What Do You Learn At Business School?

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Business schools face an inconvenient truth: In today’s information society, accumulating facts is easy. Spend time online, buy Business for Dummies, or go to the library, and you’ll learn enough facts to survive in an entry-level position in a relatively short amount of time.

That’s why many institutions, such as Forbes School of Business® at Ashford University, have revamped their curricula to focus on learning how to think and deliver on information. Ashford’s answer to, “What do you learn at business school?” is different from many institutions. At Ashford, you master the skills you need to take your career to the next level, rather than an accumulation and recitation of facts and figures.

What is a business degree? The definition is changing

All Ashford Business Administration majors are required to complete a course in Strategic Management and Business Policy. The instructor leads students through case-based discussions that examine the decisions real businesses face.

The case-study method of teaching is popular in many top schools today, according to Business Insider. Challenging students to come up with well-thought solutions to current business problems teaches them the analytical and critical thinking skills they need to succeed as executives.

Ashford business classes are led by instructors skilled at keeping content current with industry trends. For example, all Ashford business administration majors take Visual Literacy in Media, a class in which they learn about the evolution of social media and its accompanying legal and ethical issues.

Specialization lets you hone in on a good career

A business school that offers specialization options is a smart choice for older, working adults who begin college with a pretty good idea of what they want from a career. Some business school graduates, such as this Mashable writer who waited until his 30s to earn an MBA, believe there are advantages to delaying business school.

Ashford students can choose from a number of specialties; these include Finance, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and more. The electives in these programs drill down to skills needed for specific positions.

Students who choose a specialty, such as Entrepreneurship, study successful business plans but also develop their own. One entrepreneur told The Huffington Post that this was one of the biggest benefits he derived from business school. He used his own company for every case study he had to do. The feedback he received from classmates was invaluable.

Many business school graduates believe professional networking is one of the biggest values of earning their degree, and Ashford ensures that online students have these opportunities as well. Through the university’s Sharing Time and Resources program, online students can become involved in service learning projects close to home that let them make connections and learn practical skills.

Ashford’s Career Development Center — which includes job postings, resume help, and online webinars and events — is another example of how the university continues to work for business students well after earning their degrees.

Today’s business students learn much more than facts, figures, and history in class. Skills that can be applied immediately are learned, along with strategies for the future. A business degree can help drive your career forward by providing a strong foundation of knowledge and critical thinking skills.


Written by Ashford University staff.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit ashford.edu/pd. Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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