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Undergraduate Program Description

Marketing is the business function that is responsible for setting market strategy and giving strategic direction to other business functions in the firm. It centers around understanding the wants and needs of a firm’s customers, be they consumers or other businesses, and is essential for properly positioning the company within the firm’s target markets.

Consumers are increasingly armed with more and better information, making them more demanding, less gullible, and less loyal to companies that don’t pay close attention to their needs. Competition is increasingly global and markets are maturing faster; first mover and market leader advantages can evaporate in a heartbeat. Advances in production and service delivery make it very difficult to compete on quality and production or distribution advantages are difficult to sustain long-term.

This means that the successful company is the one that can respond to changing market demand faster than its competitors. Marketing is one of the key tools in keeping a company responsive and nimble; it specializes not only in understanding customer needs and motivations, it also delivers the message to consumers that the company can meet those needs and motivations. This focus on the customer has caused marketing and the marketing concept to become increasingly central in management decisions and marketing is fully integrated with other functional areas in successful leading companies.

Regardless of your specific interests within marketing, Boston College will help you understand the marketing functions and its financial, social, and ethical responsibilities. The marketing program at BC teaches critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and a mix of theory- and skill-based approaches to marketing management and decision making. Marketing represents a unique mixture of quantitative statistics and analysis with a more lateral-thinking and behavioral approaches to management. Recent advances in technology, from social media to supply-chain integration, have revolutionized the way marketing is conducted. As a marketing major, you will develop skills in market analysis and decision making by working on varied marketing projects and programs such as new product launches, pricing and distribution strategies, service innovations, sales force management, and Internet marketing campaigns.

Marketing offers a number of varied and interesting career paths, from sales, advertising and product development, to marketing research, retailing, and brand management. A marketing degree is a valuable asset in many business sectors, for large or small companies, for profit or non-profit firms, for products or services, and for consumer or business-to-business environments.

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Undergraduate Concentration in Marketing

Marketing Principles is a prerequisite for all other Marketing courses. Beyond the required core course (MKTG1021/1031 Marketing Principles) students must take four courses for the Marketing concentration. Of these four courses, the two required are as follows:

  • MKTG2153 Marketing Research
  • MKTG4256 Applied Marketing Management

Marketing Research should be taken in the junior year. Applied Marketing Management should be taken in the senior year.

The two additional courses may be taken from any of the following electives:

  • MKTG2152 Consumer Behavior
  • MKTG3153 Retailing
  • MKTG3154 Integrated Marketing Communications
  • MKTG3156 Launching Digital Marketing
  • MKTG3157 Professional Selling and Sales Management
  • MKTG3158 Product Planning and Strategy
  • MKTG3161 Customer Relationship Management (cross listed with ISYS3161)
  • MKTG3165 Strategic Brand Management
  • MKTG3170 Entrepreneurial Marketing in a Digital World
  • MKTG3205 Tech Trek-West (crossed listed with ISYS3205)
  • MKTG3253 Digital Commerce (cross listed with ISYS3253)
  • MKTG3258 Advanced Marketing Analysis
  • MKTG6610 Sports Marketing
  • MKTG6620 Marketing Information Analytics (cross listed with ISYS6620)
  • MKTG6621 Social Media and Digital Business (cross listed with ISYS6621)
  • MKTG6635 New Media Industries (cross listed with ISYS6635)
  • MKTG6640 Analytics and Business Intelligence

Students interested in a career in marketing often take more than the minimum four courses in order to enhance career preparation.

Students are cautioned, however, against becoming too narrowly specialized.

MKTG4911 (Independent Study, 3 credits) and MKTG3175 (Marketing Practicum, 2 credits) provide creative learning opportunities and are offered for enrichment purposes only. They do not count toward the Marketing concentration. Marketing Practicum enables a student to earn credits with an unpaid internship overseen by a marketing professor. Individual Study enables a student to focus on a topic of his/her own choice working with a marketing professor.

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Information for Study Abroad

Prior to going abroad, Marketing concentrators must have taken the Core marketing course (MKTG1021). Only one course from the international university can be considered for concentration credit. Only concentration electives can be taken abroad.

All students wishing to study abroad must first meet with an advisor from the Office of International Programs. If accepted into the study abroad program and approved by Richard Keeley, Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program, the student should then see the Marketing Study Abroad Coordinator for course approvals before going abroad. When students wish to have a course considered they should e-mail or bring a copy of the syllabus and course description for approval. 

All approvals must be obtained prior to going abroad. No approvals will be granted after the course has been completed.

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Boston College Marketing Academy

The Marketing Academy is one of Boston College’s most active organizations.  It is open to all students at Boston College.

It is the Academy’s goal to educate students about career opportunities, assist students in training for a future professional career, and establish professional contacts in business.

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