Based on a strong academic foundation, the business major is designed to equip students with strategic, interpersonal, and practical skills to prepare them for success in businesses or in other organizations. The major prepares graduates for administrative careers in businesses or nonprofit organizations as well as for potential graduate work. Students may choose an emphasis in accounting, entrepreneurship, human resource management, management, marketing, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship. An additional area of emphasis may be added if the student fulfills all of the requirements of the additional emphasis including at least 9 hours of coursework beyond that which is required of the original area of emphasis.  The curriculum includes content recommended by specialized accrediting agencies, enabling Trinity business graduates to successfully compete with students who graduate with business degrees from internationally accredited colleges and universities.

Program Outcomes:

The successful Trinity business graduate will be able to:

  1. engage in suitable management practices,  including those in environmental monitoring, strategic planning, operational planning, change management, team building, delegation, and conflict resolution.
  2. respectfully interact with others in healthy professional and personal relationships, including engaging skills in teamwork, partnership, understanding others, and diversity/intercultural sensitivity.
  3. employ appropriate communication skills, including those in business and analytical writing, public speaking, professional presentations, interpersonal communication and group communication. 
  4. practice ethical reasoning, including demonstrating Biblical-based decision making, moral judgement, Christian character development,  and awareness of ethical and legal implications.
  5. utilize technology tools, including use of  word processing, spreadsheet, and statistical software, digital communication, web literacy, and research ability.
  6. generate quantitative and financial analyses, including the application of basic algebraic and statistical manipulations, data generation, data analysis, forecasting and financial analysis.
  7. critically in engage in problem solving and opportunity recognition, through developed skills in situation analyses, applied research, logic, creativity, and implementation.
  8. demonstrate competency in all of the subject areas of the AACSB recommended undergraduate business curriculum.  

Requirements total 58 hours for all emphases except accounting, which requires 61 hours. All business majors complete 46 hours in the business core (required courses).  In addition to the business core, students may choose to specialize in an area of emphasis. Students enrolled in the CPA readiness track of the accounting emphasis take an additional 9 to 15 hours.  

Additional areas of emphasis may be added if the courses in each of the additional areas represent at least 9 hours of coursework beyond the what is required in the original area of emphasis. 

All business majors must demonstrate proficiency in algebra, general computer skills, and in spreadsheet and word processing applications.

Algebra proficiency may be demonstrated by any of the following:

  • ACT math score of 22 or higher
  • Successful college-level CLEP exam
  • Successful completion of  MA 117 or a college-level algebra course

Computer skills proficiency may be demonstrated by

  • Successful college-level CLEP exam
  • High school transcript documenting successful completion of a computer skills course
  • Completion of CS 112 or other college-level computer skills course
Business Core
BUS 111Principles of Management3
BUS 113Principles of Marketing3
BUS 115Human Resources Management3
BUS 181Survey of International Business3
BUS 201Introduction to Business Law3
BUS 207Microeconomics3
BUS 208Macroeconomics3
BUS 221Principles of Accounting I3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Accounting II
Managerial Accounting and Analysis (recommended for non-accounting students)
BUS 411Financial Management 13
BUS 440Seminar in Management Policy3
BUS 445Management Internship3
BUS 490Seminar in Business and Management Ethics3
ENG 210XBusiness Communication3
MA 285XStatistics 24
Emphasis
Select one emphasis from the following of at least 12 hours of Business courses, excluding BUS 103, with at least 9 hours at the 300-level or above.12-15
Total Hours58-61

Accounting Emphasis

Required Course for Business Core
BUS 222Principles of Accounting II3
Required Accounting Courses
BUS 321Financial Reporting I3
BUS 322Financial Reporting II3
BUS 323Individual Income Taxation3
BUS 326Cost Accounting3
BUS 423Management Information Systems3
Total Hours18

Accounting Emphasis with CPA Readiness Track

Required Course for Business Core
BUS 222Principles of Accounting II3
Required Accounting Courses
BUS 321Financial Reporting I3
BUS 322Financial Reporting II3
BUS 323Individual Income Taxation3
BUS 326Cost Accounting3
BUS 423Management Information Systems3
Additional Requirements for Students Completing the CPA Readiness Track
BUS 327Theory and Practice of Auditing3
BUS 425Accounting Research and Analysis2
Select 4 credit hours from the following:4
Accounting for Business Combinations and Consolidations
Corporation Taxation
Highly Recommended (for students preparing for the CPA exam):
Accounting for Business Combinations and Consolidations
Theory and Practice of Auditing
Corporation Taxation
Total Hours27

Entrepreneurship Emphasis

BUS 390Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation3
BUS 391Entrepreneurial Accounting and Finance3
Select two of the following:6
Personal Finance
Individual Income Taxation
Sales Principles and Practices
Management Information Systems
Total Hours12

Human Resources Emphasis

BUS 346Organizational Behavior3
BUS 352Compensation and Benefits3
Select at least two of the following:6
Management of Change
Organizational Psychology
Group Dynamics
Interpersonal Skills Training
Interpersonal Communication
Total Hours12

Management Emphasis

BUS 346Organizational Behavior3
BUS 353Management of Change3
Select at least two of the following:6
Emerging Leadership I
and Emerging Leadership II
Personal Finance
Investments
Sales Principles and Practices
Advertising
Compensation and Benefits
Management Information Systems
Marketing Research
Marketing Strategy
Servant Leadership
Interpersonal Skills Training
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Psychology
Total Hours12

Marketing Emphasis

BUS 433Marketing Strategy3
Select at least three of the following:9
Consumer Behavior
Topics in Marketing
Sales Principles and Practices
Advertising
Digital Analytics
Marketing Research
Introduction to Public Relations
Social and Interactive Media Strategies
Group and Organizational Communication
Introduction to Web Design
Total Hours12

Nonprofit Management Emphasis

BUS 372XNonprofit Management3
BUS 373XNonprofit Financial Management3
Select at least two of the following:6
Sales Principles and Practices
Organizational Behavior
Management of Change
Management Information Systems
Social and Interactive Media Strategies
Introduction to Ministry
Introduction to Intercultural Ministry
Total Hours12

Social Entrepreneurship Emphasis

BUS 373XNonprofit Financial Management3
or BUS 391 Entrepreneurial Accounting and Finance
BUS 392Social Entrepreneurship3
Select at least two of the following:6
Sales Principles and Practices
Management of Change
Nonprofit Management
Management Information Systems
Introduction to Ministry
Introduction to Intercultural Ministry
Relational Skills for Ministry
Social and Interactive Media Strategies
Total Hours12