BIC & Business
BIC and Business students receive a well-rounded, liberal arts education.
The BIC program offers courses such as Rhetoric I and II, which can help business students improve their writing and public speaking skills. Students are required to work closely with their professors to learn the best mediums for their message and deliver that message confidently to their class at the end of the semester. BIC also affords business students the opportunity to participate in class discussions and apply what they learn to real-world issues. This gives business students a well-rounded education that encompasses world religions, cultures, political schools of thought, and socioeconomics.
The Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and Hankamer Scholars program complement each other.
The Hankamer Scholars program is designed for high-ability students seeking more opportunities in their course of study with early access to upper-level and major courses. The accelerated program creates more space in the BBA degree plan allowing participants to pursue multiple business majors, add minors outside the Business School, add pre-professional educational goals (i.e. Pre-Med), complete semester abroad programs, incorporate secondary major programs, or graduate early. Students who participate in both programs receive an accelerated education in their major within the business school, with the benefit of the interdisciplinary courses offered through BIC, close relationships with professors and peers, and opportunity to live in the Honors Residential College.
Several BIC students have graduated from the Hankamer School of Business and have successful careers in a variety of fields.
Below are profiles from BIC alumni that explain how the BIC and Business combination works:
Vice President-Onboarding Specialist for JPMorgan Chase Bank
B.A.-International Studies, Minor in Business Administration
"One of the best lessons that I learned from the BIC is that there is a way to disagree with someone and remain civil. I often run into disagreements at work when people believe that an initiative or project should be executed in different ways. As I watched the BIC professors do so effortlessly, I try to find commonality between the disagreeing points of view, ask follow up questions, and guide the working group to a common solution."
CRM Manager for the Houston Astros
MBA with emphasis in International Business and Marketing from Arizona State University
BBA in Sports Sponsorship and Sales, Minor in History
"The work ethic needed to be successful in the BIC is the same work ethic that I apply to my work with the Astros. The challenges of being in an honors program are very much equated to the challenges of the business world. Being in the BIC teaches you about how to solve problems, which is a skill that continues to be a part of my everyday life."
President and Founder of HEYDAY Cold-Brew Coffee
BBA in Entrepreneurship, Minor in Sociology
"Socrates’ “an unexamined life is not worth living.” One of the very first discussions in BIC, remains a core philosophy I continue to reflect on to this day. The importance of exploration, self-understanding, and empathy for other people and their perspectives."
Senior Vice President at Truist
Accelerated One-Year MBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School
Master of Finance from Tulane University
BBA in Finance
"It’s been over ten years since I graduated from Baylor, and the most valuable things I learned while at Baylor came from my time in BIC. I truly believe that my preference to critical thinking in a diverse world started in classes like Rhetoric and World Cultures. In the workplace when dealing with clients and coworkers, even the most basic of perspectives in understanding the roots belief and culture have been critical in building relationships—especially leading teams and working internationally. And the practice of critical research and reading past the noise has become the true advantage I’ve seen in myself and my classmates."
Senior Analyst in the Corporate Communications Division at Toyota
Accreditation in Public Relations
B.A.-Journalism, emphasis in public relations, Minor in Business Administration
"It provided a good foundation for critical thinking used in the real world. I’ve also maintained relationships with people I met through the BIC program now that we have pursued various paths after undergrad."
Wolfe RE Mgmt, LLC
MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington
BBA from Baylor University
“The BIC is a great place for business majors to enhance their Baylor experience and get some of the intangible skills that we use in the business world.”