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More than one in five bachelor's degrees is earned in business and one quarter of all master's degrees are in business. The business major encompasses a very broad field and many business courses can be beneficial to the non-major as well. Cottey's Business Department offers students the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree in International Business with a semester study abroad component or a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Management or to pursue an associate degree with a concentration in business that will transfer to another university that offers that specific major. Within the field of business there are many specific majors and concentrations including: accounting, advertising, business administration, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, management, marketing, real estate, or web design.

The business core prepares students for Cottey's four-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration-Management or International Business with a study abroad component. Students are assisted by business faculty members in planning schedules to fit as closely as possible to the needs of their particular field of study and the requirements of their transfer institution whether it be another university or Cottey's four-year degree in Business Administration-Management or International Business.

A degree in business offers a wide range of employment possibilities. Business majors may work in a variety of fields including: Advertising Agencies, Financial Institutions, Investment Banks, Law Firms, Health Care Organizations, Manufacturers, Insurance Companies, Trade and Labor organizations, Real Estate, Service or Hospitality Industries, Nonprofit Organizations, or Federal, State or Local governments.

A few job titles may include: Accountant, Auditor, Banker, Purchasing Agent, Financial Analyst, Manager/Administrator/Supervisor, Arbitrator, Trainer, Lobbyist, Human Resource Manager, Program/Systems Analyst, Entrepreneur, Advertising/Marketing Director, Sales Representative, Import/Export Broker, International Trade Specialist or other.

Typical Business Majors Include:
Accounting
Economics
Finance
Hospitality
Human Resources
International Business-offered at Cottey
Management
Marketing
Production Management
Public Administration
Real Estate

Internship and Directed Study Opportunities

As a business major, your chances to gain real world learning experiences through internships and directed studies are almost boundless. Business students at Cottey have participated in internships at a variety of businesses and organizations including: H&R Block, LPL Financial Services, Nevada Daily Mail Newspaper, City of Nevada Economic Development Board, Mercy Health Systems, Target, and Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce. A successful internship provides students with an opportunity to apply their classroom learning to the workplace. Employers and graduate schools agree that students who have put classroom concepts and skills to work in a "real world" environment are more realistic and productive than those who have not.

Get Involved

Want to have fun and develop your leadership skills and your resume at the same time? Then get involved at Cottey College and in the Nevada community. Cottey College has more than 35 student clubs and organizations in which to be involved. Plus, the Nevada and surrounding community offer an abundance of service and volunteer opportunities.

If you plan to major in business, then you'll definitely want to join Phi Beta Lambda, a collegiate student organization for students interested in pursuing a business or business-related career. PBL members develop leadership skills, initiate business ventures, organize community service projects, and attend state and national leadership conferences. Tau Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda was founded at Cottey College in 1995. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership development programs. Membership is open to Cottey College students pursuing fields of study related to business. By participating in PBL, students are better prepared for careers, graduate school, and life. Cottey has a history of producing many state and national top ten competitive event winners.

Other activities one might consider while studying at Cottey include: Join LEO-Cottey's Leadership, Experience, & Opportunity program-a four-level program leading to a certificate in leadership, work as business manager for The Spectrum (Cottey's student newspaper), serve as an officer for a campus organization or project, participate in Cottey's Student Government Association (S.G.A.), become involved in Golden Key-Cottey's ambassador program, or join Cottey's chapter of ROTARACT.

Department of Business & Economics Learning Objectives

Students who complete course offerings in the department will show progress in the following learning objectives:

Process and use information and ideas logically, critically and perceptively through business and economic problem solving.

Synthesize information and ideas through reading and evaluating information pertaining to business and economics.

Communicate clearly and effectively in English using basic business and economic vocabulary and concepts.

Increase knowledge of human behavior and social interaction reflected in the conduct of common business activities, institutions, and markets.

Increase knowledge of ethical and social issues surrounding business and economic principles.

Increase knowledge of international and global business and economic principles, connections, and institutions.

Experience growth in essential technological expertise through spreadsheet analysis, internet research, use of presentation software and study of e-business.

Attain a level of competence sufficient to succeed in advanced business and economics courses for which these courses are prerequisites.

Transfer these courses successfully to appropriate baccalaureate programs or stay at Cottey College and experience the four-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration-Management or International Business with a study abroad component.

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