Business Administration Major & Minor

Hartwick’s business administration major immerses you in business operations. It starts in your very first course, Introduction to Business. 


Business Administration Outcomes by Field

Hartwick’s business administration program provides a grounding in finance, marketing, organizational behavior, accounting, information systems and business analytics and stresses mastery of the essential teamwork and presentation skills needed in the workplace. Students learn that business management involves multiple elements, in surprising mixtures, at any moment.

Where degrees in business administration can take you.

Beyond the core, business electives like “Social Media Marketing,” “The Business of Food,” “Leadership,” and “Negotiations” as well as access to non-business courses across the campus enable you to have a curated concierge experience unique to your own personal passions and career aspirations. Coupled with internship, fellowship, or study-abroad opportunities, this opens doors to the opportunities that await you after graduation.

A closer look at our global world.

Hartwick business majors get a deep hands-on understanding of how global business functions through electives like “Chinese Consumer Culture,” “International Finance,” and “Doing Business in Asia.” Then, as part of your capstone experience, majors take the reins of a virtual corporation with international manufacturing plants and customers, competing against student teams from across the world and regularly earning top honors for company performance.  

Beyond the classroom.

The student-run DECA chapter sponsors off-campus student conference travel and on-campus visits from alumni now working across a spectrum of industries and in a wide range of industries from finance to social entrepreneurship and design consulting. They also collaborate with the College’s career center to ensure job readiness targeted to your unique career trajectory.

Internships, like those below, provide hands-on learning and networking opportunities:

  • 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.


Business Administration Salaries

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.

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.
Jaeseong Lim
Assistant Professor of Finance and Accounting
Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa
Areas of expertise:
intangible resources, data analytics, auditing, pension, corporate finance, 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.
Aaron R. Stephens
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Ph.D., Pusan National University; MBA, BS in Marketing, Ball State University
Areas of expertise:
international trade, statistics, and marketing.
WeiWei Zhang
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Ph.D., Boston University
Areas of expertise:
marketing and consumer behavior, international business, sustainability.

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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