General Business

Nichols develops leaders and innovators to work in the global market. Our business faculty are experts in their fields, and each invest in their students, helping ensure our business majors go on to success.

To keep our business program dynamic and career-focused, we make sure our students can tailor their program of study to suit their career goals.

We call this our general business major because it is flexible and prepares students for a variety of careers. According to their interests and goals, our business majors choose 3 concentrations from the following options:

  • Accounting
  • Business Communication
  • Criminal Justice Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport Management

Whether you’re thinking of joining your family’s business or starting your own, you can pursue a certificate in entrepreneurship or work through Nichols’ educator preparation program.

Nichols helps place business students in prestigious internships with companies like Target, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Hudson RPM Distributors. You’ll have the chance to network with successful alumni, you’ll get your resumé workshopped, and you’ll emerge from Nichols a confident and well-rounded leader.

Leading the Way

Rob Russo ’12 Chocolate Innovations , Owner

I knew I wanted to own a business and felt that Nichols could help me do that and succeed. I selected the General Business program in order to become a well-rounded owner. My entire business has been built through all I learned at Nichols. I have always tried to use my business for class projects so I could complete the assignment and work on my business at the same time. I have always tried to use my business for class projects so I could complete the assignment and work on my business at the same time.

Julianne Proulx ’12 Windsor Communities, Senior Marketing Representative

As a General Business major, I appreciate the fact that I was able to focus on more than one aspect of business. This allowed me to incorporate lessons from my management and marketing classes to use in real life situations when I interned at Target.

Courses & Requirements

General Business majors must complete 121 credit hours (approximately 40 courses), including courses from the foundation and business core curricula, focused electives, and these required specialization courses:

Required Courses

HRM 213 Human Resource Management

This course introduces students to the fundamental practices involved in effective human resource management, such as recruiting, performance evaluation, compensation, employment law, and employee rights. HR theory and practice is emphasized within the context of improving organizational productivity and developing employee potential.


General Business offers no elective courses.


  • Marcia Behrens

    Marcia Behrens
    Associate Professor of Accounting / General Business Program Chair

  • Nicholas Barnes

    Nicholas Barnes
    Assistant Professor of Business and Law / Technology & Law Program Chair

  • Jennifer Fleury

    Jennifer Fleury
    Assistant Professor of Business and Technology

  • Karin Curran

    Karin Curran
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance