Juergen Fleck, chair
P.O. Box 9663
Roanoke, VA 24020
Increasingly, presidents of corporations say their business associates need to be able to think creatively and critically, communicate effectively, and work well with a team, exactly the skills you can acquire through a liberal arts education.
Hollins business majors develop these competencies on campus and off. Class assignments, team projects, simulations, and class presentations help students feel at ease in future business settings. Because of their experiences in the classroom and interactions with faculty and local professionals, students are more confident and feel better prepared to land a job and advance in it.
Our faculty add real-world components to the classroom through their own work with businesses. In addition, guest speakers from the professional world come to campus to share their firsthand experiences.
Students participating in the Hollins Abroad program in London have the option of enrolling in business courses at London Metropolitan University. They can also pursue internships.
Business majors can pursue a general track or focus their studies on finance, international business, or business communication and technology.
In the capstone course, or senior seminar, students play a computer-based business game. They manage an ongoing business, which requires making decisions in areas such as operations, marketing, and finance. Students are divided into small teams (two to four individuals), and each team assumes control of a company that operates on an international scale (North America, Europe, and Asia). All teams take over a company with identical features (value and type of assets, financial resources, and such), but as they make decisions regarding marketing, logistics, distribution, production, quality control, and finance, they attain different levels of profitability and growth. Their firms' overall performance over a period of more than two years is assessed on the basis of several parameters (return on assets, return on equity, and earnings per share). The team that scores the best receives the highest grade on this project.
During the January Short Term, summers, or a semester, students have the opportunity to get work experience through internships. Most say such on-the-job training provides valuable insights into the working world — and sometimes an entry to their first job, as many Hollins seniors report they received job offers from companies with which they interned.