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Defending business majors

Katie Conklin | Tuesday, November 11, 2003

I think it is time for a rebuttal in response to the recent business major banter. As business majors comprise 32 percent of the undergrad population, one of us was bound to speak up at some point.

As a business major myself, I am really starting to get irritated with the less than favorable notoriety that we have been encountering lately, and I am not just referring to the idea that college is a time for essays, not scantrons. Just because some of us are a bit career-focused does not mean that we put more emphasis on our wrinkle-free interview suits than we do on our educational experiences here at Notre Dame.

The business program is well-known (nationally, thank you very much) for its broad-based curriculum that enables students to go beyond their particular majors and gain an understanding of a number of different disciplines.

Business majors are in no way limited in their learning perspectives. They jump at the chance to go abroad, delve into second majors within other schools, and drive programs like the Center for Ethics and Religious Values or the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. And I do not think that you will come across many scantrons in the Tax Assistance accounting program, management’s Family Business course, the marketing Ad Campaigns class or those nine sections of Intro to Business Ethics that are being offered next semester.

Personally, I am a business major because I have held an interest in this area of study since I was in middle school. Business majors are not just engineering drop-outs – some of us actually enjoy this stuff. And if you look around campus, it is easy to see that business majors are pretty amazing students.

Whether it be in hall council, class council, Office of the President, athletics, club leadership or other positions within student-driven organizations, we have pretty much infested the place. You do not have to look far to come across a business major doing something good for Notre Dame. Why is this? Because we are bright, motivated kids, eager to make the most of these four years and create some kind of positive impact on our school and within our communities, even if it means that those business suits get a little wrinkled.

So to all those non-business majors out there, give us a break. Business majors are not just looking for the quick fix or the top salary. We have chosen this major because we are just as interested in it as you are in yours.

And as for scantrons, we only see those things around TCE time.