Business Administration

Business Administration

About the Program

The mission of the Ferrum College business programs is to offer an educational experience and activities that prepare business students both personally and professionally, for the managerial challenges of the global competitive environment, through individual and group work and through the blending of instruction and experiential learning.

Emphasis

The five emphasis areas (Management, Marketing, Financial Management, Decision Support and Sports Management) offer the business student an opportunity to emphasize an area of special interest and prepare for a specialized business career. The recommended off-campus internship gives students a real work experience prior to completion of their bachelor’s degree requirements.

Management involves achieving results by the combination and use of all available resources in an organization.

Courses in Management may include Managerial Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Human Resources Management.

Marketing is the link between the organization and the consumer and involves planning and execution of the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of products.

Courses in Marketing may include Advertising, Professional Selling, Retail Management, and Marketing Research

Financial Management involves the efficient acquisition and use of funds.

Courses in Financial Management may include Money and Banking, International Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance, and Introduction to Investments.

The Decision Support Systems emphasis area focuses on the use of contemporary techniques to assist managers in decision-making and problem solving.

Courses in Decision Support System may include Electric Commerce, Computer Applications, and Management Into Systems.

Sport Management majors can expect to find careers in professional sports, sports and fitness clubs, golf clubs, ski areas, education, the media, athlete representation, nonprofit recreation for such organizations as the YMCA, Boy and Girls Clubs, community programs, intercollegiate athletics and in the consumer segment.

Courses in Sports Management may include Human Resource Management, Business and Economic of Sports, and Administration of Sports.

The curriculum and co-curricular activities of the programs incorporate a variety of courses in an interactive environment to prepare students for career and graduate school opportunities in the areas of Business Administration and Economics. Some of the common coursework emphasis areas are listed below:

Required Courses

  • BUS 230 Computer Applications  (3)
  • BUS 303 Principles of Management  (3)
  • BUS 315 Business Law  (3)
  • ACC 201-202 Principals of Accounting I and II
  • ECO 201-202 Principals of Macro and Microeconomics
  • BUS 318 Introduction to Electronic Commerce  (3)
  • BUS 325 Advanced Computer Applications  (3)
  • BUS 314 Advanced Corporate Finance  (3)
  • BUS 418 Investments  (3)
  • ACC 301 Managerial Accounting  (3)
  • BUS 320 Entrepreneurship  (3)
  • BUS 304 Advertising  (3)
  • BUS 305 Sales Management  (3)
  • REC 450 Special Events Planning and Management  (3)
  • HHP 402 Organization and Administration of Sports  (3)

Students graduating with a degree in Business Administration are required to complete an experiential component which may be met by successfully completing one of the following:

  • BUS 291-492: Service Learning for Business: Mini-Internships that provide students with credit for participating in professional service opportunities.
  • BUS 395: Directed Study: Study projects in consultation with a faculty member.
  • BUS 492-493: Global Practicum  Students engage in international consulting projects.
  • BUS 499:  Internship: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.

 

In addition, students have the opportunity to interact with business leaders through such programs as the Ferrum Business Advisory Board and Executives in Residence, a program that brings top leaders from across a variety of fields to the college campus.

Related Student Organization

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available for students to participate in at Ferrum College.  Specifically related to Business Administration is ENACTUS.

  • Entrepreneurial Action Us (ENACTUS): A 25 year old team that has won Regional Competition and National Awards.  Offers students hands-on experience in various types of business, from annual competitions to establishing and managing the first Subway restaurant run by college students. Learn more here..

What can I be with a Major in Business Administration?

A major in Business Administration could lead to a traditional career such as a manager or could open doors to many other fields.  For example,:

  • You could be a(n) …
  • Bank Officer
  • Business Development Support Manager
  • Business Educator
  • College Professor
  • Data Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fundraiser/Development Specialist
  • Insurance Agent
  • IRS Investigator
  • Logistic Coordinator
  • Manager
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Operations Manager
  • Public Relations Officer

General Business Studies  B.S. Degree (minor required)

This program offers students the opportunity to see Virginia endorsement in General Business-Career and Technical Education through a selection of a minor in Teacher Education.  This licensure program is currently under revision to update major course requirements.  Students interested in this program are strongly encouraged to meet with advisors in Business and the Director of Teacher Education.

Professors of Ferrum College are active participants in the intellectual growth and development of their students.  The Business Administration faculty contact information is provided below:

N. Faye Angel
Professor of Business
Ph.D., Virginia Tech
(540) 365-4309
fangel@ferrum.edu

Rathin Basu
Professor of Economics
Ph.D., Virginia Tech
(540) 365-4318
rbasu@ferrum.edu | View Profile

Edward E. Groth
Instructor of Business
M.B.A., Xavier University
(540) 365-4546
egroth@ferrum.edu

Michele K. Naff
Assistant Professor of Business
Program Coordinator of Business
M.B.A., Virginia Tech
(540) 365-4312
mnaff@ferrum.edu

Demetri Tsanacas
Professor of Business and Economics
Ph.D., Rutgers University
(540) 365-4318
dtsanacas@ferrum.edu

Administrative Support

Kathy Fletcher
Academic Secretary to Recreation Leadership
School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
(540) 365-4514 – Office
(540) 365-4408 – Fax
kfletcher@ferrum.edu

Find Out More

Contact Micky Naff at mnaff@ferrum.edu.