Business

Admissions counselor and prospective student at fair

If you are looking for a career in business or want to learn how to start a business, Bethel University’s business degrees can set you on a path toward success. There has never been a greater need for skilled, ethical, servant leaders than in today’s business world.

A Balanced Business Degree Curriculum
Bethel University’s business program is different than other business schools in Indiana. We believe the profession is a calling and that’s why our faculty go beyond teaching our students simply the technical aspects of operating a business and integrates the Christian faith into all our classes. 

We prepare future leaders through a balanced combination of traditional business practices, technology, practical application and innovation. While students have access to current business tools and software, even greater emphasis is placed on thinking critically and analytically.

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

Bethel’s business school offers degrees in:
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Economics and Finance
  • Financial Services Professional
  • Marketing
Inspiring Faculty
Our faculty are key to integrating Bethel’s Christian mission with contemporary business theory and skills. All business faculty bring amazing professional experience into the classroom. They have worked in public accounting, private business organizations, the not-for-profit sector, international business, and public policy. Faculty are able to integrate their real-world backgrounds into the academic environment at Bethel to create a relevant and useful learning experience for students.

Student-faculty ratios within the business department are kept low to ensure high levels of engagement and personal attention.

Opportunities to Learn and Lead
Bethel 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.
 

From small companies that cater to specialty markets to Fortune 500 corporations, the Mishawaka/South Bend, Indiana community offers numerous and diverse internship opportunities for Bethel students. The connections made through these internships have served our graduates well.

Bethel students who majored in a degree offered through the business department have found careers in:
  • Public accounting
  • Non-profits
  • Banking
  • Financial services
  • Business management
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing and sales
  • Public policy
Bethel’s business department offers a variety of extracurricular activities such as:
  • A reading group that reads conservative/free market books that address today’s public policy issues
  • Academic conferences in Washington, D.C.
  • American Enterprise Institute Executive Council, which brings speakers to Bethel’s campus and organizes other events around a public policy issue
  • Financial Planning Club

 

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.

Marketing B.A. and Minor

B.A.: The marketing major gives students the skills necessary to develop promotional materials, strengthen communication skills and to learn how to reach a target market. 

Minor: The marketing minor requires 18 credit hours.

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.
Aaron Schavey

Aaron Schavey

Titles: Associate Professor of Economics
Degrees: Ph.D.
M.A.
B.A.
Lori Stutzman

Lori Stutzman

Titles: Assistant Professor of Business
Degrees: Ed.D.
M.A.
M.S.
B.A.
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