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Drew University Adds New Accounting, Finance, and Marketing Minors

Additions stem from popularity of majors, job-market demand 

July 2024 – Drew University has announced the addition of new minors in accounting, finance, and marketing.

The three minors will be available for students immediately, beginning in the fall 2024 semester.

The addition of the minors stems from the popularity of the corresponding majors, which Drew added in 2019 (accounting, marketing) and 2020 (finance). Drew has also recently added master of science programs to its Caspersen School of Graduate Studies offerings in finance and data science, in 2018 and 2019, respectively. 

“In addition to the interest shown by our students, we have also seen an uptick in employers looking for and hiring students with strong backgrounds in these subjects,” said Steve Firestone, associate teaching professor of finance and associate chair of business.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), business-related degrees of finance, accounting, business, marketing, and economics take up five of the top 10 spots of the list of bachelors degrees in demand by employers in 2024.

This is proving true at Drew, as students have interned at companies like J.P. Morgan, Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, and PricewaterhouseCooper while completing their business-related degrees.

“We are excited about the additions in the accounting, finance, and marketing programs at Drew,” added Sarah Abramowitz, John H. Evans Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, chair of mathematics and computer science, and chair of business. “Strengthening and expanding our offerings and connections will better position our students to excel in business careers.”

As the accounting, finance, and marketing majors quickly became popular, Abramowitz and Firestone heard from many advisees within the programs who wanted to augment their expertise with one of the other disciplines. Students from majors in the arts, teacher education, media and communications, and computer science also expressed interest in exploring the various business offerings.

Now they can.

“In addition to learning core skills in the discipline, each of these minors incorporates liberal arts hallmarks like ethical reasoning and decision making, critical thinking and problem solving, communications, and teamwork and collaboration,” said Abramowitz. “We are confident that this combination of hard and soft skills will make our graduates competitive in the job market.”

Drew offers 40 majors, including both bachelors of arts and bachelors of science degrees, and 64 minors along with 14 master’s and doctoral programs. Learn more about our programs here.

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