Business Administration

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Article by Rachelle Wiggins

“Our heart should…be filled with joy…for his remarkable wisdom in designing so many amazing ways in which business activity in itself is fundamentally good and brings glory to God.”  ~Wayne Grudem

From earliest Biblical days until the present, trade and commerce have remained an indispensable cornerstone of our world. In its purest form, business is a platform where the excellencies of God’s character are put on display: creative ingenuity, wise stewardship and an underlying sense of integrity. Big business and small, global markets and local are all looking for strategic thinkers and trustworthy, market-savvy decision makers. Whether you are drawn to the idea of launching your own business or are more interested in using your skills in the advancement of a pre-existing company, a degree in business will prepare you to be a strong leader in whatever area of professionalism you choose.

If you are interested in and able to manage your own personal finances, this may be an important clue to the type of giftings God has wired into your disposition. Christian Business Colleges depend on your desired business specialization, different skill sets may be needed. For example, analytical thinking may be beneficial in an accounting setting, while a creative flare may be more appreciated in the marketing arena. Beyond this, there are other necessary traits and skills for a career in business, including:

  • Enjoyment of a wide variety of people and “networking” capabilities
  • Good communication and negotiation expertise  
  • Strong time-management and delegation skills
  • Problem solving and leadership abilities

When it comes to getting your degree, you can expect to take a wide range of classes from Christian colleges with business programs in business law, ethics, marketing, management and entrepreneurship. You will also encounter an emphasis on upper level math courses such as Algebra, Calculous, Accounting and Economics.

Careers available are as wide as you can dream! From media to manufacturing, law to leisure, energy to entertainment—every industry in the world is founded upon business principles you will learn about in your studies. Here are a few of the most basic business career areas you might consider:

  • Accounting and Finance. In this specialization your job is to review company finances, advise regarding taxes and expenditures, manage business transactions and prevent fraud and bad practice.
  • Advising and Consulting. In these positions you contribute business expertise in order to optimize a company or client’s financial success.
  • Management. These high pressure, high intensity roles provide structure and stability to an organization. Often these positions are obtained through mid-level work experience or ongoing education.
  • Retail and Sales. This is all about a passion for getting the right product into the hands of the right buyer. The sky’s the limit for those with a persevering, entrepreneurial spirit!

Of course, there are many other areas of business where you may find your niche, such as marketing, banking or human resources. The projected growth rate for many of these business-related professions is well above average, making a degree in this field a fairly impressive commodity in itself.

We know as Christians, that at the end of life we will give an account to God for what we did with what He gave us. If He has wired you with a detail-oriented mind, an innate understanding of finances and the drive to go after one of the above careers then a business major may be the next right step for you! 

A Future in Business

By Amber Gragert

To major in business is to become a leader in any number of career paths. This is often said to be the most versatile major and has the most diverse and plentiful future employment opportunities.

“Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -- Confucius

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in business, you should take an honest assessment of your personality.  Not everyone is cut out for a career in business. Being consistently one of the most popular of college majors, you'll need stellar communication and people skills to stand out amongst the crowd. Do you tend to take on leadership roles with assertiveness? Much of business is problem solving, so do you have keen critical thinking skills to handle that? Charisma doesn't hurt; but, do you also have interpersonal communication skills - to feel out situations and speak to people on any level? If you think you have those key traits and are ready to take the business world by storm, then read on.

As a business major, you will develop key leadership, management and human resource skills needed for a wide range of work fields. There are truly limitless opportunities for those with business degrees and they work well in fields like: education services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, non-profit organizations, retail trade and, of course, business. This major is well suited for anyone with an interest in paving their own roads to success through entrepreneurial ventures. You can go on to specialize in areas like accounting, finance, marketing and sales but it should go without saying, that sticking with a degree solely in business is very valuable as well.

Through your coursework, you will learn business theories and how they apply in real world problems. Common business major classes include: business communication, finance, law and management, applied statistics, financial accounting, human resource management, marketing management, organizational behavior and strong communication skills in public speaking classes.

Your business major course work will prepare you for leadership roles in your future career aspirations - forging you into a well-rounded professional ready for any job.

Employment opportunities include:

•  Accountant

•  Budgeting Director

•  Finance Director

•  Financial Analyst

•  Investment Officer

•  Payroll Director

•  Sales Manager

•  Stock Plan Administrator

•  Tax Compliance Manager

Moving on toward an MBA, you would be well prepared by having majored in business. Prerequisites for a master's degree would include extra computer and possibly calculus courses. If furthering your studies by way of an MBA program is your plan, then be prepared to pass the business-school admissions test called the GMAT. Also, bear in mind that internships and/or working in a related field looks great on applications and resumes when applying for an MBA program.