Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Business Exploration Series (BES)?
- How does someone become a part of the Business Exploration Series (BES)?
- I'm interested in business. Do I have to take UNIV100 & 108 for BES?
- I'm not enrolled in UNIV100/108, can I participate in BES events?
- How will BES help me with my plans to apply to the Smith School of Business?
- Does participation in BES guarantee me admission to the Smith School?
- Applications for admission, internships, etc. ask for experience, how do I get that?
1. What is the Business Exploration Series (BES)?
The Business Exploration Series (BES) within Letters and Sciences (LTSC) provides students the opportunity to explore the world of business through a variety of resources including exploratory seminars, business focused UNIV100/108 courses, and valuable leadership opportunities. Additionally, LTSC students benefit from working with advisors who are well versed in the admissions’ requirements for business and parallel major options. By taking advantage of these resources, students are able to explore different business careers and related educational programs while refining their career goals and academic interests.
2. How does someone become a part of the Business Exploration Series (BES)?
Any student in Letters and Sciences who might be interested in a career in business is welcome to take part in all or part of the opportunities offered through BES by signing up for a class, workshop, or seminar. You should talk with your academic advisor concerning your interest and eligibility for the programs and opportunities.
3. I am interested in business. Do I have to take UNIV100 & 108 for BES?
No, these classes are recommended, but not required, for any student who is contemplating a career in business and would like the assistance of the Business Exploration Series.
4. I'm not enrolled in UNIV100/108, can I participate in BES events?
Yes, while enrollment in UNIV100/108 may make attendance at some workshops and seminars mandatory, the events are open to all Letters and Sciences students.
5. How will BES help me with my plans to apply to the Smith School of Business?
Through our classes, seminars, and workshops, the BES program will offer assistance in the application process to the Smith School. However, due to the competitive nature of the business limited enrollment program, we will also expose students to parallel majors that can assist students in achieving their career goals.
6. Does participation in BES guarantee me admission to the Smith School?
No, the Smith School is entirely responsible for their own admission decisions. While we do consult with them to make sure that our students have the best information for completing their applications in a successful manner that is the only connection BES has with the Smith School regarding the admissions process. Further, the competitive nature of the admissions process means that qualifications and acceptance rates can vary greatly from deadline to deadline adding a layer of inscrutability.
7. Applications for admission, internships, etc. ask for experience, how do I get that?
All students at UMD are strongly encouraged to be active and involved. You can find opportunities to join organizations and departments such as, but not limited to, the Residence Hall Association, Office of Community Service Learning, Smith Undergraduate Student Association, and the Student Government Association. Letters and Sciences also facilitates additional opportunities. You can become a member of the Markets & Societies Leadership Council (MSLC) which is the business student programming board, or, if you have taken UNIV100/108 you can apply to be a Peer Leader and work as a teaching assistant. Finally, internships are available to students at all levels of their academic career. You should be in contact with the Career Center as early as possible to begin to learn about internship opportunities.