New UNCW program to offer business basics to non-business majors
March 18, 2013By Jenny Callison
This summer, area undergrads can beef up their grasp of business basics through a new program at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Registration is now open for the Swain Summer Business Institute, an intensive four-week program designed for non-business majors and recent college graduates. The curriculum presents an integrated view of accounting, finance, project and operations management, ethics in the workplace, strategic planning and human resources management, said William Sackley, director of UNCW’s Swain Center for Business and Economic Services.
Taught by Cameron School of Business faculty, the summer program is scheduled for June 3-28 on the UNCW campus. Classes will meet Monday-Thursday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with two Friday sessions as well.
“We developed the summer business institute to help students who are studying for degrees in the liberal arts and sciences get their feet wet in the world of business,” Sackley said. “Program participants will be much more marketable in their chosen career fields with an understanding of basic business principles.”
Learning won’t be confined to the classroom, Sackley said. In addition to hitting the books, students will participate in site visits and career networking opportunities with Wilmington-area companies. Participants will earn a business certificate when they complete the program.
The Summer Business Institute is open to current undergraduate students and recent graduates of accredited universities. Undergraduates must have earned at least 24 hours of college credit.
“We are targeting UNCW students who are staying in Wilmington for the summer or students at other universities who live in Wilmington,” Sackley said. “But because we also have on-campus housing available for program participants, students from other areas can also attend.”
Course registration is $1,295 per person, which includes books, materials, class event fees, parking fees and lunch. Housing on the UNCW campus is available for $875 per applicant. The application deadline is May 20. Students who register and pay by April 15 will receive a $200 discount.
The Swain Center is offering one scholarship for the program, Sackley said. Interested applicants for the Swain Business Institute Scholarship should submit a 500-word essay describing how attending the Summer Business Institute would further their professional development. All entries must be submitted to www.uncw.edu/swainsummer by 5 p.m. May 1. Submissions may also be hand delivered before the deadline to the Cameron School of Business, CIS Building, Room 1004B. The scholarship winner will be announced May 15.
All scholarship applicants will receive a 10 percent discount on course registration, Sackley said.