The B.A. in Business Administration degree combines general business study with two years of language study. Business Administration majors are well equipped to begin management training careers. For students wanting to enter graduate school, a B.S. in Business Administration that is slightly more quantitative requiring courses in statistics is also offered.
Students wishing for a broad background in business are well prepared to enter general business employment and/or management employment after completing the Business Administration degree. Students complete courses in management, accounting, economics, research methods, marketing, finance, and technology. The Business Administration degree may be combined with degrees in Accounting, Marketing, Finance, International Business, Sport Management, and Management of Information Systems or may be taken along with a minor from another department at Grace College.
Grace College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
Examples of courses in this major:
The role of Christians in the marketplace is discussed with consideration of economic reasoning and methodology through examination of fundamental concepts in micro- and macroeconomics and through extension and applications of economic theory.
Surveys the four major managerial functions: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Within a biblical framework examines developments from scientific management to ethics, diversity, social responsibility and globalization.
An examination of the personnel functions in the business organization, particularly job analysis, recruitment and hiring, training, performance appraisal, compensation, the psychological forces motivating workers, discipline, and morale within a heightened awareness of legislative and regulatory oversight.
The study of such topics as capital budgeting, cost of funds, stock and bond valuations, and capital structure. A theoretical as well as a practical approach to the discipline.
This course provides a decision-oriented overview of marketing management in modern organizations. The objectives of the course are to provide a broad introduction to marketing concepts, the role of marketing in society and in the firm, and the various factors that influence marketing decision making.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Business and Economics, Manchester College; M.S. in Educational Management, University of Dayton
Professor Gordon retired from full-time teaching at Grace College in 2009 after chairing the Business Department for nearly 25 years. He currently heads up the Institute for Enterprise Development, which is housed on the Grace College campus. The Institute is dedicated to enabling Grace College students, faculty, employees, friends, and alumni to creatively interact with enterprises in the local, national, and international community in order to develop synergistic educational relationships and experiences. Professor Gordon is also a founding member of the Christian Business Faculty Association which promotes integration of Biblical principles into the business curriculum.
B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration, Grace College; M.B.A., Stetson University
Prior to coming to Grace in 1998, Professor Rick Koontz spent nine years as Manager of Information Systems for Scholastic Book Fairs in Lake Mary, Florida. In addition to his teaching, he is academic director of the Management of Information Systems program and works in the institution's Office of Information Technology. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management of Information Systems at North Central University.
B.S. in Business, Indiana University; MBA, Ph.D. in Business, Indiana University; M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas Tech University; M.A. in Economics, University of Notre Dame Master of Ministry; M.A. in Theological Studies, Bethel College CPA, State of Indiana
Dr. Brad Lemler teaches accounting, finance, economics, and statistics for the School of Business. His teaching background includes online and on-ground delivery, and in both undergraduate and graduate programs. He is an active member of the Christian Business Faculty Association through which he has presented and published papers on faith integration, reviewed papers and proposals, served on committees, and served as the secretary/treasurer for the CBFA board. These experiences have enhanced his capacity to teach his business courses from a distinctly Christian perspective.
B.A. in Business, Goshen College; M.B.A., Indiana University, South Bend C.P.A.
Having worked in public accounting (staff accountant), health care accounting (corporate controller), and non-profit accounting (chief financial officer), Professor Roger Stichter has a broad accounting background at various levels of responsibility. He has taught at Grace College for over 12 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 children, bicycling (he has biked from San Diego to Savannah and recently took a 750+ mile trip around Michigan), fishing, and spending time researching the lifestyle of generosity. He is currently completing a doctoral program in business administration from Anderson University.
A.B. in Economics, Princeton University; M.Div. and D.Min., Grace Theological Seminary
Dr. John Teevan has taught business and Bible courses at Grace since 1998. In 2006, he began directing the Prison Extension Program for Grace. This undergraduate program has grown to over 350 Indiana prison students. Dr. Teevan has been involved with various community boards and service projects over the last 20 years. He and his wife, Jane, have three grown sons and live in Winona Lake.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
The Business Administration degree at Grace College provides a strong background in management thought, accounting, economics, marketing, and finance helping graduates who pursue management positions understand the big-picture of business. Group work during business courses aids students in developing relational skills. Recent graduates report they were well prepared for management training programs.
A general manager directs and coordinates the operations of a small business or a department in a company. Medium-sized and large companies are divided into production, sales, promotion, purchasing, and other departments, and a general manager is typically in charge of each of these divisions. In a small company the general manager may be responsible for all operations. General managers usually report to the chief operating officer or to a vice president. They may report to the chief executive officer.
A sales representative can have many duties and responsibilities, depending on the industry they are working in. To be a successful sales representative, you have to be energetic, friendly and enthusiastic, and you must have a positive attitude.
A career in banking may take many directions including branch manager, commercial loan officer, etc. A background in general business principles is important and additional finance and/or accounting training is helpful.
Using exceptional organizational and multi-tasking skills, Administrative Executives generally provide full support for leaders or sales members within an organization. Such duties typically include: calendar management, expenses and travel arrangement, presentations, organizing team meetings, monitoring timesheets, ordering supplies, and processing HR requests.
College/university administrators maintain, develop, coordinate, and oversee the various programs in public and private colleges and universities. There are many different types of administrators. They may be responsible for a variety of tasks ranging from financial aid to student activities.
What others are saying:
The Grace College School of Business has done an exceptional job of teaching its students the technical aspects of working within the business world. However, Grace College offers much more than an education of the in's and out's of business. The department also advises their students as to how they can personally work as light-giving Christians within a public business setting. Because of their ability and freedom to teach students how to live for Christ within the workplace, combined with their exceptional teaching of business skills, I can truly say that I wholeheartedly believe in and recommend the Grace College School of Business.
—Tammara Jongkind, B.S., Accounting/Business Administration, 2010
Grace College's School of Business flat out prepared me for the next stage of my life. The professors always set aside time to talk with me about choosing an appropriate major that fit me and to encourage me academically and spiritually. Professors openly shared in class how God was directing in their lives, and wanted to encourage us to follow Him whole-heartedly. I even got a chance to take a summer internship in China through the business program! Because of the quality teachers, relevant classes, and wonderful classmates, I feel ready and confident for whatever God has in store for me!
—Caleb Roth, B.S., Business Administration/General Business, 2010
Being a part of the Business Program at Grace has been a huge blessing. I came to Grace because I wanted an out of the box learning experience, something I wouldn’t get at another school; the Orthopaedic Scholar Institute is just that. Being a part of that program gives me practical and hands on learning opportunities that just don’t exist elsewhere. I am confident that the Grace Business Department, especially OSI will allow me to be fully prepared for exiting college, and entering the job market in a couple of years.
—Asher Bontrager, B.S., Business Administration/Marketing, graduating 2011
When I first attended Grace, it amazed me how much the professors truly want the best for their students. Over the past three years, the professors in the School of Business have genuinely cared about my future. From the classroom, to advising meetings, to the hallway, they create relationships with their students and help provide the best opportunities available. They want to see me graduate. They want to see me succeed. I am not just another student who may or may not pass their class, but a person they truly care about.
—Justin Farrell, B.S., Business Administration/Management of Information Technology, graduating 2012
Class time in the School of Business was used effectively. Each professor was passionate about what they were teaching and cared for each student and their learning process. I feel it is importnat to get out of the classroom and do hands-on training. There were many opportunities for me to get involved during my time here through student organizations, internships and practicums. i would definitely recommend the School of Business at Grace College to my friends who are looking to attend a private Christian college because of the great staff and because its a great school.
--Quentin Guess, B.S. Business Administration, 2012