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The basic curriculum of the College is designed to give the student
competencies in general and professional communication, creative
problem solving from a variety of perspectives, an understanding of global
perspectives and local interests, and the ability to connect knowledge
in a broad range of disciplines, as well as the concentrated study in one
discipline. The curriculum is also designed to permit a student to plan a
program of studies leading to any one of a variety of careers. Some of these
programs are essentially preparation for advanced work in professional
schools, such as seminary, law, dentistry, or medicine. Others prepare the
student for immediate entry into a profession, such as business, chemistry,
geology, medical technology, or elementary and secondary teaching.
Creditable work in a field of major concentration is, of course, the accepted
program of preparation for entry into the academic departments of all
graduate schools for professional training in college teaching and research.
In consultation with a faculty advisor, a student may work out any one
of a large variety of such career programs suitable to his or her interests. A
few suggestions of types of career programs available at the College appear
Sara Robicheaux, Advisor
Graduate schools of economics or business administration vary in
the criteria for admission to programs of study. In general, admission is
based on the candidate’s undergraduate grade point average, test scores
especially the Graduate Management Admissions Test, although the
Graduate Record Examination is also used), and personal references from
both undergraduate professors and employers, supervisors, or business
Admission to graduate study in these areas is not ordinarily dependent
on the student having an undergraduate major in the field. However, the
structure and duration of graduate programs are based upon the specific
coursework and credits completed at the undergraduate level. Students
considering graduate school in economics should take additional math
courses beyond the major requirements, including linear algebra and
further courses in calculus and statistics.
To facilitate transition from Birmingham-Southern to graduate schools
of business or economics, interested students should identify themselves
to their advisor and the appropriate department chair as early as possible.
The student will be assigned an advisor who will assist in planning an
appropriate program of study to expedite progress toward the graduate