BUSINESS | Data Driven & Innovative
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.
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.
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. Last year, the department’s seniors scored in the 96th percentile on the ETS exam, which measures real-world preparedness against seniors from other universities.
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.
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.
LAUREN | Business and Accounting Major, Class of 2016
“Before I came to Baker, I was always a dedicated and focused student. In my three years here, I’ve already completed three internships, including working with Representative Kevin Yoder in Washington D.C., and studied abroad in Italy. I’m both the student body and student senate vice president, president of my sorority, and the founding chair of the College Republicans. Baker has given me so many opportunities already; I can’t wait to see what my senior year has in store for me.”
SARAH | Business Finance Major, Class of 2016
GAVIN | Business Finance Major, Class of 2016
Our business majors have landed the following jobs:
- Business administrators
- Data analysts
- CEOs of large firms
R: course can be repeated for credit; P/NC: course graded on a pass/no credit basis
BS 105 – Introduction to Global Business 3 hrs.
This course introduces students to the global business environment. The nature and importance of the business functional areas (e.g., accounting, finance, management, marketing, etc.) are also examined. Enrollment is limited to students in Blue Valley’s CAPS concurrent credit program.
BS 141 – Introduction to Business 3 hrs.
The course is intended for first-year Business majors, students who are undecided about majoring in Business, and non-majors who wish to obtain a broad overview of the operation of the business enterprise and its role in U.S. and international commerce. The roles of business as supplier of goods and services, employer participant in public affairs, and civic partner will be examined. Basic business functions of accounting, management, marketing, finance, and human resources will be introduced. Career options in business are also presented.
BS 220 – Bronston Fellows Seminar 1 hr.
This course provides a range of enriched opportunities for participating students. Contemporary topics in business are examined through interaction with guest speakers, exercises, and site visits. R; P/NC
BS 230 – Quantitative Analysis for Business and Economics I 4 hrs.
The purpose of this course is to provide students an opportunity to develop and expand upon their quantitative analysis and reasoning skills in the context of problems and challenges often faced by leaders in business, accounting, and economic research Prerequisite: An ACT math score of 22 or higher, or MA 090. (Cross-listed as MA 230.)
BS 251 – Business Law I 3 hrs.
This course presents an overview of legal methods and sources, the law of contracts, defamation, negligence, and employment law. Basic legal research techniques are introduced. Prerequisite: BS 141.
BS 252 – Business Law II 3 hrs.
The law relating to operations of business enterprises, including torts, product liability, bankruptcy, secured transactions, employee/employer relationships, and debtor-creditor relationships is studied. Prerequisite: BS 141.
BS 271 – Principles of Marketing 3 hrs.
This course is an introduction to marketing as a social process. Using product, price, distribution, and promotion as the base, marketing is explored as human activity directed at satisfying needs and wants through exchange processes. Prerequisites: BS 141 and EC 242.
BS 330 – Quantitative Analysis for Business and Economics II 4 hrs.
The purpose of this course is to provide students an opportunity to further develop and expand upon their quantitative analysis and reasoning skills in the context of problems and challenges often faced by leaders in business, accounting, and economic research. Prerequisite: BS 230 or equivalent course (will require instructor approval). (Cross-listed as MA 330.)
BS 331 – Business Information Systems 3 hrs.
The objectives of this course are to understand the nature and impacts of information systems for individuals, organizations, and society; to enhance the student’s problem-solving skills for business and for students to appreciate the role of information technology in problem solving; and to enhance the student’s skills with end-user tools in information technology. Prerequisites: BS 141, junior status.
BS 353 – Fundamentals of Management 3 hrs.
This course introduces the process of management by studying the functions performed by managers, including planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating. Prerequisites: BS 141 and EC 242.
BS 355 – Human Resource Management 3 hrs.
This course looks at the management of human resources from the point-of-view of a business manager. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should understand the basics of human resource planning, recruitment, selection, development, compensation, and appraisal. The student should also understand constraints on management discretion, including legislation, court decisions, labor unions, and labor markets. Prerequisite: BS 353.
BS 356 – Quantitative Methods in Decision Making 3 hrs.
Quantitative techniques, including linear programming, are applied to modeling for business decision making. Prerequisite: BS 330, MA 321, MA 355, or MA 472.
BS 361 – International Management 3 hrs.
An overview of management in an international context is introduced through examination of case studies, application of relevant theories from management and economics, and consideration of special factors such as culture and politics. Prerequisite: BS 353.
BS 370 – Ethics in Business 3 hrs.
In the course, we will consider numerous issues and concerns for business managers today, including moral responsibility, social responsibility, and ethical behavior at both the personal and organizational levels. Prerequisite: BS 141 or equivalent, junior status.
BS 381 – Corporate Finance 3 hrs.
This course is an introduction to corporate finance. Most of the class covers the theory and practice of asset valuation and pricing, with applications to the long-term investment decision. The implications of capital structure decisions will be evaluated. Prerequisites: AC 141 and EC 242.
BS 382 – Investments 3 hrs.
Topics covered in BS 381 Corporate Finance, specifically diversification and risk, are applied to managing investments. The institutions of investing, the theory of asset pricing, and evaluation of portfolio performance are studied. Prerequisite: BS 381.
BS 383 – Corporate Finance II 3 hrs.
Further topics in corporate finance, including the firm’s liability structure and dividend policy, options, warrants and convertible bonds, and mergers and acquisitions are introduced. This class employs significant casework. Prerequisite: BS 381.
