The mission of the School of Business is to offer educational programs that prepare students for a purposeful life by integrating Lasallian values with current business management skills.
Through its faculty, curricular environment, and linkages with the business community, the School of Business creates a value-centered educational community as the setting for its educational programs.
Within this context, it seeks to provide an appropriate blend of contemporary business theory and practice, placing paramount importance on teaching and learning enriched by scholarly research and professional activity.
The primary purpose of the School of Business’ undergraduate program is to prepare students to lead an enriched personal life and to enter upon a successful professional career through exposure to traditional liberal arts and a contemporary business education.
The School of Business strives to fulfill its mission by requiring students to develop communication, analytic, and decision-making skills by developing in students the ability to define and synthesize, by helping students to form independent, well-reasoned judgments, and by exposing students to common business research methods and practices.
Teaching and learning are of paramount importance. We believe we should:
- know each student as an individual;
- challenge each student to work toward attaining his or her best performance level;
- utilize the curriculum to help students identify the ethical dimensions embedded in business management; and
- immerse students in a learning environment that blends current business theory and practice.
Continuous quality-improvement processes ensure that the many offerings of the School of Business are of the highest quality. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), which establishes standards designed to ensure excellence. Less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools are accredited by AACSB. In addition, programs are regularly evaluated in terms of standards established by various professional bodies, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Management Association, and the American Marketing Association, and through an ongoing dialogue and review with business executives and professionals.
Since 1996, La Salle has inducted the top 10 percent of its undergraduate seniors and 7 percent of its juniors into Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), the international honor society for students enrolled in AACSB-accredited schools. In ten of the last eleven years, the La Salle chapter of BGS has been chosen as one of the top five chapters out of approximately 500 chapters worldwide, named in recent years as the Silver Chapter in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and the Gold Chapter in 2011.
The School of Business prepares students to develop the skills and experience to move from the University into management/professional positions in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. The Accounting Department offers a Four-Year Dual BS/MBA Program that could meet the 150-hour requirement for CPA certification. Experiential education programs—the internship and Business Scholars Co-op programs—provide hands-on experience in business organizations. Recent participants have included the Big Four accounting firms, Johnson & Johnson, Comcast, AstraZeneca, DuPont, Citizens Bank, UBS Financial Services, KYW News Radio, Radio Disney, the FBI, the Environmental Protection Agency, Cigna, and Tasty Baking Co. The Center for Entrepreneurship provides classroom and experiential learning, mentoring, and public seminars for students whose career interests are in start-up ventures, nonprofits, or climbing the corporate ladder.
More than 100 executives volunteer their time every year during our Executives on Campus program to come to classes to meet with students. Many of the business clubs set up field trips to area businesses so that students can see professional operations first-hand.
In addition, the Business Advisory Board, which is composed of senior executives from companies throughout the Delaware Valley, advises the Dean of the School of Business on contemporary developments in business practice and how to help students prepare for professional careers.
Opportunities to enhance a student’s international exposure are offered through study abroad and travel/study options. La Salle has strong ties with the American University of Rome in Italy, Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and the National University of Ireland in Galway, where students have the opportunity to have semester-long learning experiences. Students may also gain acceptance to semester-long programs in Brazil, China, England, France, Mexico, South Africa, and Spain through the Lasallian International Programs Consortium, as well as to a summer program in Switzerland. In addition, La Salle provides various levels of support for students wanting to study at other destinations. In travel/study courses offered by the School of Business, students study international aspects of various business disciplines in a semester-long course and travel for approximately 10 days to other locations in the world, where they study related business practices and the culture of that area. Previous trips have taken students to France, Germany, Canada, Bermuda, London, and China. Additional travel/study opportunities related to liberal arts areas of study are offered by the University. Opportunities for students to do an internship abroad are being developed.
In short, when you are a La Salle University business major, you have a number of competitive advantages. Your “real world” experiences and academic preparation put you on the right path toward success.