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Majoring in Numbers

Numbers are the building blocks of business, says McColl School of Business dean Ron Shiffler.  "Yes, it's also built on people, but numbers tell the story and those numbers help people make decisions.  So, if you want to be in business you have to understand the story of numbers."

That story is one many more Queens students are going to understand if they enter the undergraduate business program for their junior and senior years.  The school is now offering a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) with a major in either Finance or Accounting.  Graduates up to this point earned a BA in Business Administration.

Sophomore Kristin Diemer says the extra B behind her name when she graduates will help her stand out when she enters the workforce.  "That distinction will definitely make me look better because I know that this is exactly what I want to do."

Kristin, a Royals swimmer from Oak Ridge, North Carolina, is one of the school's first Finance majors.  "At first I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to get all of the other knowledge I need in business administration," she said. But, those areas are still core requirements. Now she'll have more in-depth knowledge of finance, as well as more classes to choose from.

Business coursework emphasizes understanding business practices, organizations and managerial responsibilities with options to specialize in finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, or international business.

There will also be additional classes in accounting, Shiffler said. "By moving to majors we're able to flesh out a more robust curriculum in both accounting and finance to the extent that a graduate with a Finance or an Accounting degree would be someone we would be proud to present to an employer."

Sophomore Andy Nguyen plans to be one of those Accounting graduates.  He had originally come to Queens from Vietnam hoping to be an accounting major.  A math and statistics tutor in the Center for Academic Success who is also keenly interested in business, Andy sees accounting as "a good combination of both."   

He's eager to enjoy the more focused education on offer, but also the internships and scholarships the new BBA may bring.  He said, "having the major means I will be exposed to new opportunities."

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