Studying business management prepares you for a career in a dynamic field. You learn skills not only in how to become an effective manager, but also a leader in the field. You learn how to plan, organize, lead, control, delegate, optimize, monitor and a lot more in any organization you choose to enter.
Points of Distinction
In every class, you are given a project as well as learning through traditional learning methods. Projects range from traditional papers to collecting data and analyzing business functions that potentially are implemented in various departments on campus. Additionally, classes taught help prepare students for the business world or who wish to go on for their MBA
Why this Major?
Business is a dynamic field meaning that it is constantly changing. If you enjoy change and challenges, then this is the field you may want to consider.
There is a business minor available. Regardless of what you choose to do in your life, you will be in a business. Knowing the fundamentals of how a business operates is essential to everyone and at minimum, a business management minor should be considered.
The business department emphasizes experiential learning through various field trips, internships, and labor negotiation day. 98% of the business graduates have jobs in their field within 6 months of graduating
Activities & Events
All business majors participate in:
- CEO Panel Day – all 200 level classes in business participate in this
- Alumni come to present their story of how they became a CEO or business owner.
- Allows for networking opportunities with the alumni
- X-Culture Virtual Team Certification
- All business majors are required to take International Business. Within that class, students participate in X-Culture. This is a form of experiential learning where you are put on teams with other undergraduate students in other countries to complete a project for a real business. Work is completed via virtual teams.
- Winners of this event are invited to the corporate headquarters to meet executives of the company.
- Potentially leads to internship and job opportunities.
- Deal or No Deal: Management vs. Labor Negotiation Day – all 300 and 400 level business classes participate in this event
- Students are put in groups on either the management or labor side
- A real contract is used for students to negotiate key points such as labor and health benefits.
- Members for local Teamsters union and a Federal Mediator attends the event to help the negotiation and to give students insight into different points of view on the concepts.
- Field trip to St. Louis businesses – all 300/400 level classes
- A day is dedicated to take upper class students to various business located in the St. Louis area to learn about different jobs, businesses and to do some networking
- This year’s trip includes going to the Federal Reserve and Anheuser-Busch Brewery
- Operations Management Field Trip
- A trip to a manufacturing facility and a service facility so students gain a better understanding of how the concepts being taught are implemented into every type of business
- Organizational Behavior
- Numerous in-class experiential learning including learning about planning and implementing with the use of legos, how to run meetings effectively and efficiently and how to solve problems.
Opportunities for internships can be identified and pursued as they pertain to the individual student’s interest and course of study.
Work Program Opportunities
Opportunities for student Work Program positions exist in the Business Office for accounts payable, accounts receivable, general accounting. Some positions are also available in the academic department office.
98% of graduates are working in their field or in grad school within 6 months of graduating.
Hot Job Outlooks
- Assistant Manager/Manager in a variety of field
- Management Consultant
- Non-profit Organization Director
- Purchasing Manager
- Trade/Labor Organization Representative
- Sustainability Managers
Business is always an area of growth, especially in times of economic terms. When the economy is doing well, many business seek business managers to capitalize on profits, when it is going through a recession, business seek managers to improve sales. It is a win-win job.
David M. Woodson Center for Business and Economics is dedicated to the teaching of business administration, economics and accounting. The facility has several computer projection equipped classrooms, faculty offices, a conference room and a multi-use area that can convert from classrooms to a larger area for group activities.
Faculty members have personal experience in business and accounting, and share their perspectives as they work with students in the classroom and as advisers on special projects.