Frequently Asked Questions
Career Information1. What is marketing? What does one do with a degree in marketing?
Marketing activities involve many challenging and thought-provoking activities that focus on identifying customer needs and providing a product or service to meet those needs. It includes making decisions about products or services to offer, where to market products, how to price products, and how to best communicate information about products to customers and potential customers. Of course, this is a very basic explanation. Understanding how to do these things requires considerable knowledge and experience. Most entry level jobs pursued by Marketing majors are in the retailing, sales, research and advertising professions. These entry level jobs provide graduates with an excellent business foundation and can lead to managerial level jobs such as department manager, sales manager, product manager, account manager or director of marketing. Campus speakers frequently point out that marketing is excellent training for an individual who wants to own or start his/her own business. As with any degree, the level of your future success depends to a great extent on your own efforts--both in school and in your employment. Baylor's Marketing curriculum provides a solid foundation for students who choose to pursue a career in Marketing.
2. What firms hire Baylor University Marketing Graduates?
Some of the firms which have hired marketing graduates are: Procter and Gamble, Brookshires, Hershey, Andersen Consulting, J.C. Penney, Lipton, Pepsico, Dillards, Peterson Consulting, I.B.M., Merrell-Dow, Del Monte, McLane Trucking, Nestle Foods, Toys 'R' Us, Tandy Corporation, General Foods, Foley's, Northwestern Mutual Life, Revlon, Texas Instruments, H.E.B. Grocery, Pfizer, Xerox, Federal Express, Farm Bureau, AT& T, Aetna, Smithkline-Beecham, Wallace Computer, Capital Financial Services, EDS, Conoco, NCR, Neiman-Marcus, Dr. Pepper, Moore Systems, Quaker Oats, Macy's.
3. What do graduates with marketing majors typically earn?
On a national average, marketing majors earned starting salaries of $35,135 in 2001. Those majors choosing entry-level positions in retail and wholesale trade made starting salaries of $33,210 and those in consulting services earned $41,914.
4. What other things does the Marketing Department do to help students in their career choice?
The Baylor Marketing Association is open to all University students. Each year the Association invites guest speakers who talk about marketing career paths in their industry. Pi Sigma Epsilon, the National Sales Fraternity, offers students an opportunity to interact with business and professional salespersons by bringing in speakers and providing project opportunities. The Center for Professional Selling sponsors the Career Fair, bringing in about twenty firms for two days each spring. The Marketing Department, in conjunction with the marketing department of other universities, offers students the opportunity to take courses in Europe. In the summer, approximately 25 students participate in this program. The Marketing Department publishes a resume book for graduating marketing students annually. It is distributed to over 200 organizations and has provided many students with opportunities to interview with representatives from many Marketing organizations.
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/business/selling/
5. Does Marketing provide me with long-term skills?
Yes. Students who major in Marketing will be exposed to a variety of exercises, projects, and situations that develop communications, analytical, and decision-making capabilities. These capabilities will serve students throughout their professional and personal lives.
Faculty1. Does the Marketing Department have a qualified faculty?
Yes. The Marketing Department faculty receives high student evaluations. Faculty doctorates are from such schools as U. of Mississippi, U. of Texas, U. of Arkansas, Texas A& M U., U. of Houston, U. of Nebraska, Indiana U., U. of Georgia and U. of South Carolina. The faculty are active in research and consulting, professional organizations and community service.
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Sports Marketing Program1. What's this I hear about a new sports marketing program?
Go to Degree Plans and click on the S3 program.
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Students1. What kind of student pursues a degree in marketing?
Students with high levels of energy who are excited by a challenge and who are committed to the pursuit of excellence do well in marketing. Marketing provides a foundation for personal and professional growth and opens the door to exciting opportunities.
2. Will I have the opportunity to gain practical experience as a Marketing student?
Each year, about twenty Marketing majors are involved in internships. These offer students an opportunity to learn about the application of Marketing knowledge in business situations. Much course work in Marketing involves hands on projects such as trade shows, advertising campaigns and research projects sponsored by business and/or non-profit organizations.
3. Do many people major in Marketing?
Marketing is a very popular major in the Hankamer School of Business. Over 2,000 students each year take a course in marketing, and the number of majors has been growing steadily for several years.
TCR 2010 FAQs1. When will I be able to apply to TCR as a participant?
Application process is open October 7. Deadline: January 10, 2011
2. What does it mean for TCR to be a dialogical conference?
It is a structured, deep and engaged conversation in which participants commit to working on a social theme throughout the entire time of the conference.
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/business/marketing/index.php?id=73673
3. What is a theme?
A theme is a topic related to transformative consumer research. TCR 2011 will include the following themes:
- Poverty and Subsistence Marketplaces
- Sustainable Products
- Youth, Risk and Consumption
- Food for Thought
- Innovative Research Methods
- Multicultural Marketplaces
- Transformative Services Research
4. What are the TCR 2011 conference organizers seeking in participants?
The best participants are passionate about their area of interest, have a strong history of service, work well in teams, draw out balanced dialog from participants, are great conceptual thinkers and are able to tie together the disparate threads of the conversation into impactful contributions. Participants often work well with co-chairs to maximize strengths across these areas.
5. What are the costs of TCR to track chairs and other participants?
Meals and lodging are provided for all participants. Limited travel scholarships are available for international and doctoral students due to a generous grant from ACR. The conference registration fee is not yet determined and may be $100.
6. How many people can TCR host?
The conference hosts about 100 participants. We are accepting up to 10 participants per track.
7. How long should TCR presentations be?
This is a dialogical format (see FAQ #2). The final presentations to the group on Sunday will summarize the group's discussion and will be around 10 minutes per group. There will be no individual presentations.
8. Do we use PowerPoint?
Participants will not present. Track chairs may use PowerPoint to present the group on Sunday summarizing the group's discussion.
9. Can TCR pay for travel?
Limited travel scholarships will be available. To apply for a travel scholarship, please indicate your desire within your application to the conference.
10. How is the conference organized?
The conference schedule can be viewed here.