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Dr. Judy Smrha

Professor of Business & Economics, Department Chair

Department of Business & Economics

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Data Driven & Innovative

About

The Baker business department is known throughout the region for its quality and rigor.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs issued Baker its second reaffirmation certificate in 2016—a hard-earned distinction that corroborates our faculty’s excellence.

We offer three concentrations in the program: finance, marketing, and management. Five majors are offered within the field—business, accounting, economics, international business, and sports administration.

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Prepare for law school

Baker prepares students for a law degree with our pre-law interdisciplinary minor, and does it well—95% of our pre-law students are accepted into their first- or second-choice law school. Students work with a pre-law advisor to create a course of study that prepares them for law school. The advisor also helps find internship opportunities.

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Exceptional Experience

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Baker’s business department is results-oriented—much like the discipline itself. Our small class sizes and personal attention equip students with the experiences they need to be ready for the workforce. Recently, the department’s seniors scored in the 96th percentile on the ETS exam, which measures real-world preparedness against seniors from other universities.

Internship Opportunities

Our students have interned at national accounting firms, professional sports teams, and federal agencies. Baker has ongoing relationships with businesses throughout the area, and many businesses are eager to host Baker interns.

Book Program

Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

4+1 Bachelor’s to MBA Dual Degree Program

Students who earn an undergraduate business degree from Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies or College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City can earn their bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years. This program is open to current students and graduates.

Baker participants who meet program requirements will not be required to take the 9 hours of MBA foundation courses. 4+1 students will be required to complete the 9 hours of MBA core courses and the 12 hours of concentration courses. To complete the remaining 21 MBA credits within a year, 4+1 students must take one at least one course each term for seven terms.

Requirements

  1. Complete 60 Baker undergraduate credit hours toward an SPGS or CAS business baccalaureate degree.
  2. Satisfy the graduation requirements for the undergraduate program.
  3. Earn a Baker cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in Baker business baccalaureate core courses.
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Business Course Descriptions

Careers

Our business majors have landed the following jobs:

  • Business administrators
  • Data analysts
  • CEOs of large firms
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Management
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Scholarships

The Department of Business and Economics gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Business and Economics
  • KPMG-Cecil Miller Scholarship
  • Carley M. Upp Memorial Scholarship
  • William G. McGowan Scholarship
  • Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Awards
  • Academic Recognition
  • Outstanding First-Year Business Major
  • Outstanding Sophomore Business Major
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Meet the Faculty

Judy Smrha

Dr. Judy Smrha
Professor of Business & Economics, Chair of Business & Economics Department
B.A. Mills College; M.A., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Expertise: applied microeconomics, statistics, sports economics
Office: Mabee 303
785.594.8337
judy.smrha@bakerU.edu

Kevin Conley, JD, CPAKevin Conley, JD, CPA
Assistant Professor of Business & Economics
B.A. University of Northern Iowa, J.D. University of Iowa College of Law
Expertise: business law, income taxes
Office: Mabee 207
785.594.8336
kevin.conley@bakerU.edu

Alan GrantDr. Alan Grant
Professor of Business & Economics
B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Kansas State University
Expertise: inflation forecasting and lottery finance
Office: Mabee 308
785.594.8498
alan.grant@bakerU.edu

Martha Harris, CPA, CMA, CFE
Professor of Business & Economics
B.S. Baker University, M.B.A. University of Kansas
Expertise: financial institutions, fraud examination
Office: Constant Hall
785.594.8338
martha.harris@bakerU.edu

Gary IrickGary Irick, CPA
Associate Professor
B.S. Baker University, M.M. Northwestern University
Expertise: financial reporting and auditing
Office: Mabee 309
785.594.8479
gary.irick@bakerU.edu

Lowell JacobsenDr. Lowell Jacobsen
Elizabeth Harvey Rhodes Professor of International Business
Ph.D. in Economics, Edinburgh University; M.I.M. Thunderbird School of Global Management; B.A. in Economics and Finance, Buena Vista University
Expertise: business strategy, finance, international economics
Office: Mabee 306
785.594.4516
lowell.jacobsen@bakerU.edu

Kevin McCarthy

Dr. Kevin McCarthy
Professor of Business & Economics, Collins-Dietrich Chair
B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. St. Louis University
Office: Mabee 208
785.594.8395
kevin.mccarthy@bakerU.edu

Nadia NovotorovaDr. Nadia Novotorova
Associate Professor of Marketing
M.B.A. Iowa State University, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: Mabee 304
785.594.4515
nadia.novotorova@bakerU.edu

Paulette Schwerdt

Paulette Schwerdt
Instructor of Business and Economics
B.B.A., M.B.A. Washburn University
Expertise: finance and management
Office: Mabee
785.594.8470
paulette.schwerdt@bakerU.edu

Narbeli Galindo
William Everett Mary Ellen Mealman Endowed Chair of Business Leadership & Innovation

 

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