While our Business Administration major teaches students to become effective business leaders and decision makers, these 11 exciting concentrations allow them to dive into their areas of interest and customize their degree for growing fields.
1. Activist Marketing
“Companies and brands play a unique role in the culture and in the lives of consumers, and collectively can be a force for positive change within society,” says Jay Curley, Global Head of Integrated Marketing at Ben & Jerry’s.
In Champlain’s Activist Marketing concentration, students learn how businesses, nonprofits, and activist movements can reach people effectively, make business more purposeful, and advance social change. It builds their marketing savvy from an activist perspective, preparing them for rewarding and world-changing careers.
Brand activism, which originated right here in Vermont with Ben & Jerry’s, “deploys traditional business marketing tools, techniques, and channels to advance social change—not just sell more stuff,” says Curley. The Stiller School of Business, with its strong ties to Ben & Jerry’s, has a powerful social mission of doing business for good. Over the years, Champlain professors have collaborated with Ben & Jerry’s to build classes for their Core Academy. Beyond the Job, Activism Academy, Leadership with Purpose, and Social Equity all teach positive leadership skills.
“I’m very excited to be able to offer a course in Activist Marketing,” says Dr. Elaine Young, Professor of Digital Marketing, Appreciative Advisor, and Lead Faculty in Champlain Online’s Marketing Communication B.S. “It seems even more important than ever to think critically about the role of business in change making. Our students will investigate different brands and their history of activism to answer the question: ‘Can brands really be activists if their ultimate goal is to sell a product?’” Dr. Young’s Activist Marketing class is the first run of a course that will anchor the Activist Marketing concentration.
2. Business Analytics
Mind boggling amounts of data are generated across industries every single second: How many minutes did someone linger on a web page? Which features of an app are tapped most often? How many likes, comments, and shares did your Bernie Smittens post receive? Learning how to interpret and analyze data has become an essential skill for everyone who works in business. With today’s standard of technology, almost any business can harness countless data points from its software and online tools. With Champlain’s Business Analytics concentration, students learn how to read and derive meaning from available data to make informed business decisions.
The introductory Business Analytics course brings together the best of statistics, the best of business, and the best of computer programming. This class gives students a really robust, full review of what Business Analytics is—and the power of data in a business context.Dr. Kylie King, Assistant Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship
3. Business For Good
What if business could help end hunger? Or homelessness? The next great business idea may help solve an issue you’re passionate about. Through the Business for Good concentration, students investigate the far-reaching impacts a company has on its community and environment. They explore the interconnectedness of business and social movements, understanding how the two can—and must—work in tandem.
Students in this concentration will intern with a certified B Corporation—a company that cares for people and the environment, not just profit. Students have worked with Ben & Jerry’s, Burton Snowboards, and Seventh Generation, to name a few. Vermont has the largest number of Certified B-Corps per capita in the country, and currently there are 36 B-Corps in the state ranging from the venerable 230-year-old King Arthur Flour to the publicly owned utility, Green Mountain Power (in 2019, 94% of its energy supply was carbon free and more than 63% renewable).
I love how the entire Stiller School embraces the idea that business can be a force for good. Most business schools ignore this idea and just graduate moneymakers. At Champlain, we really believe business can make the world a better place—we believe this to our core.Dr. Cyrus Patten, Stiller School of Business Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor
4. Business Law
You don’t have to be a lawyer to help an organization advocate for its rights and maintain legal compliance in its operations. Upon completion of Champlain’s Business Law concentration, students will become experts in their industry’s legal issues and are prepared to handle the legal aspects of a company. They’ll graduate equipped with knowledge of laws, contracts, and federal and local legal systems, which is an immeasurably useful and highly in-demand skill set for any office setting.
5. Computer Science
A background in computer science will be an asset for business students entering any field. They can launch a tech startup or provide knowledgeable guidance to any organization—their blend of business acumen and programming experience gained in the Computer Science concentration will prove to be boundlessly versatile over time.
In the Cybersecurity concentration, students gain hands-on experience in a field that’s in high demand. Every business and nonprofit needs to take measures to protect its systems and data, and this concentration can help students shore up those defenses and guide their organizations safely through the inevitable cyber threats they will experience.
Since 2006, Champlain has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and Information Assurance by the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, Champlain was named a 2020 “Most Innovative School” in the North by U.S. News & World Report.
7. Global Business
“With the Global Business concentration, students obtain knowledge and skills that empower them to take full advantage of career opportunities in a constantly globalizing world,” says Dr. Scott Baker, Dean of the Stiller School of Business. “From understanding the global economic, political, and cultural factors that may impact their organization to preparing them to work internationally, the Global Business concentration will give them an advantage come hiring time and make them key players on international teams.”
One of Champlain’s goals is to ensure that all students graduate equipped to be global citizens and leaders. According to the prestigious Institute of International Education Open Doors Report, Champlain ranks #15 in the country in semester-long study abroad programs. Since 2013, the Freeman Foundation has financially supported approximately 150 Champlain students interning in Shanghai, China. Due to its extraordinary success, Champlain and the Foundation expanded the program to Kyoto with the goal of adding other Japanese cities in the near future.
8. Human Resource Management
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports Human Resources (HR) is one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States. With a concentration in Human Resource Management, students can become HR experts and help organizations adapt to complex and rapidly changing laws, cultures, social conditions, and employee expectations. Champlain College is currently the only Vermont college that offers campus-based HR credentials.
“Recently, Glassdoor.com researchers identified eight industry certifications that are most impressive to recruiters. First on the list were certifications in Human Resources,” says Joseph O’Grady, Professor of Business in the Stiller School. “These professional certifications can advance careers in two ways: 1) as Door Openers to help new graduates launch their careers; and 2) as Career Escalators to boost upward mobility for more experienced workers.”
Stiller’s Human Resource Management concentration supports students to prepare for entry-level certification as an Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute.
9. Information Systems & Technology
Information Technology exists to support organizational functions; businesses depend on information to survive and thrive. The Information Systems & Technology concentration allows students to explore the relationship between a business and its networks of information gathering and storage. Their background in this field will be invaluable in an economy that relies more and more on data and information systems.
10. Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Be a driver of change in a changing world. In the Innovation & Entrepreneurship concentration, students learn how to incorporate innovation and creativity with business expertise. They discover how to develop creative ideas and solutions that benefit their organizations, and become resourceful, flexible, and adaptable thinkers.
Good management is a hallmark of any successful organization. Effective, responsible management of people and resources can mean a world of difference to employees, communities, and the bottom line.
Champlain’s BSBA concentration in Management provides students with the skills and tools to navigate business challenges and create positive outcomes.
The Stiller School of Business is an ideal place to explore the world of business, nurture an entrepreneurial mindset, and connect with community mentors. Our students gain important practical experience, building proficiency that make them invaluable to any organization they join or create.
The Stiller School’s strengths-based business education, with a focus on social responsibility, ensures that students graduate with the skills to do well—and to be a force for good throughout their careers.
The Robert P. Stiller School of Business Mission Statement
The Stiller School of Business develops the strengths, integrity, expertise, and entrepreneurial mindset of aspiring and innovative professionals to create positive change in their lives, workplace, communities and the world.