Professional Development Coursework

Begin Exploring Your Options in Business

Eller College provides course options to help students explore career options.

BNAD 100: The Language and Context of Business (1 Unit)
BNAD 200: Career Management in Business (1 Unit)
BNAD 240: Careers in Consulting (1 Unit)
FIN 417: Wall Street Professional Development (3 Units)
MKTG 293-004: Careers in Marketing (1 Unit)

BNAD 100: The Language and Context of Business (1 Unit)

This class will provide students with exposure into business at the macro level. Students will explore the functional areas of business and industrial organization, and how these areas map to financial statements. Through the course, students will engage in the language and acumen of business. This course will provide an introduction to global business concepts.

This course is offered in Fall semesters only to Pre-Business Students. For further questions regarding BNAD 100, please contact your academic advisor.

BNAD 200: Career Management in Business (1 Unit)

Career Management in Business is designed to inform students about career planning and management interventions and to accommodate students at different levels of career decidedness. Career management involves more than just choosing and entering an occupation. It also includes a self-assessment of values, interests, and skills; an understanding of the steps in the career decision- making process; and learning the necessary corporate intelligence (corporate IQ) to obtain and retain a job.

This course is offered in Fall semesters only to Pre-Business Students. For further questions regarding BNAD 200, please contact your academic advisor.


 

BNAD 240: Careers in Consulting (1 Unit)

Semester: Spring semester only
Course Hours: Dynamic 

The purpose of this course is to expose you to the consulting industry and the career options in that field. The focus of the class is to familiarize you with the specific terminology used by actual practitioners, as well as give you an opportunity to network with successful alumni employed in consulting. The short term goal of the course is to help you determine if consulting is a good fit for your skills and interests so that you can determine if seeking an internship in consulting is appropriate for you. The long term goal is to be a first step in preparing you for a career in consulting. The knowledge of the various speakers (whom you shall encounter in this course) will be instrumental in making you competitive candidates, as you launch your careers. This course will help you develop the tools and skills needed to succeed in the Consulting industry.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the nature of skills required for a career in consulting
  • Understand the spectrum of firms in the consulting business
  • Understand the process of executing a consulting engagement from request for proposal (RFP) to project execution
  • Understand the project management techniques used in consulting
  • Understand the unique vocabulary used in the consulting business

Pre-requisite Requirements

Students must apply and be selected into the course; this is a competitive process. To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Declared as a pre-business or upper division Eller major
  • Sophomore standing
  • Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA
  • Course acceptance requires a face to face interview with the instructor

Application Process

Applications are not currently being accepted. Check back in mid-October for how to apply.

Questions? Please email Jeff Welter at jwelter@eller.arizona.edu.


 

FIN 417: Wall Street Professional Development (3 Units)

Semester: Spring semester only
Course Hours: Fridays, 1:00pm - 3:30pm 

This class represents the Analyst Level of the Wall Street Scholars Program.  The purpose of this course is to expose you to investment banking and financial market related careers that exist at the major Wall Street institutions. These job opportunities are available on both the East and West coast of the US, as well as globally. The focus of the class is to familiarize you with the specific terminology used by actual practitioners, as well as give you an opportunity to network with successful U of A alumni employed in these sectors. Initially, the short-term goal of the course is to prepare you for an internship opportunity, while your long-term goal should be to obtain a permanent position. The knowledge of the various speakers (whom you shall encounter in this course) will be instrumental in making you competitive candidates, as you launch your finance careers. 

The aim of the class is to integrate financial theory with the real world activities of financial intermediaries. This will enhance your understanding of the day-to-day functioning of Wall Street. You will be required to keep abreast of the weekly events impacting equity and fixed income markets, as well as any corporate finance related news.

This course will help you develop the tools and skills needed to succeed in the investments industry. Topics covered include investment banking (including firm valuation), research and trading, sales, private equity, and hedge funds. In addition, the course focuses on improving your interviewing skills as well as resume enhancing strategies.

Pre-requisite Requirements

Students must apply and be selected into the course; this is a competitive process. To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Declared as a pre-business or upper division Eller major
  • Sophomore standing 
  • Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA 
  • Course acceptance requires a face-to-face interview with the instructor

Application Process

Click here for application requirements and dates.

Questions? Please email Jeff Welter at jwelter@eller.arizona.edu.


 

MKTG 293-004: Careers in Marketing (1 Unit)

Semester: Spring semester only
Course Hours: Thursdays, 2 - 4:50 (Jan. 12 - Feb. 23)

The purpose of this course is to expose you to a variety of marketing fields with limited-to-no campus recruiting efforts. The focus of the class is to familiarize you with the specific terminology used within each topic area, as well as give you an opportunity to network with successful UA alumni employed in the industry. The course will allow those interested in marketing careers to learn terminology and enhance skill set to potentially pursue an internship as well as provide insight as to whether this would be a viable career choice. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the nature of skills required for a career in the various marketing areas
  • Understand the spectrum companies within each area
  • Understand potential career paths in each topic area
  • Understand steps needed to advance in each career path
  • Understand the unique vocabulary used in the various topic area
  • Understand how to appropriately interact with professionals in marketing careers

Pre-requisite Requirements

Students must apply and be selected into the course; this is a competitive process. To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Declared as a pre-business or upper division Eller major
  • Sophomore standing
  • Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Course acceptance requires a face-to face-interview with the instructor

Application Process

Appy on eSMS Job Board. Select "Sophomore Specialized Career Course."

Questions? Please email Marisa Allen at mallen@eller.arizona.edu.