Our faculty are passionate about helping you develop as a business student and future professional, no matter your major. Whether you're laser-focused on your career ambition or open to possiblities, as a new undergraduate, you'll start in the Business Foundation Program and take some of our advanced courses as an upperclassman. 

You'll explore your options in business while you learn to communicate successfully in a variety of business situations, practice leading and working in teams, and apply creative problem-solving, data and ethics to business decisions. In other words, you'll become an EPIC business student.

An EPIC Approach to Business

Our Business Foundation Program and Advanced Business Program connect students with the pillars of our EPIC strategic plan: Experiential learning, Problem-solving curricula, Impactful research and Creative culture.

You'll explore your options in business, learn to communicate successfully, practice leading and working in teams, and apply creative problem-solving, data and ethics to business decisions. Visit the VCU Bulletin to see the full list of course requirements.

Communication by Design

Sparked by our EPIC Strategic Plan and the emphasis that employers place on strong communications skills, we are approaching business communications in a whole new way. Communication by Design brings design-thinking to the classroom, so that you will feel confident and prepared to communicate in a wide variety of business situations. 

Winning Presentations course

Required for undergraduates, this unique course is taught by theater professionals, many of whom have trained or taught in VCU's top-ranked School of the Arts. Great presentations require an understanding of yourself, your subject, your presentation story and your audience. This course (BUSN 225) will explore the skills involved in mastering all of these.

Presentation Rehearsal Studio

Open to all students in the School of Business, the Presentation Rehearsal Studio lets you test out your material in front of a live audience for 10 minutes. Audience members offer feedback. This is a great way to prep for a course, competition or business pitch.

Presenters must schedule in advance and are required to stay for the full 30 minute session. Additional audience members are welcome as walk-ins. Your appointment is not scheduled until you receive an email from guidam@vcu.edu to confirm your time.

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Presentation Coaching

Students enrolled in BUSN 225 can sign up for 1:1 presentation coaching. Walk-ins welcome as time permits. First come, first served. Appointments take precedence over walk-ins.

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Writing Coaching

Experienced business majors can provide you peer-to-peer guidance on your assignments. We will assist you with: 

  • Figuring out what your professor wants
  • Refining/choosing your topic 
  • Locating information/conducting research 
  • Strengthening your draft and organizing your thoughts 
  • Identifying grammar and mechanics issues that can cost you your grade

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Creativity and Ideation

We hear it from employers every day. Business needs creative solutions. So how will you learn to think differently?

Creativity and Ideation (MGMT 303) is a required course for all undergraduates. You will explore the individual, social and institutional contexts for creativity and ideation. Examine four specific concepts in support of exploration in these areas: knowledge, curiosity, creativity and ideation. And better yet, put these concepts into practice through hands-on experiential learning.

Creative Communication Competition

All School of Business undergraduates are invited to apply for the Creative Communication Competition, held in the spring semester. More details coming soon.