We believe that business is an outstanding Christian calling. Calvin business majors gain a broad understanding of business and opportunities to focus your studies through internships and electives. Our program will prepare you to provide relevant and transformational leadership in business and society.
Calvin's business major is designed to prepare you for a career in the real world. Take advantage of these experience-building learning opportunities:
Finance is the study of how companies obtain funds needed for future growth and how people invest funds for future consumption. It includes business finance and personal finance. Finance deals with the concepts of time, cash flows, and risk and how they are interrelated. It also deals with how money is spent and budgeted.
People who study Finance need to have an analytical mind and enjoy working with accounting and basic mathematics.
People who graduate with a concentration in Finance often work in the fields of:
If you enjoy working with people and want to help them achieve their career goals, then the field of Human Resource Management (HRM) may be right for you. HRM involves all aspects of the employees of a company, from screening applicants and hiring new employees to managing training, employee benefits, maintaining personnel records, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal labor and safety regulations, counseling and grievances, to lay-offs and retirement.
People considering a career in HRM need the following characteristics and skills:
Careers in HRM allow for specialization in the areas of:
Job titles include:
Marketing is a highly interdisciplinary field wich involves the study of the social and managerial processes used to identify and satisfy the wants and needs of consumer and business markets with products and services which are valued.
People who study marketing often combine solid analytical skills with strong strategic and creative abilites. Marketers tend to possess high levels of empathy and a natural interest in people and psychology.
Many go on to careers in: sales, customer relations, supply chain management, procurement, banking, market research, product and brand management, advertising, managment consulting, and public relations.
Operations managment is an area of business concerned with the production of goods and services, and involves the responsibilty of ensuring that business operations are efficent and effective. It is concerned with managing the process that converts inputs (in the forms of materials, labor, and energy) into outputs (in the form of goods and services).
Students in this concentration posess the following characteristics and skills:
Entry-level titles include:
Operations management specialists typically begin their careers in areas such as quality management, production control, service delivery management, and logistics.
Specialists have opportunities to work in cross-functional teams involved in process re-engineering, strategy development, product design, and technology planning.
Unlike a larger corporation with multiple departments and divisions to handle all aspects of managment and operations, a small business is characterized by a relatively small number of personnel. Often, the owner must serve as president, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer. There may or may not be staff members to deal with marketing and advertising, accounting, human resources, and other necessary activities. A focus on cash flow and guerilla marketing tactics, however, is essential in order to remain profitable.
If you are interested in working in your family's business or dream of starting your own business, then a concentration in Small Business is for you.
If you have a mindset of creativity and innovation, and are self-confident and energetic, you should consider this concentration.
Small business is a very important component of the U.S. economy. Studies consistently indicate that more than 80% of new jobs are created by small business.
Small business is an important part of the global economy as well as the domestic economy. Through modern telecommunications and the internet plus a multitude of SBA programs, engaging in international trade has become commonplace.