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Business Administration

Overview of the Program

The ACBSP-accredited business administration program is designed to prepare students for leadership careers in complex organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors of today's competitive, dynamic, multicultural global economy. Hood's differentiating niche is a strong emphasis on business functions and social accountability. The program emphasizes global awareness, quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, and synergy between theory and practice. As tomorrow's managers will face intense competitive pressures and strong demands for competency, flexibility and accountability, Hood's business administration program provides a curriculum that builds core competencies and embeds this curriculum in a liberal arts setting.

The business administration core curriculum, required of all business administration majors, enables students to develop competencies in business functions such as finance, accounting, marketing, international business, economics, business law and corporate strategy. Students are also required to do an internship and it is strongly recommended that they study abroad.

To provide exceptional breadth and depth in business management, Hood offers students the choice of six standard concentrations: international economics and finance, marketing, finance, accounting, human resource management and individual career interest. In addition, students can develop, in consultation with their faculty advisers, an individual interest concentration that focuses on their academic and career interests. Examples of such concentrations include environmental economics and policy, actuarial science, information technology and public relations. We also offer minors in business administration, economics and management.

The hands-on business administration program, which combines theoretical perspectives with practical insights, is taught by caring faculty who are active in teaching, scholarship, service and mentorship. They aim to create a collaborative teaching and learning environment that introduces students to a world of enormous possibilities. At Hood, "it's not just business as usual."

Hood's business administration program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), whose mission is to promote "continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world." It is indeed an honor to receive the accreditation, as it recognizes the excellence of our academic programming and our compliance with the ACBSP standards and criteria for demonstrating excellence.


From its location in the greater Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas, Hood is within reach of hundreds of financial and industrial organizations, government agencies and nonprofit corporations—all of which serve as resources for internships and research. Business students have gained valuable on-the-job experience by interning with organizations such as IBM, Merrill Lynch, IRS, Hughes Network Systems, Citibank, State Farm, The White House and Marriot International.

Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Hood College provides many opportunities for its business students to conduct research on business issues that challenge today's business world. These opportunities include capstone projects, interdependent studies, departmental honors papers and various grants.

Capstone Project: Every business major is required to analyze the strategies and practices of a major U.S. multinational corporation and prepare a report on how to improve its sustainable competitive advantage.

Independent Study: Includes directed readings, conferences with a supervising instructor, research papers, reports and/or exams.

Departmental Honors Paper: This is a senior-year program designed for students who wish to pursue intensive research on topics of their interest with the help of faculty advisers.

Grants: Competitive grants, such as the Second Century Grant, encourage students to undertake independent research. Additionally, grants such as the Summer Research Institute, provide opportunities for students to conduct collaborative research with faculty members.

Alumni Success Stories

Because Hood business graduates possess a strong foundation in general business, plus specialized knowledge and practical experience in the workplace, they have impressive records of employment and graduate school acceptance. Recent graduates are enjoying success with various organizations such as IBM, Hughes Network Systems, National Institute of Science and Technology, Bechtel, General Dynamics and Unisys.

Hood graduates teach at institutions around the world, including United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Malaysia and India. Several graduates have pursued advanced degrees in many prestigious universities such as University of Rochester, University of Maryland, Pepperdine, George Mason, Northeastern, Duke, The Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.

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