The demand for trained and knowledgeable sales people has never been greater. Sales careers offer independence, ample financial reward, personal growth and opportunities for rapid advancement within the organization. The Sales Leadership Program produces business graduates who can sell by joining traditional classroom education with real-world learning experience. Classes are led by faculty with extensive sales experience and by sales executives from leading corporations. Students experience rigorous classroom learning designed to deliver the knowledge and practical skills they will need to succeed during the first years of their careers including: oral and written communication, selling technique and networking, use of technology in customer strategy and identification, and development of organization leadership in a sales environment. Successful students will enjoy opportunities to visit companies, take paid internships, and interview with leading companies for entry-level positions. A student majoring in Marketing with this concentration must complete the following requirements totaling at least 20.0 hours:
Two required courses:
- Three electives to be chosen from:
Category Management Focus
For a specific focus in Category Management, Sales Leadership students should take:
Driehaus students majoring in Marketing must complete MKT 376 for the Communication requirement in the Business Core.
Multiple Marketing Concentrations
While a student may complete more than one Marketing concentration, at least 50% of the courses used for the completion of a second concentration must be unique to the completion of that concentration.
Degree Conferral Requirements
All Marketing (MKT) courses and any other courses used toward the Marketing major must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and with a combined GPA of 2.000 or higher.
Content and format of these courses are variable. An in-depth study of current issues in marketing. Subject matter will be indicated in class schedule. The Marketing department offers special topics in a variety of areas. Students may take more than one special topics course as an elective.
EFFECTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
This course is designed to expand the participant's communication skills through the application of the principles of communication science and the psychology of persuasion in a contemporary business setting. Students are shown how to develop successful communication and message packaging strategies useful in a variety of communication venues including: memos, meetings, briefings, interviews and individual and team presentations. Oral presentations and written communication techniques are explored including use of visuals, computer graphics, and layout techniques. The mechanisms of Speech Apprehension (stage fright) are presented as well as techniques for management and reduction of this common, debilitating phenomenon. Personal ethics and credibility are explored as important components of effective communication, both individually and as part of a team.