believe our courses prepare you not only for work, but for life.
The School of Management offers four undergraduate majors: Business and Management, Finance, Marketing, and Retail Management. Joint majors are also available in Arts Administration (with the Department of Art and Music) and Chemistry-Management (with the Department of Chemistry). Additionally, minors are offered in Business, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Studies, Retail Management, Entrepreneurship, Emerging Global Markets, and Leadership. Students may elect to complete a major, a minor, or both from the School of Management.
Simmons College has been recognized as a leader in preparing women for careers in business and organizational management for over 100 years. Our students develop competencies in specific areas of management, and benefit from the breadth and creativity offered by a strong liberal arts and sciences background. Our program is designed to create a self-directed graduate who understands the particular challenges women face in the dynamic and multicultural workplace.
Global issues are integrated throughout the curriculum to ensure understanding of the international and cross-cultural context of business and management. Case studies, and other experiential forms of learning, are employed to develop critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and project management skills. Required internships allow students to apply course content in an organizational setting and examine possible career choices. Students graduate with a portfolio of course projects to demonstrate skills and competencies necessary for tomorrow's organizations.
If you imagine yourself eventually assuming a managerial or leadership role in a large corporation, either in the U.S. or abroad, or see yourself starting and managing your own company, this is the program for you. This major is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the dynamics of the global economy. The focus of this program is on "hands-on" assignments and application of theory to real world business situations. Opportunities exist to study or do internships abroad. Graduates are currently managing in such companies as PricewaterhouseCoopers, PictureTel, and Kraft. Many graduates have also started their own companies.
Whether you have corporate finance as a career goal or you would like to assist a nonprofit enterprise flourish through strong financial stewardship, the Simmons Finance major prepares you for a wide variety of finance environments. This major combines the strength of the Management program with a strong financial skill set. Simmons finance alumnae are currently working in major institutions such as FleetBoston, Paine Webber, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Whatever your academic interests it is likely that you will end up in a career that involves marketing. It is estimated that close to one-third of all jobs in the U.S. are marketing-related. Marketing is a critical skill for career advancement as well; a recent survey found that over 30 percent of all Fortune 500 executives have marketing backgrounds. Simmons graduates are among the marketing executives in companies such as Gillette, Reebok, and Hewlett-Packard.
The Prince Program in Retail Management, established in 1905 by Lucinda Prince, has long been recognized as one of the country's most prestigious undergraduate programs specifically geared towards preparing women for a career in the retail industry. The Prince Program is designed to equip graduates with the ability to recognize and adapt to changes in demographics and lifestyles, respond effectively to global competition, utilize available technology, and apply sound marketing and financial management. Graduates are executives in such companies as Macy's, JC Penney, J. Crew, and Talbots.