Business Administration

Business Administration at Carroll College

The Field

Today’s fields of business administration, accounting, and finance are fast paced, driven by technology, highly complex, and above all, global. More than ever, the world needs leaders in business who bring as much integrity and character to the table as they do knowledge and acumen. And since the skills it takes to effectively lead in business can be applied across the broad spectrum of professional fields, pursuing your degree in business can open new worlds of opportunity.

The Programs

Students interested in studying business at Carroll can choose from a variety of degree programs, areas of specialization, and minors. As a business student here, you’ll be exposed to the theory and practice of business, gain a solid foundation in business principles, explore the ever-expanding role of technology and innovation in business, and strengthen your understanding of the importance of ethics.

Economics majors develop their analytical, investigative, and research skills. Graduates in economics use their understanding of economic relationships and markets to work for a variety of business entities, financial services firms, consulting firms, health care industries, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Economists with strong statistical backgrounds conduct research, analyze data and develop forecasts. Forecasts include financial trends, consumer spending habits, and other demographic and behavioral data. Economics is an excellent preparation for law school and economists often work with attorneys to establish damage amounts in court cases.

In addition to the foundation business courses required of all Business Administration majors, Economic concentration students will also take the following courses:

Economics Courses

  • EC 401 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • EC 402 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • BA 409 Operations Research
  • EC 304 Public Finance
  • EC 306 International Economics: Trade and Global Organization
  • EC 406 International Economics: Finance and Economics Systems

Combine your interest in travel and other cultures with a career in business. The global economy has created opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs, businesses, governments, and non-profits. An understanding of global business practices and cultural similarities or differences can lead to career opportunities in international management, human resource management, sales and marketing, financial management, non-profit management, cultural advisors to businesses, and government positions. 

In addition to the foundation business courses required of all Business Administration majors, International Business concentration students will also take the following courses:

Required classes:

  • BA 401 International Marketing
  • EC 306 International Economics: Trade and Global Organization
  • EC 406 International Economics: Finance and Economic Systems
  • Foreign Language (six credits)
  • Note: A Study Abroad Experience is required in the Business Major Program Requirements  in place of EC 309 for students in the International Business Concentration.

Plus one of the following courses:

  • BA 393/EC393 Socioeconomic Issues: India
  • CO 325 Intercultural Communication

The Management concentration in Business Administration prepares you for many career options in international businesses or small businesses, governmental entities, and non-profits organizations. Management entails the ability to bring together people and resources to accomplish organizational goals. An understanding of management processes and theory, strong communication skills, leadership abilities, and critical thinking skills are characteristics of capable managers. The diverse career options include oversight of personnel, project management, production operations, and strategic planning.

In addition to the foundation business courses required of all Business Administration majors, Management concentration students will also take the following courses.

Management Courses

  • BA 408 Human Resource Management
  • BA 409 Operations Research
  • BA 413 Organizational Behavior
  • CO 320 Organizational Communications
  • BA 377 Small Business Management
  • PMGT 210 Project Planning/Scheduling/Estimating

Marketing is a crucial business function whether an entity is a small business, large international corporation, government, or non-profit organization. Marketing brings together a variety of activities to create value for customers, business owners, and broader society through design, communication, and delivery of products and services. Marketers must understand market demand and consumer behavior. Examples of career opportunities include advertising, market research, sales, public relations, and new product development.

In addition to the foundation business courses required of all Business Administration majors, Marketing concentration students will also take the following courses.

Marketing Courses

  • BA 320 Marketing Research

Plus 3 of the following:

  • BA 322 Consumer Behavior
  • BA 324 Marketing Communication and Promotion
  • BA 326 New Product Development
  • BA 328 Personal Selling
  • BA 401 International Marketing

Plus 2 of the following:

  • CO 250 Social Media
  • CS 202 Web Design and Development
  • CS 310 Database Design
  • GIS 220 GIS Databases

Turn your love of sports into a career in sports management. Graduates with a major in Sports Management from Carroll College's Business Department are well-prepared professionals who are responsible citizens and advocates for sports programs. The major provides students the opportunity for early career exploration through observations, field experiences, and internships.

The Sports Management concentration prepares students for employment in a wide range of sport-related fields from amateur to professional level competition. Possible employment opportunities include the physical fitness industry, collegiate athletic administration, facilities management, event planning and ticket operations, sports information management, management of professional and semi-professional teams, and sporting goods equipment and apparel manufacturing, marketing, and retailing.

In addition to the foundation business courses required of all Business Administration majors, Sports Management concentration students will also take the following courses.

Required:

  • BA 320 Market Research
  • BA 324 Marketing Communication and Promotion
  • BA 425 Sports Management Internship
  • CO 215 Intro to Public Relations
  • ENWR 301 Business Writing

Plus 1 of the following:

  • BA 322 Consumer Behavior
  • BA 328 Personal Selling
  • EC 305 Economics and Strategy of Sports
  • HPE 325 Applied Anatomical Kinesiology
  • HPE 350 Responding to Emergencies
  • HPE 413 Exercise Physiology & Human Performance Testing

Other Resources

North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)

Student Learning Outcomes

A successful graduate of the department will be able to:

  • Use data and statistics in order to understand and analyze relevant problems
  • Understand and analyze financial statements of economic entities • Read and understand publications covering topics discussed in the various majors in the department
  • Organize and present ideas and information orally in small group settings
  • Design and carry out independent and collaborative projects
  • Use contemporary information technology effectively including the library, the internet and computer software 116 Majors and Minors—Business Administration
  • Write essays and short papers in a clear and concise fashion with emphasis on content, style and analytical ability
  • Understand and explain important issues encountered in economic entities with particular emphasis on ethical and global implications.

Why Business at Carroll?

At Carroll, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities—both in the classroom and out—to develop the depth of knowledge and breadth of experience it takes to launch your successful career in business. You may combine your major in business administration, accounting, or finance with one another, a variety of business minors, or majors and/or minors from other academic departments. Our Enactus or the Entrepreneur in Residence programs will help sharpen your interest and abilities as an entrepreneur. Our small classes deliver an abundance of interaction with highly accomplished business faculty who bring exceptional industry experience into the classroom. You can enhance your global and cultural awareness and perspective through study abroad opportunities. And we partner with top organizations in Helena and beyond that provide outstanding internships.

What are my options?

The business administration degree offers five distinct concentration and can be easily paired with other majors, minors, and certificates. Choose below to discover each business administration concentration.