First-Year Integrated Core
Three yellow post-its on a white board that say - Thinking critically for self, Experience of Ambiguity, and Life plus Business soft skills
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President Gregory Crawford speaks at the inaugural festivities for the FYIC program in 2016
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Head Start to Success: First-Year Integrated Core

Contact Us

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Becky Morrison
Program Director, FYIC
513.529.3974
3079
morrisr7@miamioh.edu

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Cassondra Willoughby
Administrative Assistant
Office of the Dean
513.529.1800
3075
willoucn@miamioh.edu

The First-Year Integrated Core Curriculum Builds a Strong Foundation for Farmer School Students.

Business is searching for new hires who can think critically, creatively and conceptually, can understand coding and computational work, and can thrive in a constantly changing environment. Employers believe that college graduates are not adequately prepared in:

  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Analytical and Research Skills
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Adaptability
  • Working with Diverse Groups

We reviewed academic and practitioner literature and talked with our valued business partners. Then we researched the other top 50 business schools to see how they were helping students develop these key skills within their curriculum.

We learned that while some schools might work with students on an “as-needed” basis, no other school has an integrated core curriculum in the first year that is specifically designed to build the skills needed for student success in the workplace.

The eight credit-hour integrated core, which consists of four courses - Foundations of Business; Foundations of Business Communication; Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Introduction to Computational Thinking for Business - is required for all Farmer School first year students. Students move through these classes in teams, working together from the beginning of the semester to the end, culminating with a final client project.

The integrated core allows students to individually build critical skills and to work collaboratively for a real client, while working with real data. Students learn skills, apply knowledge and present their creative, computational and analytic findings to senior executives.

Impact of an Integrated Core

"A huge part of my interview was telling the hiring manager about the client project and explaining our process and final solution. She was very interested in everything the First-Year Integrated Core entailed and was extremely impressed that we had such an amazing opportunity as freshmen." - Catherine, FSB Class of 2020