Since North Carolina Central University opened its doors in 1910, students have had the option of learning the skills needed for a successful business career. In fact, management education was one of the very first programs offered to students by the university founder, Dr. James E. Shepard.
Today, NCCU's fully accredited School of Business trains students to become specialists in major fields of business administration and management. Through critical examination of case studies, as well as individual and group projects, students also learn the principles and skills that will help them become good leaders.
The NCCU School of Business faculty firmly supports the theory that the country's best business people are those who have well-rounded backgrounds. Being a shrewd negotiator or savvy financier simply isn't enough; those who work in the highest echelons of their professions typically have a solid liberal arts foundation. In recognition of this, NCCU undergraduate business students spend most of their first two years taking courses in the humanities, fine arts, behavioral sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and mathematics. The final years of the program focus on business management principles and practices.
Our classes are small, so students work closely with their classmates and professors. Our faculty-to-student ratio is 1:24, and we're proud to say that more than 93 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty have terminal degrees (the highest possible) in their disciplines. Most instructors also have professional experience in their respective areas.
Although many of the tools students need to succeed in business can be obtained in the classroom, learning how to put them into practice can best be achieved by interacting with business professionals. Our Visiting Management Professional Forums, which started in 2000, bring business leaders to the school to discuss ways to succeed in the workplace. The School has also formed discipline-focused partnerships with IBM, 3M Corp., Ernst & Young, Wachovia, and Marriott Corp. to give students additional exposure to corporate life.
In addition to providing opportunities to meet and learn from practicing business professionals, our School of Business (through the Office of Student Professional Development) also delivers curricula and programs that focus on the non-academic skills required to succeed in business — skills involving leadership, ethics, teamwork, interpersonal relationships, effective communication and business protocols.