Experiential and Innovative Learning

March 13, 2024
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The Hankamer School of Business offers a variety of courses and programs that give students hands-on experience and chances to interact with industry experts. 

Baylor Angel Network

The Baylor Angel Network (BAN) is an investor network providing early-stage capital to strong entrepreneurial teams with developed products or services and early customer traction. BAN’s differentiator for investors and entrepreneurs from other angel networks is the devoted student analysts, and the differentiator for students from other Baylor business organizations is the real-world experience. 

BAN offers students what is often missing from the classroom experience: working with real businesses, people and capital. It provides its student analysts with a deep understanding of startup funding and private company investing. Additionally, students are part of a strong, close-knit community that is committed to hard work.

Portfolio Management Practicums

The Hankamer School of Business now has two student-managed investment portfolios:  a large-cap stock portfolio and a small-cap stock portfolio.  Each portfolio is managed by students enrolled in specially designed experiential finance courses in which the students learn the tools and techniques used by professionals to analyze and select individual stocks and manage investment portfolios. 

Each course is offered by the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate to graduate business students and senior finance majors with strong academic records. Enrollment in each course is limited.  Students must apply to take the course and are admitted based on the strength of their qualifications. 

Healthcare Administration

The Hankamer School of Business MBA program offers a specialization in Healthcare Administration as part of the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, which serves as an interdisciplinary foundation for all healthcare-related initiatives in the Business School, including teaching, external programming and health services research. 

The concentration is offered through two degree plans. The traditional degree plan focuses on building business acumen while also instilling knowledge specific to the healthcare industry. The Pre-Clinical Track degree plan is designed for Baylor undergraduates from majors such as pre-medicine, pre-dental or pre-veterinary, who plan to pursue an advanced clinical degree. 

Undergraduate Research Assistant Program

The Undergraduate Research Assistant (UGRA) Program allows undergraduate students to assist professors in conducting research at the Hankamer School of Business. Students in the UGRA Program work on projects that provide opportunities to learn about various research methodologies, data collection techniques and analytical software. The program also sharpens their communication skills related to interacting with participants and research-active professors.

The UGRA Program introduces students to new areas of academia while furthering the Business School’s mission of cultivating leaders through transformational learning and exposure to impactful research.

Peer Leader Program

The HSB Peer Leader Program strives to facilitate supportive relationships among Business School students through mentorship. Peer leaders connect with first-year, Pre-Business students in one-on-one and group settings, with the goal of integrating new students into the Baylor Business community and maintaining high retention rates.

Student mentees register for the HSB Peer Leader Program Seminar, which helps first-year students establish a foundation that will support them through their academic and professional careers. Peer leaders attend the course as teaching assistants and lead bi-weekly group and one-on-one meetings with students.