Adrian College's Department of Accountancy and Business Administration offers highly competitive programs that develop corporate, business and functional strategy competency, emphasize the critical nature of the changing global economy and foster a commitment to ethical behavior and lifelong learning.
Undergraduate Business Administration Degrees
All undergraduate business students at Adrian College complete the Business Core curriculum. Courses include accounting, managerial finance, marketing, management, business and professional communications, business policy, business law, economics, and business applications for computers. Students complete upper level courses in one of the following concentration areas: Accounting, Entrepreneurial Studies, Fashion Merchandising, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, or Sports Management. Students may also choose to combine their business degree with a minor in Computer Information Systems or Economics. The following concentration area is scheduled for introduction in the near future: Event and Facilities Management. Each program stresses the decision-making approach to business, where students learn how to think logically, analyze objectively, and communicate clearly.
Students entering the Accounting concentration at Adrian work with professors who are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) with real life experience. Our professors are active members of various accounting and finance organizations, such as the American Institute of CPAs, Michigan Association of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants, and Society of Financial Services Professionals. Among our professors, we have representation on the board of directors of a multimillion dollar organization, “Big 4” public accounting experience, and they have held senior executive positions in finance and accounting.
The Accounting program is approved by the Michigan State Board of Accountancy. The program prepares students to enter into and succeed in accounting careers in the public, private, or governmental sectors. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the technical knowledge behind accounting, the code of ethics of the profession, and the greater responsibility accountants have to society.
As part of the Accounting curriculum, students engage in many projects aimed at developing strong professional skills to help them succeed in their careers. For example, in the Managerial Cost Accounting course, students prepare a detailed scenario analysis on a new product offering for a company and provide appropriate recommendations. The accounting faculty work with senior members in both public accounting and corporate organizations to bring speakers to campus and interact with students. Our faculty encourage students to pursue internships where they take on professional responsibilities in the accounting field to complement their classroom studies.
Students at Adrian College may choose to combine a business major with a minor in Computer Information Systems. This combination enables students to learn how to make reasonable and insightful decisions based on the data gathered. All of our CIS faculty are professionals in their field and bring their work experience to the classroom. Students become effective facilitators with a thorough understanding of organizational systems and information patterns. Through our computer science courses, students gain a working knowledge of the most commonly used programming languages, increase their ability to think logically, and learn to manage systems and databases effectively.
Students may choose to combine Adrian's business major with an Economics minor. This combination provides students with excellent preparation for graduate study or careers in business, law, public administration and other areas. Our faculty provide students with an economics education tailored to their interests, and enhance classroom learning with on-site experience. For example, many students visit the Chicago Board of Trade and Federal Reserve Bank to get a first-hand view of the market in action. Our professors encourage students to find internships that allow them to practice what they've learned while earning course credit.
Students seeking expertise in the concentration of Entrepreneurial Studies learn from faculty with extensive consulting and executive level work experience. Our faculty have been published in leading academic journals such as The Journal of Marketing Research and The Journal of Psychology. In addition, members of our faculty have served as founders of several entrepreneurial ventures.
The Entrepreneurial Studies program examines the role of the entrepreneur and develops the basic skills set necessary for a successful start-up. Topics include writing a business plan, securing funding, developing new products and services, and protecting intellectual property. Students also cover business valuations and investor relations.
As part of the Entrepreneurial Studies curriculum, students work on case studies that give them interaction with the profession and experiential challenges, as well as prepare a major entrepreneurial project.
Event and Facilities Management
The Department of Accounting and Business will be offering a BBA with a concentration in Event and Facilities Management in the near future. The Event Planning program will prepare students for a career in various industry market segments (corporate, social, sport, cultural, entertainment, fundraising) and/or specialized event planning careers in the production, promotion, and control aspects of an event.
Coursework will include event planning principles, event production/operations management, event risk management, convention and trade show operations, and advertising and promotion management.
The Fashion Merchandising program prepares students for a career in the functions of merchandising, both domestically and globally. Theories of fashion, historical perspectives, movement and influences, marketing and retail environments, industry technology, current events and environmental effects will be discussed.
Coursework will include retailing, textiles, visual merchandising, and product and assortment development.
The Finance program has a business focus and will prepare students to be financial leaders in organizations.
