Minor

The Business Minor
(21-22 semester hours)

Required:
BUSN 127    (4)    Accounting I
BUSN 205    (4)    Management and Human Resources
BUSN 150    (4)    Marketing and Social Media
BUSN 161    (3)    Commercial Law for Entrepreneurs
BUSN 210    (4)    Finance and Business Valuation

Choose 1 of the following courses:
BUSN 347    (4)    Entrepreneurship and Innovation
BUSN 410    (3)    Business Strategies for Entrepreneurs

NOTE: For the minor in business, the P/CR/NC grading option may not be exercised for any course which could count toward the major, with the exception of BUSN 261, BUSN 361, and BUSN 461. Additional information about the P/CR/NC grading option is available under the Academic Regulations heading of the catalog.


Major

The Business Major
(46-49 semester hours)

Required:
BUSN 127    (4)    Accounting I
BUSN 128    (4)    Accounting II
BUSN 150    (4)    Marketing and Social Media
BUSN 161    (3)    Commercial Law for Entrepreneurs
BUSN 205    (4)    Management and Human Resources
BUSN 207    (2)    Business Seminar I
BUSN 210    (4)    Finance and Business Valuation
BUSN 347    (4)    Entrepreneurship and Innovation
BUSN 351    (3)    Applied Marketing Research
BUSN 410    (3)    Business Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Senior Exercise:
BUSN 452    (4)    Senior Seminar in Entrepreneurship

Choose 1 of the following options:
Option A
BUSN 107    (3)    Business Economics

Option B
ECON 101    (3)    Principles of Microeconomics
AND
ECON 102    (3)    Principles of Macroeconomics

Choose 4 credit hours from the following courses:
BUSN 257    (1)    Business Practicum in Marketing I
BUSN 258    (1)    Business Practicum in Management I
BUSN 357    (1)    Business Practicum in Marketing II
BUSN 358    (1)    Business Practicum in Management II
BUSN 377    (3)    Internship
BUSN 440    (4)    Business Incubator

NOTE: For the major in business, the P/CR/NC grading option may not be exercised for any course which could count toward the major, with the exception of BUSN 261, BUSN 361, and BUSN 461. Additional information about the P/CR/NC grading option is available under the Academic Regulations heading of the catalog.

Project 306

Project 306

The mission of Project 306 is to enable and foster the innovations of Sweet Briar women. Our goal is to function as a group of women who help fellow Sweet Briar ladies in every aspect of their Sweet Briar Business journey. We want to help foster fellow Sweet Briar students who are passionate about something whether it be innovation in their respective fields, leadership, horseback riding, the sciences, the humanities, or the arts.

 

Goals

  • Provide insightful and helpful information that helps students excel

  • Help generate conversation and discussion with alumnae, professionals, and students — with the long term goal of establishing both in person and virtual mentorship relationships.

  • Explore & provide opportunities to collaborate with other schools, organizations, and companies who share our vision to help women succeed

Faculty

Suzanne Calvert
Assistant Professor
scalvert@sbc.edu
(434) 381-6470

 

Suzanne Calvert is a visiting assistant professor that teaching Accounting I, Accounting II as well as Management and Human Resources. She received a BS in Education from Radford University, a BS in Accounting, a Masters in Business, a Masters in Educational Leadership and is ABD (all but dissertation) from Lynchburg College. In the past, she worked as a Loan Officer at Central Fidelity Bank. She has also previously taught as a high school teacher in business, accounting and finance. She has been a professor at Sweet Briar College since 2005 and loves getting to now students well in her small class settings. She says that “even though the content I teach is the same every year, it feels like a new experience with new students”.

Thomas Loftus
Assistant Professor

tloftus@sbc.edu
(434) 381-6296

 

Professor Tom Loftus received a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkley; a Master of Arts in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University. He has passed the bar and been admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts, New York and Virginia. After practicing corporate and securities law in Boston and Washington, D.C., Professor Loftus came to Sweet Briar College, where he worked on foundation and government grants, helping to raise more than $5 million for the College. He currently teaches courses in commercial law and business economics.

