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In addition to enjoying all of the benefits of being part of the UWG community (Go West!), there are several things that make Richards College special. Check out ten of the top reasons Richards College is the place for you.
What can’t you do?! An undergraduate business degree can prepare you to work in a company that specializes in your field of study, like an accounting, finance, or marketing firm. It also prepares you to fill a functional role in a business discipline, in most any company, public agency, or non-profit organization, in any industry. Additionally, a business degree provides an important educational foundation if you are considering starting your own business. The possibilities really are endless!
A graduate business degree is a “door opener” that can help you achieve your personal career goals. If you previously studied business or are working in a business discipline, a graduate program is an opportunity to further develop your expertise. If your specialization is outside of the scope of business, the knowledge of business principles and processes gained through a graduate business program is a perfect complement to your skill set. In either case, a graduate business degree is specifically preparing prepares you to take on a managerial or leadership role.
As the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, AACSB-accreditation is a clear indicator of the quality education and commitment to continuous improvement that you can expect from Richards College. It’s especially important to you because it conveys the quality of your undergraduate or graduate business degree to future employers.
Through Richards College, you can earn one of nine undergraduate degrees in the disciplines of Accounting, Business Education, Economics, Finance, International Economic Affairs, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Real Estate. In addition to two MBA programs, Richards College offers graduate degrees in the areas Accounting and Business Education.
Richards College students work hard both independently and collaboratively to learn and apply the principles of business. In addition to your own study efforts, you can expect to take part in interesting (and fun!) team projects, often for local businesses.
To develop a comprehensive business education, Richards College students take important foundational courses, in addition to courses in their chosen major. This framework promotes an understanding of the interconnectedness of business functions and challenges students to build cross-functional expertise.
Furthermore, studying business opens your eyes to the world around you by providing context for the decisions and action taken by companies, governments, and non-profit organizations.
Yes. Students may choose multiple majors and/or minors from within the Richards College and from other colleges at the University. Special Certificate Programs are also available. Specific requirements are available in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Yes. The entire UWG undergraduate core curriculum (Areas A through E) can be completed online through eCore. Business Core F and junior core courses are offered at least once per year online, and many upper division courses in various majors are offered in an online format. Undergraduate core courses and business Core F courses are also offered at the Newnan, GA site. In addition to an exclusively online format offered through the Georgia WebMBA program, MBA courses are delivered in Carrollton, Douglasville, or Newnan, GA.
From degree-specific clubs and student organizations to internships and study abroad programs, Richards College offers numerous ways to get involved while gaining important skills and experience. Check out this comprehensive list of activities and opportunities.
In addition to the scholarships offered by UWG, Richards College offers numerous departmental, general business, and study abroad scholarships. You can also find more information about financial aid here.
Students specify their area of study when they apply, or they may change their major to business by contacting a Richards College advisor in the Undergraduate Programs Office, Room 1208 of the Richards College Building. (See also the Policy for Major Status.)
Applying into the Richards College of Business Graduate programs is based on reviewing the following Admission Application:
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is our listed standard and expectation for Business School applicants at the Richards College of Business.
The submission of a Graduate Records Examination (GRE) would be considered, but a GRE comparison tool would be used to create an equable GMAT total score.
Richards College graduates can be found all over the world in a variety of organizations and positions. Our graduate program alumni have progressed in their careers to hold positions such as: President, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Professor, and Dean, among others. Alumni also hold positions at a variety of companies: local, national and international.
To ensure you are developing the knowledge and skills to support your professional goals, Richards College faculty and staff are always available to discuss career options and opportunities. In addition, support and events are offered in conjunction with UWG’s Career Services, including specially hosted recruiting and career events for business students. Follow the Richards College event calendar or check in with your advisor to find out more.
In addition to their “real world” expertise, Richards College faculty members are known for their approachability and commitment to student development. Richards College's small class sizes allow for high student-faculty interaction and discussion. After class, students can seek advice from faculty during their office hours, as well as email them with questions. Richards College faculty members oversee student organizations and clubs and join students on trips to study abroad. Students can also collaborate with faculty on research projects and other academic activities.
Each semester, every student is required to meet with an academic advisor, prior to registration, to go over the courses he/she should take for the next semester to stay on track. After advising, students register themselves online in the Banner Student Information System. Detailed information is available on the Richards College Advising pages.
All overloads into full classes must be approved by the appropriate chair of the department in which the course is offered. Typically, students make their requests in writing in the department office and are notified by the department if the request is approved.
Contact your advisor and complete a Request for Transient Permission form. The form and complete instructions can be found at the following link on the Registrar’s webpage: http://www.westga.edu/assetsDept/registrar/Undergraduate_Transient_Status_Permission_Form_-_Revised_Feb_2012_-_international(2).pdf
Exam schedules are posted in the online “Scoop” on the Registrar’s webpage at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/index_15571.php. Select the term, and the Exam Schedule link is under “Calendars.”
Each department has a dedicated advisor for you to work with. Check out the “Who is My Advisor?” page to find yours.
Internships are an excellent opportunity to apply what you have learned, gain professional experience and explore future careers interests. At Richards College internships may be taken for academic class credit or for academic recognition (notation on transcript, but no credit). To find out more visit the Internships and Professional Practice page.
*Reprinted from the 2015 issue of The Princeton Review’s Best 296 Business Schools. ©2014 TPR Education IP Holdings, LLC. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information about reprints from The Princeton Review visit PARS International Corp. at http://www.TPR-licensing.com
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