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 (41 credit hours)

Business Concentration courses (15 credit hours each)

Business foundation courses (28 credit hours)

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ECON 200 Economics Foundation
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MGMT 205 Decision Science Foundations
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I

Integrated core courses (16 credit hours)

  • BUSN 100 Contemporary Business and Free Enterprise
  • BUSN 300 You in the Business World
  • BUSN 400 Business Project Management
  • BUSN 305 Enterprise Decision Making
  • BUSN 496 Business Practicum

Marketing

  • MRKT 340 Business Marketing
  • MRKT 354 Sports Marketing
  • MRKT 355 Consumer Behavior
  • MRKT 414 Selling
  • MRKT 418 Market Research

Entrepreneurship

  • ACCT 309 Cost Accounting
  • MGMT 375 Entrepreneurship/Small Business
  • MGMT 380 Social Responsibility of Business
  • MGMT 410 Organization Theory
  • MGMT 475 Advanced Entrepreneurship

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

Sports Management

  • MGMT 380 Social Responsibility of Business
  • MGMT 390 Sports Management
  • MGMT 410 Organization Theory
  • MRKT 354 Sports Marketing
  • MRKT 414 Selling

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

Recommended Additional Courses for CMA Candidates

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

Minor in Business (18 credit hours)

Required Courses (7-8 credit hours)

  • BUSN 100 Contemporary Business and Free Enterprise
  • ECON 200 Economics Foundations or ACCT 205 Financial Accounting

Elective Courses

At least 10-11 credit hours from the following:

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 200 Economics Foundation
  • BUSN 300 You in the Business World
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MGMT 205 Decision Science Foundations
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 314 Legal Environment of Business
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing

ACCT 205 permitted only if ECON 200 taken as a required course.
ECON 200 permitted only if ACCT 205 taken as a required course.

Major in Business Education (31 credit hours)

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 300 Accounting Information Systems or MIS 300 Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • BUED 320 Technical Applications in business
  • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
  • ECON 200 Economics Foundations and a three-hour elective Economics course or 6 hours of approved Economics courses from another institution
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Faculty

Dr.   Scott  Anderson

Scott Anderson

Associate Professor of Marketing

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Dr.   Joni  Anderson

Joni Anderson

Associate Professor of Management

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Ms.   Beth  Blankers

Beth Blankers

Associate Professor of Accounting

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Dr.   Asligul  Erkan

Asligul Erkan

Assistant Professor of Finance

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Dr.   James  Falter

James Falter

Dean, Harold Walter Siebens School of Business

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Mr.   Henry  Hardt

Henry Hardt

Professor of Business Law and Finance

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   Jennifer  Hecht

Jennifer Hecht

Assistant Professor of Accounting

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   Dennis  Stulc

Dennis Stulc

Lecturer in Business

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BVU Science and Business Students Honored for Academic Achievement

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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BVU Science and Business Students Honored for Academic Achievement