Franciscan Tradition, Knowledge, and Values
As the world attempts to recover from a global economic crisis, the 800-year-old Franciscan tradition in education is once again a critically important voice in redefining how business is done — and how business should be taught! At St. Bonaventure, emerging business leaders learn to balance economic, social, and ethical consequences of their decisions.
Beyond strong business acumen and technical skill sets, global business leaders today need to understand the values that guide our society and employ those values when determining the appropriate courses of action for their organizations. These principles are at the core of the St. Bonaventure School of Business curriculum.
Ingenuity and Innovation
The recently opened William E. and Ann L. Swan Business Center — with its state-of-the-art learning centers and equipment — anchors our most innovative and entrepreneurial approach to business education. The 26,000-square-foot facility features a financial services lab with electronic ticker tape and digital displays, a corporate boardroom, technology-enhanced classrooms, break-out areas, dedicated spaces for student collaboration and faculty research, innovative technology for co-located classrooms and web-broadcasting, and a serious commitment to sustainability.
Theory and Practice
With this emphasis on both theory and practice — why should we do it, what should be done, as well as how to get it done — our graduates bring the best skills, values, and an energetic perspective to every business endeavor.
Our faculty members are dedicated instructors and business researchers. They all have outstanding academic credentials with advanced degrees from some of the most prestigious institutions in the nation as well as significant industry and consulting experience. While they publish cutting-edge research and serve on editorial boards of top-of-mind publications, they maintain a primary commitment to teaching and working very closely with students.
These teacher-scholars are committed to high-quality education by pursuing an active program of scholarship and incorporating insights from their own research into their instructional activities, student advising, and related work. St. Bonaventure teacher-scholars also promote deep approaches to learning through critical-thinking activities that encourage students to process information in ways that help them make qualitative distinctions about the merits of data-based claims or the persuasiveness of logic-based arguments. This is the essence of a St. Bonaventure business education.
Beyond the classroom, St. Bonaventure University sits on a beautiful campus, spread over 500 acres in a valley surrounded by the Allegheny foothills of southwestern New York state, in a region known as the Southern Tier. On campus we offer the excitement of Division I athletics and a wide range of clubs and activities, leadership development, athletics/intramurals, community service and arts opportunities to enhance students' academic pursuits.
I invite your questions and comments and look forward to welcoming you to our campus soon.
Pierre A. Balthazard
Dean. School of Business
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