Commerce involves the study of a variety of business subject areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, and management.
Mount Allison's Commerce program provides an experiential and personal approach to business studies.
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Degree options: BComm (with honours option); BComm honours in economics; BA major; Any degree, minor
Other degree options in the field of Commerce at Mount Allison:
- Any degree, minor in international economics and business
The Mount Allison Commerce program is designed to give students – regardless of your areas of concentration – a strong undergraduate foundation in the key disciplines of business education:
Built on a strong liberal arts foundation, the program also provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to view the business world from different perspectives. If you are pursuing a BComm, you must take a minor in a discipline outside the Commerce program. Viewing your Commerce studies from a different perspective not only helps you develop innovative ideas and solutions — it helps create unique career paths.
Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies
A key component of the Commerce program at Mount Allison is experiential learning. The Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies focuses on developing partnerships with businesses to provide Commerce students with hands-on learning opportunities, including:
- field trips
- case and business plan competitions
- international exchanges
- student conferences
- working on projects with businesses and community organizations
Students will be challenged both inside and outside the classroom to develop the problem-solving and decision-making skills that are essential to successful business enterprises. Course work may include:
- developing an entrepreneurial business plan, obtaining funding, and beginning operations of a functioning business
- linking by e-mail to a university in another country to compare marketing strategies and experience cross-cultural business practices
- developing marketing plans for real businesses
Find out more about how to study Commerce at Mount Allison.
Popular career paths for Commerce graduates include:
- bank manager
- business/budget analyst
- supply chain analyst
- advertising/brand manager
- marketing research analyst
- business development officer
- human resources generalist/specialist
- compensation analyst
- project manager
- investment analyst/banker
- investment advisor/financial planner
- securities analyst/trader
- financial accountant
- industrial/management accountant
- international business developer
"Being a Commerce student at Mount Allison pushes you to improve to levels you didn’t think you could reach. Our professors have a genuine interest in our education and provide real insight on your degree path. My class is full of driven students who are exciting to work with and who continually motivate me to move forward. The uniqueness of the program is in its promotion of diverse and experiential learning."
Anthony De Palma
Commerce, minor in economics (’16)
"When I started my degree at Mount Allison I really didn’t know what I wanted to study. By the end of my first year I decided to major in Commerce because I wanted to have a degree that would be really useful, no matter what I end up doing post graduation. Learning about the financial side of a business — accounting and finance, for example — working in groups, and learning how to be an effective presenter are all valuable skills that will be useful in many domains."
Commerce, minor in French ('16)
"During your four years in the Commerce program, you will quickly realize that you are gaining much more than simply an education. With the number of jobs, organizations, and committees to be a part of within the Commerce department, I am hard pressed to find anyone who is not actively involved. Also, with the new internship program provided by the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies, you will gain plenty of interview experience as well as the possibility of having the opportunity of working with our Commerce alumni from across Canada."
Commerce, minor in economics ('16)
Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies
Established in 2008, the Ron Joyce Centre strives to be recognized as Canada's premier destination for undergraduate business education. The Centre has focused on adding new faculty to an already distinguished team, developing a wider variety of courses, and providing students with hands-on learning experience through internships, field trips, case competitions, and networking opportunities.
Students can gain business experience by participating in a 12-16 week summer internship in the public or private sector. Positions have been available with companies in accounting, communications and marketing, corporate finance, and human resources.
There are a number of clubs and societies on campus that may appeal to you, including the Commerce Society, the Economics Society, and the Marketing Society. You can also put your business, finance, and marketing savvy to use by getting involved in Enactus Mount Allison – a community of students, advisors, and business leaders enabling our community through entrepreneurial action.
Study abroad and exchange
The Mount Allison Commerce program encourages their students to go on international university exchanges, especially since global connections are now part of everyday business dealings. Mount Allison offers these university exchanges with business programs:
- Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey)
- Koc University (Istanbul, Turkey)
- University of Southern Denmark (Denmark)
- Mid Sweden University (Sweden)
- BI Norwegian Business School (Norway)
- The Hague University (Netherlands)
- Killam Fellowship (United States)
- Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Georgia)
- Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan)
- Senshu University (Japan)
- University of Otago (New Zealand)
- University of Newcastle (Australia)
- City University of Hong Kong (China)
- Fudan University (China)
Dr. Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers
Assistant professor, Commerce and women's and gender studies
Research focuses on the implications of organizational policies and practices, and social and labour market policies for the job quality of workers.