P.O. Box 9663
Roanoke, VA 24020
Increasingly, presidents of corporations say their most successful business associates think creatively and critically, communicate effectively, and work well with a team exactly the skills you acquire in the Hollins business program.
Hollins business majors develop these core business competencies on campus and off. Class assignments, team projects, simulations, and class presentations help students feel at ease in future business settings. Because of their experiences in the classroom and interactions with faculty and local professionals, Hollins business students are more confident than the average business undergraduate. They leave school better prepared to land a perfect job after graduation and advance competitively within their chosen organization or profession.
Our success is in our method. Hollins faculty bring real-world education to the classroom, through their professional history, ongoing work with key members of the business community, and modern teaching techniques. In the capstone course, or senior seminar, students play a computer-based business game to test their acquired business skills in a real-world setting. They manage an ongoing business, which requires high-level decision making in areas such as operations, marketing, and finance. Students work in small teams (two to four individuals) so that each team can assume control of a company operating on an international scale (North America, Europe, and Asia). Every team's company has nearly identical features (value and type of assets, financial resources, and such) at the outset, but as they make decisions regarding marketing, logistics, distribution, production, quality control, and finance, each company branches out, attaining different levels of profitability and growth. Their firms' overall performance over a period of more than two years is assessed on the basis of several parameters (return on assets, return on equity, and earnings per share).
Guest speakers from the professional world round out the education experience at Hollins. They share firsthand experiences that offer the students a worldly perspective on the simulated learning modules they encounter in the classroom.
During the January Short Term, summers, or a semester, students have the opportunity to obtain domestic and international work experience through internships. Most say such on-the-job training provides valuable insights into the working world — and sometimes an entry to their first job, as many Hollins seniors report they received job offers from companies with which they interned.