The web of academic studies
I picked up a minor in Global Communication, which is a joint program between the School of International Relations and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, because I wanted to broaden my studies while at USC. What I didn’t realize was how interconnected every area of study is–whether you’re majoring in biology and picking up a consumer behavior minor, pursuing an accounting degree and minoring in East Asian Area Studies, or double majoring in political science and business, everything is webbed together.
I’m not even exaggerating the number of times that a business situation has come up in one of my International Relations courses. Everything in world history is based on business transactions, dating all the way back to the original trade routes of the ancient world. I’ve been able to apply what I learned in my IR classes about history and the economy in my finance classes. Because although we now have fancy calculators and computer programs to automate our calculations, the concepts of net present value and discounted cash flow have remained the same over time. Mergers and acquisitions have changed the Fortune 500 list several times since its inception.
But it also works the other way around. What I learned in BUAD-304, Organizational Behavior, was very useful in my case analyses in my Communications courses. Because Marshall provides you with real-life examples and because we’re able to participate in business simulations in the Experiential Learning Center, I’m able to provide a new, diverse contribution to class discussions.
Business is a very real ubiquitous subject that permeates every aspect of academic study, and I’m happy to have chosen it as my major.