Business Division

 

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Undergraduate Business Programs

The Business Administration Division offers 11 areas of study. Regardless of whether students major or minor, they will find experiential opportunities to complement their coursework. Students will get to know their professors in classes of 25-30 students. Business professors personally advise students who choose one of the following majors.

Business Administration

Well-respected in the business community, a BW degree in business administration combines strong theoretical knowledge with hands-on learning.  Our professors have decades of corporate, non-profit and government agency experience that is national and international in scope.  Business majors may select from a wide range of upper level courses in Accounting, Finance, Health Care Management, Management and Marketing.

Accounting

The Accounting major provides both technical accounting and financial skills and the broad functional business background necessary to succeed in this challenging career field. New financial instruments and accounting pronouncements are being developed constantly.

Finance

Financial management examines the sources and uses of funds within an organization, the returns and risks related to an organization's working capital and capital budgeting decisions. Financial curriculum prepares students for challenging and fast-paced positions in financial planning, investment, and services in both public and private sector finance.

Health Care Management

The Health Care Management major promotes an understanding of America's complex and evolving health care system and increases the competencies of students pursuing careers as managers and leaders in that field. Students will analyze perspectives, methods, and values associated with the delivery, management and finance of health services.

Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management major provides knowledge in the technical areas of Employment Law, Staffing and Development, Compensation, and Human Resource Strategy. Understanding of the overall organizational strategy and business environments is accompanied by experience in the application of current Human Resource business practices.

Human Resource/Industrial & Organizational Psychology

The Human Resource/Industrial and Organizational Psychology major (HR/IO) will fulfill the needs of students seeking to gain knowledge and skills that will prepare them for graduate school and/or for a position in human resources.  Students are required to have an initial major in either Psychology or Human Resources.  The HR/IO  major becomes the student’s second major. The major has two tracks:  a Psychology track and a Business track that allow students in both majors to cross disciplines.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship major is a distinctive combination of theory, creative problem-solving and practical application.  This is intentionally designed as a second major to build on the passion, knowledge and skills students are developing in their first major.  In a world of constant change and economic uncertainty, students need to have the maximum preparation possible to be able to turn their passions into opportunities, to see the connection between their love of a particular area of study and how it can translate into opportunities for making a difference using innovation and entrepreneurship.

International Business

The International Business major and minor prepares students to understand diverse cultures, experience a foreign culture, and demonstrate competency in international business practices. The International Business major consists of core Business courses, international Business courses, a required study abroad experience, and an interdisciplinary requirement.

Management

Management majors understand how to manage the key resource in today's organization -- people. Management focuses on leadership activities within organizations in various business environments. The functions of managers are examined from a holistic, systemic perspective with an emphasis on behavioral interactions and integration to create organizational effectiveness.

Marketing

The Marketing major offers an integrative approach to understanding and solving contemporary marketing challenges. The curriculum provides students with an understanding of core marketing tools including consumer analysis, market research, communication, and strategic planning.

Organizational Leadership

Designed for adult students in the Adult and Continuing Education Program, the Organizational Leadership major provides a multi-disciplinary approach to leadership issues, combining courses from management, leadership and diversity studies, communications, social and behavioral sciences, research and data analysis. Classes are offered on campus in Berea and Beachwood, and also in online and hybrid formats. 

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