Undergraduate Program

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Undergraduate students enrolled in the Cotsakos College of Business may pursue the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Finance, Financial Planning, Global Business, Management, Marketing, or Professional Sales.  The College also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, minors in Accounting, Economics, and Professional Sales (for all students) and a minor in business administration (for students who are not pursuing a business degree).

The Cotsakos College of Business continually updates and revises its curriculum so that it is both competitive and contemporary. All Cotsakos College of Business students must complete the University Core Curriculum and graduation requirements of the University, the business core, specified directed elective business degree credit requirements, and the credit hour requirements of their major.

Students pursue a curriculum that provides coverage in areas that form the context for business such as ethical and global issues, and the influence of diversity and political, social, legal, regulatory, and technological issues on organizations. Finally, Cotsakos College of Business degree programs require all students to obtain foundation knowledge in the areas of behavioral sciences, mathematics and statistics, and economics.

Professional Enrichment Initiative

Cotsakos College of Business students earn Professional Enrichment (PE) points through their active involvement and/or participation in selected activities such as workshops, seminars, forums, training sessions, and specified career development programs. The Professional Enrichment initiative offers a wide range of co-curricular activities that enhance students' educational experience, oftentimes by focusing on valuable "soft skills."

Professional Enrichment points accumulate over the semesters as a student progress through the business program towards graduation. Accumulated points are utilized in partial fulfillment of the course requirements for the required business capstone course, MGT460 (Business Strategy and Policy). Several additional courses have a “per semester” point requirement; please check with the instructor. Please refer to the FAQ section in the current schedule (accessible via the Professional Enrichment link on the left) for additional information.

Internships, Practicums, and Job Shadowing

The Cotsakos College of Business understands the importance of experiential learning and offers eligible students a variety of opportunities to apply textbook knowledge to the real world.

Internships in many business disciplines are available to eligible students. Frequently, an internship becomes the stepping stone to more permanent employment and it is an important component of a student's resume.

A Practicum is another valuable experiential learning opportunity for Cotsakos College of Business students, who work in small groups, under faculty spervision, on a semester-long consulting project, provided by a corporation or other organization.

The Job Shadowing program, offered in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations and the Career Development and Gloria S. Williams Advisement Center, provides a wonderful opportunity to the College's top students to spend a day with accomplished business leaders at their place of employment.

Contact information:
Dr. Giuliana Andreopoulos
Director of Experiential Learning: AndreopoulosG@wpunj.edu; 973-720-3718

Dr. Martin Gritsch
Assistant to the Dean: GritschM@wpunj.edu; 973-720-2977

Assurance of Learning

The Cotsakos College of Business has implemented a comprehensive assurance of learning process (please click here for details). Direct outcomes assessment is regularly performed, and input from students and other stakeholders is utilized for the purpose of enacting continuous improvement as it concerns both course content and program/curricular offerings. The following faculty-developed common learning goals for undergraduate programs are designed in accordance with the College's mission:

a. Decision Making: Integrate knowledge from various disciplines to make effective business decisions.

b. Problem Solving: Apply analytical and critical thinking skills to solve business problems.

c. Communication: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing in a business context.

d. Ethical and Legal: Evaluate the ethical and legal implications of business practices.

e. Technology: Utilize information technologies to conduct research, analyze data, anf communicate in a business context.

f. Understand the effects of globalization and cultural differences on business.

Individual disciplines have additional discipline-specific learning goals.