Spring Arbor University

Business Administration (BA)

About the Business Administration Program

Within the Gainey School of Business, the business administration major at SAU offers the student an opportunity to combine preparation for a business career with a liberal arts education. The business administration curriculum has been carefully developed to prepare the student for employment upon graduation or for entering a graduate program. Beyond the requirements for the major, concentrations are recommended (but not required) to provide the student an opportunity to specialize in an area consistent with a particular career interest.

Why should you choose SAU’s business administration program?

Our undergraduate business major offers several strengths and emphases which help equip our students to serve as outstanding leaders. We are especially strong in integrating faith with practical applications. From our opening course we help students develop personal persuasion and speaking skills. Many of our courses offer opportunities to meet successful business practitioners and even work in the field solving real business problems. We have exceptional opportunities in entrepreneurship for those interested in launching new ventures. We also have a great track record for helping students find excellent placements for internships and initial career placements.

CP Federal Credit Union Trading Center

Our academic building, the Poling Center for Global Learning and Leadership, includes the CP Federal Credit Union Trading Room, which trains students for series seven certification, Bloomberg equities and Bloomberg fixed income products. The trading center features:

  • 20 dual-monitor computers for students
  • An electronic wrap-around ticker
  • A large LED financial data board
  • A large LCD screen for teaching
  • A LCD screen for business news
  • A bank of four international clocks
  • A Bloomberg terminal
  • A specialized teaching bunker
  • Continuous financial news feeds

The trading room enables our students to take a step forward in their entrepreneurial skills. The students receive “on the job” experience, practice and knowledge in trading technology, an enhanced level of confidence and familiarity with the latest financial technology. Some of the careers open to our students majoring in finance are:

  • Benefits manager
  • Capital budgeting analyst
  • Commercial banker
  • Corporate investment specialist
  • Credit manager
  • Currency manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Investment banker
  • Investment relations manager
  • Loan officer
  • Mergers and acquisitions analyst
  • Portfolio manager
  • Property management
  • Real estate sales and appraisals
  • Research and ratings analyst
  • Risk and insurance specialist
  • Securities sales
  • Stockbroker
  • Trust supervisor


Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan

The courses for the 65-hour business administration major include such subject areas as principles of accounting, finance and economics, foundations of leadership, microcomputer applications, business law, argument and persuasion for business, strategic management, and marketing principles.

View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the business administration program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate catalog.

Career Opportunities

The business administration major provides an avenue for immediate employment and for advancement to upper levels of management. Employers seek graduates for positions ranging from business manager and sales representative to production supervisor and project planner. Graduates may obtain positions in manufacturing, retailing, construction, financial institutions, government and other related fields. Over 90 percent of all businesses have less than 25 employees and these businesses employ about half of the nation’s workforce. Jobs in these organizations require business majors who can tackle a variety of issues. Entrepreneurial interest includes working for a small business, returning to a family-owned business or aspiring to start a business.

To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career developmentsection.

On-Campus Opportunities

On-Campus Opportunities

Within the Gainey School of Business, there are a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved, apply what they’re learning in the classroom in a practical way and meet students who have similar passions. Here is a list of just some of the opportunities available:

  • Enactus– Enactus is an international organization that encourages students to use the skills they are developing to pursue business-related projects that will improve their respective communities. Students from a wide range of majors and academic departments participate in Enactus projects. This is sponsored through the Gainey School of Business.
  • Coffee Connection -The Gainey School of Business collaborates with the Spring Arbor University Alumni and Advancement Offices to offer an event called Coffee Connection. The event is designed to connect SAU business students with guests from around the country who are successful in business. The small, invitation-only brunch meetings allow students to network and obtain career advice from the featured guests.
  • Social Etiquette Dinner (event) – As students look to graduation, they are invited to participate in the Social Etiquette Dinner that happens every February, where an expert leads students through a formal dinner, instructing them on the dos and don’ts of dining in a professional setting. This is a service offered through the career development office.
  • Student Government Association (SGA) – The Student Government Association serves as a liaison between students and the University. They also coordinate many of the events on campus, organize various student groups and ensure that the student voice is heard loud and clear across campus. Visit the SGA websitefor more information.

See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.