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Business

Build the core critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills you need to succeed as a leader – and never stop evolving.

As a business major at Alma College, you’ll take core courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing and economics. Then, you’ll choose one of five interdisciplinary concentrations focused on in-demand areas in today’s job market:

  • Business analytics: Develop the quantitative skills you need to find, process and examine relevant data, using your insights to make profitable decisions.
  • Environmental responsibility: Learn how — and why — the world’s largest companies are prioritizing environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in their planning and decision-making.
  • Leadership and management: Grow as a future business leader in a track emphasizing the importance of emotional intelligence and quantitative skills.
  • Sports management: Build the skills to plan, organize, finance, market and lead sport-related businesses.
  • Operations and Supply Chain management: Gain the skills needed to keep people, products, and markets moving efficiently.

You’ll also take at least two business analytics and data management classes. There, you’ll build fluency in software like Microsoft Excel and the Oracle SQL suite — tools you’ll need to be successful in any business career.

At A Glance

  • 12:1
    Student-to-faculty ratio
  • 18
    Average class size

Possible Careers

Financial Analyst
Accountant
Insurance Underwriter

Build the core critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills you need to succeed as a leader – and never stop evolving.

As a business major at Alma College, you’ll take core courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing and economics. Then, you’ll choose one of five interdisciplinary concentrations focused on in-demand areas in today’s job market:

  • Business analytics: Develop the quantitative skills you need to find, process and examine relevant data, using your insights to make profitable decisions.
  • Environmental responsibility: Learn how — and why — the world’s largest companies are prioritizing environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in their planning and decision-making.
  • Leadership and management: Grow as a future business leader in a track emphasizing the importance of emotional intelligence and quantitative skills.
  • Sports management: Build the skills to plan, organize, finance, market and lead sport-related businesses.
  • Operations and Supply Chain management: Gain the skills needed to keep people, products, and markets moving efficiently.

You’ll also take at least two business analytics and data management classes. There, you’ll build fluency in software like Microsoft Excel and the Oracle SQL suite — tools you’ll need to be successful in any business career.

Get to Know Business

Meet the Faculty

At Alma, you'll benefit from small classes and close faculty mentorship. Find out more about your professors.

Professional Development

With a bachelor's degree in business, you'll be encouraged to participate in an internship that provides valuable real-world experience. Learn about career support at Alma.

Explore the Curriculum

Learn more about the fundamental courses that will offer a roadmap for your academic growth and expertise development.

Gain on-the-job experience.

At Alma, we guarantee every business major an internship. With support from the Center for Student Opportunity, you’ll gain on-the-job experience in a business-related placement.

You’ll graduate with a competitive resume, practical experience in business administration and management and a readymade network.

What You Need to Know

Business is a rapidly growing field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2021 and 2031, there will be almost one million business and finance job openings per year. The versatility of a major in business makes it an excellent choice for your future career.

Graduates of Alma’s business program have gone on to careers in banking, finance, data analytics, law and management. Our alumni have also pursued advanced study at competitive institutions like Ball State University, Clemson University and Central Michigan University.

Recent Employers

  • Goldman-Sachs
  • Auto-Owners Insurance
  • Avalon & Tahoe Mfg., Inc.
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • New Image Media
  • Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC

 Student Opportunities

Learn from Someone Who’s Been There

In your junior year as a business major, you can join the Plaid Returns Alumni Mentoring Program. We’ll pair you with an alum who graduated from Alma, has been successful in the business world – and has similar interests as you. Through monthly meetings, your alumni mentor will support you as you design your professional goals and consider your career path.

Contact careers@alma.edu to learn more about the program and annual application deadlines.

I would certainly recommend Alma to anyone who is considering my line of work. But I would also recommend it to someone who was in a similar position to one that I was in in high school — someone who has various interests and is trying to figure out what works. Alma gives you a wide perspective and the skills to apply it, which is unbelievably valuable.

Antuan Featherstone, `09

One of my big highlights from Alma was working with Dr. (Kristin) Olbertson on a research project that I ended up presenting at a Phi Alpha Theta regional conference. I ended up winning an award for legal history research, which helped me realize I was doing the right things with my career goals. Alma College also makes you work hard in your academics, which is excellent preparation for any grad school.

Neil Youngdahl, `15

I would certainly recommend Alma to anyone who is considering my line of work. But I would also recommend it to someone who was in a similar position to one that I was in in high school — someone who has various interests and is trying to figure out what works. Alma gives you a wide perspective and the skills to apply it, which is unbelievably valuable.

Antuan Featherstone, `09

One of my big highlights from Alma was working with Dr. (Kristin) Olbertson on a research project that I ended up presenting at a Phi Alpha Theta regional conference. I ended up winning an award for legal history research, which helped me realize I was doing the right things with my career goals. Alma College also makes you work hard in your academics, which is excellent preparation for any grad school.

Neil Youngdahl, `15

Have any questions?

Contact us today for more information on this program and more.

Associate Professor and Chair, Business Administration and Economics

Robert Cunningham
(989) 463-7015
cunningham@alma.edu

Admissions

Admissions Office
800-321-ALMA
admissions@alma.edu