George Washington U. pushes undergrads to try nonbusiness classes

Friday, January 24, 2014

Beginning next year, George Washington University’s School of Business will require freshmen to complete a nonbusiness minor. One in four undergrads at GW’s School of Business already finishes a second minor or concentration outside the school, and its new bachelor of science in finance major requires students to complete a second major outside the school.

Ranked 71st in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2013 ranking of undergraduate business school programs, the school devoted itself to curriculum reform in 2012, at the first annual (PDF) meeting of the Aspen Undergraduate Business Education Consortium, a project seeking to bring liberal arts and business education closer together.

“The intent is really to make sure that students have an in-depth experience outside of the business school, and that is something that is coming from the market,” Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, the school’s associate dean for undergraduate programs, told the GW Hatchet. “Recruiters actually want students to be a little more than only business-skilled students.”

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