The Business School at Humber is introducing new degree programs to allow for greater specialization and keep up with growing enrollment.
Four new Bachelor of Commerce degrees are beginning next fall at Lakeshore campus in Finance,
Management Studies, Marketing and Supply Chain Management.
Associate dean of business degrees Paul Griffin said the programs take a hands-on approach to teaching, including case studies and problem-solving techniques.
“Part of our reason for being is getting the students job-ready,” said Griffin.
Each degree begins with two years of general courses to introduce students to a variety of business practices. Students choose their specialty in third year.
Griffin said this lets students see their options before they specialize for the workplace.
Although there is demand for degrees at Humber, some still choose two-or three-year diploma programs.
Rocky Elijohn, 22, in his last year of business management at the college, chose the diploma program because he already knew why he was going to school and wanted to begin working for his family business right away.
“The shorter program meant I could go out and start working sooner,” said Elijohn.
Thomas Lemieux, economist at the University of British Columbia, said there is not solid evidence that degrees are in more demand in the industry because the latter is always changing.
“Diplomas are generally shorter to keep up with industry standards while degree studies are more general because the industry changes so frequently,” he said.
Lemieux also says there are no specific numbers on how many jobs go to those students with a degree.
For students who want more options with their education, college-university partnership pathways allow for the transfer of diploma credits to degrees, according to faculty.
Paula Gouveia, dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said pathways are good for students who know they want a degree but are not ready to specialize.
“I like to call it time well wasted,” Gouveia said. “Students are able to utilize the credits they earn in other areas of study if they change their mind.”
Griffin said the degrees work well for students who wish to continue to graduate school or pursue higher management positions in the industry.
“We get guidance directly from the industry on how our programs should look, which helps the students out a lot.”