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I absolutely would recommend the minor. Liberal arts colleges exist to allow students to take courses in subjects for which they are truly passionate. Sewanee allows students to couple any course of study with a business minor, affording students the opportunity to apply a liberal arts background in a competitive business environment.
The business minor supplied me with necessary business and finance literacy that allowed me to be a competitive candidate for first year positions in the banking industry. Since I am a politics major, it was important during the interview process that I let companies know I would be able to keep up with other first year hires who may have a heavier finance-based background. By demonstrating that I understood concepts learned in business minor related courses, companies were not concerned with my ability to understand key elements of business and finance. Coming from a liberal arts college with a major that was not rooted in finance, math, or economics also set me apart from those with which I competed for positions.
The Babson Center does a great job of preparing students for careers after college. They ensure that Sewanee students are just as competitive in the business world as someone coming from an undergraduate business program. For me personally, gaining real world exposure to start-up investing in Sewanee’s angel investor program taught me how to speak the “business language” outside of a classroom setting. Additionally, alumni and other individuals with personal ties to the school jump at the opportunity to help students.
The business minor was a key factor in getting initial interest in banking careers as well as making it to the next round of interviews for jobs. I am a politics major, but I really became interested in finance and banking careers after taking several accounting and finance classes. Without the minor, I would never have thought about looking at finance-related careers.
I participated in Bloomberg terminal training, which gave me a skill that differentiated me from other job applicants. Having this background proved to potential employers that I could think like a liberal arts student, but still have the skills of a candidate from a strong business undergrad program.
As a politics major, I had an internship at a think tank in Washington, D.C., where I assisted with research on national security issues and how to employ private sector solutions and best business practices to solve pressing security matters. This experience set me apart from other candidates because I had a unique story to tell during the interview process with a different perspective than candidates who had solely focused on economics and finance.