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Freshman Year: Innovation and Exploration

Freshman Year: Innovation

When: Usually freshman year, fall or spring.

What You’ll Learn

First you will come to understand existing business models. But then, right away, you’ll start devising new ones. That’s what we mean by innovation.

What Courses You’ll Take

  • The Ground Floor: our introductory business course for freshmen. You don’t only have your regular professor—you also benefit from a roster of visiting New York City executives who show you how accounting, finance, marketing, sustainable business practices, and more come together to drive a business.
  • Various core liberal arts courses: Not everyone in the business world knows about history, philosophy or theology. You will. Become uncommonly well-rounded through these courses.

Innovation Real-World Project

Apply your newfound business knowledge right away. With a team of your Ground Floor classmates, you will plan a startup that must have a positive impact on a local, national, or global level—and, in the process, see how each business discipline comes into play.

Freshman Year: Exploration

Spring of freshman year, in most cases.

What Will You Learn?

This is your time to think about what you might do after your career path. Most students, even as freshmen, are not sure. No problem. This block will help you explore careers, decide what interests you, and plan a post-graduation strategy.

Skills You’ll Develop

  • Résumé writing
  • Crafting a quality LinkedIn profile
  • Networking
  • Interviewing

You take all of these courses in a cohort, as in the Teamwork block.

Exploration Real-World Project

Explore one of your career ideas. Choose a field that interests you—say, finance. Then, through in-the-field research, find out what skills are needed. Discover specific job types. Learn how much you might earn. And identify ways to stand out in interviews.