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Academics & Advising

Santa Clara University business undergraduates learn from distinguished scholars and experienced executives

You are in charge of your academic career.

During your first and second years as a Santa Clara business student, you'll take a common core of liberal arts classes along with your introductory business courses. In your junior and senior years, you'll gain wide-ranging exposure to a common core of six business courses, and begin to specialize in your chosen major. All of this culminates in a Capstone course taken in your senior year.

Choosing a Major

At the end of your sophomore year, you'll select one of eight majors within the Leavey School of Business. Starting with your introductory business courses, you'll begin to sense which business subjects hold the strongest appeal. Conversations with your advisor or favorite faculty members, and with fellow students, help to clarify your interests. You may talk with corporate representatives at annual campus career fairs or at "Meet the Firms" nights, or travel to business offices on field trips arranged by our business clubs.

In addition, you are encouraged to visit the Career Center on campus where you can utilize self-assessment tools and other resources to help you determine the Leavey School of Business major that matches your future aspirations.

Minors and Other Academic Enrichment

At Santa Clara, you'll have many opportunities to add breadth and depth to your major by adding one of five minors to your coursework, or participating in the Global Fellows or Study Abroad programs, or exploring classes and projects in our interdisciplinary centers, such as the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) or the Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program (CLASP).

Your academic achievement will be marked with honors such as eligibility for Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society, the Leavey Scholars program, or any number of department-based awards.