April 12, 2010

Internships, real-world connections, and top-notch faculty help students excel

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Classes in economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, and accounting offer Hamline undergraduate business majors a full-scope of education in the field, but there’s something else that gives them an edge over the competition.

“Business education by itself is not enough,” management and economics associate professor Jenny Keil said. “Employers have told us that. At Hamline, through our liberal education approach, students develop valuable tools that employers are looking for—from writing, speaking, and critical-thinking skills to the ability to process complex data, and work well in teams.”

“I’ve already seen how learning about psychology, culture, and sociology connect and enhance what I’m learning in my business classes,” senior Amanda VanRanst said.

Hamline students also have opportunities to get critical, hands-on experience in the business world, as faculty bring industry experience and business connections back to the classroom, which are vital resources for today’s students.

“It’s really nice to have professors who are so in tune with the business world because they have a lot of real world experience,” VanRanst said.

And, located a short distance from the downtown areas of both Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Hamline helps students to connect with internship opportunities at companies of all sizes and types.

“I’m really glad I came to Hamline because of the experiences I’ve had,” said senior Jason Gergen. “The small class sizes have allowed me to work really closely with the faculty. It’s a close-knit community."