The business program is committed to preparing students for careers in business, government, and industry and to provide them with strong fundamentals that would allow them to pursue graduate studies. We offer the following degrees:
- Bachelor of Arts in Business in three areas of concentration: Accounting, Business Administration and Business Analytics
- Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Global Business
- Bachelor of Arts in Business in two areas of concentration: Accounting and Business Administration
- Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics
We also offer a minor in Management for non-Business majors in both the Women's College and the Evening College.
Students majoring in Business must complete 19 hours (or 15 hours in the Evening College) of core business courses and 24 hours in the area of concentration of their choice, plus the General Education requirements. All students majoring in Business must take at least 12 hours (or 9 hours in the Evening College) of the core and 15 hours of the concentration at Columbia College. Students majoring in Global Business must complete 25 hours of business prerequisite courses, 20 hours of concentration courses, 30 hours of restricted elective courses (plus Calculus II for B.S. major) and the General Education requirements. Management minor requires 15 hours, of which 9 must be taken at Columbia College.
Students are expected to develop confidence, competence, commitment and courage through classroom instructions and internship placements.
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>More information on the Global Business major
>More information on the Management minor
For a list of courses we offer, please see Business Courses.
In the Business Program, students receive exceptional training in business and leadership, combined with a broad liberal arts education. This valuable combination places our business graduates among the most marketable in the country.
Graduates from the business program have secured positions in Fortune 500 companies and major industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Many business graduates go on to pursue their Masters degrees at some of the nation’s finest business schools, a task made easier by the training and education gained during their undergraduate years at Columbia College.
Our faculty members are skilled experts in areas such as management, accounting, marketing, economics, small business, international business, and information systems. A dedicated Advisory Board consisting of business leaders provides guidance to the program. Our classes routinely feature guest business lecturers who are CEOs, corporate officers, and presidents of regional, national, and international firms.
Our students benefit from the B.E.A. Club, a student organization that brings students together for business education and social activities. Students also benefit from the Institute for Leadership and Professional Excellence at Columbia College, a nationally-recognized program noted for its innovative approach to the promotion of leadership skills in young women.
Our strengths include:
- Focus on individual student learning
- Dedicated faculty
- Cross-cultural interaction between faculty and students
- Experiential learning through intership placements, classroom exercises, and site visits.