Business

With a strong foundational core of classes, BVU’s business major offers concentrations in entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, marketing and sports management. The program offers students distinguished learning opportunities including internships, practicum, attending professional conferences, and partnering with faculty on research.

Choose your concentration

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Agri-business and food processing
  • Banking, finance and insurance
  • Healthcare
  • Human resource management
  • Manufacturing, operations and logistics
  • Advertising, marketing and sales
  • Sports, facilities management and event planning

BVU’s business program differentiates itself by offering a rigorous business core with the flexibility of five concentrations – sports management, marketing, entrepreneurship, financial decision making and human resource management.

The business curriculum offers students unique opportunities to gain real-world experiences through the combination of an applied field experience or practicum as well as a focused internship.

The business faculty at BVU have an applied and practical focus.  Faculty hold industry designations and certifications in accounting, finance, and insurance and many have experience in industry including extensive careers in consumer products, financial services, manufacturing and consumer products.

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Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, management, business, and finance are fields with occupational growth expected to be between 5.5-8.4 percent through 2024.

Make Bank

With mean salaries ranging from $55,000-$97,000, the field of business represents endless opportunities for graduates.

Awards for Students

The Annual Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Awards, which range up to $5,000, supports high-performing BVU business majors in the second, third and fourth years of school.

Experiences

Business students may also join the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute, a six-day experience with an entrepreneurial simulation and networking with successful entrepreneurs.

January Interim at BVU

Study or travel to far-off places

  • Students who are interested in a career in sports management have the chance to spend two weeks in Phoenix visiting marketing and management professionals at major sports organizations, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix Coyotes, TPC Scottsdale, and the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. 
  • The annual trip to Disney World allows students to gain insight into its history, organizational structure, marketing, products, and subsidiaries. During the two-week excursion, students have the chance to meet management and operations personnel as well as experience a cruise on Disney Cruise Lines. 
  • Students who travel to New York City have the chance to visit the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve, Morgan Stanley headquarters, Bloomberg, AXA, and J.P. Chase, as well as visit cultural and historic sites throughout The Big Apple.

Internships

  • John Deere Inc.
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • PepsiCo
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • Iowa Cubs

Careers

  • Adidas
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Nike Corporation
  • Wells Fargo
  • Minnesota Twins

Graduate School

  • Vanderbilt University
  •  Iowa State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska

Major in Business (37 credit hours)

Business foundation courses

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 210 Basic Excel Spreadsheets
  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MGMT 205 Decision Science Foundations
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MGMT 465 Production and Operations Management
  • MGMT 492 Business Policy and Strategy
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • BUSN 496 Business Practicum

Business Concentration courses (18 credit hours each)

Marketing

  • MRKT 340 Business Marketing
  • MRKT 354 Sports Marketing
  • MRKT 355 Consumer Behavior
  • MRKT 414 Selling
  • MRKT 418 Market Research
  • MRKT 495 Marketing Internship, or 3 credits of MRKT or MGMT elective at 300 level or above

Entrepreneurship

  • ACCT 309 Cost Accounting
  • MGMT 375 Entrepreneurship/Small Business
  • MGMT 380 Social Responsibility of Business
  • MGMT 410 Organization Theory
  • MGMT 475 Advanced Entrepreneurship
  • MRKT 495 Marketing Internship, or 3 credits of MRKT or MGMT elective at 300 level or above

Human Resource Managment

  • COMM 374 Interviewing
  • MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 380 Social Responsibility of Business
  • MGMT 410 Organization Theory
  • MGMT 420 Advanced Human Resource Management
  • MRKT 495 Marketing Internship, or 3 credits of MRKT or MGMT elective at 300 level or above

Sport Business

  • EXSC 345 Facility and Event Management
  • EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport
  • MGMT 390 Sports Management
  • MRKT 354 Sports Marketing
  • MRKT 414 Selling
  • MGMT 495 Management Internship or EXSC 200 History, Philosophy and Ethics of Sport

Financial Decision Making

  • FNBK 316 Corporate Finance
  • FNBK 322 Analysis of Financial Statement
  • FNBK 430 Investments
  • FNBK 460 Enterprise Risk Management
  • FNBK 465 Advanced Financial Management
  • FNBK 495 Finance Internship, or 3 credits of FNBK or ACCT elective at 300 level or above

FNBK 322 may be waived for students who have taken ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I

Recommended Additional Courses for CMA Candidates (9 credit hours)

  • ACCT 300 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 309 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 405 Auditing

Minor in Business (21 credit hours)

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing

Major in Business Education (36-37 credit hours)

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • MIS 300 Introduction to Management Information Systems, or ACCT 210 Basic Excel Spreadsheets and ACCT 211 Intermediate Excel Spreadsheets
  • BUED 320 Technical Applications in business
  • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FNBK 101 Personal Foundations Finance or FNBK 301 Personal Finance
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MGMT 375 Entrepreneurship/Small Business
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • MRKT 355 Consumer Behavior
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Faculty

Dr.   Scott  Anderson

Scott Anderson

Associate Professor of Marketing

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Ms.   Lisa Kesting  Best

Lisa Kesting Best

Professor of Political Science

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Ms.   Beth  Blankers

Beth Blankers

Professor of Accounting

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Dr.   Lanlan  Chu

Lanlan Chu

Assistant Professor of Economics

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Dr.   Asligul  Erkan

Asligul Erkan

Assistant Professor of Finance

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   Jennifer  Hecht

Jennifer Hecht

Assistant Professor of Accounting

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Ms.   Stacy  Johnson

Stacy Johnson

Instructor of Accounting and Business

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Mr.   Timothy  McDaniel

Timothy McDaniel

Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Quantitative Business

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Dr.   Daniela  Romagnoli

Daniela Romagnoli

Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Management

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BVU Business Students Participate in Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute

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The Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award rewards business and science students who excel in their academic pursuits, and encourages quality learning experiences for students outside the classroom.

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