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Business and Organizations Major and Minor
In the Carnegie Foundation's influential and mold-breaking book Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession (January 2011), the authors point out that the world needs business leaders who can manage complexity, think creatively, and leverage the insights of others -- skills honed far more explicitly in the liberal arts than in business. The call for a thoughtful balance between mastery of business disciplines and exploration of alternative perspectives is one the Gerstacker Institute seeks to emulate and benchmark itself against.
The Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management offers an interdisciplinary major that encourages students to explore the practical and dynamic subject of business without confining the curriculum to a single discipline. Two academic programs exist within the Institute -- a Business and Organizations major and a Business and Organizations minor -- both of which provide a solid educational foundation in common business subjects such as accounting, economics, statistics, professional communication and writing, global issues, management and ethics. The program is further enhanced by developing critical thinking and leadership through other opportunities such as Gerstacker Institute speakers and participation in the First-Year workshop and the Senior Capstone event. Furthermore, required internships allow students to experience various career paths and to put their education into practice.
Students majoring or minoring in Business and Organizations can expect:
An approach to business education that addresses depth (through specialties such as accounting, marketing, management, and finance) as well as breadth (through a foundation anchored in the liberal arts).
A focus on putting the critical thinking skills developed through the liberal arts into action -- in the form of the Institute's many experiential opportunities, such as internships, off-campus and study-abroad experiences, and others.
An exploration into entrepreneurial thinking in and out of the classroom -- through case analyses, simulations, business plan development, and even the actual launching of ventures.
For more details, please see our page on Required Courses for the Business and Organizations major and minor.
Students participating in Recruitment Night, September 9, 2014.
One Word: Opportunity
- To complete two or more full-time professional internships while receiving college credit
- To develop a professional network
- To carry on a tradition of excellence in a close-knit community
- To grow, personally and professionally
- To develop a strong peer network of emerging business professionals
Gerstacker students have a wealth of opportunities to examine and understand their strengths, their values, their beliefs, and the careers that best fit their passions. The Institute has a rich tradition of producing graduates committed to making a difference in their workplaces and in their communities.
The program is a national leader in the ways that students are put into real-world situations in order to gain practical experience outside the classroom. To complement their liberal arts and business-related courses, Albion's Gerstacker students attend workshops, listen to and interact with various speakers, and participate in full-time internships.
The Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, Albion's business program, was founded in 1973 on the professional and personal paradigm that governed the life and career of former Dow Chemical Company (and Albion College) Chairman of the Board Carl A. Gerstacker. He believed that high ethical standards and a commitment to people were the key components in developing and sustaining a successful business.
"I have been with MGM since opening day and have encountered many interns. Craig has exceeded them all, to date. He is a natural professional both with his knowledge and his outgoing personality."
Room Inventory Specialist
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Although the majority of internships are paid, the most important benefits from an internship are the experience of going through the search process, working in a business setting, growing professionally, and gaining career insight.
Upon successful completion, students earn one unit of academic credit for each of their internships. They have three options for their two required internships.
- Two full-time, semester-long internships or
- One internship as above and one full-time semester of study at a foreign university or
- One internship as above and one off-campus semester that combines study with an internship.
The Center for International Education provides information about Off-Campus Programs offered through Albion College.
Students in the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management minor program complete one internship, either option 1 or 3 above.
Laurel Draudt, associate director of the Gerstacker Institute, works with students throughout the internship search and application process. She recently talked about her role and why she loves it with Zach Kribs, '15, on the Golden Opportunities student blog.
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