Coursework includes economics of money and banking, money and capital markets, investments and securities analysis, international financial management, managerial finance, and entrepreneurial finance. Students will work on various hands-on projects aimed at giving the students exposure to the field. For example, in the Managerial Finance course, students will work in small teams to analyze current financial statements of a major corporation by preparing a written analysis and a group presentation. In the Investments and Security Analysis course, students will participate in an online stock trading project where they buy and sell securities over the Internet and analyze their investment results.
Health Care Management
The Health Care Management concentration prepares students for a career in the burgeoning health care sector of the United States, now approaching 20% of the total economy. The program courses are designed to inform, provide experience, and challenge students in the areas of health care. This concentration area culminates in a faculty supervised practicum.
Coursework includes topics such as: financing health care, health care outcomes and quality, biomedical ethics, health care regulation, and public health.
Students entering the International Business program at Adrian work with professors who are consultants for business clients leading strategic planning initiatives, performing human resource and ethical audits, developing staffing strategies, and researching expansion possibilities.
To give students an edge in the global market, students choosing the International Business emphasis are required to take at least 20 credit hours in foreign language courses. Students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester in a study abroad program, in a country such as Australia, Austria, China, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, or Russia. At the same time, students benefit from the flexibility of the BBA degree curriculum, which allows in-depth study of a range of business disciplines.
Students engage in many market-driven projects aimed at developing global business knowledge. For example, in the Management of Multinational Firms course, teams of students are given a specific company and a choice of two countries. The teams must make the best investment decision of which of the two countries the company should enter using economic, social, and political risk information. The team must research and then decide the best strategy to enter the chosen country.
Students entering the Management concentration work with faculty with more than 25 years of experience in helping lead business development, operations, start-ups, and transformation initiatives. Our faculty participate in ongoing research into organizational agility and change, and bring their technical expertise in the areas of organizational design, information technology, and financial planning and control to the classroom.
The Management program prepares students to work with people, technology, and resources to accomplish organizational goals. Our students apply these skills to corporate, social, religious, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations. Students become aware of responsible and accountable management and learn to apply the practices of ethical management. The Management program is grounded in the rational decision making process.
Management students work with their peers to discuss complex organizational topics. For example, in the Social and Political Issues in Business course, teams of students must research and support either the pro or con position of a current ethical issue in business and then debate another team supporting the opposite position. In the Business Policy and Strategy course, students work on a semester long project to research and analyze a problem or opportunity for a company, and then develop a solution to deliver in a boardroom style presentation to the entire Department faculty.
Students seeking a Marketing concentration work with faculty that have corporate and executive level experience in areas such as marketing research, advertising and product management. Our faculty share their extensive experience in marketing consulting and focus group moderation to give students exposure to industry-demanded research and analysis skills. Among our faculty, we have a recipient of numerous copy-writing and catalog awards from the Direct Marketing Association and the founder of three entrepreneurial businesses.
The Marketing program delivers the marketing and soft skills needed in today's environment. Students are exposed to an extensive use of simulations, research projects, and live cases to allow students an opportunity to hone skills they can carry directly to their professional lives.
Students gain first-hand knowledge in the determination of which products will appeal to consumers. For example, in the Consumer Behavior course, students decide on a new product, and then conduct an actual survey among their peers on campus. Students then use a software program to sort and analyze the data. At the end of the course, students present their findings using multimedia presentations with 3-D graphs and high-tech illustrations.
Students entering the Sports Management concentration at Adrian work with professors who have real life sport industry experience. Our professors are active members of premier sport management organizations, such as NASSM, NASSS, and AAHPERD, and have presented at national and international conferences.
The Sports Management program prepares students to enter and succeed in careers in professional sport, minor league sport, intercollegiate sport, and youth sport, as well as other areas. Our students have obtained internships and jobs with many organizations, including the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, Toledo Mudhens, Toledo Walleye, Detroit Sports Commission, Michigan International Speedway, Washington Redskins and Columbus Crew.
As part of the Sports Management curriculum, students engage in many projects aimed at developing a strong foundation and the professional skills to help them succeed in their careers. For example, in the Sports Marketing course, students develop marketing strategies for actual events at the Arrington Ice Arena. In addition, students have the ability to meet and interact with professionals through guest speakers, conferences and trips to various sport organizations.