Saint Augustine’s University was established in 1867 to educate freed slaves. Today it is a historically black college serving a small student body population of fewer than 1,000 students. The School of Business, Management, and Technology prepares students for leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Notable alumni include Ralph Campbell, Jr., the first African American North Carolina State Auditor, and Hubert Delaney, the first African American Tax Commissioner of New York. The business school is composed of four departments: Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Accounting, Extended Studies, and Sport Management.
Professors are there to provide guidance as students navigate their way through the rigorous coursework in the undergraduate programs. Students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, or Sport Management, or a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Accounting students will get a well-rounded education with courses in Fraud Examination, Financial Forensic Investigations, and Personal Financial Planning.
The Business Administration program covers a broad range of business topics and allows students to focus on Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, International Business and Marketing, or Management Information Systems. Students will graduate from the CIS program with a strong grasp on business application programming, programming language, hardware and software, network programs, database management, and management of information systems. Some of the exciting classes Sports Management majors take, include Sports Facilities Management, Role of Sport in Society, and Voice and On-Camera Presentation Skills.
All business students will complete Falcon Flight I and II during their freshman year to learn the essential skills necessary to be successful in college and explore their options beyond. Emphasis is on three career skills identified as essential by employers: communication, leadership, and technology. The Department of Extended Studies offers an Organization Management degree designed for working adults. Courses meet in the evenings and weekends in a five-week accelerated format and provide experiential learning that can be applied immediately at the students’ workplace. This program can be completed in as few as 18 to 24 months.
There are several services and special programs in place to ensure students transition successfully into college and later into their careers. The Falcons Lead program features three tiers of specialized leadership training. Students will participate in 16 seminars over the course of four years, step into a leadership role such as a Resident Advisor or SGA officer, and earn a 12-credit hour leadership concentration. The first-year students can be assigned an upper-classman student mentor to help them get acquainted with the campus.
The SoB also offers several peer tutoring sessions throughout the week, so students can study for tests, go over class notes, get assistance with challenging assignments. The Office of Career Exploration helps students become employed through workshops, job fairs, and career counseling. Male students can get suited up for their interviews through the Men’s Career Closet. The study abroad programs give students new perspectives on global issues. Australia, South Africa, Chile, and the United Kingdom are destinations students have visited.