Mar 30, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 78 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 78 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Business

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The School of Business, accredited by the prestigious accrediting body AACSB International, offers undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business (Business Concentration), Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing. Certificate programs are available in two areas: Accounting, and International Studies, Foreign Language and Business. Minors are offered in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Management and Marketing. The School of Business also administers the Healthcare Management minor and the Certificate in Risk Management.


We empower students with the knowledge and values to lead, serve, and succeed in their careers, communities and lives.

Vision: To be the standard of educational excellence for a diverse learning community developing business minds for today and the future.

In support of our mission and vision: The School of Business provides intellectually challenging educational programs in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing and Management. Students are exposed to teaching strategies and modes of evaluation designed to emphasize active learning, collaborative activities, and critical and creative intellectual inquiry.


Excellence in every interaction.

In support of the College’s liberal arts and Franciscan mission, the School of Business strives to empower its students to address the challenges of an ever-changing world and a diverse society. Study in the liberal arts serves to inculcate and nurture the importance of life-long learning in our students. The Franciscan values imparted to our students provide a moral compass for future behavior.

The School of Business requires students to master the foundation and functional knowledge and perspectives common to all business disciplines. Students are expected to develop the ability to define and synthesize, to form independent, well-reasoned judgments, and to understand common business research methods and practice. Students will attain discipline-specific knowledge through studies in their major fields.

Undergraduate Learning Goals

The School of Business provides intellectually challenging educational programs in Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing that empower our students to address the challenges of a dynamic global and diverse society. Each School of Business graduate will attain the following outcomes:

Problem Solving
Think critically and creatively to solve complex organizational problems, using appropriate and analytic and quantitative techniques while integrating knowledge and skills from various disciplines.

Communicate orally and in writing using language appropriate to the audience.

Teamwork and Leadership
Demonstrate respect, responsibility, and a focus on serving others as a leader and team member.

Moral Consideration
Work toward a just, peaceable, and humane solution with thoughtful consideration of the impact on all stakeholders, the external environment, and the natural world.

Life-long Learning
Pursue opportunities that provide growth as an individual and as an organizational member.

Business Specialization
Develop competency in a chosen business discipline(s).

Teaching and learning are of paramount importance. The faculty should:

  • offer students the opportunity to be known as individuals;
  • use a wide variety of teaching and learning techniques and the diversity of skills necessary for critical and creative intellectual inquiry;
  • challenge students to work toward attaining their best performance levels;
  • utilize the curriculum to help students identify the ethical dimensions embedded in business decisions;
  • provide opportunities throughout the curriculum for students to enhance written and oral communications;
  • immerse students in a learning environment which blends current business theory and practice.

Student learning is enriched by faculty and student interaction with business, non-profit, and government enterprises through means such as international and domestic student internships, faculty externships, and business speaker series.

The School of Business is composed of a dedicated faculty of teachers who are accomplished classroom instructors, who provide a blend of theoretical and practical aspects of their discipline and who primarily engage in pedagogical and applied business activities and profession/community service on a regular basis.

School of Business faculty members believe teaching and scholarly activities are interrelated. Scholarly activity increases faculty effectiveness in the classroom by enabling faculty members to incorporate the latest business theories and practices in their teaching. In this light, the business faculty conducts research to enhance teaching, improve management practices, and contribute to the body of knowledge in various management disciplines.


Students in the School of Business take college core courses; Business Core  courses; common business core courses; courses in a chosen major and electives for a total of 120 credit hours.

Liberal Arts and Science Requirements

College wide core and other liberal arts and science electives and requirements.

Entrepreneurship Minor: The minor in Entrepreneurship introduces students to the knowledge and skills that are necessary to create, identify, and effectively implement innovative ideas in the marketplace. Students will think creatively and critically as they identify opportunities and develop strategies to pursue them. For information on the Entrepreneurship minor requirements, please see the Entrepreneurship Minor  section under Multidisciplinary Majors, Minors, Certificates, and Courses.

Education Certification: School of Business majors seeking initial teaching certification in Business and Marketing (all grades) should plan their program jointly with their advisor and the Education Department at Siena. To be admitted to this certification program, students must have an overall grade point average of 3.0, with a 3.0 grade point average in the major.


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