Business and Innovation at Providence College

Why the Business and Innovation Minor at Providence College?
The Business and Innovation minor at Providence College combines the best of a liberal arts education with contemporary courses in business. The minor gives non-business majors a fundamental toolkit of valuable business skills, including entrepreneurship and innovation. Interdisciplinary in nature, the Business and Innovation minor offers foundational courses in accountancy, computer science, and art.

Students then choose their own paths from four tracks that are led by accomplished faculty from disciplines that include biology, chemistry, economics, global studies, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. The minor includes four tracks that are intended to engage and challenge you: Organizations and Entrepreneurs, Global Engagement, Applied Science, and Design Thinking. More importantly, they’re intended for you to make connections between business and the liberal arts — an educational journey without limits.

  • ELIGIBILITY: All students outside of the School of Business are eligible to enroll in the program.
  • If you are interested in declaring a business and innovation minor, please fill out this major/minor declaration form and follow the instructions on the form. If you have declared a major, the form must be approved by your advisor and the department chair. If you have not yet declared a major, the form must be approved by Peter Palumbo, Director of Academic Advising: ppalumb2@providence.edu. If you are a student athlete, the form must be approved by Kaitlyn O’Malley, Academic Coordinator for Student Athletes: komalle5@providence.edu.
  • The code for the Business and Innovation minor is “BUSI”. Indicate the minor on the form along with the chosen track (1, 2, 3 or 4). Obtain a signature from Professor Eric Sung, the Program Director: bin@providence.edu. Return the form, along with all of the necessary approvals, to records@providence.edu.
  • Students may declare the Business and Innovation minor during the freshman or sophomore year. Students declaring in the fall must do so by October 1. Students declaring in the spring must do so by March 1. Students must declare the Business and Innovation minor no later than the spring of their sophomore year. Acceptance of students who do not meet this deadline is not guaranteed. Students who wish to declare the minor later in their academic program are expected to complete a four-year course plan to be reviewed and approved by the track sponsor. The Program Director conducts a final review prior to permitting the student to declare the minor.

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What you'll study

Students choose tracks reflecting major-aligned disciplinary clusters. Being able to apply concepts from the required core courses into specialized courses within disciplines will enable students to develop track-specific skills overlapping with business and design principles.  Track sponsors will work with students to facilitate advising and course options/availability.

Sample Courses:

  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • American Public Policy
  • Globalization and Social Justice
  • International Relations
  • Billion Dollar Molecules
  • Biostatistics
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Computer Networks

Tracks

Track 1: Organizations and Entrepreneurs This track highlights the core areas of business, providing a broad understanding of business theory, economics, practices, and applications. It combines a foundational education in business competencies, such as design thinking and financial principles, with skills-oriented courses that prepare students to work in a business environment.

Track 2: Global Engagement This track explores competencies related to the study of global business and innovation, including an awareness of globalization and global issues, intermediate proficiency in a foreign language, and reflective practice on international experiences.

Track 3: Applied Science This track is designed for students interested in developing business skills with a focus on emerging technologies and innovation in STEM fields.

Track 4: Design Thinking This track hones students’ skills in visual analysis and creative problem solving, allowing them to navigate a world that has become increasingly inundated with visual media and data.

Faculty

Faculty participating in the Business and Innovation minor are expert teachers and scholars from a number of disciplines. They’re published authors, featured conference speakers, and respected members of local, national, and international organizations. Just as important, they aren’t just business faculty or just faculty in the liberal arts or professional studies. They are all of those — a collection of scholar-teachers who value the depth and perspective that a liberal arts education provides.

Sample of Faculty Disciplines in the Business and Innovation minor:

  • Art and Art History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Global Studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Theatre, Dance, and Film

ENGAGED LEARNING

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Business and Innovation minor students have various opportunities to put their classroom learning into practice. These opportunities include:

  • Internships
  • International experiences
  • Research
  • Service-learning experiences
  • Capstone courses

Outcomes

94% & 89%

of 2019 School of Arts & Sciences and School of Professional Studies graduates, respectively, are employed and/or attending graduate school

  • 95% & 98%  of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies graduates participated in an internship or another career appropriate experience as an undergraduate

Selected Places of Employment/Service for PC Alumni

  • BlueGrace Logistics
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions  
  • Council on International Educational Exchange  
  • Claims Bureau USA, Inc.
  • ClearCompany
  • DialogueDirect  
  • Elementary/secondary schools throughout the United States  
  • Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation  
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Teach for America  
  • The Media Kitchen
  • U.S. Army  

Selected Graduate Schools for PC Alumni

  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University  
  • Duke University
  • Marquette University Law School  
  • Providence College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology  
  • Suffolk University
  • Trinity College Dublin  
  • Villanova University