Learn how to lead in business.
A major in business provides you with concepts and skills useful for
decision-making in organizations. The curriculum covers functional areas
of business such as marketing, management theories and practices, and
basic financial analysis. You will also develop mathematical and
computer skills useful to decision-making, and communication skills
essential in any interpersonal situation.
Our approach is toward
analytical problem-solving, service learning, research, and business
related case studies. Our coursework within the curriculum is designed to make sure you have
the following: Holistic thinking and decision-making skills; competency
in their major and well-rounded in the liberal arts; a desire for
life-long learning; ethical and humane leadership skills; at team player
attitude; excellent oral and written communication skills; a
professional demeanor in appearance and attitude; balance in their
personal, professional, and civic responsibilities; global awareness and
- Some course projects and activities that reflect these goals are:
Interviewing and hearing business practice experience from practitioners in the field.
- Designing and completing projects that employers will demand, such as
marketing plans, human resource manuals, financial statements, financial
plans, investment plans, and strategic analysis.
- Site visits to companies to explore and learn of operations and logistics.
- A capstone course in the senior year that brings the whole major together by exploring and solving a real business dilemma.
- Discussion and analysis of real-life business ethical concerns, dilemmas, and social responsibility.
Majors & Minors
The Department of Business, Accounting and Economics offers eight majors and eight minors. Learn more about them.
Off-Campus Learning Opportunities
Our 14-week internships place you in a business-related industry where you learn to apply your knowledge to real world assignments and challenges. We'll help you find a position that focuses on your areas of interest. Learn more.
A study abroad experience coupled with your business degree will help to shape you into a strong job candidate after graduation.
Otterbein students majoring in business or economics are invited to apply to attend Maastricht University in the Netherlands for a semester or academic year. This award-winning university is well known throughout Europe and the world for its Problem Based Learning (PBL) curriculum. Classes are taught in English. Maastricht students also attend Otterbein as part of the bilateral exchange between the two schools. Learn more.
Otterbein's Bachelor’s to MBA Program
For undergraduates interested in graduate study and are seeking a competitive advantage, the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics also offers the Bachelor’s to MBA Program. In this program, a student who satisfies the MBA admission requirements can complete both their undergraduate and graduate degree in an accelerated time period. Tuition is extremely competitive, making it one of the best values in Ohio.
Check out Otterbein's MBA program.
Other Graduate Schools for Accounting
The four year bachelor’s degree in accounting provides the student graduate with a solid foundation for graduate study. Each year a number of Otterbein graduates go onto Ohio State University’s MACC program (Masters Program in Accounting). Others have gone onto MACC programs at Case Western Reserve University, University of Notre Dame, College of William and Mary, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Cincinnati.