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Ripon College offers a major and minor in business management. The College also offers minors in entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. Many of our students self-design majors in specific sub-disciplines, such as accounting or marketing. Some combine interests in other curricular areas to form personalized majors, such as arts management, sports marketing or international business.
Business management students learn the skills they will need to succeed in this rapidly changing world: thinking critically, solving problems in creative new ways, communicating clearly and persuasively, and developing sets of values to guide their decisions. Employers and graduate schools tell us we do an outstanding job of imparting these skills to our students.
Ripon College has a tradition of student-community partnerships, and as a business management student you will have no shortage of opportunities for real-world learning as part of team-based and live consulting projects with local businesses.
Enactus provides another avenue for students to make a difference in the community while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. On campus, Enactus started offering services to area businesses in 2005. With generous support from the Kemper Foundation, the Ripon College Creative Enterprise Center was created in 2008. The CEC is a student-organized and operated consulting business providing services to existing businesses, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and not-for-profits. Services include business planning, feasibility studies, marketing plans, financials and budgets, and market research – anything to assist with the business development process.
Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.
As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.
What can I do with a business management major?
An undergraduate degree in business management can be a path to careers in management, sales, human resource management, insurance, banking, real estate and risk.
Alumni of our program also are pursuing an MBA or other related graduate degree after gaining work experience to reach the highest levels of business management.
Recent graduates of our program work for:
- Aerotek Inc.
- Alliance Laundry Systems
- Ameriprise Financial
- Baker Tilly
- Brand Institute
- Brooks & Kase, S.C.
- BMO Harris Bank
- Citicorp Investments
- Deloitte & Touche
- Edward Jones Investments
- Ernst & Young Consulting
- Fidelty Investments
- GE Healthcare
- HP Enterprise Services
- Internal Revenue Service
- Northwestern Mutual
- Oshkosh Corporation
- Tailor Made Products
- Target Corporation
- Robert W. Baird & Co
- Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Job titles of recent graduates include:
- Financial associate
- Business analyst
- Executive team leader
- Marketing manager
- Investment banking financial analyst
- Financial representative
- Team coordinator for Defense Department
- Associate financial representative
- Account manager, investment management
- Special agent criminal investigator
- Operations financial analyst
- Research coordinator
- Tax associate
- Business banker
- Consulting analyst
A head start on business experience is available to students through internships, with academic credit granted. Summer is the best time for these, but they also can be conducted during a semester. Recently, students have worked with a local health club, WKLH Radio, an art gallery, the Wisconsin State Fair, the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation, a local stockbroker, the Milwaukee Mustangs, the Ripon Revitalization Corporation, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and a limousine service in the Fox Valley. As an example, the limousine internship involved market research, development of new categories of limousine service and formulation of a business plan for the financing and future growth of the service.
Business management majors are encouraged to broaden their education by participation in one of the international or domestic programs offered through the College. Incorporating a global perspective into one’s business studies is one of the wisest choices a college student can make, and study abroad for a semester or a year is an ideal way to do so. There are approved Ripon programs in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, Hungary, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Japan, India, the Czech Republic and Russia. Off-campus domestic programs can be another superb way to broaden one’s business education. Most notable among these are the Urban Studies semester in Chicago and the Washington, D.C., semester in economic policy.
Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.
Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.
Enactus (formerly, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE))
Enactus is a global nonprofit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious Enactus World Cup. In addition to the community aspect of the program, Enactus leadership and career initiatives create opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent.organization.
Creative Enterprise Consultants
Creative Enterprise Consultants is part of the Center for Social Responsibility. Consultants offer services to existing businesses, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and not-for-profits. Services include business planning, feasibility studies, marketing plans, financials and budgets, and market research – anything to assist with the business development process.