• The School of Business offers programs of study designed to prepare men and women for positions of leadership in business, government, nonprofit, the teaching profession and the community at large. This is done by imparting the ethical and philosophical principles upon which our society and our economy rest and by equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed for success. A pedagogical emphasis is placed on experiential learning bolstered by a focus on critical thinking skills. Since a significant dimension of the business curriculum includes the integration of one’s faith with the discipline, graduates should demonstrate a Christian worldview as they discharge the duties of their profession.

    Programs of study are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

    Majors

    Accounting

    The Accounting program prepares students for careers in accounting and for graduate or professional school. Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills for the various fields of financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, both private and public accounting, and taxation. In addition, many students may be prepared and eligible to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam prior to graduation. Students should confirm requirements for specific state licensure. Graduates will be trained in a Christian worldview to make a significant impact in their vocation.

    Bachelor of Science in Accounting
    Business Administration

    The Business Administration program takes seriously the commitment to produce graduates who are well prepared to enter a professional career in business or to pursue graduate studies. The business administration curriculum is integrated with critical thinking skills, students’ calling, research, teamwork, and experiential learning. Students who graduate with the business administration major are expected to perform competently and ethically in entry-level positions in such fields as manufacturing management, professional sales, consulting, customer service, financial services, retail management and bank management. The emphases in business administration are designed to allow students to focus the program of study in a particular area. Since a significant dimension of the business administration curriculum includes the integration of one’s faith with the discipline, graduates should demonstrate a Christian worldview as they discharge the duties of their vocation.

    Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    Business Education

    The Business Education program prepares graduates for initial employment as business teachers in secondary schools, careers in business, corporate training and for graduate school. Given the diverse and dynamic nature of today’s world, the program emphasizes decision making, problem-solving, technological skills and pedagogical skills. This program is offered in partnership with the Helen DeVos College of Education.

    Bachelor of Science in Technology, Business, 6-12 Teacher Licensure/Corporate Training
    Finance

    The finance program presents students the opportunity to analyze financial problems in a variety of settings and develop an understanding of capital structure, causes of financial growth and failure, interest rates, and investments. Students also study the properties of different markets (international financial markets, stocks, bonds, and commodities) and the relationship between financial markets and various financial institutions. This program is designed for students who desire to work in corporate finance, financial planning, or institutional investments.

    Bachelor of Science in Finance
    Healthcare Administration

    The Healthcare Administration major is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for careers in healthcare administration. With a solid foundation in business administration supported by courses from health science and behavioral sciences, graduates from this program should be prepared for leadership roles in a variety of healthcare organizations. The curriculum is enriched with courses from disciplines offered by the three cooperating departments in addition to the practical expertise of multiple professionals.

    Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Administration
    Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
    Information Systems

    The Information Systems curriculum is designed to equip and prepare students to function in an entry-level IS position and for graduate studies in a computer field. The university liberal arts education along with the IS curriculum and business courses will provide students with a broad understanding of how information systems assists in the decision-making process and the operation of the business organization. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of computer fields such as application development, database design, help desk/end-user support, Internet/Intranet development, networking, programming, and systems analysis. The IS program will prepare these students to work in a changing technical environment and to communicate effectively in an individual and/or group setting. The curriculum will train graduates to integrate their faith and Christian worldview, demonstrating this through the moral and ethical use of technology in the business environment.

    Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
    Management

    Management is a broad field that focuses on the planning, organizing, leading, and controlling of an organization’s resources. This program is designed for students who desire to hold managerial positions in large or small organizations. Students are expected to develop skills in data analysis, teamwork, effective communication, problem solving, human resource management, and the development and implementation of business strategy.

    Bachelor of Science in Management
    Marketing

    The central premise of marketing is understanding the needs and wants of a target market and delivering those needs while creating lasting customer value. Marketing focuses on communicating this value through promotion, selling, advertising, distribution, and product design. The courses in this program are designed so that students explore buyer behavior, marketing research, market segmentation, development of products and services, pricing strategies, distribution systems, advertising and promotion, and creation and implementation of effective strategies to meet consumer needs and organizational goals.

    Bachelor of Science in Marketing

    Minors

    Accounting MinorBusiness Administration MinorFinance MinorInformation Systems MinorNonprofit Management Minor

    Graduate Studies in Business

    Business
    The Graduate Studies in Business Program seeks to impress the following goals upon graduate students enrolled in the program:
    • Increased awareness of the global economic environment
    • Deeper understanding of the functional areas of an organization including finance, management, marketing, and operations
    • Improved skills in research, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in problem solving
    • Increased ability to develop and implement specific strategies to address organizational problems
    • Sensitivity to the application of Judeo-Christian values in decision-making

    Master of Business Administration

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6/08
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