According to a survey conducted by Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration will be one of the top degrees for the growing job sectors between now and 2018.
So we sat down with Department Chair Andrew Timming, Ph.D. to learn more about him and the labor-friendly Business Administration program at the NLC. Read on to see what we learned.
NLC: Dr. Timming, what brought you to the National Labor College?
AT: It’s simple. I came here because I am passionate about promoting the interests of labor. I lived in Europe during G.W. Bush’s two terms and watched from afar as the 1% consolidated their power over the middle class. I knew I had a part to play.
NLC: Although you’re from Nebraska, you earned your Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. How do you think this international perspective helps your students?
AT: One of the courses we offer, Labor and Work in the Global Economy, focuses on comparative industrial relations systems. In fact, I teach from a textbook in which I have co-authored a chapter. The bottom line is, we live in a globalized society. It’s essential that all graduates of the NLC understand the dynamics of globalization.
NLC: What makes the NLC’s Bachelor of Business Administration different from other programs at other institutions?
AT: You’ll learn how to manage and grow an organization according to ethical principles that you won’t find in any other business school in the world.
Our program teaches students to be responsible stewards of an organization’s most precious resource: its employees.
NLC: What will students be able to do with this degree?
AT: With your degree, you’ll be able to lead an organization, whether a labor union, a non-profit, or even a private sector firm that maintains high ethical standards and a friendly attitude toward unions.
If you’re interested in starting your own business, this degree will give you the foundation you need to be a success.
Because the NLC is fully accredited, you can also use this degree as a stepping-stone toward a postgraduate degree like a Master’s, an MBA, a Ph.D. or a J.D.
Sustainable business is an emerging field of study and the job prospects for anyone with these unique skills look good.
NLC: How does the online program work?
AT: Our online program allows you to study whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Each week you’ll learn through live online meetings, student forums, video lectures, YouTube videos and case studies.
The degree program includes seven-week courses in marketing and new media, entrepreneurship and finance, and accounting just to name a few.
NLC: Tell us about your new book.
AT: I am writing a book on union administration and governance. It’s essentially a textbook for union leaders. It examines the principles of management, but from a labor perspective.