Business & Finance

At Union, you’ll develop writing, analytic, research, decision-making and quantitative skills – all valued by those in the business and financial sectors. According to a recent Wall Street Journal, article, 'undergraduate [business] degrees focus too much on the nuts and bolts of finance and accounting and don’t develop enough critical thinking and problem-solving skills through long essays, in-class debates and other hallmarks of liberal arts courses.' At Union, students also gain an essential understanding of global issues and diversity perspectives, key components of our curriculum. In addition, Union offers 5-year M.B.A. and M.B.A. Healthcare Management Programs in partnership with the School of Management of Union Graduate College.

Possible majors:

A variety of majors and minors will help students succeed in the business world and in programs of advanced study. These include Asian Studies, Economics, English, Engineering, Managerial Economics and Mathematics.

Campus academic & honorary societies:

Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society

Clubs and organizations:

Economics Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Investment Club

Internship opportunities:

AYCO; Goldman Sachs; Golub Corporation; IBM (Poughkeepsie); Kern, Suslow Securities; Morgan Stanley, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Target; Union-IBM Global Summer Internships

Suggested terms abroad:

An economics international exchange at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, or with the IESEG School of Management in Lille, France

Alumni in Business and Finance:

  1. Matt Baumgartner ’95, founder and owner, Bombers Burritos Bar   
  2. Barbara Burek ’75, VP of international sales, PepsiCo
  3. Robert Holland ’62, board chairman, Spellman College; general partner, Williams Capital Partners; former president and CEO, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  4. Alan Horn ’62, CEO, Disney Studios
  5. Sabrina (Rau) Kanner ’80, executive VP for design and construction, Brookfield Financial Properties; oversaw rebuilding at Ground Zero
  6. Douglass Karp ’97, co-founder, Lids; VP, New England Development 
  7. John Kelly III ’76, senior VP and director, IBM Research
  8. Eric Langner’12, advisor, Citigroup Global markets
  9. Katherine Manko ’12, client service associate, Private Wealth Management, Rockefeller & Co.
  10. Nicholas Matt ’67, president, Saranac Brewery
  11. David Pacyna ’83, CEO, Transmission and Distribution Divisions, Siemens Energy
  12. Richard Templeton ’80, president and chief executive, Texas Instruments
  13. Carol Wrenn ’82, president, Animal Health, Alpharma
  14. Devin Wenig ’88, president, eBay Global Marketplaces
  15. Jennifer Winkelried ’10, analyst, Goldman Sachs Asset Management