The McCormick Division of Business
Minors: Students in The McCormick Division of Business may not pursue a minor within the Division. However, they are encouraged to use their general electives to obtain a minor from another division. This decision will require careful planning with the student's advisor.
The Division of Business offers students the skills and competencies necessary to succeed in a dynamic and globalized business world. Our coursework is both challenging and relevant, incorporating a focus on strategic thinking with applied practice in the community. Through this focused preparation, we strive to build intellectual curiosity, build critical thinking and analytical skill, and encourage the ethical strength and behavior needed for jobs and career advancement in our complex business environments.
All students in The McCormick Division of Business complete 48 credits of general education (The General Core). This is followed by 24 credits of business foundation courses fundamental to all industries and markets (The Professional Core). The remainder of the major is comprised of focused upper-level courses for the major, upper division business electives and general electives of the student’s choice.
This balanced approach prepares students with competencies in business fundamentals, oral and written communications, reading, writing, information literacy, critical and creative thinking, ethical decision-making and global citizenship. Required class projects, practica and internships put students in the “real world lab” working with local businesses and non-profit organizations.
The Division’s full- and part-time faculty are both experienced educators and real-world practitioners, and they bring this balance into the classroom. Specializing in small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits, these men and women run their own organizations, sit on boards of directors, and consult regularly. Additionally, many of our faculty hold PhDs in their specialty fields, allowing them to bring the best of theory and research into their practice.
Within the Division of Business, we are committed to developing students into young professionals with integrity and a commitment to excellence. Graduating students are prepared to be employed by large corporations, small/family businesses, professional practices, financial institutions, governmental agencies, or to start their own business.
Students may also prepare for advanced training programs in business and graduate studies. Southern Vermont College currently maintains several articulation agreements with graduate programs at local colleges and universities that allow SVC graduates to better prepare for and transition to post-bachelor’s degree education.
We encourage students to think of their Division experience as the start of their professional career, and to work closely with their advisor and each of the faculty to develop and work toward their goals.
Tom Redden, Professor of History and Politics