So You Want to Be a Business Major...
When I came to Dartmouth, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do after college, but I knew it would probably have something to do with business. From my first entrepreneurial experience with lemonade stands growing up to the small business I had during high school, business and entrepreneurship seemed to always have a place in my life--and I was excited to explore this at Dartmouth and beyond. BUT, as you may know, Dartmouth does not have a business major! Because we are a liberal arts institution, we do not have an undergraduate business school. Luckily, this hasn't stopped me from pursuing a future in business, and the liberal arts focus has allowed me to explore other interests I didn't even know I had! So, here are 3 of the many ways I've pursued my passion of business without being a business major at Dartmouth.
So, those are three of the ways I've pursued my interest in business at Dartmouth without being a business major. But, this list could go on to include the time I spent working as a Paganucci Fellow this summer with the Tuck School of Business, my spring spent interning at a technology start-up in Mexico City with full funding from the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, the applied business management course curriculum I've been asked to try out for a Tuck professor this term, or the funding I've received to research and promote female entrepreneurship and empowerment in South America and East Asia over the next two years. So, stay tuned for a deeper dive into these opportunities in upcoming blogs!
- No. 1
1. Form connections with people at the Tuck School of Business
The Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth's graduate business school, is minutes from our main undergraduate campus! In fact, you can see the big pillars of Tuck Hall from Baker library, the main undergraduate library on campus. While undergrads can't enroll at Tuck, that does not mean we can't create meaningful connections with Tuck professors and students. Tuck professors, from my experience, are more than willing to sit down with an undergrad over coffee or lunch to chat about really anything! I've had some wonderful conversations about China's emerging economy, the role of entrepreneurship in international development, economic sustainability in non-profits, the pros and cons of consulting… the list goes on and on! The majority of these conversations came from me just taking the initiative to send a short email to a professor whose interests seemed to align with my own. From these conversations have come research opportunities, sagacious advice, and possibilities for future collaboration. And, Tuck professors are not the only ones with experience who are willing to sit down to chat! Tuck students have also responded well to cold-call emails and have provided me with some great insights about their experiences as young professionals in the business world.
- No. 2
2. Study Economics, Human-Centered Design, Political Economics, MME (Markets, Management, and the Economy), and more!
Dartmouth doesn't offer business as a major, but there are plenty of other departments and fields of study that align nicely with my interest in business. I am currently pursuing a major in Economics and Chinese with a minor in Human-Centered Design. For my economics major, I'm following the international economics track, meaning that with these three areas of study, I have essentially created an international business and entrepreneurship course of study! Some of the courses I've taken or will take before I graduate include: International Trade, The Wealth & Violence of Nations, Morality and the Political Economy, Social Entrepreneurship, Product Design, Trade Policy, and Design Thinking, to name a few! With the opportunity to craft a major/minor combination I'm truly interested in, I have been able to mold my fields of study around my personal passions!
- No. 3
3. Join clubs and living learning communities!
To pursue my interests outside of the classroom, I have spent the past two years exploring different business-oriented clubs and organizations. I am currently the Undergraduate Advisor of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (and live in the DEN Living Learning Community) and serve on the Executive Board of Women in Business (WIB). I am very happy to be an active leader in both of these organizations, but it took a bit of exploring before I decided that these were the two business-related organizations I wanted to be a part of. Some of the other clubs on campus that I tried before finding the DEN and WIB include Smart Women Securities, Dartmouth Finance Society, the International Business Council, and the Dartmouth Consulting Group. If there's a particular area of business or entrepreneurship that you're interested in, then it's likely that a club exists for it. If it doesn't, then you are more than welcome to start one!