Adding business “know-how” to the strengths of a liberal arts education

Why should I choose the Hunter’s Certificate in Business Studies?

  • Just about every Hunter graduate will participate, one way or another, in business. Whether you work for an established company or a start-up, a medical practice or a museum, business skills are more necessary now than ever.
  • Hunter’s new 15-credit Certificate in Business Studies builds on the critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills you’re developing in your liberal arts and science education. By including the Certificate in your course of study, you will add a business-oriented mindset, along with theory and skills, to help you kick off your career.
  • Please consult with Advising and the Financial Aid office to understand how the Certificate would work for your individual situation. 

What will I learn in the program?

  • The Certificate in Business Studies will allow you to:
    • Understand the business mindset, and how different functions of a successful business operate and influence each other;
    • Apply the key ideas, vocabulary, and skills needed to navigate successfully in today’s professional world to a range of business-related problems; and
    • Demonstrate your ability to succeed in the professional business world, via a supervised internship or (coming later) the opportunity for a mentored entrepreneurial project.
  • Keep in mind that this certificate is not a BBA, and it does not count towards the Economics or Accounting Majors. 

Core Courses Required:

Introduction to Economics (ECO 10000)
Survey of Accounting (BUS 22500)
Introduction to Entrepreneurship (BUS 26100)
Capstone in Business Studies (BUS 49700) 

Plus one elective course from the following:

Capstone in Business Studies

  • Work experience is an essential component of the Certificate in Business Studies. The capstone course can only be taken after the other courses for the Certificate have been completed.
  • To enroll in the Capstone course, you must have an offer in hand for an approved internship in a business-oriented position.  You may also need to complete certain workshops provided by Hunter as prerequisites.
  • The Capstone course runs in tandem with your internship, with regular course meetings. These sessions will support you in making the connections between theory and practice, helping you to exceed expectations in your role and setting you up for success.
  • We are also developing an alternative Capstone path, where you can work on your own entrepreneurial venture instead of a traditional internship.

How do I get more information about applying to participate in the Certificate in Business Studies?

  • The Certificate officially launched in Fall 2020.
  • For information on how to apply to the Certificate in Business Studies and answers to frequently asked questions, see our FAQs.
  • Please reach out to Arabella Pollack, the Director of the Certificate in Business Studies (Hunter West 1531), with any questions.

Additional Resources:

  • If you are interested in a career in a business-related field, the Cooperman Business Center provides guidance, resources and networking.
  • You may also want to connect with one or more of these student organizations:

Hunter Association of Business Students
Hunter Accounting Society
Hunter Investment & Trading Society