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

87%
of business and accounting majors completed internships in their fields.
99%
of business and accounting graduates were employed or in graduate school one year after completing their degrees (2014).
50+
scholarships are awarded to business majors annually

Scholarships

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

Clarence and Nelly Battjes Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,150
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; concentrating in business administration; demonstrate leadership skills and demonstrate a commitment to serve others
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Edward W. Berends Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400; $4,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; business or economics major; demonstrate leadership potential; have a desire to serve God and community through business, economics or public service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Judith Bielema Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major; demonstrate promise of Christian leadership
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Janet Andre' Bootsma Scholarship for Women Students in Business
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; business major; female; interest in the for-profit business area
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Lawrence D. Bos, Sr. Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; business major; preference is given to those planning to enter the life insurance field
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John D. and Beth E. Bouws Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,550
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; business major or pursuing a program in engineering; involved with on-campus activities and demonstrate Christian character
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Margaret and Douglas Bush Family Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,750
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is not required; business major; preparing for a position in business or business education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Business as Mission Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business, economics or international development studies major or minor; planning to go on the off-campus 3rd world development program; be able to articulate a personal testimony and a potential calling for using business skills in developing countries; candidates applying to study in Honduras must be conversationally competent in Spanish
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
Gordon and Rose Buter Business Administration Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major; pursuing a program in business administration
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
C.J. Byeman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in engineering or a business or economics major; resident of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana or Alaska; demonstrate a love for God and a willingness to serve others
  • automatic consideration
C & N Solutions Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major or pursuing a program in engineering; strong Christian leadership skills in a team enviornment; encouraging those around them to perform at their peak level; giving all honor to glory to Christ
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Castle, DeWit, and Timmer Scholarship
  • award amount: $900
  • first-year
  • GPA 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; planning to pursue a career in either business or marketing
  • automatic consideration
Crowe Horwath Outstanding Accounting Student Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is not required; accounting major; strong leadership skills; U.S. citizens or legally authorized to work in the U.S. on a permanent and unlimited basis
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Frank and Bernice Deppe Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major; pursuing a program in business administration; preference is given to those interested in sales or marketing
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Deb Deters Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.80+
  • financial need is required; female; demonstrate strong business skills and entrepreneurial interest; graduate of Unity Christian HS (Hudsonville, MI)
  • selected by the high school
DeVos Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,400
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a degree in business or economics; preference is given to first-generation college students
  • automatic consideration
Phyllis Van Dam De Vries Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is considered; preference is given to those with an interest in human resources
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
DJV Future Business Leader Scholarship
  • award amount: N/A
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major; demonstrate strong Christian character and a desire to model their Christianity in their work; interested in a possible mentoring relationship with the donors
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth F. Draayer Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate strong Christian character; willing to share their Christian character with those they may come in contact with; preference is given to those from Kalamazoo County or pursuing a business major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jack and Eleanor Elenbaas Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an engineering or accounting degree or be in the pre-seminary program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
J. Herman and N. Lucile Fles Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • fiancial need is considered; business major; pursuing a program in business administration; first consideration is given to graduates of Grand Rapids Chr HS
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Tom and Mickie Fox Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,250
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Marsha Greenwood Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior, senior or Post BA
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major or pursuing an education program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,750
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need is considered; business or social work major or pursuing an education or pre-med program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Chris Gronsman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business or accounting major; 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 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; business major; a member in on-campus clubs like the Entrepreneur's Club or participate in Biz Plan or other activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Barbara Haveman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; planning to major in public health, business, social work or pursuing a degree in engineering or education
  • prospective students submit a letter of recommendation to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) by February 1; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Marybeth Haverkamp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.40+
  • financial need is 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: $3,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is considered; business major; preference is given to those who don't have the strongest academic record but who are industrious, motivated and worthy students
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Peggy and Doug Hoogerhyde Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a business major
  • automatic consideration
Clarence Huizenga Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • business or economics major
  • automatic consideration
Mark and Kristine Huizenga Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • first-year
  • GPA between 2.70 and 3.20
  • financial need is considered; interested in pursuing a degree in business; graduate from Calvin Chr HS (Grandville, MI); interested in a mentoring relationship with the donor
  • automatic consideration
Calvin and Susan Hulst Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is not required; preference is given to business majors; 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; plan to pursue an entrepreneurial and creative business career in the private sector, not the academic or public sectors or with a NGO; 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
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; business or economics major or pursuing a degree in engineering; male student
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jacobsen Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,100
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.40+
  • financial need is not required; preference is given to those pursuing an education degree
  • automatic consideration
Warren and Dorothy Koop Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 2.80+
