School of Management
The mission of the School of Management is to prepare leaders who will transform society through business, government or non-profit organizations.
In support of this mission, the School of Management (SOM) strives to create student-centered learning experiences with a focus on hands-on learning and an emphasis on “real-world” experience to support theoretical knowledge. In today’s competitive business world, people who achieve results and exceed goals by utilizing problem solving, communication, and decision-making skills are in great demand. The School of Management curriculum prepares students to meet these challenges. Concordia’s programs are unique in that graduates will not only understand the management aspects but will also possess a firm grasp on the ethical, creative and adaptive components necessary to practice within these professions. As a result, Concordia’s business majors are sought by local, regional, national, and international firms, along with government and non-profit organizations.
Through the School of Management’s commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring, it will develop students who:
These capabilities, integrated into a framework of Christian values, prepare students to become agents of positive change, thereby transforming society and the workplace.
The School of Management offers three traditional undergraduate degree programs and one adult degree completion program:
Traditional Undergraduate Business Education Programs
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Accounting
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Business Administration
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Marketing
Adult Degree Completion Program
- Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Homeland Security & Emergency Management
The below set of Intended Educational Outcomes apply to the traditional undergraduate BA programs. These Intended Educational Outcomes directly support the Strategic Vision Elements and Institutional Goals document of the university, and in turn, the institution’s Mission Statement.
Upon completion of the undergraduate business program, students will demonstrate:
- a relevant knowledge base for their field,
- an understanding of diversity and multicultural impact in business,
- the ability to understand and adapt to change and innovation,
- high ethical standards and an understanding of lives of service,
- critical thinking and effective reflection and decision-making skills,
- practical leadership skills,
- practical use of information technology, and
- effective communications skills.
Concordia University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The School of Management is professionally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
School of Management Sponsored Activities
In order to expand personal and professional awareness, students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of campus activities.
SOM sponsored activities include Concordia Business Leaders business club (open to all students), pre-law society, the CEO Roundtable, Dining with an Exec Program, international study-travel, international internships, CASH Oregon, and student-faculty functions.
Business students are encouraged to join or to participate in a variety of off-campus activities including community service opportunities, guest lectures, and corporate visits.
Undergraduate Business Degree Programs
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in business may major in Accounting, Business Administration, or Marketing. These three majors are designed as traditional undergraduate, four-year programs. They provide students with opportunities to develop the personal and professional skills of the business world. To accomplish this, students are required to complete courses and activities in three distinct areas:
- The first area requires students to complete the General Business CORE.
- The second area requires students to complete CORE courses for their chosen major (Marketing or Accounting).
- The third area for Business Administration majors requires students to complete advance study in a business related concentration. The advanced study concentrations include: Accounting, Finance, General Business, Management, Marketing, and Sports Management.
All students complete an internship. The purpose of this internship is to help students apply academic knowledge to a supervised work environment. The internship brings together academic preparation with an actual employment situation providing the students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge, communication, decision-making, and problem solving skills. A substantial number of business internships turn into full-time employment opportunities upon graduation. Many of these students are in an enviable position upon graduation; they already have a job offer and can begin their careers immediately.
Students enrolled in the School of Management may wish to travel overseas to study or complete an internship with a company in another country. For review of opportunities, look at the Study Abroad section of this catalog.
Students need sufficient electives to meet the 124 hours required for graduation. At least 45 of the 124 hours must be in 300- or 400-level courses. Students may also elect to take additional hours in BA 499 BUSINESS INTERNSHIP.
Business Exit Exam
To graduate, the School of Management requires two exit exams. Test results are used as part of our ACBSP accreditation process and to help improve the Business curriculum. All undergraduate School of Management majors will complete the Business Critical Thinking Skills Test (BCTST) and the Common Professional Component (CPC) exam. The exams are administered during the student's last semester.