Summer Business Institute Gives Non-Business Students a Competitive Advantage

June 2012

The Summer Business Institute, a six-week program offered by the Farmer School of Business, is specifically designed to benefit the non-business student.

"[SBI is] based on the concept that people in other areas of expertise who are entering business environments need to be able to communicate effectively, as well as have the ability to be comfortable in corporate settings," said Ron Collins, SBI Director.

This summer, SBI's 76 undergraduate and graduate student participants hail from a variety of non-business degree programs and majors including engineering, chemistry, kinesiology, and fine arts. The intensive program takes place May 14 to June 21, with Monday through Thursday sessions.

Comprised of three courses, each with a number of separate modules, SBI provides graduates with a thematic sequence in business (9 credit hours). The SBI courses cover topics ranging from business strategy, marketing, and leadership, to finance, accounting, and information technology. They are taught through a mix of lectures, team projects, case studies, simulation exercises, and fieldtrips.

"The background knowledge definitely helps," said Adam Messina, a senior exercise science major at Miami University. "Before, when I heard certain vocabulary on the news or did taxes, it was often confusing. Now I have a better understanding of things that will be helpful when I make the transition into the real world."

SBI also offers an international option. Participants can choose to spend the last two weeks of the program abroad. This year, 23 SBI students traveled to Barcelona, Spain.

Now in its ninth year, SBI continues to evolve in response to student feedback and the changing business climate. Two new modules were added this summer, one on personal finance, the other on sustainability, as well as a business etiquette luncheon and networking reception.

"SBI gives business credentials to nonbusiness majors, which is helpful not only in finding a job but also allows them to be better stewards of their personal finances and more knowledgeable consumers," said Tim Krehbiel, Senior Associate Dean of the Farmer School of Business.

Learn more about the Summer Business Institute.