Business in the Liberal Arts
About Our Program
Business leaders—from Wall Street to Silicon Valley—increasingly look to liberal arts graduates because they know they have skills that are coveted in today’s corporate environment. Surveys of top executives indicate they value what is taught at a liberal arts college, such as creative and critical thinking, the ability to work in teams, and communicating well. Our business in the liberal arts curriculum is rooted in the premise that a liberally educated individual will bring to bear multiple perspectives and deploy multiple strategies toward solving a wide variety of problems.
Successful, innovative business leaders come from all backgrounds. That’s why we don't view business as a standalone area of study; instead, you will capitalize on your strengths and interests—and build new ones—by pairing your study of business with another major.
Prepare for Your Career With Real-World LearningCombining business, the liberal arts, and experiential learning gives you an incredible edge in today’s competitive marketplace.
We believe that tomorrow's business leaders must understand their role within a business organization (both for profit and not-for profit) and how individuals interact within an organization, as well as be engaged citizens of the world. We've designed the elective portion of our major to ensure you graduate with the tools you need for success in business.
Every business in the liberal arts major is required to complete one course from three of the following four areas.
In order to become a successful business leader, you will need to be mindful of the full implications of your products and services, work environments, and relationship to your communities. We will require you to take courses that challenge you to think through all the implications of business decisions as well as evaluate the implicit values in the seeking of profit. We want our students who become future business leaders to be voices for more holistic decision-making that balances civic obligation, environmental sustainability, and profitability.
If you plan to enter the business world, you must be cognizant of the social contexts within which all businesses operate. Courses that examine the complexity of society and social interaction, human learning and or personality will prepare you to be mindful of social contexts and, where appropriate, your place within them. Such preparation will help you appreciate the ways in which business functions internally as well as part of a larger whole. The courses available to students in this elective area address domestic and/or global social contexts.
Business leaders must be prepared to confront new innovations that continuously arise in a dynamic world. To this end, we believe that you must have exposure to scientific and analytic methods and should be prepared to evaluate the costs and benefits brought forth by an innovation. The courses in this area inherently foster analytical problem-solving skills and will prepare you to make informed choices regarding innovations.
The high degree of global economic activity and communication that characterizes the world of the 21st century demands that those entering the business world come prepared for that reality. As a business in the liberal arts major, you will take at least one course that introduces you to global cultural, historical, or political economic issues. We want you to maximize the opportunities to familiarize yourself with global issues or particular areas of the world beyond the one course requirement.
Experiential Learning Component
The required experiential learning component of our business in the liberal arts major provides you with an opportunity to understand the critical questions confronting business leaders of the day. This can include an internship, Community-based Learning experience, or taking part in off-campus study.
Community-based learning courses allow you to bring a business mindset to a good cause. You’ll apply what you’re learning in real-life situations, while also helping a local organization fulfill its mission.
Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered around the United States or one of 20+ international locations and including China, India, Japan, Sweden, and Germany.
The Liberal Arts in New York City
The Liberal Arts in New York City Semester program will give you the chance to study, intern, and explore everything the Big Apple has to offer through your finance or non-profit & arts management academic concentration. Spend four full days each week gaining a deeper understanding of your selected field through an internship experience.
Gain real-world experience in a professional setting. Business in the liberal arts majors often find internships that combine their majors and areas of interests. Recent internship sites have included:
- Wells Fargo
- World of Change
- TD Ameritrade Institutional
- T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre
- Energy & Transit Engineering, Inc.
- Boston Red Sox
Connect with Community
Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that involve financial management, entrepreneurship, and fiscal policy, including:
- Future Entrepreneurs of America
- Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE)
- Class Council
- Crown Royalties Investment Club
- Peer Mentoring
- Model U.N.
- Sports Analytics Club
- The Hill News
- SLU Legal
There is no shortage of experts in the business and finance world who also identify as Laurentians. Our alumni network is the second-most influential source for recent graduate employment (only behind internships). Our Center for Career Excellence team offers incredible professional development programs and facilitate mentoring opportunities for students to network with successful St. Lawrence alumni who are leading businesses and organizations around the world.
Our alumni make an impact as they take the lead on money management while lending their knowledge to keep St. Lawrence competitive in the higher ed landscape. After graduation, Laurentians go on to make an impact on companies and communities around the world.
With nearly endless ways to combine business with other areas of study, St. Lawrence alumni are doing exciting things in their communities and at companies such as:
- Bank of America
- Goldman Sachs
- Tory Burch
Why St. Lawrence for Business in the Liberal Arts
Explore business through the lens of social responsibility, social context, analytical thinking, and global citizenship. You’ll leave ready to be a voice for more holistic decision-making that balances civic obligation, environmental sustainability, and profitability.
Do Business the Liberal Arts Way
Customize your career path by pairing business with one (or more) of 20+ other majors
major on campus (by enrollment)
of graduates from interdisciplinary programs are employed or continuing their education within a year
Terminals in our Bloomberg Finance Lab
Monitor and analyze real-time financial market data like professionals in the financial services sector.
of interdisciplinary majors complete at least one internship
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Program Requirements & Courses
Explore the many ways you can build your business in the liberal arts experience to fit your goals and interests.
Complementary and Related Programs
This interdisciplinary major was designed for you to bring business know-how and leadership skills to your career field of interest. These are some popular majors to pair with business in the liberal arts.
Business in the Liberal Arts Faculty
More than 30 professors from departments across campus serve as Business in the Liberal Arts advisors who will work with you on your academic path and plan.
“Each discipline and individual has a different way of approaching a problem. I want students to try a lot of different things and find where they have a comparative advantage.”
"St. Lawrence has allowed me to be an athlete, take courses I never thought in a million years I’d take, go abroad, meet so many people from so many different backgrounds. I never thought I’d have an experience like this; it’s just tied together everything I wanted to do."
Bloomberg Finance Lab
Watch students conduct cutting-edge research in St. Lawrence's very own gold-standard Bloomberg Finance Lab. Home to 15 Bloomberg terminals, this space is dedicated to helping you connect to global financial markets in real-time.
St. Lawrence offers a “fast track” to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with neighboring Clarkson University, a 4+1 finance program with Syracuse University, and an accelerated MBA program through RIT.
Business in the Liberal Arts Stories
Since its inception in 2014, St. Lawrence’s Business Case Study course has provided students with the tools needed to analyze real-world industry problems while developing thoughtful solutions. The best part? The alumni network and local business owners are there to offer expert insight.
Caitlin French '23 knows how to make connections. As she heads into her final year at St. Lawrence, she's reflecting on how her passion for music, dedication to service work, and the alumni network helped her build a community on and off campus.
Andrew Matthews ’22 juggles more than schoolwork and co-curriculars during the school year. A business in the liberal arts and economics double major who is also a member of the Saints baseball team, Andrew equally spends his time working on strategy sessions, pitch decks, and public relations for Hoppz, an app he co-founded with friends and brought to life during the pandemic.
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