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2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration and Economics

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Kimberly K. Folkers, Chair; Gloria L. Campbell; Justin D. Crouse; Timothy G. Ewest; Scott T. Fullwiler; Tamrat W. Gashaw; John D. Haugen; Susan L. Meyeraan


The department of Business Administration and Economics is committed to developing socially responsible business leaders grounded in the liberal arts tradition who make a positive impact in the world.


We challenge and inspire engaged learners to become business stewards who positively impact the world.

Program Goals:

Students graduating from the Business Administration and Economics department will:

  • know themselves, their values, and their passions;
  • see the purpose of business leaders as economic stewards for the good of society;
  • respect and effectively collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives;
  • apply the skills of professionalism in an increasingly complex world;
  • engage in the creative process in a variety of contexts;
  • gather and analyze  information from a variety of perspectives;
  • evaluate and solve challenging problems;
  • communicate effectively in a variety of settings;
  • understand and apply disciplinary knowledge;

Department Overview:

The Business Administration and Economics Department houses three majors –

Accounting, B.A. ; Economics, B.A. ; and Business Administration, B.A. , which includes concentrations in Finance, Management, Marketing, International Business, and Sport Management.  The Accounting program offers a 150-hour option for qualified Accounting majors.  This option enables students interested in a career in public accounting to complete the 150 hours required by the accounting profession to sit for the CPA exam during their four years at Wartburg.

The department offers a Business Minor Business Administration Minor ; Accounting Minor ; and an Economics Minor . The Business Department partners with other programs on campus to offer the Social Entrepreneurship Minor  and the Management Information Systems Minor .  Students are encouraged to combine their departmental work with other areas of study such as math, foreign language, psychology, communication arts, or political science.

Courses in the department provide an active learning environment that includes experiences like case studies, off-campus client projects, computer-based simulations, writing of business plans and a senior research paper, seminar-style classroom discussions, and the hands-on use of technology.  Several May Term courses taught by department faculty feature off-campus travel – Trends in Management and China in Transition. 

Another unique feature of the department is the longstanding Portfolio Management course whose students oversee the investment decisions for an endowment fund valued at over $700,000.  Student representatives from this course present a report at the annual Corporation Education Day event.

The majority of the students in the department gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom through internships, independent studies, Wartburg West, or study abroad.  Additionally, four campus organizations affiliated with the department, Phi Beta Lambda, Wartburg Marketing Club, Net Impact, and Delta Mu Delta, provide opportunities for student leadership and service.


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