Liberal Arts, Philosophy Give Business Student Advantage
Brette Seffens, a senior business major and philosophy minor, discovered the relationship between faith and reason at the University of St. Thomas. With her eyes focused on business, her worldview expanded when she took a philosophy class during her freshman year.
"I took philosophy of the human person, and it opened my mind about the world and how we think," Seffens said. "Philosophy inspired me, and I figured it would enhance my business skills. It's amazing how the diverse range of courses at UST tie together."
Dr. Beena George, associate dean of assessment and undergraduate programs and associate professor of management and information systems, said St. Thomas provides students with a liberal arts education, which can help them prepare to be more ethical business leaders.
“The liberal arts foundation equips our business students to handle complexity and ambiguity deftly, preparing them to deal with difficult business challenges," George said. "This preparation is particularly important in today’s uncertain business economy.”
From the Memorial area of Houston and a graduate of Memorial Private High School, Seffens found her niche at the University's Cameron School of Business in the BBA/MBA program, which enables undergraduates to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. UST boasts business accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this distinguished honor, and UST is the only private university in Houston to achieve AACSB International accreditation for both undergraduate and graduate business programs.
"The school has a great reputation and low student-to-faculty ratio," Seffens said. "The business school faculty possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience. The quality of education here helps you prepare not only for your field, but for the real world in general."
Seffens is an active member of the Business Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma and the Philosophy Honor Society, Phi Sigma Tau. She also helped the Vietnamese Student Association by choreographing the club's dance section of a competition with other Texas universities.
She is currently an intern at UBS Financial Services and plans to pursue business practices in the entertainment industry with Rudeye Professional Dance Agency, an international entertainment agency.
"Having a liberal arts and philosophy education while studying business will enable me to relate better to people of different backgrounds," Seffens said. "Business is not just about numbers and products, but also about relationships. I believe it will definitely make me a well-rounded business professional."