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Old 11-11-2003, 07:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Business degrees...

I know that there are multiple different types of business/corporate degrees out there. I'm curious what they are though and also what they entail.

For example, obviously a marketing degree would be suited for a job in a PR department among other things, but what about a degree in business administration? And what else is there?
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Old 11-11-2003, 07:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Human Resources Management are two i can think of right off the bat..
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Old 11-11-2003, 07:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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OK, Internation Business seems pretty clear to me. Not really sure what someone in Human Resources does though.

I ask these questions because I'm trying to figure out which field would fit me better, but I really have no idea what's out there.
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If im not mistaken, you hire/fire people, and do efficency stuff, trim the fat in companys, "bob/bob" in office space...
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If im not mistaken, you hire/fire people, and do efficency stuff, trim the fat in companys, "bob/bob" in office space...
(sorry don't mean to create a 2 person thread)...

hmm, in that case, what does something like business management do? And what about business administration? (I think I have the names right)
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Old 11-11-2003, 10:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As far as i know, they lay out plans for the future, they say we will accomplish this by doing this and this. Also, they are going to be the ones that outline the future goals of the company, where they want to be in 10 years, make the choices, etc. However, thats upper level. Difference between admin and management though, got me..

Also, don't take me as a totally correct form of info, im just a starting business student myself(whos changing majors anyhow)

I have to ask though, what is it that you envision yourself doing in a job in business? Look at that first, then see what fits for u..
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Old 11-12-2003, 05:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The literal definition of the degree has little to do with the job you will/can do. The components of the degree can vary quite a bit from program to program.

Mostly they give you more of a focus in one area or another. There will likely be some core classes that are similar across all the business degrees. Perhaps accounting, economics, finance, etc. Then you will take some more focused courses in the intended area. Perhaps you go on to focus more on economics and you will take some higher level courses in that. Maybe it would be administration which would focus more on the management of people.

Here are a few
Economics: the impact the economy will have on whatever business/industry you work for

Accounting: Receipt and payments of funds, taxes, etc

Finance: borrowing/lending of money, where to put profits or areas to invest within and outside the company

Trade: Understanding of world markets, the laws of the US and foreign countries that regulate selling/buying goods internationally

Negotiation: kind of self explanatory

Contracting: Developing and understanding the contracts that determine the business relationships between companies/individuals.

There are countless more. I always find it interesting to read the backgrounds of CEOs and the like since it gives you an understanding of what certain companies look for. It also shows you that there's no one path to "success". Some are PHDs, some never graduated high school. Some have a more liberal arts kind of background while others are lawyers, accountants, or business school grads.
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Old 11-14-2003, 10:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the insight To answer your question UnlikedOne, I really don't know. I'm asking because I don't really know all that's out there and obviously can't figure out where I'd fit best without knowing the different options
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Old 11-16-2003, 12:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of starting a small business in the food industry. I'm wondering which class is right for me or if I should just partner up with someone.
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Old 11-16-2003, 12:41 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The MBA track is the one that offers the most options along the way.
You don't need to narrow that one down too much.
More specificity, in terms of preparation, isn't necessarily the best way to go here.
I like the fact that you're looking at this option.
Best of luck always, bro'
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Old 11-16-2003, 10:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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some new collegfes have entrepreneurial majors in business. this is cool cuz u can learnt o start businesses and how to grow small businesses. great for job in consulting if nuthin else, and company evaluation if ur doin investment banking
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Old 11-22-2003, 04:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Many colleges offer the basic business admin with any number of specializations. For example: Health Care Management, Entrepreneurial Studies, Leisure & Hotel Management, E-Commerce, Public Admin., International Trade or Business, and Sports Administration. Those are a few that I'm aware of.

I have a general Business Administration degree, but also a Sports Management degree in which I took a number of sports marketing, sports finance, facilites management, etc. classes that were not required for the general Business degree.
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