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Tuck School of Business

Dartmouth has a business school known as the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth; however, there is no undergraduate business program as in having a major or minor. Therefore, many Dartmouth students tend to major in economics in substitution. However, not having a business major offered does not mean Dartmouth doesn't offer any business-related courses! In collaboration with the Tuck School, there are three courses offered: TUCK 1 (Financial Accounting), TUCK 2 (Marketing), and TUCK 3 (Business Management & Strategy). Personally, I started off with TUCK 2, and now taking TUCK 3 this term; I've also heard lots of good things about TUCK 1, so here's my take on business at Dartmouth!

To preface, I am a biomedical engineering and anthropology major; yet, I hoped to pursue a business-related career post-grad, so I was excited to see these courses offered. I always saw myself merging my interests in life sciences and business, and although they seemed disparate, completing a major program in the life sciences (biomedical engineering) and taking these courses reinforced the significance of the crossroads. 

TUCK 2 felt like a very straightforward course. You learn lots about how different firms utilize a wide array of marketing tactics to promote a product or service. I'd say this course is saturated with students of immensely diverse interests, not restricted solely to those interested in marketing. What I enjoyed most about TUCK 2 was that it was very project-based. We would analyze real-life cases published by business schools and view it as a class from different angles. The final project entailed coming together as a group to do a deep dive into two products of comparative value. 

TUCK 1, after talking with some of my peers, is about learning the basic accounting/Excel skill sets. Dartmouth, as a school that excels in sending students to finance and consulting industries, has many students interested in taking this course to enhance their "technical" skills for interviews. Most assignments/exams are take-home, focusing on the learning rather than strict rote memorization. 

TUCK 3 is also very project-based. Holding the title of "Business Management & Strategy", it's pretty much a consulting-centric course. Tuck professors invite different consulting partners to speak about their experiences, and similar to TUCK 2, you do two big strategy projects with team members, honing in on skills like slide-making, making recommendations, etc.

What I want to emphasize from these business classes is that at Dartmouth, you don't need to be a "business major" to jump into a business-related field. Students hold diverse interests, and I think that's what makes this school so special—you can be of any major yet take the related courses to display your interest and passion. If you believe economics fits your interests, that's great; on the other hand, if sociology or anthropology is your passion, go ahead and major in it, modify it (or whatever makes you happy). And of course, there are business courses in-hand to leverage whenever you want.

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