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  • Brock Scholars Program

    The Brock Scholars Program is an imaginative, demanding and competitive program of study designed for University Fellows and an outstanding pre-business sophomore who are nominated by faculty and who want to major in business. Orphanages in Romania, urban farms, micro-enterprises in South Africa- University Fellows often have aspirations beyond the scope of a traditional business education. The Brock School of Business has pioneered an innovative program that fuses practical business experience, a classical liberal arts education, and intimate learning environments to customize your degree. Brock Scholars are selected annually through a rigorous application process.

    The program consists of four core elements:

    • Customized curriculum
    • A subsidized internship
    • An international fellowship
    • An independent senior research project

    Rationale

    The Brock Scholars Program was created to serve University Fellows who choose to pursue an academic major in the Brock School of Business.

    The University Fellows Program, the University's new honors program, was initiated in 2008. Whether a student explores justice with Plato, grace with Augustine, motion with Galileo or economics with Smith, the University Fellows Program is intended to challenge students to think deeply about what they believe and why. In addition, the program believes that putting knowledge into right action requires wisdom and, to that end, the program is committed to understanding how the classical and Christian virtues are essential to the cultivation of responsible citizenship.

    Brock Scholars Major

    The Brock Scholars major is an imaginative, demanding and competitive program of study designed for University Fellows who desire to major in business. Brock Scholars are selected annually through a rigorous application process in the spring of the freshman year. The program allows students the flexibility to create their own unique curriculum, coupled with international travel, student research, hands-on experience through internships and a high degree of faculty involvement.

    Goals and Objectives

    Effective Communication(3); Corporate and Social Responsibility (3); Teamwork(3); Quantitative Literacy (3); Discipline-Specific Knowledge (3); and Virtue Development (3).

    Summary

    Brock Scholars design their own degree program in conjunction with their faculty committee (three faculty, one may come from outside the Brock School of Business), who will approve their entire program of study. The program consists of the following coursework:

    Required Business Courses (22 Credits)

    • BUSA 100, ACCT 211
    • BSBB 430- Brock Scholars Seminar (3 Credits)
    • BSBB 201- Brock Scholars Internship (3 Credits)
    • BSBB 302 (2 times) - Oxbridge Tutorial (1 Credit Each)
    • BSBB 301- Summer Fellowship (4 Credits)
    • BSBB 410- Senior Research Project I (2 Credits)
    • BSBB 420- Senior Research Project II (2 Credits)
    • Core Business Coursework (30 Credits):
    • ACCT 212, ECON 201, ECON 202, BUSA 231, MNGT 303, MARK 311, FINC 321, MNGT 342, BUSA 360 and MNGT 481
    NOTE: Any of these courses can be replaced/substituted with related business coursework applicable to the student's chosen course of study upon approval from the appropriate department chair and the student's faculty committee).

    Additional Major Courses/Electives

    The major allows the flexibility for academic coursework to come from other diciplines outside of the Brock School of Business.

    Your curriculum chair, a close advisor and mentor during your time in the Brock School, helps you coordinate these elements to craft the optimal undergraduate business education.To learn more about the Brock Scholars Program, contact the program coordinator, Dr. Sara Helms at shelms1@samford.edu or by phone at (205) 726-4110.

    Curriculum

    Brock Scholars have the ability to create their own unique curriculum. Working closely with faculty in the Brock School of Business and in line with the student's academic goals and career aspirations, Brock Scholars complete a core of business courses combined with courses from across the university to craft a personalized curricular experience.

    Some students choose to specialize further in a particular field of business, such as accounting, economics, or marketing. Others choose to merge their business foundation with a concentration in another area, such as religion or family studies courses.

    Course Requirements

    Internship

    Brock Scholars begin their career early with a subsidized internship during their sophomore year. The Brock Scholars Program provides a $1,500 stipend for each Scholar to intern at a socially mission-driven business. The position matches students' curricular interests and provides academic credit.

    For example, Sally Snider ('13) merged her interests of musical performance and business with an internship at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Annika Cousins ('12) interned with the Ronald McDonald House. Ben Jones ('12) spent a semester helping Jones Valley Urban Farms develop their education programs and expansion plan. Cameron Collins ('13) followed his interests of entrepreneurship with the widely acclaimed business incubator Innovation Depot.

    The internship allows Scholars to begin their professional experience early and prepares them for an international fellowship after their junior year.

    Fellowship

    The Brock Scholars Fellowship provides additional experiential learning. With a stipend from the program, Scholars are place in organizations all over the world in a fellowship experience.

    Fellowships are tailored to the Scholar's specific career aspirations. For example, Kley Sippel ('12), in line with his economic development interests, was placed in South Africa to work with the enterprise incubator Living Way. Caroline Noland ('12) was placed with the global NGO Food for the Hungry in their Washington, D.C. office.

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