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Institute Means Business for Liberal Arts Majors

Monday, May 13, 2013

Liberal arts majors and recent graduates can boost their opportunities in today’s job market through the University of San Diego’s Summer Business Institute.

The three-week program offers courses in accounting, economics, finance and other business disciplines, along with a capstone project and courses in personal and career development skills. Students also have the option to follow the program with a summer internship course, where they can apply the business fundamentals in a live work situation.

“This is a wonderful way for students to complement the breadth of knowledge and the critical thinking skills from their liberal arts education with a solid foundation in business skills,” said Jason Lemon, dean of USD’s Division of Continuing Education.

“The institute is a valuable investment that will give students a competitive edge and prepare for careers in the arts, business, education, health care, law or other fields,” Lemon said. “In addition, students will be able to add completion of the institute certificate  to their resume, show a future employer their capstone project and use their newly acquired skills for networking, interviewing and salary negotiations.”

USD is one of a number of schools — including Stanford University and Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business — that have begun offering summer bridge programs for liberal arts majors. USD’s Summer Business Institute is believed to be the only program of its kind in the San Diego region.

Courses will be taught by faculty from USD’s nationally ranked School of Business Administration. The institute’s interactive classroom environment promotes students’ learning through case studies, company visits, featured guest speakers and teamwork opportunities.

James Bennett, a junior at USD majoring in English and Spanish who completed last year’s institute, said the program gave him a solid foundation in business literacy. “Now I can not only understand what all of my friends in the business school discuss, but I can also approach the world with a multi-faceted perspective on business and society.”

The three-week certificate program takes place from June 3 to June 21. Students who have arranged an internship opportunity for the summer can also take the eight-week, online internship course to make the most of the “real-world” experience by engaging in an analytical review of their work experience, personal performance, and the professional environment. Today, many organizations require students to participate in an academic enrollment in order to hold an internship position. This course provides that enrollment opportunity.

The cost for the Summer Business Institute is $2,995. To learn more and apply for the summer institute go to www.sandiego.edu/sbi or call (619) 260-4585. The deadline to register is May 15. Registrations received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.

– Liz Harman

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