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Cottey offers a Bachelor of Science in business administration with concentrations in management, international business, and finance, as well as minors in business, finance, and corporate social responsibility.

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Program Description

Cottey business administration students learn the traditional theories and strategies of managing organizations with an emphasis on practical, hands-on approaches that prepare them for a career running complex organizations, small businesses,  and managing others. Good business managers have strong communication skills, are creative problem solvers, and are precise thinkers who can lay out clear plans for their subordinates.

Cottey’s business program also places an emphasis on experiential learning! Learn more about our many opportunities here!

View more info on Concentrations in the next section!
*All Concentrations include a capstone and internship focused in area of concentrations.



  • Management

    Business students will dig into different types of management courses, such as Management Information Systems, Operations Management, Human Relations Management, and many Leadership courses. They will be able to apply their knowledge in multiple spectrums, from restaurant manager, to art gallery manager, or even a hospital manager.

  • International Business

    Students concentrating in international business will gain knowledge for diverse settings that vary by business etiquettes, cultural norms, political systems, and legal environments. They will take classes such as International Management, Export Policies and Procedures, International Law, and International Organizations.

  • Finance

    Students who concentrate in finance will learn about financial markets, types of securities, investment strategies, hedging tools, and more. Courses offered include Principles of Finance, Personal Finance, Multinational Finance, Actuarial Science, and more. Students will be able to utilize their knowledge through the Stock Trading Lab, where they can buy and sell securities.

Signature Courses

  • BUS 105 Business Communications

    Business Communications will prepare students to communicate effectively in a professional manner. Students will learn communication concepts and techniques that will prepare them to be a successful communicator in oral, written, and nonverbal form.

  • BUS/MAT 270 Data Analytics and Visualization

    Data Analytics and Visualization will prepare students to clean, process, and visualize data. They will also learn software programs such as advanced Excel and Tableau. Students will learn skills to use data to solve problems and support business decisions. Communication skills include verbal communication through story-telling applications related to data.

  • BUS 350 Organizational Behavior

    This course provides an overview of theories and concepts regarding human behavior at work. Students will obtain a comprehensive knowledge of factors and forces that shape individuals’ actions and how they respond to their working environments. Subjects include different leadership styles, ways to increase employees’ motivation and satisfaction, teamwork and team-building, job enrichment and employee empowerment.

  • BUS 490 Strategic Management

    Strategic Management is a senior-level course that focuses on the culmination of business coursework and real-time cases of business decisions from a leadership and global perspective. Students work with real business situations to apply analysis and decision-making scenarios to real problems.

  • INB 450 Corporate Social Responsibility

    This course examines the responsibilities of businesses and their stakeholders regarding business operations. It explores various theories and investigates the state of current sustainable practices. It includes concepts of ethics, environmental and social responsibility, governance, compliance, and sustainability.

  • INB 480 International Management

    This course analyzes cross-cultural and international management practices and the problems that arise from managing in a global environment. It focuses on cultural and regional differences, political and economic influences, global market factors, and other variables that multinational enterprises must face.

Career Outcomes

  • Career Outcomes

    Business Management
    • Project Manager
    • Marketing Professional
    • Banking Professional
    • Entrepreneur


    International Relations
    • Import/Export Coordinator
    • Trade Specialist
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • Financial Analyst


  • Business

    Program Description

    Cottey’s minor in business offers students the opportunity to study business concepts, no matter their baccalaureate major. Students who minor in business will learn how businesses operate, making these concepts useful in almost any job environment.

    Cottey’s business minor also prioritizes hands-on learning, because applying lessons is the key to understanding them. Our professors have extensive experience in entrepreneurship, funding and starting new businesses, international business, and teaching.

    A minor allows students who have many transfer hours or a student who is focused on a particular degree to use allotted electives to pursue a field of study with focused determination without extending the graduation deadline.

    Why Cottey’s Business Minor is Unique

    Cottey provides a number of opportunities to participate in an on-campus business environment. Students may participate in the management of the Chellie Club, which is an entrepreneurial lab experience, or participate in the LEO (Leadership, Experience, Opportunity) program.

    These opportunities are available to any student at Cottey, regardless of their major, and show the College’s commitment to helping students create their own incredible futures.

  • Finance

    Program Description

    One of the goals at Cottey is to nurture students as they develop their potential in their personal and professional lives. The minor in finance is for students who wish to pursue careers outside of the field of business, but who have an interest in the finance world. Financial skills are a valuable asset in many job fields. By completing a minor in finance, non-business majors take a step towards creating their own incredible future.

    Please note that students who complete a business major (Business Administration-Management or International Business) may not complete a finance minor.

    Why Cottey’s Finance Minor is Unique

    A new course in the finance minor, Personal Investing—Stocks and Bonds, gives students an in-depth understanding of stock and bond trading and investing. This course is taught by a finance professional with considerable investing experience, and it gives students access to Cottey’s stock trading lab where they will gain valuable hands-on experience.

Why Cottey’s business program is unique.

Business Management

Cottey’s business management program focuses on applying classroom lessons to real-world situations. Most students participate in an internship—some with local 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.


International Business 

The study abroad portion of the curriculum is a central focus of the Cottey international business program. By studying abroad, students develop a deeper cultural, political, and economic understanding of another country. In the past, our students have studied in Spain, Great Britain, France, Germany, Turkey, Hong Kong, Japan, China, and Thailand.

Additionally, international business at Cottey is a versatile and hands-on program that merges perfectly with the College’s deep commitment to women’s leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness. It is an interdisciplinary degree that can be customized to match student’s goals and aspirations.


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