  • financial need is considered; business major; working with SAS tutoring services
  • automatic consideration
Kraay Family Legacy
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a career in nursing, education or business
  • automatic consideration
Harold and Julia Kraker Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business or accounting major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Krombeen/Mastandrea Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business major; female; outgoing, relational and caring of others
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jay and Martina Kuiper Family Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; business major with an information systems minor; demonstrate a commitment to their faith through their actions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Marge Kuyers Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is required; accounting major; demonstrate the potential to make a difference in the business worlds as a Christian
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Laurie Ellen Mervenne Scholarship for Women in Business
  • award amount: $4,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00 but less than 3.30
  • financial need is considered; busines major; female
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Michigan Industrial Tools Pathway to Business Possibilities Scholarship
  • award amount: N/A
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business major or a business related major, such as communications or engineering; intending to go into for-profit business
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Henrietta and Charles Nyenhuis Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is required; interest in owning a small business; preference is given to graduates of Calvin Chr HS (Grandville, MI)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Pathways to Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business major or a business related major; intend to use their skills in a for-profit business; mentoring with the owner during the fall semester as well as a paid internship during the spring semester is also an option
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Potvin Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; business major; member of the Catholic church; demonstrate Christian character, promise of growth, and participation and leadership in activities outside the classroom such as church, community, and extra-curricular school activities
  • automatic consideration
Chris and Katie Prins Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; be from Illinois or California; preference is given to students interested in a career in business
  • automatic consideration
Rietberg Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major pursuing a public administration focus
  • plan to participate in an internship or cooperative education program; preference is given to those who have participated 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 3.30+
  • financial need is not required; business major; demonstrate potential for leadership; first generation college student
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Loren and Dian Rupke Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Roland and Ellen Schroder Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • sophomore
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business or sociology major or pursuing an education or engineering program; must have at least one parent who graduated from Calvin College
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Garry and Gladys Schuil Family Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; business major; preference is given to a student majoring in small business
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Richard and Jill Siegers Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • freshman, sophomore, or junior
  • GPA of 2.00+
  • financial need is considered; preference is given to those with a defined learning disability; using (or planning to use) the services provided by the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities
  • 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: $3,000
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; business or accounting major; demonstrate motivation and involvement in activities outside of the classroom
  • automatic consideration
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business, nursing, or communication arts and sciences major or pursuing a program in engineering or education; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
Jacob and Jennie Tuinstra Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business or accounting major; preference is given 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: $1,800
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major planning on a career in banking or sales; demonstrate a commitment to serving others by participating in volunteer activities in the community
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Augustus and Rita Van Buren Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; planning to pursue a business degree; Canadian citizen
  • automatic consideration
Charles J. VanDenBerg Family Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,950
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major (not an economics, accounting, or business group major)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Herbert and Doris Vander Mey Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,450
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; business major; 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: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is 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: $4,700
  • senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is not required; business or accounting major (not economics)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth J. Van Spronsen Memorial Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is considered; business major or a group major with an emphasis in business; exhibit initiative in pursuing experience related to their major through activities such as an internship, part-time job, summer jobs, and/or extra-curricular activities; preference is given to those who are not residents of Michigan
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Van Tuinen Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; business major with a marketing concentration
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bernard Vellenga, Jr. Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business or accounting major; preference is given to those involved in volunteer and extra-curricular activities; demonstrate the ability to express the importance of their Christian faith in their lives
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Vrieland Family Business and Music Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,150
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; planning to pursue a business or economics major; seeking a career in some aspect of business; involved in some aspect of music while at Calvin
  • automatic consideration
Donald and Nancy Wierenga Business and Public Service Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a business and/or political science major; demonstrate an interest and aptitude in business leadership and public/community service; from Byron Center, MI
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Scholarship for Women in Business
  • award amount: $10,000
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major; female; preference is given to those with small business or entrepreneurial interests; preference is also 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: $2,150
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; business major or pursuing an education program
  • automatic consideration
Young Women's Business Institute Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; business major; 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
Department of Business
NH 184
Tom.Betts@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6480

Brian Cawley

Brian Cawley
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH 194
bcawley@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7849

David Cook

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

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

Debbie Snyder

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

Peter Snyder

Peter Snyder
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 172
snyder@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7164

Marilyn Stansbury

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

Jason Stansbury

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

Leonard Van Drunen

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

Mary VanderMeer Mary VanderMeer
Department Co-Chair
Department of Business
NH 167
mnv3@calvin.edu
(616) (616)526-7192

Elena Gill Elena Gill
Department Co-Chair
Department of Business
NH 167
eag28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6098

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