The School of Business and Economics (SOBE) provides the highest quality business education to students in Northwest Indiana. The School is accredited by AACSB International, the premier accreditation body for schools of business. AACSB accreditation is widely regarded as the highest level of accreditation for business schools. Only 15 percent of business schools domestically, and less than five percent of business schools internationally, earn this prestigious certification of quality.
Financial management concepts are taught in the School’s Wall Street on Broadway Trading Floor, Northwest Indiana’s only fully simulated stock-trading program.
Full-time professors teach the majority of business and economics classes, supplemented by outstanding business professionals who teach part-time in their respective areas of expertise.
Students studying Business Administration can use their degrees to start careers in just about any industry, including healthcare, financial services, information services, marketing manufacturing, banking, and human resources; or, use it to prepare themselves for an advanced degree in law or business administration (MBA).
Students studying Accounting/Financial Information Systems can use their degrees to start careers in various industries, including banking, financial services, public accounting, government, financial services, and healthcare.
Students may also apply in their senior year to take the CFM or CMA exam upon receipt of their degrees.
The Bachelor of Science in Business degree program, with a concentration in Business Administration, is designed to provide the most complete and sophisticated training available in team leadership, team management, communication skills, and technology. It prepares students to compete effectively in the world of e-commerce and business-to-business interchange. The curriculum provides students with a thorough understanding of organizational processes and process management. This concentration places a greater emphasis on the development of sophisticated communication skills that are critical to effective management.
Students will receive hands-on training in e-commerce, e-business, and advanced Microsoft Office applications, and will become accustomed to working in team- and project-oriented environments, while focusing on group dynamics, motivation and problem solving.
The Bachelor of Science in Business degree program, with a concentration in Accounting/Financial Information Systems, is designed to provide undergraduate students proficiency and knowledge in the fields of accounting and finance. The program focuses on the development of skills in the application and use of financial information. Additionally, it encourages the development of other professional skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, and technology.
The Accounting/Financial Information Systems concentration is designed for individuals who want to pursue the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation, and for students who are interested in the Certified Financial Management (CFM) or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. In Indiana, students who wish to pursue the CPA are required to continue their studies beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students may continue with the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting (PBCA) programs in order to fulfill these requirements.
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