Undergraduate students fulfill their goals with on-campus and online courses

April 15, 2019 | By Paul Smirl | Back to news
The sun sets on Lake Mendota, shining through an iconic Memorial Union Terrace chair.

It’s been spring for less than a month, but at the Wisconsin School of Business, it’s time to think about summer.

Summer Term enrollment opened on April 2.

Students in the School’s BBA program and Certificate in Business and Certificate in Entrepreneurship tracks have the opportunity to enroll in summer business courses.

Summer Term helps you balance your schedule, travel, and study abroad plans   

For Justice Hadley (BBA ’20), last year’s WSB Summer Term gave her the opportunity to balance her course schedule and study abroad in Paris.

“Summer Term definitely helped me accomplish my goals,” says Hadley. “I really wanted to focus on only taking 15, 16 credits instead of 18 every semester. Getting that 3-credit class in this past summer helps me stay on track.”

Hadley is on pace to graduate in only three years with majors in marketing and management/human resources.

Justice Hadley (BBA ’20) collaborates in the WSB Learning Commons’ Finance and Analytics Lab. Photo by Paul L. Newby II

She took Professional Communication (GB 300) at WSB during Summer Term alongside Avani Vora (BBA ’19).

Vora transferred to UW–Madison and spent a year on campus before enrolling at the business school. Summer Term gave her the chance to catch up, focus her learning, and keep her academic timeline steady.

Both students benefited from GB 300’s small class size and the accessibility of Senior Lecturer David Ward.

Ward teaches GB 300 throughout the year and restructures the summer version to fit into four weeks. Students get a quick and thorough course that directly prepares them for the workplace. Vora took the course while interning at Northwestern Mutual’s office in Middleton.

“My instructor was very understanding of the fact that I was interning,” says Vora. “Any time that I needed a minute to talk or gain a better understanding of what was happening, he was always available.”

Vora, who is from India, also took a required online course for international students offered by the College of Letters & Science during Summer Term. She aims to take Business Law (GB 301) and Managing Organizations (MHR 300) online this summer while interning at Kimberly-Clark in Neenah.

Vora’s summer courses will help her graduate in December with a major in finance, investment, and banking.

More online courses offered than ever before

This summer the Wisconsin School of Business is offering 12 online courses, up from six last year. Students will have the opportunity to take required courses AIS 100, AIS 211, FIN 300, MHR 300, OTM 300, and MKT 300 online.

Popular courses AIS 300, ACT SCI 300, MKT 355, and MKT/OTM 421 were also made available online.

Taking WSB courses online helps students invest in their education wherever they are in the world. You no longer need to choose between balancing your academic schedule and an off-campus internship or job.

WSB’s online courses are designed or taught by WSB faculty and provide students with the ability to receive top-notch instruction, work toward their degree, and focus on one course at a time.

Scholarships make Summer Term affordable

UW–Madison Scholarships for Summer Study will be awarded to help students with summer tuition. Last year 600 UW–Madison students received $500-$1,500 scholarships, including Justice Hadley.

“The application was straightforward, just one essay,” says Hadley, who’s considering online courses for the upcoming Summer Term.

“If you are able to do it, and if you have the time and capacity and it fits in with your schedule, I definitely would recommend Summer Term.”

Log in to your MyUW to view the course guide and enroll in Summer Term courses.