Business Administration


The Business Administration program seeks to make it possible for students to master the requirements – in broad education and in specialized knowledge – to find immediately meaningful work and/or to attend critically a graduate business school program. If theory and analytical techniques of various sorts are readily learned and imitated, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to weave together and make use of different kinds of knowledge are at once less easily taught or transferred to others. Precisely because they are less easily imitated, they are highly valued by the business environment. The Business Administration program intends to open to students the possibility to internalize those skills and ability through an uncompromisingly excellent classroom teaching that emphasizes the integration of the business disciplines and prudential decision making.

Business Administration addresses the complex phenomenon of acting persons engaged in business transactions. Decisions made during those business transactions are always based on value judgments that rely upon non-systematic information available and upon the purpose of the interacting persons. Personal factors are precisely what makes the difference between good and bad business decisions. The acquired habit of weighing the qualitative and quantitative factors involved in the business oriented personal interaction is the cornerstone of the business craft.

Students tending to major in Business Administration will proceed through the normal sequence of the Core Curriculum. The program in Business Administration holds the conviction that students need a broad foundation in the moral dimension of human history, activity, and political life in order to carry out successfully the practice of business. The Core thus serves as the necessary foundation for the major in Business Administration.

Other majors in our department:
Accounting
Finance
Global Affairs & International Business
Communications
Marketing

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The Business Administration program seeks to make it possible for students to master the requirements – in broad education and in specialized knowledge – to find immediately meaningful work and/or to attend critically a graduate business school program. Basic tools and concepts, theories, and analytical techniques are readily learned. What is harder to imitate – and, therefore, more valuable in the business environment – are communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to weave together and make use of different kinds of knowledge. The Business Administration program intends to open to students the possibility to internalize those skills and ability through an uncompromisingly excellent classroom teaching that emphasizes the integration of the business disciplines and prudential decision making.

Business Administration addresses the complex phenomenon of acting persons engaged in business transactions. Decisions made during those business transactions are always based on value judgments that rely upon non-systematic information available and upon the purpose of the inter-acting persons. The personal characteristics of the business person, the individual knowledge, skills and abilities are precisely what makes the difference between good and bad decisions. The acquired habit of weighing the qualitative and quantitative factors involved in the business oriented personal interaction is the cornerstone of the business craft.

Students intending to major in Business Administration will proceed through the normal sequence of the Core Curriculum. The program in Business Administration holds the conviction that students need a broad foundation in the moral dimension of human history, activity, and political life in order to carry out successfully the practice of business. The Core thus serves as the necessary foundation for the major in Business Administration.

In addition to the core curriculum, business majors take the following courses

  • BUSN 201 Principled Entrepreneurship
  • ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • STAT 230 Applied Statistics
  • FINC 201 Fundamentals of Finance
  • MKTG 200 Marketing
  • BUSN 303 Management and Ethics
  • BUSN 340 Business Law I
  • BUSN 368 Quantitative Business Analysis
  • BUSN 490 Strategic Management/Business Capstone

1.     Our alumni work in all areas of business: analysis, sales, consulting, management, logistics, accounting, information systems, sports, healthcare.  Many have gone on to graduate study in business, law, and other areas.

2.     We offer a Major and a Minor in Business Administration, a Major and a Minor in Accounting, a Major in Finance, and a Major in Global Affairs and International Business.

3.     We have a close relationship with the Career Services Department.  Jointly we run a Corporate Internship program, through which students are placed in internships that are overseen by our faculty.

4.     Our professors have multiple, advanced degrees in management, accounting, finance, economics, taxation, and law.

5.     The top 20% of business juniors and seniors are qualified for membership in Sigma Beta Delta, the business honor society.

INTERNSHIPS:

Ave Maria University is fortunate to be connected to a strong, nationally-recognized network of business managers and CEOs who are looking for the skills and the virtues that characterize Ave Maria students.  We are very active in developing our students’ career potential, connecting them with suitable internships, and ensuring their success.

 

CAREERS:

Business administration majors are highly employable.  The best projections suggest strong growth in both pay and availability of jobs in business.  Business majors work as market research analysts, operation research analysts, accountants, financial advisors, business operations managers, marketing or financial managers, event planners, compliance officers, human resources managers, sales managers, insurance agents, loan officers, etc., in every industry and walk of life.

There is strong competition for good positions in business.  To be competitive, the best business majors distinguish themselves with academic excellence, a second major in a complementary field, internship experience, excellent personal skills, analytical ability, courage, responsibility, moderation, and judgment.

 

AFFILIATIONS:

The Business Honor Society Sigma Beta Delta has a chapter at Ave Maria University, to which the top twenty percent of juniors and seniors are admitted.

Mary Hunt, Ph.D. (candidate)

Assistant Professor of Business & Psychology, Internship Coordinator
Education: B.A., Political Science & Spanish, Wellesley College; M.B.A., Marketing, Washington University; M.S., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology; Ph.D. (candidate), Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Office: Henkels 2030
Phone: (239) 304-7128

John May, M.B.A.

Executive-in-Residence
Education: B.S., Bacteriology, University of Maine; M.B.A., University of Maine

Joseph Foy, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor of Business
Education:
B.A., Accounting, Queens College; M.A., Taxation, Long Island University; Ph.D., Business, Pace University
Email: joseph.foy@avemaria.edu

Kevin Govern, LL.M.

Adjunct Instructor of Business
Education: B.S., History and German, Marquette University; J.D., Law, Marquette University Law School; LL.M., International and Comparative Law, The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army; LL.M., International and Comparative Law, University of Notre Dame
Email: kevin.govern@avemaria.edu

James Lantzy, D.A.

Adjunct Instructor of Business 
Education:  B.S., Accounting, St. Francis University; M.A., Industrial Relations/Personnel Administration, St. Francis University; D.A., Humanities & Social Sciences, George Mason University

Frank Shepard, D.P.S.

Associate Professor of Finance
Education: B.S., Accounting, Bentley College; M.B.A, Finance, Columbia University Graduate School of Business; D.P.S., Finance & International Economics, Pace University
Office: Henkels 2020
Phone: (239) 304-7345

Peter Whalen, Ph.D.

Chair of the Business Department, Ungarino Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship 
Education: B.S., Marketing, Florida State University; M.B.A., Business Administration, Saint Louis University; Ph.D., Marketing, University of Oregon
Office: Henkels 2046
Phone: (239) 280-1694

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