Diversity is a touchstone of our program. We foster an appreciation of cultural, linguistic, ethnic and managerial diversity. Our graduates are ready to begin their careers in business in the fields of marketing, finance, manufacturing, sales, advertising and management, and are comfortable working in either American or international settings. Our degree also provides a firm foundation for MSc or MBA graduate study
International and experienced faculty:
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration faculty come to AUR from diverse educational, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and from various parts of the world. Some are life-long scholars and researchers. Others are business people who leave their offices to share their real-world experience with our Business Majors in our classrooms. Several are former managers who have become full-time academics.
AUR brings the business community into the classroom and takes the study of business out into the world. Business Major students earn credit with internships in one of the many international organizations or corporations headquartered in Rome.
Each semester corporate leaders participate in AUR’s Business Roundtable discussions, events such as the Business Speaker Series, and seminars with companies such as Michael Kors, Pfizer, Nestlé, Disney, JWT, the Federal Reserve Bank and CNN represented. Faculty members in the B.S. in Business Administration also organize and lead for-credit learning excursions in various regions of Italy.
Exemplary exchange opportunities:
In addition to AUR’s array of study abroad opportunities, our highest achieving students (from any major but especially business) may also choose to spend a semester at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, one of the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the US.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration curriculum provides a broad, professional foundation in all functional areas of business. Business Majors follow a structured, organic core curriculum that introduces them to the various functions (marketing, finance, operations, accounting) of business, provides them with the quantitative tools (statistics, computer science, economics, decision science) necessary to understand and interpret data, and introduces them to prevailing management theories and paradigms as well as issues related to legal and ethical concerns in the business arena. Upper-level courses incorporate case analyses, group projects, and creative problem-solving. All Business Majors take the capstone course, Strategic Management, in their last spring semester, which is a dynamic, seminar-style, case-based application of the tools and concepts acquired in the first three years of study.
The program has an international focus with many opportunities for Business Majors to explore the social and cultural ramifications of operating in the global economy. The nature of the student body complements the international flavor of the program. AUR Business students represent more than 30 different countries. The program promotes a work ethic that prepares students for working in diverse multi-cultural environments. Interdisciplinary learning opportunities allow students to understand how different worldviews can affect the functioning of a business.
Professor Kathleen Fitzsimmons, Director of the Business Administration program, talks about what it's like to study at AUR.
Professor Fitzsimmons is one of AUR's most experienced professors and brings a wealth of knowledge and insight from her previous high-profile career in consumer products and publishing. She is an American academic and manager with extensive experience in business and academia and 25+ years in Italy. She is known as a high-energy, creative team-builder and project manager. Known for her student focus, Professor Fitzsimmons has created a number of programs in her 20 years at AUR, to provide opportunities for students, including the AURA study abroad program, the Emory Honors Exchange, the AUR Business Club, AUR Ambassador Program, AUR Campus Girl Scouts, consulting projects with local organizations and the series of Business Field Studies.
Professor Fitzsimmons applies her experience and expertise in strategy to AUR's ongoing development, writing the University’s first strategic plan, chairing the Strategic Planning Committee, contributing to the Middle States Accreditation process and overseeing the University’s first external program review.
The Business Administration program is always one of the most popular undergraduate programs at AUR.
Course requirements and further detail
For more in-depth information about this program and individual course requirements, please see our full catalog.
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