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A Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Siena Heights University will open many types of employment opportunities for you. With SHU’s emphasis on communication and ethics, you may confidently choose to start a new career or take your work in the business field to the next level.

FAST FACT – To complete the major, Business students adopt the role of CEO and present a final case analysis to a panel of industry professionals—demonstrating the student’s understanding of business’s best practices.

  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Internships
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Concentrations
  • THE SIENA EFFECT: Business Administration

Learn more about the Business Administration program and its concentrations.

The business program prepares students for management positions in a wide variety of organizational settings. Business students will achieve the following competencies: 

Communication
The ability to express ideas in writing, verbally and  visually 

Creativity
The ability to develop original ideas or use common solutions in unique ways

Analytical ability
The skill to effectively separate a complex problem into its component parts in order to identify solutions

Integrative thinking
The ability to detect interrelationships among component parts and assess their importance in creating solutions

Ethics
The ability to examine decisions in light of ethical and corporate social responsibility principles as well as their effects on stakeholders worldwide. 

The business learning outcomes are skills employers seek, and therefore cornerstones of the program. 

Concentrations

BBA majors at Siena Heights can also earn a concentration in one or more of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
NOTE: Not all concentrations are available at all locations. Please check with your advisor.

Meet the Business Administration faculty members.

Baker, Donna K.

Baker, Donna K.

Associate Professor of Accounting517-264-7628
Bearden, Laura A.

Bearden, Laura A.

Associate Professor of Accounting517-264-7689
Blackerby, William R.

Blackerby, William R.

Associate Professor of Management517-264-7634
Blanchard, Claudia

Blanchard, Claudia

Associate Professor of Marketing517-264-7621
Campbell, Linda M.

Campbell, Linda M.

Professor of Accounting517-264-7859
Ripper, Matthew

Ripper, Matthew

Instructor of Business Management517-264-7622
Terrany, Sabrina S.

Terrany, Sabrina S.

Associate Professor of Marketing517-264-7625
Movchan, Oleksandr

Movchan, Oleksandr

Assistant Professor of Economics517-264-7626
Kolacz, Michael

Kolacz, Michael

Professor of Business Management

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Business Administration.

When you graduate with a BBA degree from Siena Heights University you are prepared for the following business careers:

  • Account Executive
  • Arts Administrator
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Customer Relations Specialist
  • Financial Planner
  • Marketing Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Media Buyer
  • Advertising Manager
  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Small Business Owner
  • Sales Manager
  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Training Specialist

Learn about internship opportunities in the Business Administration program.

About Internships

The heart of the internship is the success the intern achieves in encountering and solving real-life problems in a professional workplace setting.

The SHU business internship program provides the following benefits:

  • Help to provide students with relevant work experience, which is key to securing a job upon graduation.
  • While not required, internship credit can be applied to the major requirements.
  • Paid internships help defray educational costs for the student.
  • Students develop a digital portfolio of their internship project to share with prospective employers.

Our students have interned at numerous companies, including:

  • Anderson Corp.
  • Croswell Opera House
  • Enterprise
  • First Federal Bank
  • Greenstone Farm Credit
  • Kapnick Insurance
  • Kraft Foods
  • NBC Toledo Channel 24
  • The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • Promedica Health Systems
  • WLEN Radio
  • Wacker Silicones
 

Learn more about the Business Management Association (BMA) campus club.

The Business Management Association (BMA) is a campus club that welcomes students interested in business (from accounting to entrepreneurship, from international studies to marketing). The club serves three major purposes: education, service, and social enrichment.

Volunteering as a club officer provides students the additional opportunity to develop, strengthen and apply leadership skills.

Bachelor of Business Administration

A Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Siena Heights University will open many types of employment opportunities for you. BBA grads pursue careers in advertising, banking, small business ownership, manufacturing and retailing. You will master the skills employers are seeking. With Siena Heights University’s emphasis on 21st century skills and ethics, you may confidently choose to start a new career or take your work in the business field to the next level.

Business majors at Siena Heights will also receive a concentration in one or more of the following areas:

ACCOUNTING
Students in the accounting concentration sharpen their skills on the basics and then move on to advanced skills like analysis and interpretation of accounting information for decision-making purposes. Among the many topic areas for accounting students are accounting, auditing and taxation.

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Our well-balanced and comprehensive curriculum enables students to assume responsible roles as systems analysts, software programmers, database administrators, network specialists, web developers and information systems managers. 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Learn the necessary skills to start and manage your own business.

FINANCE
The emphasis in the finance concentration is on money and markets. You will learn the tools necessary to analyze corporate statements and the best investment strategies for individuals and businesses.

MANAGEMENT
Management students focus on the issues of leadership, labor relations, organizational behavior, teamwork and entrepreneurship.

MARKETING
Students interested in marketing want to enter career fields like product management, market research, and e-commerce.

Meet Garrett Broom, Class of 2006

Garrett Broom

Major: Business Administration

Current title/position: Director of Development, University of Wisconsin Athletics Department

What Garrett is doing: After spending two years in the private sector of retail banking, he made the transition into intercollegiate athletics. The turning point in my personal and professional life was when Neil Cockburn (former SHU assistant coach) called him and gave him an opportunity to be his graduate assistant coach at Webber International University (Fla.). He then knew he wanted to pursue a career in intercollegiate athletic administration. He has since served as a development assistant with the Golden Gopher Fund, the fundraising arm for the athletic department at the University of Minnesota, and later as an assistant director of Development for the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation for University of Mississippi’s Athletic Department. Since February, he is serving as director of Development for the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department.

"Take advantage of your time as a student at SHU. It is really hard to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life, but once you do, it is a very powerful thing. I urge students to go into a field you are really excited and passionate about because when that is your career, it really makes it fun. Use your resources around you by talking to professors and reaching out to people in the field you are interested in. It today’s world there is a lot of information out there, so reach out to CEOs, teachers, coaches, accountants, etc. and ask to do an informational interview. Or, if possible, job shadow an industry leader. That will help network and give you a feel for the industry you are looking into."

Additional Info

Degree:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Business Adm

Division:

  • Division of Business and Management

Location(s):

Meet Siena

Students

Ashley Kotarba

Ashley Kotarba

Business Administration, SHU@LMC

Faculty & Staff

Matthew Ripper

Matthew Ripper

Instructor of Business Management

Alumni

Kevin Rose '09

Kevin Rose '09

Business Administration Graduate; 3+1 Program; Jackson Center
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