Business

Admissions counselor and prospective student at fair

Business plays an influential role in society, and Bethel College seeks to make an impact in the world through its business students.

Students are challenged to schedule an internship during their course of study so that they may test their skills in a practical setting. Additionally, students are encouraged to join an activity club that offers them a chance to serve the community while utilizing their business knowledge.

Yemi Mobolade

Yemi Mobolade, '01, co-founder of Wild Goose Meeting House in Colorado Springs

Yemi is described as "an icon among the city's young entrepreneurs" by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. He is also the recipient of 2016 Alumni of the Year award.

He is making an impact through entrepreneurship, ministry and leadership in his community.

 

Majors & Minors

Business Administration B.A.

The Business Administration major provides a broad base for students desiring to pursue a career in business. Courses in management, marketing, accounting, and economics create a solid foundation for a variety of jobs. Additionally, students are able to choose one of four concentrations: marketing, management, finance, or international business. The business program is focused on biblical principles, recognizing the importance of strong ethics in today’s business environment. The program seeks to develop students with strong business competencies to enable them to succeed in their chosen profession. The curriculum prepares students for a variety of positions (e.g. sales, human resources, management, etc.) in many sectors, including banking, healthcare administration, not-for-profit, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, education, and finance.

We also offer the B.A. in Business Administration fully online.

Business Management A.A.

The associate degree is a two-year program that can prepare students for entry level and supervisory positions in business. Some students have taken it as preparation for work in a family business. The Bethel AA in Business Management is different from many two-year degrees because it includes Christian foundation among the general education courses. Courses in this degree can apply if graduates wish to return to BA level study at a future date.

Economics & Finance B.A.

The study of economics provides students with a well-grounded liberal arts education, intentionally integrating the Christian faith with the study of economic activity. The economics major helps students develop skills in analysis and decision-making by thoroughly grounding them in the theory and practice of economic reasoning. The program prepares students to work in business, finance and public policy-related fields and is especially appropriate for students planning to attend law school or graduate programs in economics, business and public administration.

Interdisciplinary Major in Sports Management B.A.

The make-up and requirements for this major are listed in the Department of Kinesiology.

Accounting B.A.

The accounting major provides a broad study of financial and management accounting principles and applications, as well as a selection of key business courses to enhance the student’s analytical and decision-making skills. The curriculum will prepare students for careers in public accounting, in business and in not-for-profit organizations. It will also provide a solid foundation for further graduate study.

The accounting degree is a 124-hour program. Students interested in sitting for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) examination must complete a minimum of 150 hours of college credit. These extra hours can be completed through additional undergraduate or graduate level studies. Students are encouraged to work with their advisor in understanding the specific requirements of the state in which they plan to practice.

Financial Services Professional

The Financial Services Professional major prepares students for a career in financial services.  The major consists of a combination of accounting, business and economics and finance classes that will equip them to work in this field.  Additionally, the major requires three internships: financial planning, taxation, and credit analysis. These internships will give students real-world experience in diverse areas of financial services and allow students to explore what area of financial services that they would like to work in. This major will prepare students for careers in financial services including but not limited to financial planning, tax planning, credit analysis, investment, and insurance. 

Leadership Minor

The leadership minor, consisting of 18 credits, offers skills to students interested in leading businesses, not-for-profit organizations, or ministries. Four courses are required. Students selecting this minor may then build an appropriate career emphasis by choosing two additional courses from among a list of electives.

CAREERS & INTERNSHIPS

The Business Department offers a well-rounded curriculum and flexibility to incorporate other interests into the business major. Your program of study can reflect your individual development and what you want to pursue.

Accounting B.A.

Job placements:
  • Crowe
  • Plante Moran CPAs
  • BKD CPAs
  • Wojtysiak and Co. CPAs
  • Granger Community Church
  • Church Shield
Internships:
  • Crowe
  • RSM
  • Rieth-Riley
  • Kruggel Lawton

Business Administration B.A.

Job placements:
  • Yoder Oil Company
  • Perrigo Company
  • Villing & Co.
  • Press Ganey Associates
  • Humana
  • Elkhart Community Foundation
Internships:
  • City of South Bend
  • Downtown South Bend
  • Walton Concrete
  • Disney World

Economics & Finance B.A.

Job placements:
  • Acton Institute
  • House of Representatives
  • Illinois Policy Institute
  • Charles Koch Foundation
Internships:
  • Acton Institute
  • Charles Koch Foundation
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Financial Services Professional

Job placements:
  • 1st Source Bank
  • Notre Dame Federal Credit Union
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Korhorn Financial Group
Internships:
  • 1st Source Bank
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Ameriprise Financial
 
 

Bethel’s Business Department was recognized by Colleges of Distinction as providing programs that invest in student engagement, innovation and critical thinking.

Read full press release on this ranking. 

Faculty and Staff

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Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith

Titles: Dean of Humanities & Social Science, Associate Professor of Economics
Degrees: Ph.D.
M.A.
M.S.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 574.807.7232
Aaron Schavey

Aaron Schavey

Titles: Associate Professor of Economics
Degrees: Ph.D.
M.A.
B.A.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 574.807.7177
Lori Stutzman

Lori Stutzman

Titles: Assistant Professor of Business
Degrees: Ed.D.
M.A.
M.S.
B.A.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 574.807.7005
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