Dr. Harvey Lillywhite, Director
The interdisciplinary minor in Business, Communication and the Liberal Arts (BCLA) was developed in 1997 in response to needs expressed by national and local business executives. Students possessing this minor to complement their major will help meet the growing demand for graduates who have strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to think critically and creatively in solving problems, and a general knowledge of business culture and practices.
Even if you major in the
liberal arts, the fine arts, or health sciences, you will probably end
up working in or with a business. The BCLA minor will help you adapt the
communication, problem solving, and creative thinking skills you acquire
in your major to a business career. With the BCLA minor, you can even
acquire skills to start your own small business by reinforcing knowledge
acquired in your major with such courses as economics, accounting, and
Career opportunities for students who minor in Business, Communication, and the Liberal Arts are as varied as the students themselves. Imagine the possibilities. With a major in art and the BCLA minor, you could simultaneously run an art gallery or work in a studio while marketing your own work. With a major in history or literature and the BCLA minor, you could offer businesses skills in communication and research, a broad perspective of history and culture, and enough business knowledge to handle a multitude of entry-level positions. With the completion of a major in a foreign language and the BCLA minor, you could fill the hard-to-fit needs of international organizations , such as bilingual contract negotiations or translations of documentation for healthcare products or procedures.