Business majors at Calvin are driven by more than just profit. Our experienced faculty will prepare you to be a strong, Christian leader in your field.

Overview

Calvin's business major combines classroom-based learning with real-world experiences. With concentrations in finance, marketing, human resources, operations and small business, our flexible major can be tailored to your specific career goals.

As a Calvin business major, get ready to:

  • tackle projects from firms in the Grand Rapids area
  • connect with Calvin alumni business professionals and potential employers through regular networking events
  • help improve small business in Panama through Calvin's chapter of the Global Business Brigades
  • learn to be a responsible team member and leader through group projects

Careers in Business

  • Manager
  • Small Business Owner
  • Sales Representative
  • Financial Planner
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Compete in local contests like BizPlan; Participate in service learning projects; Take on a business internship.

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By the numbers

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Scholarships awarded to business majors annually
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The pass rate of 2012 Calvin accounting graduates for all sections of the CPA exam (the National pass rate is 54.3%).

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Clarence and Nelly Battjes Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; concentrating in business administration
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Edward W. Berends Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400; $4,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; demonstrate leadership potential
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Judith Bielema Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; demonstrate promise of Christian leadership
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Janet Andre' Bootsma Scholarship for Women Students in Business
  • award amount: $2,500
  • female, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required, interest in the for-profit business area
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Lawrence D. Bos, Sr. Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.5+
  • financial need required; planning to enter the life insurance field
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John D. and Beth E. Bouws Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,650
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; must be involved with on-campus activities and demonstrate Christian character
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Margaret and Douglas Bush Family Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,850
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need not required; preparing for business or business education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Business as Mission Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; planning to go on the off-campus 3rd world development program
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
Gordon and Rose Buter Business Administration Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • senior pursuing a program in business administration
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
C.J. Byeman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; resident of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana or Alaska
  • automatic consideration
C & N Solutions Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior business major or pursuing a program in engineering
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; strong leadership skills in a team enviornment
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Castle, DeWit, and Timmer Scholarship
  • award amount: $900
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Crowe Horwath Outstanding Accounting Student Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • senior
  • GPA 3.30+
  • financial need not considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Frank and Bernice Deppe Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; preference to those interested in sales or marketing
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Deb Deters Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • first-year with business interest
  • HS GPA 2.8+
  • financial need required; graduate of Unity Christian HS; female; entrepreneurial interest
  • selected by the high school
DeVos Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,400
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 3.3+
  • financial need required; first-generation college student
  • automatic consideration
Phyllis Van Dam De Vries Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 2.70+
  • preference given to those with an interest in human resources
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
DJV Future Business Leader Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
J. Herman and N. Lucile Fles Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • fiancial need considered; first consideration to graduates of Grand Rapids Christian HS
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Tom and Mickie Fox Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Marsha Greenwood Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.75+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Chris Gronsman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; demonstrate strong Christian principles, integrity, outstanding people skills, community involvement and concern for quality and ethical work in the financial field
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Haralakova Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need required; be a member in on-campus clubs like the Entrepreneur's Club or participate in Biz Plan or other activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Marybeth Haverkamp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • financial need considered; demonstrate an interest in pursuing studies that will lead to the ministry, teaching or business; demonstrate commitment to and evidence of volunteerism or student leadership
  • automatic consideration
James R. Hertel Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,850
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.7+
  • financial need required; preference given to those who are highly motivated and working up to their potential but do not necessarily have the highest GPA
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Peggy and Doug Hoogerhyde Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • freshman
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing a business major
  • automatic consideration
Mark and Kristine Huizenga Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • first-year
  • HS GPA between 2.7 and 3.2
  • financial need required; graduate from Calvin Christian HS; interest in mentorship
  • automatic consideration
Calvin and Susan Hulst Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • Calvin GPA 3.2+
  • financial need not required
  • preference to business majors
  • must demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and value the importance of the free enterprise system in the global marketplace and the ways it provides people the opportunity to flourish
  • must plan to pursue an entrepreneurial and creative business career in the private sector, not the academic or public sectors or with a NGO
  • must exhibit sincere respect for all people and follow Jesus with integrity
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Immaculate Flight Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • male student who is interested in a mentoring relationship with the donor
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Warren and Dorothy Koop Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 2.8+
  • financial need considered; working with SAS tutoring services
  • automatic consideration
Kraay Family Legacy
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered
  • automatic consideration
Harold and Julia Kraker Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Krombeen/Mastandrea Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • female, junior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jay and Martina Kuiper Family Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior business major with an information systems minor
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; demonstrate faith through actions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Marge Kuyers Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.7+
  • financial need required; preference given to students pursuing an accounting major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Laurie Ellen Mervenne Scholarship for Women in Business
  • award amount: $4,900
  • female, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0 but less than 3.3
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Michigan Industrial Tools Pathway to Business Possibilities Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; intending to go into for-profit business
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Henrietta and Charles Nyenhuis Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior
  • financial need required; demonstrate an interest in owning a small business; preference given to graduates of Calvin Christian High School, Grandville, MI
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Pathways to Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; be intending to go into for-profit business
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Chris and Katie Prins Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA 3.0+
  • be from Illinois or California; preference given to students interested in a career in business; financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Rietberg Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; participate in an internship or cooperative education program and are active in volunteer or extra-curricular activites related to their field of study
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Roels Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need not required; first generation college student
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Loren and Dian Rupke Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Roland and Ellen Schroder Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; at least one parent who graduated from Calvin College
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Garry and Gladys Schuil Family Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; first preference given to a student majoring in small business
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Richard and Jill Siegers Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • freshman, sophomore, or junior
  • GPA 2.0+
  • financial need considered; defined learning disability
  • prospective students submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1; automatic consideration for returning students
Charles J. and Marianne Stehouwer Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior
  • GPA that demonstrates improvement
  • financial need required; be a follower of Jesus Christ, involvement in activites
  • automatic consideration
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
Jacob and Jennie Tuinstra Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; preference to students with a strong academic record, motivation and potential for Christian service in business
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Gordon and Joyce Van Beek Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; planning on a career in banking or sales
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Augustus and Rita Van Buren Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; Canadian citizen
  • automatic consideration
Charles J. VanDenBerg Family Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Herbert and Doris Vander Mey Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; demonstrate potential to use creative approaches in addressing the management and economic needs of a changing global society
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Vander Pol International Development Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; demonstrate care and concern of third world countries through acts of volunteerism, course work or summer employment
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
Randall K. Vander Weele Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,800
  • senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth J. Van Spronsen Memorial Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.7+
  • financial need considered; exhibit initiative in pursuing experience related to their major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Van Tuinen Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • marketing concentration
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bernard Vellenga, Jr. Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference given to those involved in volunteer and extra-curricular activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Vrieland Family Business and Music Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,250
  • any class level
  • HS or Calvin GPA 3.0+
  • financial need not required; involved in some aspect of music
  • automatic consideration
Donald and Nancy Wierenga Business and Public Service Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered; business and/or political science major; demonstrate an interest and aptitude in business leadership and public/community service; be from Byron Center, MI
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Scholarship for Women in Business
  • award amount: $10,000
  • female, senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; preference to those with small business or entrepreneurial interests; preference given to residents of southeastern Michigan
  • female business, economics, and accounting students will be informed when the application is available
Wendell and Dorothy Yonker Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,250
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Young Women's Business Institute Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • first-year
  • financial need not required; have participated in the Young Women's Business Institute through the Calvin Center for Innovation in Business
  • automatic consideration
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Faculty

