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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.
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.
Requirements for a major in business management: MTH 120, or PSC 211 and 212; MTH 143, 201 or another mathematics course approved by the major advisor (students interested in graduate school are advised to take calculus); BSA 131, ECO 211, 212 and 350; PHL 202, 241, 245 or an approved substitute; ECO 313 (same as BSA 313); BSA 500. Individual focus (electives): Completion of an integrated set of at least four courses from at least two departments totaling at least 12 credits.•No more than one of these courses may be at the 100-level, and no more than two may be at the 200-level or below.
•No more than four credits of these courses may be from courses listed in busi-ness management, and no more than four credits of these courses may be from economics.
•At least three of these courses must be taken after declaration of the major and approval by the program director or other business management advisor of a proposal written by the student. The proposal explains how the courses selected serve the student’s business study goals and form a cohesive whole.
•An appropriate semester of off-campus study may be counted as one of these
Courses (four credits).•Internships in areas of interest may be included, if the student’s internship proposal is approved by a supervising faculty member, and they are strongly encouraged.Foreign language study also is encouraged. In consultation with their advisor, students may choose their elective courses from any discipline. Students who want to focus on a specific area of business (i.e. marketing, entrepreneurship, human re-sources, etc.) may choose courses appropriate for their interests. Students with more than one major may incorporate their interests in other disciplines into their business management major.
Requirements for a minor in business management: 20 credits. ECO 211 and 212 and three additional business management courses. At least two of the courses must be numbered 300 or above. The following courses may be substituted for one of the 100 or 200-level business management courses: PHL 202 or MTH 220. Up to four credits of internship earned during the ACM Business and Society Program also could be used for this minor.
Requirements for a minor in entrepreneurship: 20 credits. ECO 211 and 212, BSA 413, and eight credits from any of the following: PHL 202; PSC 110; CMM 215; BSA 208; BSA 309; BSA 315; or BSA 345. Up to four credits of internship earned during the ACM Business and Society Program could also be used for this minor.
Requirements for a minor in nonprofit management: 20 credits. ECO 211 and 212, BSA 310, and eight credits from the following: PHL 202; PSC 110; SOC 110 or SOC 201; CMM 215; BSA 208; BSA 309; BSA 315 or BSA 325. Up to four credits of internship earned during the ACM Urban Studies Program also could be used for this minor.
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. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with 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. Likewise, 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.
Creative Enterprise Consultants
Creative Enterprise 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.