BS 390 – Business Internship 1-3 hrs.
This course involves completing an internship of at least 120 clock hours over at least eight weeks in a professional work setting where the student has the opportunity to observe and participate in an organization’s business processes. The student’s work experience will be under the supervision of a faculty sponsor and will be designed to provide practical experience in marketing, management, or other functional business area. Credit earned in this course will count toward the maximum of 12 hours of internship credit a student may earn during their undergraduate experience at Baker. Prerequisite: Varies based on the student’s major and/or concentration; permission of the instructor. R; P/NC
BS 456 – Business Policy 3 hrs.
This course is the capstone class for Business, Accounting, and International Business majors. Through the use of case studies and team projects students practice applying principles of finance, accounting, management, economics, and marketing to business problems and opportunities using a strategic analysis framework. Prerequisites: BS 353, 381, and senior status.
BS 462 – International Marketing 3 hrs.
Marketing principles are applied in an international setting through the use of case studies and class simulations. Special emphasis is placed on cultural, economic, and political differences. Prerequisite: BS 271.
BS 463 – International Finance 3 hrs.
A macroeconomic approach to the study of global markets is taken in this course. Specific topics and concepts examined include balance of payments, exchange rate systems, the World Bank, the IMF, international banking, and the European Union. Prerequisites: EC 242, 243, and BS 381. (Cross-listed as EC 463.)
BS 474 – Marketing Research 3 hrs.
This course emphasizes the importance of information for marketing decision making; various approaches and techniques are explored through case studies and team projects. Analytical techniques and quantitative applications are introduced. Prerequisites: BS 271 and either BS 330 or MA 321.
BS 478 – Business Online 3 hrs.
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of online business in the context of today’s global business environment. This subject covers key areas of online business, including: business-to-business and business-to-consumer relations; Internet commerce; Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards, regulation, and policy; principles and practices of online business security; and social and economic issues. Prerequisite: CS 175 or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed as CS 478.)
BS 481 – Research Project or Professional Consultancy 1-3 hrs.
This course provides students with an opportunity to engage in active and collaborative learning experiences with peers and/or faculty within the program. The course focuses on involving students in meaningful and practical experiences beyond the existing curriculum in hands-on and real-world learning environments. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status, Department Chair approval.
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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
- Outstanding First-Year Business Major
- Outstanding Sophomore Business Major
STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
- Dr. Lowell Jacobsen
- Ron Christian
- Rick Gammon
- Dr. Alan Grant
- Martha Harris
- Victor Howard
- Gary Irick
- Dr. Kevin McCarthy
- Dr. Nadia Novotorova
- Paulette Schwerdt
- Dr. Judy Smrha
Dr. Lowell Jacobsen
Elizabeth Harvey Rhodes Professor of International Business | lowell.jacobsen@bakerU.edu
Expertise: business strategy, finance, international economics
Office: Mabee 306 | 785.594.4516 | More Info
Assistant Professor of Sports Administration | ronald.christian@bakerU.edu
Ron Christian brings nearly 20 years of sport industry and corporate experience to the classroom after spending six years with the Mountain West Conference, three years with Eli Lilly and Co., and 10 years with NCAA Division II athletic departments. He has worked several NCAA Championship events, including the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first and second rounds in Denver, Colorado, as well as three NCAA Final Fours, two Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl games, and more than 40 conference championships in various sports. His knowledge and connections help sustain Baker’s top-tier sports curriculum. “We have a wide range of individuals we can build relationships with to shape our program, including experts from the Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, the Big 12, the Mountain West, the NAIA headquarters, and several others. My goal is to provide students a foundation for their career in sport with a blend of experience both inside and outside the classroom. With opportunities for volunteer work and internships at sport organizations, we focus on providing hands-on experience as well as classroom preparation.”
B.G.S. University of Nebraska at Omaha, M.S. University of Northern Colorado, Ph.D. (in progress) University of Kansas
Expertise: intercollegiate athletics, sport marketing, media relations, event management
Curriculum Vitae | LinkedIn
Office: Mabee Hall 307 | 785.594.8467
Instructor of Business and Economics | rick.gammon@bakerU.edu
Office: Mabee Hall
Dr. Alan Grant
Professor of Business & Economics | alan.grant@bakerU.edu
Office: Mabee 308 | 785.594.8498
Professor of Business & Economics | martha.harris@bakerU.edu
Martha Harris loves the opportunity to watch students grow and believes teaching is being passionate about student success and helping students find paths in their lives, wherever that may lead. When not molding the minds of future business leaders, she is a history junky and a hopeless Anglophile.
Office: Constant Hall | 785.594.8338
Adjunct Professor of Business Law | victor.howard@bakerU.edu
Office: Mabee 207 | 785.594.8336
Associate Professor, Chair of Business & Economics Department | gary.irick@bakerU.edu
Expertise: financial reporting and auditing
Dr. Kevin McCarthy
Professor of Business & Economics, Collins-Dietrich Chair | kevin.mccarthy@bakerU.edu
Office: Mabee 208 | 785.594.8395
Dr. Nadia Novotorova
Associate Professor of Marketing | nadia.novotorova@bakerU.edu
Office: Mabee 304 | 785.594.4515
Instructor of Business and Economics | paulette.schwerdt@bakerU.edu
B.B.A., M.B.A. Washburn University, expertise: finance and management
Office: Mabee | 785.594.8470
Dr. Judy Smrha
Professor of Business & Economics | judy.smrha@bakerU.edu