For Business major and minor requirements, please refer to the academic catalog.
Why Study Business Administration at Westminster College?
- Businesses are people.Where else can you have more of an impact on people than in a field that IS people? Business is people working together, people working to support others, young people, old people, people of every background and circumstance. This makes business study dynamic, exciting, and rewarding.
- Businesses empower you. Businesses are focal points for financial and other resources. There are businesses in the world that have bigger annual budgets than most countries. Want to have an impact? Go where the resources are!
- The business/society link is growing in importance. Businesses are increasingly called upon to help implement government programs such as job creation and environmental initiatives. And in the global arena, the business sector is often used as both reward and incentive in eliciting bilateral or multilateral cooperation.
The business administration major covers all of the traditional areas of study, including management, marketing, finance, accounting, economics, and management information systems. Other disciplines contribute required courses in statistics, calculus, and speech. You have many options, though, to tailor the major toward your interests. There are four areas of concentration; marketing, management, finance, and entrepreneurship. In addition, you can propose your own area of concentration or minor area of study to further individualize your educational experience.
- Principles of Marketing---run a business on campus.
- Entrepreneurship---design your own business or help a local entrepreneur.
- Investments---play the stock market!
- Business Policy---run a simulated global company in direct competition with other students.
You can join the Blue Blazers Investment Committee, a student investment club that works with a broker to invest real money. You can learn to analyze investment opportunities and watch the results of your work! Blue Blazers began in 1996 by investing $200,000 in real money, which has grown enough to fund periodic trips to New York for the group's members and sponsors.
You can also join Phi Beta Lambda, the college version of the Future Business Leaders organization. Or you can host speakers and engage in academic competitions with regional and national colleges and universities.
Westminster is a Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) affiliate. From the SIFE home page:
- SIFE brings together a diverse network of university students, academic professionals and industry leaders around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. By contributing their talents to projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, SIFE participants are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change. Join SIFE---help the world!
Business majors are well prepared for entry level positions in a wide variety of organizations. In addition, graduate programs are available across the country for further study at the masters and doctoral levels. Students with graduate degrees find ready employment in business, education, research, the public sector, and/or consulting.
"Westminster's Business Administration major provides students with the opportunity to learn about the world of business as well as challenges students to be the best they can be. The requirements set forth by the college are all-inclusive, covering the many different areas that are essential for the effective operation of a business. I believe the professors at Westminster College pride themselves on not producing the so-called "carbon copy" student, but instead expect their students to challenge and critically analyze already established theories and principles. The passion for and dedication to teaching that I've witnessed in my business courses demonstrates that the professors genuinely want students to have the knowledge they need in order to be successful in life." Shannon Baker, Class of 2014