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Business, Entrepreneurship, & Finance

Students pursuing a pathway in business and entrepreneurship are preparing for careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Prospective business leaders and entrepreneurs are on track to drive social and economic change that will shape our collective future. Career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy, requiring require specific skills in organization, time management, customer service and communication.



  • I would like to explore and create with new technology.

  • I like to help motivate others to achieve their dreams.

  • I would like to learn about business policies that are ethical and sustainable for the environment.

  • I identify problems and ideate solutions.

  • I like to develop and implement strategies.

  • I like to organize and analyze data.

  • I find patterns in numbers.

  • I want to change the world through exploration, research and creativity.

  • I want to reach millions around the world through social media.

  • I want to sell the next big thing.

  • I am willing to take risks.

  • I am innovative and creative.

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Explore the Different Possibilities

Check out the specific concentrations within this interest cluster, with information regarding specific careers, as well as potential majors to pursue in college!

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

For the entrepreneurs and creators looking to merge disciplines in technology, business, and innovation. These students focus on high-level problem solving in areas as diverse as information systems, product development, human-centered design, e-commerce, health innovation, social change, and the future of the arts, media and entertainment ecosystems.

Potential Majors

Fashion Business

For the student interested in the fields of fashion merchandising, marketing, and brand management. Programs emphasize the development of creative, financial, technological, buying, and promotional strategies that affect consumer behavior in the digital era, along with critical thought, creative applications, teamwork, and effective communication.

Potential Majors


For the future investors, bankers, and accountants that are in charge of our money. Potential careers include: Securities and Investments, Business Finance, Banking Services, Insurance, Accounting

Potential Majors


For the inner strategists that utilize remarkable communication and observation skills in order to convey a message. Potential careers include: Marketing Management, Professional Sales, Merchandising, Marketing Communications, Marketing Research

Potential Majors

Business Management & Administration

For students who envision planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operation. Potential careers include: General Management, Business Information Management, Human Resources Management, Operations Management

Potential Majors

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Connect with Alumni or a Senior Mentor

Check out how our alumni students and current seniors are pursuing this pathway! Learn about what it takes. To learn more about an alumni's journey, check out their roadmap.

Brandt Olsen
Class of 2019
Undergraduate student
Industrial Engineering, Georgia Tech
Ryan Olstad
Class of 2016
Direct-to-Consumer & International Strategy at Walt Disney
Economics, UCLA
Pia Shah
Class of 2015
Fashion & Social Media Influencer
Finance, Liberty University
Akhil Cherukupally
Class of 2013
Corporate Account Manager at Palo Alto Networks
Political Science, UCLA
Carlos Bailey
Class of 2014
HR generalist at Boston Scientific
History, UCSB
Kelsey Taylor
Class of 2014
Accountant Executive at Ruder Finn
Public Relations & Advertising, Pepperdine University
Aubrey Moore
Class of 2014
Director of Sales at Holiday Inn
Enterprise Leadership, University of Iowa
Colby Tunick
Class of 2014
Founder of ReFocus, an AI Startup
International Security and Conflict Resolution, San Diego State University
Shelby Eichman
Class of 2010
Strategic Corporate Communications
Genetics, UC Davis
Sadia Fahimul
Class of 2016
Media Buyer at Starcom
Marketing, Bentley University
Finn-Christian Baker
Undergraduate student
Business, BYU
Mimi Mason
Class of 2017
Assistant Consultant at Oracle
Business Administration, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Competitive business schools are looking for students that posses proven entrepreneur and leadership skills, in addition to a demonstrated desire to affect positive change in their communities (UPenn)

Many competitive business schools appreciate academic readiness, particularly in mathematics and calculus, and will expect to see this reflected in your high school transcripts

From business undergraduate essay questions to the interview process, it is important to show that you have a career path in mind. Students who indicate that they have “so many ideas that they don’t know where to start” come across as unfocused and non-directed.

Put yourself out there. The more job, internship, and volunteer positions you apply for, the more likely you are to further your might as a business major. 

Why? Because experience is everything. While classes can help you learn about how to handle running a business, nothing measures up to built experiences.

Network. Most positions are obtained by knowing people. It may not always be fun, but it helps to have connections in the business world. These people may prove to be great friends and/or grant you their service later on. Symbiosis, you feel?


Familiarize yourself with technology. Programs like Excel, Pages, Microsoft Office, and even video editing programs like Final Cut Pro or Sony Vegas can help you stand out among other applicants and help you communicate your ideas to others.

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Four-Year Ed Plans

Provided here are ed plans for you to take AOC & COC coursework for specific concentrations within this pathway. Keep in mind that these ed-plans are subject to change based on your individual needs and preferences.

AA Degrees

The ed-plans above will allow you to earn either a certificate of specialization, or an Associate Degree in Business or Mathematics. All of the ed-plans above will allow you to complete your IGETC and to transfer several General Ed college credits.

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