Explore ten academic options offered by Calvin's business department. Each program in business and accounting provides foundational courses, then allows you to customize your course of study based on your career interests.
Mathematics/Business Group Major
This 43-45 credit hour group major combines courses in business, economics and mathematics to prepare you to work with numbers in the business world. This major is not ideal for students who plan to enter graduate school in mathematics, or for those who plan to teach.
Calvin's business major is an innovative program that equips you with a big-picture view of business while allowing you to dive into an area of specialization. Choose from five concentrations designed to prepare you for specific fields of business: entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, marketing and operations.
Does managing the processes that convert inputs into products and services for your customers sound interesting? If you like problem-solving and working with people, the operations concentration may be right for you. You'll study quantitative methods for management, production and operation management.
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA)
The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA) degree is designed to be completed in four years, including an optional full-time Spring internship. Students may continue their studies at Calvin in the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program to complete the educational requirements of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.
Do you have dreams of starting your own business or being an agent of change and the desire to manage all aspects of business? The entrepreneurship concentration will prepare you for both phases of an entrepreneurial venture: the startup, where you are searching for a sustainable business model, and the execution of a validated business model. You will learn to handle the ins and outs of marketing, human resources, finance and more through studies in small business management, business law, human resource management and operations management.
Want to help companies obtain funds needed for growth and help people invest for the future? This concentration is designed for those with analytical minds who enjoy working with accounting and math. You'll study corporate finance, investments, mergers and acquisitions, derivatives and corporate social responsibility.
Does managing all things regarding employees in a company—from hiring talent to ensuring compliance with governmental regulations—interest you? Do you enjoy working with people and helping them achieve their goals? The human resources concentration will grow these interests through studies in human resource management, organizational psychology, social psychology and labor economics.
Do you want to use your analytical and creative mind by implementing strategies to identify and satisfy the wants and needs of customers? The marketing concentration will harness your talents as you study consumer behavior, advertising, public relations, strategic marketing and marketing plans for businesses and non-profits.
BSA with a Concentration in Global Management Accounting
The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA) with a concentration in Global Management Accounting is designed to be completed in four years. The program focuses on preparing students for a career in management accounting, including preparation for obtaining the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.
Calvin's business minor is 18–19 semester hours and is a great complement to majors in fields such as engineering, sport management, Asian studies and many others.
The accounting minor (20–22 semester hours) includes foundational business courses with introductory and intermediate accounting.