Unique to the Wisconsin School of Business, The Compass Program is a multi-year program designed to help you chart your own path to success in the BBA program and beyond. Every Wisconsin BBA student completes this program, which supports personal, academic, career, and professional growth, as well as the development of leadership skills. Both curricular and co-curricular components are incorporated.

The Compass Program will equip you with a portfolio of business-ready skills and a clear understanding of your individual values and strengths. You will have the leadership abilities, communication skills, and professionalism needed to be a well-rounded business leader.

If you want to make a positive contribution to the world around you, both in your career and beyond, The Compass Program will empower you to get there.

Grahic of a compass with the words Wisconsin BBA Compass Program

A Structured Program Shaped by Your Experiences

In your first semester in the Wisconsin BBA student, you will take the Personal and Professional Foundations in Business course. This course introduces you to tools, resources, and skills that will help you navigate the rest of your BBA experience.

In each year of the Wisconsin BBA Program, the requirements of The Compass Program are met by engaging in activities in these areas:

  • Career development
  • Academic planning
  • Leadership and engaged citizenship

Activities that may be incorporated include job shadowing with industry professionals, mock interviews, cultural competency discussions, case competitions, and opportunities to practice leadership outside the classroom. The program has some flexibility, in that you can choose from a menu of options to meet certain requirements.

The benefits of study abroad align with the goals of The Compass Program, and students who choose to travel abroad will be able to meet certain program requirements by reflecting on their international experience.