Frequently Asked Questions
How many students in the Business/Health Administration majors are now working in the field?
The majority of our graduates have responded to the annual survey done by the Career Development Office that they are working in a field directly related to their major and the remainder say their job is related to the major.
What help does the University and/or department offer with job placement?
Career Development and the Business/Health Administration department make students aware of job and internship opportunities through the Business Student Community on MyArcadia. The required internship provides valuable experience and contacts.
Who will be teaching the courses in my major and are they accessible?
Fulltime faculty members teach the majority of our students. Our fulltime faculty have experience in organizations as well as theoretical background. We also use part-time faculty who have specific areas of expertise to round out course offerings. Our fulltime and part-time faculty are accessible through office hours, voicemail, facsimile and email.
What is notable or special about the faculty in your department?
The faculty are all applications oriented. They are able to use personal business experiences. They all utilize hands-on types of teaching approaches. Thus, students are required to apply what they are learning through case studies, simulations, and other problem solving, decision making and experiential learning activities. They all believe in having students do written and oral presentations and work in groups. Thus, students are required to develop skills which industry tells us are important. The faculty work together through team teaching and general discussion to make certain that the curriculum is coordinated.
What is unique about your program that sets it apart from other universities/colleges?
Our program is unique in its emphasis on combining theory and application. Our use of hands-on activities such as simulations, cases and other experiential learning activities set us apart. It is not that other schools are not doing these things, it is that we do them as our way. Another unique feature is the flexibility of the Business/Health Administration program. We offer programs in the day and evening. Students follow a particular program, but they can freely take courses in either time format. Thus, a day program student can take evening classes if this makes for better scheduling. There are some courses which are only offered at specific times, so a student would have to accommodate this in their schedule.
If I am a transfer student, what kinds of courses should I be taking before I enter Arcadia University in the Business/Health Administration program?
Transfer students should generally take courses at the 100 and 200 level to transfer for the following business/health courses: The Legal Environment of Business, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics and Finite Mathematics. Transfer students should also take courses which would satisfy the General Education Requirements such as English, science, foreign language and humanities.
If I am interested in Accounting, can I sit for the CPA if I earn a BS? BA?
To sit for the CPA Examination in Pennsylvania, one needs a bachelor's degree and 24 credits in accounting. The bachelor's degree can be in anything; it does not have to be in accounting or even in business. A history major who has 24 credits in accounting can sit for the examination.
What is the difference between the CPA and the CMA?
The CPA license is targeted to practitioners in public accounting. The license requires passing a 2-day uniform examination and meeting a state's experience requirements. The examination is offered twice a year. The CMA designation is targeted to practitioners in industry. The examination is a broader based examination than the CPA. The examination focuses on economics, accounting, and behavioral issues encountered by management accountants. The examination is 12 hours on-line and can be taken at the candidate's convenience.
Can I major in International Business without going overseas?
You can, but it is discouraged and other things must be taken in place of the study abroad. For example, you would be required to do an internship in an international firm doing business in the US. A great deal of responsibility would be placed on you in finding such a site.
What specific advantages are there in Arcadia University's International Business & Culture Program?
From the department's perspective, Arcadia's The College of Global Studies (formerly the Center for Education Abroad) is a known program with exceptional support services on campus and abroad. The fact that the student's financial aid is applicable as if it is one of our programs is a plus.
Where have students done their internships?
We had students who completed their internships through study abroad in London and Australia, while others completed their internships at the following companies:
- Abington Memorial Hospital
- Albert Einstein Medical Center
- Ameriprise Financial
- Arcadia University
- Citizens Bank
- Constitutions Center
- Fox Chase Cancer Center
- Franklin Institute
- Holy Redeemer Hospital
- Integrated Business Solutions of South Africa
- JP Morgan Chase
- Johnson & Johnson
- Kolber Marketing
- McNeil Laboratories
- Merrill Lynch
- Morgan Stanley
- PA Attorney General’s Office
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Resources for Human Development
- SAI Marketing
- SEI Investments
- US Department of Homeland Security
- Wachovia Center