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Business

Build the core critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills you need to succeed as a leader – and never stop evolving.

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 five 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.
  • Operations and Supply Chain management: Gain the skills needed to keep people, products, and markets moving efficiently.

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.

At A Glance

  • 12:1
    Student-to-faculty ratio
  • 18
    Average class size

Possible Careers

Financial Analyst
Accountant
Insurance Underwriter

Build the core critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills you need to succeed as a leader – and never stop evolving.

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 five 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.
  • Operations and Supply Chain management: Gain the skills needed to keep people, products, and markets moving efficiently.

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.

Get to Know Business

Meet the Faculty

At Alma, you'll benefit from small classes and close faculty mentorship. Find out more about your professors.

Professional Development

As a business major, you'll be encouraged to participate in an internship that provides valuable real-world experience. Learn about career support at Alma.

Explore the Curriculum

Learn more about the fundamental courses that will offer a roadmap for your academic growth and expertise development.

Gain on-the-job experience.

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.

What You Need to Know

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 and Tahoe Mfg., Inc.
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • New Image Media
  • Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC

 Student Opportunities

Plaid Returns – Alumni Mentoring Program

Any rising junior who is interested in careers in a business profession and is looking for a mentor is eligible to apply to take part in our alumni mentoring program. The program is designed to foster meaningful relationships between alumni mentors and undergraduate students that will assist students in identifying professional goals and navigating their career paths.

Each student will be paired with an alumni mentor based on similar interests and meet on a monthly basis throughout the duration of the program.

Contact careers@alma.edu to learn more about the program and annual application deadlines.

Have any questions?

Contact us today for more information on this program and more.

Professor and Chair, Business Administration and Economics

Robert Cunningham
(989) 463-7015
cunningham@alma.edu

Admissions

Admissions Office
800-321-ALMA
admissions@alma.edu