Catherine Mosley
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business
cmosley@sbc.edu

 

Catherine Chapman Mosley is a communications and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She currently works as the Communications Officer/Program Manager for Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership, teaches marketing and social media at Sweet Briar College and owns her own PR consulting business.  She is a native of Salem, Virginia and put down roots ten years ago in Virginia’s Region 2000 by way of Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC. She is an avid  child, education and teacher advocate. She was the captain of the equestrian team at Wake Forest University. She has also made an appearance on the Today Show.

 

Thomas Rogers
Assistant Professor
trogers@sbc.edu

 

Thomas Rogers completed his undergraduate degree at Liberty University where he majored in General studies and minored in both History and English. He received his Virginia Teacher Licensure upon graduation, with a certification in K-8 education as well as certifications for English and History through High School. He completed postgraduate work in Entrepreneurship at Western Carolina University. He began his first entrepreneurial venture during his sophomore year in college. He has maintained ownership of his business since then while developing other business ventures and having involvement in several partnerships. He says that “one of my key interests in business is the change that is brought about by innovation, whether that is related to a product or to the structure of the business, itself”. Thomas Rogers currently teaches Marketing Research, Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility and Management and Human Resources. His grandmother was a 1935 graduate of Sweet Briar and he enjoys remembering when she would share her experiences at Sweet Briar with him when he was younger.

 

Thomas Scott, PhD
Chair and Assistant Professor
tbscott@sbc.edu
(434) 381-6704

 

After completing his graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Tom Scott opted for an industrial career, rather than academia.  In fact, he completed his dissertation while working full time at Mead Corporation and traveling extensively as a senior operations analyst. Following his work at Mead Corporation, Dr. Scott worked for nearly ten years in senior management and consulting with smaller corporations.  He has served first as CFO and then Vice President and General Manager of a $50 million national paper and packaging company; as President and CEO of a $20 million packaging company, where he and two others patented the one-piece, 4-pack light bulb package. He was also co-founder and Managing Partner of Recycle Easy, prior to coming to Sweet Briar as its Business Department Chair in the Fall of 2008.

In addition to teaching and chairing the department, Dr. Scott is stays involved in consulting and entrepreneurial ventures. He consults (statistical and operations) in the health care industry and also in financial management. He strongly believes that students need a high degree of experiential learning in conjunction with business theory in order to enter the workforce well prepared. Dr. Scott is married with two boys, loves to play tennis and coach baseball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Business Program

The mission of the business program is to enable its graduates to be successful in the world of business. The business major requires a mastery of business theory and the development of skills in a broad range of functional areas. Graduates will demonstrate strong communication skills, the ability to analyze and synthesize, and an understanding of the broad cultural and social context in which business occurs.

Recognizing that work experience is critical in the learning process and in developing innovative thinking, experiential learning is an integral part of the program. Our graduates are expected to acquire knowledge of business theories as well as developing practical skills in applying these theories. These applications are demonstrated by using various teaching methods and evaluated on a graduated scale as the student moves through the program.

For success in the world of work after graduation or graduate study, our graduates are expected to develop skills in finding jobs, in job performance, and in career management. Consequently, the curriculum is designed to give individual students a hands-on grasp of business methods, business cultures, and personnel interactions typically found in business organizations. Business majors are expected to beome involved in a variety of simulated and actual work experiences prior to graduation. These experiences may come in the way of class projects, independent studies, cases, labs, simulations, business plan development and/or an advanced business incubator.

A student considering the business major is strongly advised to take BUSN 127, BUSN 128, BUSN 150, BUSN 205, and BUSN 210 by the end of the second year. Since course sequence is important, potential majors and minors (first- and second year students) are advised to consult with business professors when selecting classes.