Business management major

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A Central College business management major opens the door a world of opportunities. From being a business owner to project manager to corporate administrator to an attorney … or working in public relations, human resources, nonprofit management or sales, Central graduates are ready. The business management major gives you a foundation in business with an emphasis in one of five areas:

An emphasis can also be individually designed to better meet your individual objective.

The performance of Central’s business management majors on standardized examinations such as GMAT and LSAT, their acceptance into quality graduate programs, and their success in careers demonstrate the strengths of Central’s business management program.



News about Business management

The Competitive Edge

Lindsey von Gillern ’13 had five internships while at Central which helped her land her current job as a retirement support services specialist for Principal Financial Group in Raleigh, N.C.

The Right Fit

Best friends and football teammates Joel Lynde '16 and Travis DeFrancisco '16 came all the way from sunny Arizona and discovered a home away from home.

Interviewing: Speed-Dating Style

Practicing interviewing skills is essential for a college student seeking an internship or a job after graduation. “Speed-dating” interviews were all the rage at Central's first Interview Blitz, which gave students practical experience.

Where Everybody Wins

Four Central alumni and three current students work at Everybody Wins! Iowa, a children’s literacy and mentoring organization.

Granting Their Time and Talents

Students in the Writing for Non-Profit Organizations course have brought in more than $60,000 in grants for community partners in Iowa.


Successful Careers

A degree in business management from Central College opens the door to endless career opportunities such as advertising, banking, law, marketing and human resources. Graduates include:


Practical experience is valuable when preparing for a business career. Central offers ample opportunities for student internships. In many cases, students have been hired full time after graduation by the company for which they interned.

Central’s Chicago Semester program provides additional internships in a big-city environment. The 10-week Chicago program includes four days a week on the job and one day in class.

It is also possible to participate in an internship program while studying on an international program. This enables students to obtain international work experience.

Recent internships include:

Learn more about internships at Central.


The business management program beings with an introduction to macroeconomics and microeconomics in the first year. The next year, students take courses in accounting and management. The junior year is the time to take courses in corporate finance, organizational behavior, marketing and operations management. During their senior year, students focus on specific areas of interest, such as marketing or finance and complete a capstone course in strategic management, small business and entrepreneurship or global strategic management. Central’s business management courses include:

Sample Schedule

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior and senior years

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)


The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the economics, accounting, business management and modern language departments. The $3.9-million building was completed in 1999 and includes state-of-the-art technologies and a very energy efficient design, including solar panels on the roof. There is a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor and eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers.

Department Web site

Central’s economics, accounting and business management department maintains its own website with even more information about majoring in accounting.


No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization that you’ll want to join! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central. Business management majors might be interested in Central's Economics Club, Business Club, Accounting Club, and Investments Club.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Entrepreneurship Program (open to all majors)

At its core, entrepreneurship is about identifying a problem and finding a solution for it. Most commonly, this is viewed from a new business startup perspective, but our program doesn't stop there. The problem to be solved could be one that tears at the societal fabric and requires a social entrepreneurial solution. It could be a problem that resides in a corporate setting, requiring an intra-preneurial perspective. It can happen in small companies, large organizations for profit and non-profit. The setting is irrelevant. What's important is that the solution to any problem calls for specific skills, which we have defined as our program outcomes:

When our students possess these abilities, they will be invaluable contributors to their families, organizations, communities and society as a whole. To develop these skills, we utilize a model we call 3E: Education, Example and Experience.

Education - Students will learn practical, modern entrepreneurial approaches to solving problems, both in business and society. This theoretical understanding of entrepreneurship provides the foundation from which students can build upon through personal experiences.

Examples - Students will learn from entrepreneurs through a speaker series, field trips, mentorships, internships and other real-world opportunities.

Experience - Much like skilled artists and athletes, students learn best from deliberate practice. Options include on-campus projects, community-based programs, international options and through internships and work-study options. Opportunities include new business ventures, non-profit ventures, social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurial projects and everything in between.

This is a "learn it, see it, do it" model built into every entrepreneurship class and truly prepares our students for the challenges that await them upon graduation.

Our thanks to Bruce and Sandy Heerema whose generosity made this program possible and through the Martin Heerema Endowment in Entrepreneurship. Established in 2007, the Martin Heerema Endowment in Entrepreneurship memorializes in perpetuity the contributions, life and work of Martin Heerema, a distinguished graduate of Central College. It will serve as a continual reminder of his commitment to advance and promote the entrepreneurial educational program of Central College.

For more information on our Entrepreneurship Program, visit the Program Website.