Business Administration Major & Minor

Hartwick’s business administration major immerses you in business operations. It starts in your very first course, Introduction to Business, where you’ll manage a virtual manufacturing company.

Hartwick’s business administration program provides students the opportunity to acquire and expand the skills and competencies needed in the workplace—intellectual, technical, and interpersonal. Students learn that business management involves multiple elements, in surprising mixtures, at any moment.

Where degrees in business administration can take you.

Electives like “Consumer Behavior”, “Global Marketing: Italy”, “Power, Business & Society”, and “Social Entrepreneurship” will take you to the next level. Lessons from crafting a business plan for an idea of your choice to comparing luxury brand marketing in the US vs. in Italy opens doors to the opportunities that await you after graduation.

A closer look.

Hartwick business majors get a deep understanding of how global business functions. You’ll elect to take the reins of a virtual corporation with manufacturing plants and customers throughout the world, or enroll in “Doing Business with Asia” in the fall and then travel there during our January Term to study “Doing Business in Asia”.  

Beyond the basic.

The student-run Accounting and Business Society frequently sponsors a wide range of activities, including visits by business leaders and off-campus adventures ranging from Wall Street road trips to weekend barbecues.

Business students are encouraged to participate in internships while at Hartwick. Past internship placements include:

  • Social Media Marketing, Duplays, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Sales, Maxim Group, New York, NY
  • Advertising, Lucy Generals, London, England
  • Information management, IOXUS, Oneonta, NY
  • Marketing, Brewery Ommegang & National Baseball Hall of Fame, both in Cooperstown, NY

Putting business administration to work.

Recent Hartwick business administration graduates have found employment in many prestigious companies and organizations, and study at some of the finest graduate schools in the nation.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Unilever
  • Kayak
  • Pepsi
  • Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising
  • Walt Disney World

Or continue their studies at:

  • Syracuse University
  • John Fisher College
  • Albany Law
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • The College of St. Rose

Working with Clarkson University, Hartwick offers a dual degree program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s from Hartwick in four years and a MBA (master of business administration) from Clarkson University in one additional year.

Meet the business administration faculty.

Hartwick’s expert business administration faculty are future-focused. They deliver an experience-enhanced education to students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world after graduation.

Carlena Cochi Ficano
Professor of Economics and Business Administration and Accounting Department Chair
Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise:
labor economics, applied econometrics, social policy on low income family well-being, the economics of higher education and, most recently, local economic development.
Ramin Kasamanli, CPA
Assistant Professor of Accounting
MA, University of Mississippi
Areas of expertise:
accounting, auditing, finance, entrepreneurship, internal control, risk management, enterprise resource planning
Stephen A. Kolenda
Professor of Business Administration and Accounting
MBA, University of Connecticut
Areas of expertise:
accounting and international business
Jaeseong Lim
Assistant Professor of Finance and Accounting
Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa
Areas of expertise:
corporate finance, investments, security analysis, corporate cash holdings, earnings management, corporate social responsibility
Pinki Srivastava
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Areas of expertise:
strategy, international business, entrepreneurship, health care management
Pauline Stamp
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA
Areas of expertise:
entrepreneurship, consumer behavior, social media marketing
WeiWei Zhang
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Ph.D., Boston University
Areas of expertise:
marketing and consumer behavior, international business, sustainability
Yi Zheng
Assistant Professor of Finance
Ph.D., University of North Texas
Areas of expertise:
financial intermediation, banking, risk management, corporate finance, corporate governance, executive compensation, payout policy

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick business administration  experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.


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