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EuroaznEuroazn - Posts: 1,171 Senior Member
edited March 2010 in Olin College
I'm just wondering how many classes you're allowed to take at Babson...

specifically Finance (not entrepreneurship) classes.
I thought it would be pretty cool to maybe get a minor (or even a double major!?!! seems highly unlikely though) in finance... anyone know if that's possible.

This may affect my decision if I apply or not ^.^
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom Registered User Posts: 8,699 Senior Member
    That's a good question. We've mostly heard Olin talk about students taken classes at Wellsley (and another college, I think Bryn Mawr) and sharing facilities with Babson.
  • fambamfambam Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    I think that they are a fair number of students taking classes at Babson whether are business related or arts and humanities electives. There is also a business masters that can be gotten along with the bachelors from Olin as I remember.
  • EuroaznEuroazn - Posts: 1,171 Senior Member
    Right - but those business courses (and masters) are entrepreneurship oriented. While I would be happy to take those classes, I was wondering if i could take babson finance classes as well.
  • winglessangel31winglessangel31 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    We are allowed to register for any course available at Wellesley, Babson, and Brandeis, with no special regard to courses that we have prerequisites for, as long as the professor conducting the course is agreeable. Also, the cap is at one course per college per semester.
  • EuroaznEuroazn - Posts: 1,171 Senior Member
    "Also, the cap is at one course per college per semester."

    Hmmm.... and the *required* entrepreneurship courses.... do you take those at Babson or Olin?
  • winglessangel31winglessangel31 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    There is only one 'required' entrepreneurship course and that would be "Foundations of Business and Entrepreneurship" conducted at Olin, by Olin.
    There is also only one 'required' arts/humanities/social sciences course and that would be one of a few foundational courses taken first semester freshman year at Olin, by Olin.
    On top of these two 'required' courses, there are no further 'required' courses. There are, however, 'required' 'credits' from the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Entrepreneurship (AHSE) collective 'department'. Students can choose to complete these requirements by taking classes at Olin or at other schools. There is only one other existing entrepreneurship course in Olin's course catalog and that would be "New Technology Ventures" but I believe that is a jointly conducted course between Olin and Babson, on Olin's facilities.
  • EuroaznEuroazn - Posts: 1,171 Senior Member
    I see... thanks!
    How rigorous is the base courseload... do you think there would be _time_ for a finance mionor on the side... hmmm
  • winglessangel31winglessangel31 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Any response I give would be misinformation on your part. :) We are a good school, so rigor should not need questioning. For the other things, well, to each his own.
  • nrg91720nrg91720 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    I'm sure you could do a finance "minor" but we do not award minors so it wouldn't be a minor. You could take a bunch of finance classes though and on interviews say that you have taken many finance courses in addition to your engineering degree. If you don't mind me asking though, for what reasons do you want to "minor" in finance? You had said it might affect your decision over whether or not to apply.
  • EuroaznEuroazn - Posts: 1,171 Senior Member
    Well the fact is, I love finance and investing.

    And I take it seriously. So that means I'm not like the other people at high school, who when the "know about investing" they think that day trading is a form of investing and form their opinions from CNBC and Motley Fool. Instead, I've read the classics (so basically philip fisher and ben graham), the newer stuff (bernstein) and recently mathematical finance. So the fact is, a college without finance is a no-no.

    But at the same time, I've been in a magnet math-sci school, been good at math (Calc BC Freshman Year) and loved physics as well (Jets, Physics Bowl, Olympiad). Also, I'm a computer programming geek xD.

    So, taking that arrogant, self-absorbed, haughty tone astride, you see my dilema... :D. So if taking finance courses is possible, Olin is like my top pick: cool crowd, cool subjects, nice location, and I will not lie, the monetary help is a plus xD.

    By the way,when you say "we" do you mean olin? What i was basically asking is if i could get a babson minor...

    [Sorry for bad grammar, spelling, and haughty/arrogant tone at the beggining. lol]
  • nrg91720nrg91720 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    Well, Babson isn't really known for Finance. And like I said, you'd only be able to take 7 classes in all at Babson, which I guess can be a lot. If you go to Olin, you do not go to Babson, so you cannot get any form of degree from them. So why do you think you want to major in engineering as opposed to finance? What makes you want to major in engineering? Also, because you have interests in both, perhaps you'd be better off getting degrees in both and thus going to a school where you can be both a part of the Engineering school and the Business school. I am also very interested in business in addition to engineering. One program I had looked at and I would recommend perhaps should be one of your top choices is UPENN's M&T program in which you get a degree from both Wharton and the Engineering school. In addition, as you may know, Wharton is essentially the top business school in the country for finance. MIT also lets you be a part of both the engineering and business schools as well as a load of good state schools that allow that. Another question: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate? What do you want to do? If Wall Street is something your thinking, just know that they generally recruit from specific, mostly IVY schools, so you'd have to get an MBA first. But, we do have contacts with some investment firms like Fidelity. On a final note, Olin and Babson's business strengths are in Entrepreneurship, not finance. But, on a final final note, I'd like to add that I hope not to discourage you from coming to Olin. You could definitely take a variety of finance classes at Babson and I would love to have a fellow Oliner here who is interested in finance. Currently, I am interested in Entrepreneurship, but not too long ago, it was my plan to head to Wall Street.
  • EuroaznEuroazn - Posts: 1,171 Senior Member
    Well, I guess I like everything :D

    What year are you? I'm still thinking _early_ ~ I'm a high school junior, lmao!
  • nrg91720nrg91720 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    I'm a Freshman at Olin.
  • chanoobchanoob Registered User Posts: 146 Junior Member
    Hey guys i have a question. I want to go to Babson and also go to Olin for engineering. Is there anyway i can double major in entrep at babson and some sort of engineering at olin. I know it will take a while but im just wondering. Or is there just a certain number of courses i can take at Olin cuz i go to Babson.
  • nrg91720nrg91720 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    So, you go to Babson? Regardless of which school you go to, Olin or Babson, you can only get the one degree from your home institution and can only take 1 course per semester at the other school (not including the first semester if u go to Olin).
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