Business Administration

Majoring in business is a great way to dive into your incredible future! Want to open your own business? Start here! Dream of working for a complex, global company? We have you covered. In fact, the business and management skills you learn at Cottey College can be applied to most career paths.

We focus on applying what we teach to real-world situations. Most students do an internship—some with Nevada businesses and others at major corporations and governmental agencies. Students have interned recently at the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, Target Corporate Headquarters, an agri-business company in Belarus and many other places.
Internships are a proven way to succeed in your first job or graduate school. Both employers and graduate schools say students who have used classroom concepts and skills in a workplace are more realistic and productive than those who have not.

Cottey business students learn the traditional theories and strategies of business administration and management programs but with a practical, hands-on approach that prepares you for a business career. Cottey women participate in activities in and outside the classroom with a focus on women in leadership. Students focus on the business and leadership opportunities and challenges of women in business by

  • Participating in Enactus, a network of global business, academic and student leaders using innovation and business principles to improve the world.
  • Studying abroad, which is required for International Business majors.
  • Focusing on women in business in leadership activities.
  • Completing a capstone project (application required).

With Cottey’s small size, faculty will work closely with you to help you reach your goals. You will have your own personal business coach!

Business majors choose from one of these degrees:

  • Bachelor’s degree in international business with a study abroad component.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration-management.

Cottey students have plenty of chances to prepare to be business leaders. The college has more than 35 student clubs and organizations. Plus, Nevada and the surrounding area offer an abundance of service and volunteer opportunities.

Members of Enactus, Cottey’s club for business majors, created an entrepreneurial lab on campus in 2019. They jump-started the Chellie Club, Cottey’s snack bar/coffee shop, which had seen declining business for years. With guidance from faculty and staff, student leaders developed a business plan and executed it, which included managing finances and budgeting, marketing, developing efficient processes, hiring and training staff and evaluating results. This real-life business experiment in a real marketplace gave the students the confidence to take on business careers in the real world.

In future years, Enactus members will create their own businesses and take their results to  competitions with other colleges and universities.

Many other ways to grow as a leader exist at Cottey:

  • Joining LEO-Cottey’s Leadership, Experience, & Opportunity program—a four-level program leading to a certificate in leadership.
  • Becoming an officer for a campus organization or project.
  • Participating in Cottey’s Student Government Association.
  • Becoming involved in Golden Key, Cottey’s ambassador program.
  • Joining ROTARACT, Rotary International’s student service organization.

After graduation, you will have a lot of choices. The business principles you learn at Cottey will prepare you to start your own business, or you can join organizations ranging from advertising agencies to manufacturers. You will be prepared to solve problems and help businesses grow.

Gary Lunkenheimer, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Business Administration-Management and International Business
Professor of Business and Economics
Sherlock Hibbs Professor of Economics
University of Missouri, Columbia, Ph.D.
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Paula Chelminska
Associate Professor of International Business
Arkansas State University, M.B.A.
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Tammy Ogren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Business Administration-Management
Northcentral University, Ph.D.
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