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Learn what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving industry. 

When you study business at Alma College, you take learning far beyond the classroom, honing the practical skills that will set you apart when you graduate.

At Alma, we’ll help you build the core critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills you need to succeed as a leader – and never stop evolving. That’s why we have been recognized as a “Top Business College” for two consecutive years.

Studying Business at Alma College

As a business major at Alma College, you’ll take core courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing and economics. Then, you’ll choose one of four interdisciplinary concentrations focused on in-demand areas in today’s job market:

  • Business analytics: Develop the quantitative skills you need to find, process and examine relevant data, using your insights to make profitable decisions.
  • Environmental responsibility: Learn how — and why — the world’s largest companies are prioritizing environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in their planning and decision-making.
  • Leadership and management: Grow as a future business leader in a track emphasizing the importance of emotional intelligence and quantitative skills.
  • Sports management: Build the skills to plan, organize, finance, market and lead sport-related businesses.

You’ll also take at least two business analytics and data management classes. There, you’ll build fluency in software like Microsoft Excel and the Oracle SQL suite — tools you’ll need to be successful in any business career.

Program Highlights

At Alma, we guarantee every business major an internship. With support from the Center for Student Opportunity, you’ll gain on-the-job experience in a business-related placement.

You’ll graduate with a competitive resume, practical experience in business administration and management and a readymade network.

“After graduation, I started working for Goldman Sachs after wrapping up a banking internship at Mercantile Bank. The main thing I took away from Alma that helped me in my current role is time management. Balancing multiple extracurricular activities, a varsity sport and a full course load every semester prepared me for long work days and the mental toughness needed for this role.”

—Jadon House
Senior Analyst, Goldman Sachs & Co., LLC

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Where Can Business Take Me?

Business is a rapidly growing field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2021 and 2031, there will be almost one million business and finance job openings per year. The versatility of a major in business makes it an excellent choice for your future career.

Graduates of Alma’s business program have gone on to careers in banking, finance, data analytics, law and management. Our alumni have also pursued advanced study at competitive institutions like Ball State University, Clemson University and Central Michigan University.

Recent Employers

  • Goldman-Sachs
  • Auto-Owners Insurance
  • Avalon & Tahoe Mfg., Inc.
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • New Image Media
  • Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC

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