A degree in Business Education prepares graduates to teach business, information technology, accounting, and economics courses at the high school level. The broad curriculum required for this degree prepares the future educator well for nearly every potential business education career.
The Business Education major is a shared major with the School of Education. As such, graduates have the necessary knowledge to accept teaching positions as well as a broad business background that allows graduates to pursue positions in the business world. Since Business Education majors take all the core courses in the Business Administration degree, graduates have a solid background in business, accounting, economics, and information technology.
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.
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.
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession, e.g., to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.
Common elements are taught to both elementary and secondary majors with techniques specific to each covered. Students develop a repertoire of methods and strategies appropriate to their major and teaching level. Students will also survey strategies, techniques, and skills for managing a classroom, as well as construct and analyze tests and evaluation tools for classroom teachers. Field experience is required.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Business, Goshen College; M.B.A., Indiana University; D.B.A., Anderson 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 14 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 recently completed his D.B.A. in accounting at Anderson University.
B.A. in Business Administration, Cedarville University; M.B.A., University of Baltimore; D.B.A., Cleveland State University
Dr. Fawcett serves as Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Marketing. He came to Grace College in 2011 bringing 24 years of experience in Christian business higher education. Prior to beginning his teaching career he worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C. on contracts with Naval Sea Systems Command and the Federal Aviation Administration. Dr. Fawcett is very active in the Christian Business Faculty Association.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
Teaching various business-related subjects to high school students. These include accounting, economics, technology, and potentially other business subjects.
Financial planners help individuals and groups plan the use of their savings, income, and investments. Some are self-employed consultants who offer workshops that teach people how to analyze their own financial situations. Other financial planners operate financial planning businesses or are employed by insurance companies and financial institutions—savings and loan companies, investment services companies, and banks—to sell their company's financial products. Such products might include family budgeting schemes, mutual funds, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), insurance, real estate, or tax-sheltered investment plans.
Financial planners help individuals examine their immediate and long-term financial situations. The job of the financial planner is to help each investor decide what kinds of investments are best. They advise people on what types of investments to put their money in as well as the timing of major expenditures, such as buying a house or starting retirement.
Human Resource professionals provide crucial services to all types of businesses by helping to recruit,hire, train, and evaluate the company's employees. Human Resource professionals often help select and manage benefit plans for the company. This vital service not only benefits for-profit entities but also not-for-profit entities. The business curriculum gives graduates a strong foundation to use when seeking such a career.
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.
Entrepreneurship is a focus on principles and applications of starting and managing a small business. The business curriculum prepares graduates well to begin their own businesses. The broad overview of courses in the curriculum combined with professors who have run business provides an excellent background for students who wish to start and/or manage a business.
Develops and conducts training programs for employees of industrial, commercial, service, or government establishments to help them develop professional and gain a better understanding of changes in policies, procedures, regulations, and technologies.
What others are saying:
As a Finance Executive with one of the local orthopedic companies where Grace is based, I've found the School of Business at Grace College to be unique in many ways. First and foremost, I find the passion for education and commitment to personal relationships that the faculty have with their students to be second to none that I've encountered in my many years of recruiting across college campuses. Second, the biblical integration into the curriculum by the faculty and members of the administration of the college is highly identifiable by the integrity and moral convictions exhibited by the students. Finally, the internship and eventual job opportunities available to the students in the School of Business include some of the best companies in the world as it relates to the area of accounting, finance, and business.
—Bob Vitoux, VP of Finance, Biomet Orthopedics, Warsaw, Indiana
I have been impressed with the level of commitment and enthusiasm of the School of Business faculty to the Grace College business students. It is refreshing to know that they are not only equipping our future business leaders with the knowledge and tools they need, but also instilling in them a value system based on biblical principles. We greatly need outstanding business leaders who reflect the values of the men and women of the Grace College School of Business, especially now in this current economic environment.
—Joan Darr, COO/CNO, Kosciusko Community Hospital, B.S. Nursing, 1967