Vanderbilt is a great place to earn a business education. With renowned faculty from four undergraduate schools plus the highly ranked Owen Graduate School of Management, you can learn from leaders who have helped shape the world of business. You can interact with peers who have similar career goals and network through clubs and organizations. Take this experience as far as you want to go.
A "Uniquely Vanderbilt" Minor
The Undergraduate Business Minor is designed to complement Vanderbilt's strong liberal arts education. In the classroom, students take courses in business fundamentals taught by the Owen Graduate School of Management, as well as elective courses that follow specific business pathways. Other electives – "Business in Society" courses – connect the minor to the liberal curriculum. Electives are taught in the four undergraduate schools and address a wide variety of topics and student interests.
Outside the classroom, undergraduates can participate in professional clubs, blended learning events, speaker series and other programming designed to expose students to different areas of the business world, prepare them for internships and full-time careers, and help them connect with each other in purposeful ways.
World Class on a Personal Scale
The Owen Graduate School of Management provides best-of-breed business education on a personal scale, through a portfolio of programs in a diverse, close-knit, and collaborative environment. Through immersion experiences and degree programs that can take a little as 10 months to complete, we help undergraduate and recent undergraduate students build the skills needed to launch successful careers in all areas of business.
The Undergraduate Business Minor is an opportunity for students to pursue a program that is “Uniquely Vanderbilt.” This trans-institutional program, with elective course options from each of the four undergraduate schools and fundamentals courses taught by the Owen Graduate School of Management, is designed to complement the strong liberal arts education.
Undergraduate Business Organizations
Vanderbilt offers a variety of clubs that focus on various aspects of business. Participation in these clubs can help you discover more about career paths, hone your networking skills and develop as a leader. Vanderbilt Women in Business (WIB) Vanderbilt Investment Club Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Club Vanderbilt Finance Club Vanderbilt Undergraduate Consulting Club Alpha Kappa Psi (Omega Nu Chapter) See a full list of business clubs and organizations below.
Accelerator® Summer Business
Accelerator® Summer Business Immersion is a 3-week certificate program for college students and recent graduates that combines classroom learning with real consulting projects and career preparation. You’ll be taught business fundamentals by Vanderbilt’s world-class faculty, and then you’ll put that knowledge to work devising solutions to business challenges for companies like Starbucks, Amazon, Nissan, and Warner Music Group. Throughout the summer business program, you’ll also receive career coaching and leadership development to help you grow personally and professionally.
In an average year, 1.75 million Americans graduate from college. They, and you, will be in the market with everyone else competing for career-building jobs. We'd like to suggest several proven ways to swing the odds in your favor. Vanderbilt offers specialized masters in accounting (audit and/or valuation), finance and marketing. These degrees are designed for liberal arts students and can be completed in one year or less.
If you want an MBA after working a few years and you’d like to become a “Double Dore,” consider applying for the VU2MBA your senior year as a Vanderbilt undergraduate. This is an admissions application option for VU seniors to apply to the MBA Program; it is not a distinct MBA program on its own. Find out the advantages of choosing this route.
This unique Vanderbilt experience leverages the best of a liberal arts education with business experiences that prepare you for life.
M. Eric Johnson
Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy