There is no question that business education is important. Running a business is immensely difficult and learning the mistakes of the past and lessons on how to avoid them in the future are how companies manage to survive. The question really is when you are going to get that business education and the answer is not always the same for everyone. There are some that believe that the business major is a complete waste of time and all I can say to that is I certainly hope not because I was a business major in college. Here is the reality. If you are looking to get into a career in marketing, finance, accounting, supply chain management, HR, or a few more business related fields, getting a business education as early as possible can be highly beneficial. That said, I will first look at the reasons why not to focus on business early and that involves a much broader conversation.
I love covers when it comes to music. The thing about covers is that it shows the distinct voice of each artist. The choices made might be similar, but there can also be unique ways of changing things up to differentiate. Some of the most successful and ear-catching are the ones that take a song you know to a completely different world. They take their skills and apply them to the song that is out of their usually wheelhouse. Here is the thing. That song is not written without the original writer, but the new version comes about because they build on and interpret the music in a different way. In the case of MBA students, you might be surprised to hear that only half were business majors. The other half are artists, engineers, and other students just looking to learn about business. When they leave, they have all of the same business skills as their peers and the added bonus of the specific undergrad major. When you do the math, you think that you are missing out on another undergrad major by not studying business, but the reality is that study business allows you to jump right out into the real world and get a job. That experience will help you make a case on your grad school application as well and allows you to explore business at a more complex level earlier, due to the fact that you have gotten through the basic already. When you are at this stage you are just worrying about newer and more specific concepts that it would take far longer to teach to those without a business background.
Ultimately, the reason why business is worthy of being a major in the first place is the fact that it combines many disciplines. The finance and accounting worlds rely heavily on math skills, which is why many business students come in with high level math in the toolbox. That said, some others see the social side of business. This is psychology and human behavior delivered through a business lens. Either way you choose to go, studying business is a great idea.