The Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration is a four-year undergraduate degree program preparing students to contribute to a world revolutionized through Christian mission as business professionals.
The program combines Bachelor of Arts Degree Core courses, business courses as well as open elective courses with the aim of cultivating a Biblical worldview and a professional perspective in students consistent with the mission of OUI.
Undergraduate students at OUI must fulfill the following Bachelor's degree requirements for graduation:
The Bachelor of Arts in business administration degree program usually is completed in four (4) years of fulltime study. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six (6) years of the initial date of enrollment, except under extenuating circumstances. Students who have not completed the requirements within the six (6) years period must apply to the Registrar's Office for a continuation for each year beyond this period, up to a maximum of eight(8) years from the initial date of enrollment.
In order to successfully complete a Bachelor of Arts degree from Olivet University International students need to complete the Bachelor of Arts Degree Core consisting of a distribution of courses from the liberal arts and sciences including required biblical, textual, and historical studies called General Education and Bible; a group of required theological, professional courses called Theological Studies Core; and required classes in Chapel and Christian Service. These requirements apply to all major, while differences in the required choices from the General Education section may vary based on pre-requisite courses for the major.
Each student is free to choose a major at the beginning of his or her program of study and change this major till the end of Spring quarter of the sophomore year. While a change in major potentially always causes a delay in study effects might be considered minor up to this point. Major changes later in the program are discouraged, because of potentially great delays in the course of study.
OUI’s General Education in liberal arts and sciences requirement emphasizes broad academic learning as a foundation and complement to specialized and professional courses in the student’s major field. Math and the sciences go hand in hand with composition and rhetoric, the humanities, and specifically a thorough engagement with the Christian tradition of learning through courses in biblical studies, church history and ethics. The habits of mind developed here allow each student to cultivate a critical and creative intellectual capacity that stays of value long after college, in the pursuit and the fulfillment of their life’s purpose.
All Bachelor of Arts students must complete 92 units of General Education and Bible and 16 units of Theological Studies Core as part of their programs of study.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree Core is divided into two sub-areas: (1) General Education and Bible; (2) Theological Studies Core; and (3) General Ministry Skills. A detailed description of the course of study in the Degree Core can be found in the section Bachelor of Arts Degree Core above for in this catalog.
The following five mathematics and science courses are required for Business Major students.
The following three Social/Behavioral Science courses are required for Business Major students.
Students must complete 52 units of business major courses.
All Business Major students are required to take an additional 20 units of open elective courses.
Students will learn to communicate in a clear, courteous and complete manner on both personal and professional levels. Skills in oral, written, interpersonal, technological and employment communication are emphasized.
This course is designed is to provide students with an understanding of the field of organizational behavior and the various research strategies that it employs. Topics of study include the scientific method, various research methodologies, and the use of academic research journals.
The course explores the components of each process of the strategy management with the comprehensive review and evaluation as an integrated wholesome business picture. Topics covering strategic management, social responsibility, external information scanning, internal analytics, strategic decision making, strategy selection, implementation and evaluation.
Introduction to the basic functions of management in task-oriented organizations. Students will explore the functions of production, marketing, finance, and personnel, along with staff services and social responsibility.
Prerequisite: MATH100, MATH110, ITEC100
An introduction to designing, planning, operating and controlling production systems. Emphasis is on managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools will be introduced and applied.
Prerequisite: MATH100, MATH110, MATH230
The course introduces the functions of human resource management in pursuing the success of the organization. Topics can include strategic planning, recruitment, selection, evaluation, HR development and relationship, compensation and appropriate skills development.
This course is designed to cover the foundational theories and the practical performance of leadership. Students will have a comprehensive, practical and integrative focus on individual, team, and organization leadership and management. The course will explore developing leadership introduction, understanding critical issues and learning appropriate skills.
Comprehensive study of the legal and ethical issues of concern to business. The course will cover those areas of the U.S. legal system that are most relevant to business, such as the law of torts, strict liability, intellectual property, and contract law. It will explore the role of ethics and values in business decision making, and will approach these subjects from the perspective of the stakeholders as opposed to an economic interpretation of the firm and its responsibilities.
This introductory course covers the topics of the importance of marketing, its different phases, the differences between marketing goods and services, wholesaling, retailing, pricing strategies, analysis of markets, and distribution.
Prerequisite: MATH100, MATH110
Topics covered include the accounting cycle, forms of business organizations, assets, liabilities, owner's equity, and financial statement preparation and analysis.
Topics covered include cost behavior, job order costing, process costing, cost-volume-profit relationships, contribution costing, standard costs, relevant costs and budgets.
The courses studies on the topics of financial management, financial markets, and financial investments.
Studies in the national economic and cultural differences; international trade policies and institutions; foreign direct investment; regional economic integration; international monetary system; global competition; current international business trends and development.
Undergraduate students in their third and fourth years of study may participate in an internship involving ministry in a church or specialized ministry organization with an approved OBS ministry affiliate for at least 8 hours per week each quarter. Emphasis is placed upon the development of practical ministry skills in the context of today's network generation; the integration of biblical and theological studies with actual ministry; and the importance of theological reflection in this process. Internships can run concurrently with the academic year.
The second part of this culminating learning experience provides opportunities to share, examine, and reflect upon internship experiences, and to revisit the theories and practices of the College discipline as they apply in the real world of the interns' specific placement. Interns also will focus on career planning and development.
Please refer to the Ministry Practice Handbook for detailed information.