Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Commerce

Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2019

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Make an impact with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the U of G.

As a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) student at the U of G’s Gordon S. Lang School of Business & Economics, you will build a core business knowledge base and specialize your learning in subjects like hospitality, real estate, and sport management.  Throughout your journey, you’ll make lifelong connections in Lang’s collaborative learning environment and take advantage of countless experiential learning opportunities to hone your skills in the real world.

Why B.Comm at the Gordon S. Lang School of Business & Economics?

  1. Lang’s focus on ethical business and sustainability means you’ll be equipped to take positive action in this world, all while improving the bottom line.
  2. You will thrive in the open-concept spaces that promote teamwork among you and your classmates.
  3. At the U of G, we know real business is not conducted in lecture halls.  We have transformed the learning experience with a brand new facility and innovative classrooms that support dynamic learning and collaboration.
  4. Our faculty rank in the top four per cent in the world for research output in economics.
  5. U of G has been ranked among the top institutions worldwide for real estate research.

What’s this about recent expansions to the B.Comm program?

In 2019, the University of Guelph’s business school received a $21-million donation from the Lang family, renowned Canadian business leaders.  In recognition, the College of Business and Economics has been renamed the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.  The funding will help the school further expand its sustainability initiatives and support numerous educational efforts, including a brand new facility, various undergraduate and graduate scholarships, and student experiential learning opportunities.

U of G’s focus on improving life and the business school’s strong focus on public service, leadership development, entrepreneurial spirit, and community involvement resonated with the Lang family, inspiring the donation.  “This gift recognizes our sincere commitment to producing a different kind of business leader – people who understand the power of ethical business to make a positive impact,” said Business dean Julia Christensen Hughes.




What majors are offered?

In addition to studying core business, management, and consumer affairs courses; students can choose from the following majors:

  • Accounting: Achieve a highly respected professional designation and a successful career in business and accounting.  Lang’s Accounting program’s undergraduate courses are all acknowledged requirements ahead of becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) of Ontario. Upon graduation, you can pursue a 4-month graduate diploma in accounting.
  • Food and Agricultural Business: Explore accounting, economics, finance, marketing, production, organizational behaviour, policy planning and implementation – all within the context of Canada’s second largest industry, food and agriculture. Become equipped with the analytical, entrepreneurial and leadership skills for a variety of professional opportunities in this innovative sector.
  • Hospitality, Food, and Tourism Management: Choose one of three areas of emphasis: Hotel and Lodging; Restaurant and Foodservice; or Tourism Management. Apply in-class learning to real-world situations, study overseas, and prepare for a leadership role in this fast-paced industry.
  • Management: Study the business world with the goal of emerging into it as a leader in a wide range of industries. Explore broad management topics such as project management, decision making, team motivation, negotiation and conflict management, while exploring other business courses.
  • Management Economics and Finance: Apply a solid understanding of management, economics, and finance to all types of social, management and business issues. Integrate the analysis of economics with the practical tools of accounting, business management and marketing in this stimulating and rewarding degree.
  • Marketing Management: Prepare for leadership roles in diverse marketing career paths while becoming a more engaged global citizen.  Combine a knowledge of core business skills and psychology to make the best decisions for both the bottom line and consumers.
  • Public Management: Examine issues like equality and justice in economic decision-making. Develop transferable business skills in law, human resources, marketing, accounting and finance, and pursue diverse career opportunities within the public, private and voluntary sectors.
  • Real Estate and Housing: Your core business curriculum will be supplemented by industry-relevant real estate studies; you could then be exempt from certain professional certifications and designations, such as the "Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute" (AACI) designation.
  • Sport and Event Management: Through the International Institute for Sport Business and Leadership, you will make key connections with industry professionals, learn about sponsorship, media, event hosting and organizational leadership, and put your skills to work through a joint partnership between the School and the U of G’s Department of Athletics.

What will I study in my first year?

Sample first-year courses include:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Marketing
  • Individuals and Groups in Organizations
  • Business Mathematics

Electives may include:

  • Issues in Canadian Politics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Economics of the Agri-Food System
  • Principles of Management
  • The Business of Sport and Event Tourism

What about minors and co-op?

All B.Comm students can take minors and participate in co-op opportunities!  To learn more about minors, visit our website. To explore co-op opportunities, visit the Recruit Guelph website.

Where can I go with a B.Comm degree?

Business and management skills power the world, so a B.Comm degree is applicable to a wide range of industries and fields.

Here are just a handful of the companies and institutions currently employing Lang talent!

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • PepsiCo
  • Canadian Tire
  • RBC
  • Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
  • KPMG
  • Fidelity Investments
  • The City of Toronto

Ready to take the next step?

  1. Learn more about the Bachelor of Commerce program and admission requirements on our website.
  2. Discover the Gordon S. Lang Business School and see life through the eyes of B.Comm students at @langbusiness on Instagram!


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