Down to Business

Expanded degree program offers business students more classes, flexibility.

When it comes to the opportunities now available from the College’s Department of Economics and Business, life is definitely not business as usual. With newly revamped majors and minors, an expanded faculty, and additional courses, the department is offering Randolph students the benefit of a career-oriented economics and business major within the scope of a strong liberal arts curriculum.

“Having a business degree might be adequate for career entry, but if you want career advancement you will soon need to think critically, communicate clearly, and learn continuously. Liberal education prepares you to do that,” said Mark Harrison, a Randolph business professor.

Randolph expanded the department in 2010 with the hiring of two additional faculty members, Harrison and Jeff Heinfeldt. The pair worked with the other professors in the department, Elizabeth Perry-Sizemore, John Abell, and Eric Mitchell, to enhance minor and major requirements and to create additional courses.

Several new courses were offered in the spring, including a leadership course and a course dealing with markets and institutions.

The new Economics of Food and Sustainability course provoked ethical and moral discussions with an examination of the agricultural industry and the manner in which food is produced and consumed.

Part of the redesign process involved making the program’s minors more attractive to all students and more cohesive with the College’s broad liberal arts curriculum. Business majors now have greater flexibility in their curriculum, enabling them to minor in another liberal arts discipline. The business minor includes a selection of courses that creates a more well-rounded, but compact version of the business major program.

“It works as a complement to the liberal arts,” said Heinfeldt. “You can be that English major, that dance major, that history major, but here’s a nice, tightly organized business minor that will help support what you want to do.”

Ultimately, the modifications to the program will better prepare students for an ever-changing world.

“A business degree based on a solid liberal arts foundation prepares students for a lifetime,” Heinfeldt added.