At Central, business management majors have a diverse range of classes that prepare you to succeed. Graduates go on to positions with major companies around the world, creating a global network of connections for Central students. You’ll obtain a foundation in business with an emphasis in one of four areas — business administration, finance, marketing and international business — or you may individually design your area of emphasis.
The department also collaborates with mathematics and computer science faculty to offer information systems, accounting and actuarial science majors. Business students can also be certified at Central to teach secondary-level business classes.
You’ll benefit from the strength of Central’s business management program as evidenced by the outstanding performance of students on standardized examinations such as GMAT and LSAT and their acceptance into quality graduate programs.
of business management graduates were employed within six months of graduation
94% of students completed at least one internship before graduation
4 large, international companies headquartered within one mile of campus
Senior Manager of Partnership Marketing, Kansas City Royals
CEO, Principal Bank, Des Moines
Business Development Director, Independent Planners Group, Phoenix, Ariz.
Vice President & General Counsel, Continental Western Group, Des Moines
Product Line Sales Manager, Polaris Industries, Minneapolis
Chief Financial Officer, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS), Des Moines
Economics, Accounting and Management Club
University of Iowa, Tippie School of Business
The George Washington University
Graduate School of Banking at Colorado
Iowa State University - College of Business
Aegon Headquarters, Hague, Netherlands
Emerson Climate Technologies, Ohio
Principal Global Investors, Des Moines
John Deere Financial, Johnston
Brandworkz, London, England
Iowa Attorney General's office, Des Moines
Jack in the Box corporate office, San Diego
Meredith Corporation, Des Moines
Merrill Lynch, Pella
Iowa Cubs, Des Moines
Courses & Faculty
At Central, you’ll learn about business in many ways — computer simulations, case studies, presentations, class discussions, team projects and more. Networked professors also find hands-on projects where students can help solve problems for real businesses, giving you the best experience possible.
Graham Lemke, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Donald T. Butler Endowed Chair and Professor of Finance
Tuan Nguyen, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics, interest areas include health economics, labor economics and the economics of risky behavior
Uwaoma Nwaogu, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics, interest areas include international trade and finance, monetary economics and labor economics
Brian Peterson, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Economics, interest areas include public finance, econometrics and economic education
Jaclyn Rundle, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Business Management, interest areas include nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise certification methods
Maggie Schlerman, B.A., M.Acc., C.P.A. Assistant Professor of Accounting, interest areas include financial accounting and analysis, strategic planning, international accounting and corporate social responsibility
Jessica Schuring, B.A., M.B.A, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, interest areas include microeconomics, health economics, labor economics, environmental economics, development economics and economics of discrimination
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Web Programming or Introduction to Computer Science
Core courses and/or electives
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Management Accounting
Principles of Management
Introduction to Statistics
Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
Core courses and/or electives
Principles of Marketing
Strategic Management, Small Business and Entrepreneurship or Global Strategic Management
3-5 emphasis courses (approved by the department)
Core courses and/or electives including internships
The Central Difference
Make Valuable Professional Connections
You’ll discover that Central’s business department offers a competitive advantage when it comes to gaining the experience you need to start building your career. Des Moines, a renowned epicenter for young business professionals, is just a short drive away, and Pella is home to four international corporations.
Take advantage of Central’s highly networked internship programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and throughout the world. Plus, Central graduates go on to positions with major companies around the world, creating a global network of connections for you.
Feel Confident with Professional Development
Finding and landing your first job is an important step. We’ll make sure you are fully prepared for the job search by guiding you with search strategies,résumé building, interviewing practice and networking skills.
Develop Real-World Entrepreneurial Skills
Participate in the Martin Heerema Entrepreneurship Program, and you’ll personally experience what it takes to be an entrepreneur. The curriculum uses education, experience and example to combine problem-solving with projects, internships and mentorships.
A Winning Argument
Mock trial has been a meaningful experience for decades of Central students of all majors.
Want to find out more about Business Management at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.