USF offers many opportunities in education, networking and research to those interested in logistics. Its Joliet location in Will County, about 35 miles southwest of Chicago, puts it at the center of the third largest intermodal distribution complex in the United States, where eight major rail lines, important truck freight distribution routes and major inland markets converge, and nearly 3 million containers are lifted each year. Logistics and related businesses are the county’s third largest employer.
An undergraduate major in logistics prepares the next generation of supply chain and logistics professionals, who will contribute to their organization’s ability to compete in the global marketplace, and will add value to the execution of excellent supply chain strategies. The USF College of Business & Health Administration program provides students with broad knowledge of business strategies and methods and a focus on logistics skills and specialized knowledge. Projects and work experiences complement the classroom and online activities. The specialized knowledge is significant to potential employers who consider supply chains key to their success. Internships are available in parallel with the course work.
People in the field of logistics might work as a manager of logistics, import export specialist, distribution manager, international transportation specialist, purchasing manager or supply chain manager. Many firms in the area such as DSC, Walmart, Home Depot, Union Pacific Railways, Caterpillar, Exel or international national firms like DHL, Maersk or OOCL need these professionals.
Students choosing Logistics gain important core business skills such as accounting, economics, finance and marketing, as well as acquiring the general liberal arts education USF is famous for. The major includes 18 semester hours of courses in supply chain management, logistics and transportation operations provide special knowledge sought by employers. An internship allows students to apply their skills in a work situation.
Entry level salaries for Illinois transportation and logistics jobs are $45,000+ annually (IDES statewide wage database, 2011).
Courses at USF involve active learning, cases, and projects, experience working in teams and opportunities to get involved with professionals in the field. Students learn through intensive study of particular situations, requiring them to apply what they can learn, rather than through lectures or readings. Small classes ensure that each student can find his or her own best way of learning and contributing.
In the final two semesters before graduation, senior business majors who intend to continue with an M.B.A. at the University of St. Francis may take graduate level M.B.A. courses for undergraduate credit to meet undergraduate requirements. Students who take two M.B.A. courses in their senior year are eligible to complete their M.B.A. in one year (attending full-time). See course catalog for additional details.
In some cases, there are only seven (7) to ten (10) additional courses to achieve a business minor or double major (varies by program; check catalog for details)
Accounting, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Transportation and Logistics Management, Interdisciplinary Business (for non-business majors).
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