Tom Betts

Tom Betts
Associate Professor of Business
Department of Business
NH 184
tab9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6480

Brian Cawley

Brian Cawley
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH190
bc27@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7849

David Cook

David Cook
Professor
Department of Business
NH 183
dcook@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7025

Casey Cooper

Casey Cooper
Assistant Professor of Business and Accounting
Department of Business
NH 194
clc28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7871

Robert Eames

Robert Eames
Professor
Department of Business
NH 197
rhe2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8797

Cal Jen

Cal Jen
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH 171
ccj2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7626

Jill Risner

Jill Risner
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 173
jrr27@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7624

Peter Snyder

Peter Snyder
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
North Hall 172
pjs23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7164

Debbie Snyder

Debbie Snyder
Professor
Department of Business
North Hall 193
ds35@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6380

Jason Stansbury

Jason Stansbury
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 170
jms58@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7714

Marilyn Stansbury

Marilyn Stansbury
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 189
msc5@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7795

Leonard Van Drunen

Leonard Van Drunen
Associate Professor, department chair
Department of Business
NH 195
ldv2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6479

Julie Voskuil

Julie Voskuil
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH 196
jvoskuil@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6189

Talk to us

Leonard Van Drunen Leonard Van Drunen
Department Chair
Department of Business
NH 195
ldv2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6479

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