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Concentration in Business Studies

The Hillyer College business studies concentration places students on a successful academic business path by providing them with an introduction to business, accounting, economics, statistics, ethics, mathematics, English, and history. 

This concentration is part of the Hillyer College liberal arts core curriculum, which facilitates the transfer of credits within the University of Hartford. Students who complete their Hillyer College requirements in the recommended two years not only receive an Associate of Arts degree but also are prepared to complete most baccalaureate degrees offered by the University within a total of four years.

Many students entering the concentration are interested in pursuing further studies in business at a baccalaureate degree level, and many are considering the possibility of future careers in business. The business studies program allows Hillyer College students to complete the concentration while optimizing their preparation for possible entrance into the Bachelor of Science degree program at the University's Barney School of Business.  

As part of an effort to provide a seamless transition from Hillyer College to the Barney School, the business studies concentration is aligned with the Barney School and offers complementary courses, courses that may be transferable, and, for eligible students, an opportunity to take additional courses within the Barney School. Hillyer College also offers opportunities in business internships.

The business studies concentration requires that students take five courses, choosing from a variety of subjects that provide an introduction to business through an examination of the economic, cultural, ethical, and societal dimensions of business. Global history courses provide students with a foundation of knowledge about centuries of globalization in commerce and trade. In other business studies courses, students learn about competing in global markets, contemporary ethical and moral issues in business, forms of business ownership, management, business growth, and understanding customers.

Additionally, Hillyer College students in this concentration are introduced to financial accounting principles and practices, the principles of economics, and business statistical techniques that can be applied to decision making and problem solving in the business world.