Learning from Day One

Business 120 Freshman Course

BUS 120 is Niagara University's College of Business Administration's innovative, team-taught course designed to introduce our freshman business students to the dynamic global world of business.

Unique Experience

Business is an exciting and fast-changing field and the successful business student will want to start understanding the dynamics of how the real business world works as soon as possible. At Niagara University, you enroll directly into the business school and start in BUS 120, a required course for all incoming freshman. BUS 120 is designed to get students up to speed on the language and trends in business, as well as to develop important computer and communication skills.

At many universities, you may not be able to take business courses such as management, marketing and finance until your junior year, but at Niagara University you begin on day one of your freshman year to learn about all aspects of business and management.

We believe our freshman students are ready and eager to begin learning the language of business, the stories of successful firms, career options, and gain a better understanding of the technology and practices that are driving business today. According to Dr. Jim Kling, the course coordinator,

The more time students have to process the lessons of the real world of business, the sooner they will understand where their opportunities can be found. As faculty members, we are working hard to accelerate the students' business knowledge learning curve so they will have a competitive advantage when they graduate.

The Curriculum

Part of the course curriculum is the students read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, play the game "Cashflow 101," and answer questions from Business Week in competitive game format using "clickers." For a full overview of the course, check out the BUS 120 syllabus.

We have been continuously improving our freshman business experience for 17 years. This course includes different modules that expose students to various aspects of business and also give them the skills they will need to succeed in the business world. Business freshmen learn how to find and interpret business news from finance to current global issues using the technology in our Financial Services Laboratory.

The retreat for BUS 120 is held on campus in September. Highlights include a financial board game, group video exercises, ice breakers to get to know your classmates, and other team-building activities. For more information about the retreat, click here.

Contrast these experiences with other schools, which often don't allow you to take business courses or enter the business school until your junior year. BUS 120 students also have the opportunity to participate in a service learning project that sends thousands of lightly-used sandals from Niagara Falls' Cave of the Winds to developing countries.