Alabama A&M University is a historically black university that has been educating students since 1875. Alabama was founded by a former slave, Dr. William Hooper Councill, to provide career training for African American students. AAMU continues that mission today through its membership in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which assists minority students with covering the cost of earning a higher education.
The College of Business and Public Affairs gives each student individual attention and maintains an average of 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The faculty are extremely accomplished and expect only the best from their students. Graduates are currently employed at Boeing, NASA, Walt Disney, and many other well-established corporations.
The COBPA is comprised of three departments: Accounting and Finance, Social Sciences, and Management, Marketing, and Logistics. First-year students can ease their transition into college by participating in the Freshman Academy. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, or Political Science. Business Administration students can earn a concentration in Management Information Systems or International Business. An annual convocation ceremony is held each spring to invite exceptional students to partake in the Honors Program.
Graduate students can make their mark on the business community by earning an MBA. This program is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate the professional adult student and covers relevant business fundamentals such as Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing. Students can pursue a specialization in either Logistics and Supply Chain Management or Human Resources Management.
COBPA students realize there is a lot more to college than the lectures that take place in the classroom. Approximately 75% of students give back to the community through volunteer projects. Students receive professional support through Career Development Services. The career closet loans business attire for students to wear to interviews, career fairs, and to work, so students always look sharp in front of their future employers. Specific goals have been outlined for students to accomplish each year of college to ensure they are prepared for life beyond graduation.
Freshman work on establishing their self-brand through completing a resume, Handshake profile, and joining clubs. Sophomores begin their career search and are encouraged to complete mock interviews, meet with a career counselor, and participate in job shadowing. Juniors focus on gaining real-world experience through an internship or co-op, and seniors stay busy with networking events and career fairs in order to launch their careers.
Students have access to a variety of organizations through the Student Business and Industry Cluster. They can hone in on their leadership skills through the National Society of Leadership and Success. Some of the other student organizations designed to promote personal and professional growth include the Marketing Club, the American Association of University Women, and Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity.
A Bachelor of Science in Management program is offered 100% online, so students can continue adding valuable work experience to their resume while working on attaining management status.