Goals

The Brennan School of Business was created to fulfill the mission of Dominican University by providing value-centered intellectual development and professional preparation in the business disciplines for motivated students. The purpose of the business program, like that of the university, is to foster the personal, social and professional development of its students through excellent teaching, careful mentoring, and rigorous programs of study.

The Brennan School of Business has six specific goals:

  • To expose students to the theories, concepts, and scholarly literature of business.
  • To assist students in developing value centered, ethical perspectives.
  • To enable students to acquire an understanding of current management thought, technology, and methods through in-depth study of thebusiness disciplines, particularly as they apply to entrepreneurial and global organizations.
  • To enable students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding in solving business problems, particularly through the useof case study analyses and information systems technology.
  • To instill in the students confidence in their own abilities and decision making skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • To advance theory and knowledge in the field of management through faculty and student scholarship and research.

Taught by a faculty of well-prepared academicians with real world experience, the curriculum takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to business education. The undergraduate program enables students to choose from among four business majors and three separate concentrations. The programs offered by the Brennan School of Business all reflect the university’s commitment to liberal and professional learning. 

A primary purpose of the business program is to prepare graduates to have an understanding of ethical precepts and commit to promoting socially responsible behavior and demonstrating it in their own lives. Through its international business curriculum and programs, the Brennan School of Business supports and extends the university’s dedication to cultural and ethnic diversity.

Academic Goals and Outcomes

The business curricula provide the opportunity for students to learn the tools and methods for managing companies and organizations and to apply ethically those tools and methods for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Goal 1: Students will appreciate the ethical foundation of effective long-run business decisions and promote social responsibility and ethical leadership in managerial decision-making

Objectives:

  • Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental approaches to moral reasoning, including knowledge of contemporary ethical issues in global settings.
  • Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the role and appropriateness of social responsibility within the business environment.

Goal 2: Students will communicate effectively in written and verbal formats

Objectives:

  • Successful students will effectively prepare and deliver class presentations.
  • Successful students will demonstrate an ability to write analytical papers.

Goal 3: Students will utilize technology and electronic learning to address business applications

Objectives:

  • Successful students will demonstrate competency in the use of and/or ability to develop software packages which focus on business applications.
  • Successful students will demonstrate competency in applying models to systematically collect, store, and disseminate information.

Goal 4: Students will utilize quantitative and analytical methods as well as critical thinking skills in business applications

Objectives:

  • Successful students will demonstrate competency in developing a hypothesis (thesis, topic) and in effectively researching information that will lead to appropriate conclusions.
  • Successful students will demonstrate the ability to interpret graphical and empirical data, utilize software to analyze data, and/or develop various system solutions which focus on business applications.

Goal 5: Students will utilize a global perspective in the evaluation of contemporary business issues

Objectives:

  • Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the economics, financial, managerial, and/or technological implications of a firm operating internationally and/or domestically.
  • Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and technology in the economy and the potential problems they may experience.

The faculty’s work in defining these academic goals and objectives enables the students in the Brennan School of Business to benefit from a coherent system of management education. This educational system is not only designed to help them learn business concepts but also to prepare them for success throughout the course of their professional management careers.