Student Learning Outcomes

At Hood College, we are committed to teaching excellence. Program goals and learning outcomes identify what we expect students to learn, think critically about and accomplish in their courses and programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe an integrated learning approach that combines a strong grounding in the liberal arts with advanced study in the major and opportunities for internships and research initiatives is the best way to prepare students for lives of purpose and civic engagement.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hood College:

Apply relevant accounting policies, standards and principles to business activities and situations through:

  • Demonstrating the ability to understand and apply generally accepted accounting principles to the measurement and reporting of income and financial position of businesses;
  • Illustrating the ability to make routine operational and strategic cost/resource allocation decisions;
  • Exhibiting competency in establishing internal controls and performing an external audit; and
  • Analyzing situations using the concepts of the U.S. tax code.

Demonstrate literacy in both general quantitative skills and those specific to the business management discipline through:

  • Showing an understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics and applying this understanding to economic and business phenomenon; and
  • Illustrating the ability to apply data and models to analyze the economic environment of business.

Demonstrate competencies in business functions through:

  • Showing competency in marketing;
  • Substantiating the understanding of corporate finance topics, such as time value of money, risk and capital budgeting; and
  • Demonstrating how organizations use information systems to improve decision-making.

Identify the various legal, ethical, and regulatory issues that affect business decisions and apply appropriate moral, ethical and socially responsible frameworks to make decisions through:

  • Exhibiting an ability to recognize ethical dilemmas in business and apply ethical frameworks to develop solutions for resolving the dilemmas; and
  • Identifying the legal ramifications of business situations and develop appropriate policies consistent with the business laws and regulations in the U.S.

Demonstrate effective competencies in critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills through:

  • Applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to diagnose business problems and recommend solutions;
  • Illustrating the ability to effectively communicate relevant business information to organizational stakeholders in writing; and
  • Showing competence in effective oral and visual presentation of data and information.

Are prepared to join the workforce through:

  • Applying business competencies to critically analyze a U.S. multinational company and recommend strategies for improvement; and
  • Successfully completing an internship in accounting.

 

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Hood's business administration bachelor of arts degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the premier accreditor of business schools that focus primarily on teaching and learning.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hood College:

Demonstrate competencies in business functions through:

  • Proving understanding of financial and managerial accounting topics pertaining to the collection, recording, organization and reporting of financial information;
  • Showing competency in marketing;
  • Substantiating the understanding of business finance topics, such as time value of money, risk and capital budgeting; and
  • Demonstrating how organizations use information systems to improve decision-making.

Demonstrate literacy in both general quantitative skills and those specific to the business management discipline through:

  • Showing an understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics and applying this understanding to economic and business phenomenon; and
  • Illustrating the ability to apply data and models to analyze the economic environment of business.

Show an understanding of how the external environment, especially the legal and international dimensions of the environment, affects managerial decision-making and business policies and practices through:

  • Providing an understanding and appreciation of how legal and regulatory factors affect managerial decision-making in organizations; and
  • Demonstrating the impact of the international and global environment on business decision-making.

Display competent decision-making, communication, and interpersonal skills through:

  • Applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to diagnose business problems and recommend solutions;
  • Illustrating the ability to effectively communicate relevant business information to organizational stakeholders in writing;
  • Showing competence in effective oral and visual presentation of data and information; and
  • Demonstrating effective teamwork skills.

Will be prepared to join the workforce through:

  • Applying business competencies to critically analyze a U.S. multinational company and recommending strategies for improvement; and
  • Successfully completing an internship in business.

 

 

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Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hood College:

Use quantitative tools and techniques in the preparation, interpretation, analysis and presentation of data and information for problem solving and decision making through:

  • Using quantitative tools and techniques;
  • Preparing data and information;
  • Interpreting data and information;
  • Analyzing data and information; and
  • Presenting data and information.

Apply economic reasoning and models to understand and analyze problems of public policy through:

  • Using various models of market to analyze public policies and issues;
  • Using various macroeconomic models to analyze public policies and issues; and
  • Identifying functions of key economic institutions.

Demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills for personal and professional success through:

  • Demonstrating effective written communication; and
  • Demonstrating effective oral communication.    

 

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Hood's MBA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the premier accreditor of business schools that focus primarily on teaching and learning.

Graduates earning a master's degree in business administration from Hood College:

Will demonstrate knowledge of the functional areas of business through:

  • Demonstrating knowledge of Marketing by performing a marketing strategy analysis;
  • Showing knowledge of Financial Management by performing a financial analysis;
  • Illustrating knowledge of Operations Management by performing an operational strategy analysis;
  • Showing knowledge of Financial and Managerial Accounting by performing an analysis of accounting statements; and
  • Showing knowledge of the Management of Information Systems & Technology by performing an information strategy analysis.

Will be able to use quantitative tools and techniques in the preparation, analysis, and presentation of data and information for problem-solving and decision-making through:

  • Demonstrating the ability to perform financial analysis using appropriate spreadsheet software; and
  • Demonstrating the ability to gather, analyze and present economic data for decision-making.

Will be able to identify how the global environment presets opportunities and challenges for organizations and draft appropriate strategies to respond to them through:

  • Identifying and analyzing opportunities and challenges in the global environment; and
  • Drafting appropriate organizational response strategies to the global opportunities and challenges.

Will demonstrate effective leadership and team membership skills through:

  • Critically evaluating their leadership skills;
  • Illustrating the ability to effectively communicate relevant business information to organizational stakeholders in writing;
  • Showing competence in effective oral and visual presentation of data and information; and
  • Demonstrating effective teamwork skills.

Will be able to make decisions based on ethical considerations and the triple bottom-line paradigm of business sustainability through:  

  • Applying an ethical framework to a decision-situation and recommend the best course of action; and
  • Critically evaluating the strategy of an organization with respect to its subscription to economic, social and environmental sustainability and recommend suggestions for improvement.

Will have a comprehensive capstone experience where they will create a strategic plan for an organization based on external and internal situation audits through:

  • Conducting external and internal situation audits for an organization; and
  • Creating a strategic plan for an organization.

 

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