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. Emphases include Accounting, Entrepreneurship, General Business, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, and Social Entrepreneurship. The curriculum includes content recommended by specialized accrediting agencies, enabling Trinity Business graduates to successfully compete with students who graduate from larger and more prestigious institutions.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business will be able to:

  • demonstrate strong communication including interpersonal, written, and public speaking skills
  • utilize appropriate research and technology tools including formal and informal research, data presentation, and software use
  • exhibit personal growth and sensitivity in areas such as time management, intercultural and diversity appreciation, conflict resolution, and biblical applicability in the workplace
  • employ appropriate quantitative and financial techniques including basic algebraic and statistical skills, budgeting, financial analysis and control, forecasting, and data interpretation
  • use analytical and problem-solving skills including logic, innovation, and creativity
  • apply suitable managerial techniques including customer orientation, leadership, planning, proactivity, delegation/empowerment, and team building
  • demonstrate competency in all of the subject areas of the AACSB recommended undergraduate business curriculum, with the exception of Management Information Systems
  • demonstrate a healthy sense of self in Christ, commitment to a lifestyle of ministry, and progress toward godly character (Personal Maturity)
  • interact in a relationship-based ministry which empowers service, initiates discipleship, and sustains appropriate biblical spiritual formation (People Skills)
  • teach, write, speak, create media, counsel, or in other ways communicate Christ in culturally relevant ways with excellence (Penetrate Culture)
  • develop a strategic organizational plan which accounts for effective leadership and efficient administration (Programming)
  • articulate a philosophical base which is cognizant of current theory, founded on the Scriptures, and theologically sound (Philosophy)

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 must choose at least one area of emphasis. 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. Students enrolled in the CPA Readiness track of the Accounting major take an additional 9 to 15 hours.

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

Algebra proficiency may be demonstrated by

  • ACT Math Score of 22 or higher
  • Successful college-level CLEP exam
  • Successful completion of  MA 117, MA 118, MA 120 or other 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.12-14
Total Hours58-60
1

CIS 112 is a prerequisite if computer proficiency is not met.

2

Students with an ACT of under 22 should take MA 117, MA 118, or MA 120 prior to attempting MA 285X.  MA 285X may be used for general education credit in Mathematics with an ACT of 22 or greater (520 on SAT). Student must have a C- or better for this course to count toward a Business major.  

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
Not-for-Profit Accounting
Highly Recommended (for students preparing for the CPA exam):
Accounting for Business Combinations and Consolidations
Theory and Practice of Auditing
Corporation Taxation
Not-for-Profit Accounting
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

General Business Emphasis

BUS 310Personal Finance3
Select three other upper-division business courses (BUS 3xx or BUS 4xx)9
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
Management Information Systems
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
Sales Principles and Practices
Advertising
Digital Analytics
Introduction to Public Relations
Social and Interactive Media Strategies
Group and Organizational Communication
Introduction to Web Design
Total Hours12

Nonprofit Management Emphasis

(for students preparing for management within nonprofit social services or church-related organizations)

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 depending upon your area of social interest: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