We produce well-rounded, professionally prepared graduates who are ready to serve their community, employers, and the world at-large.

Department of Business, Accounting and Economics

The Department of Business, Accounting, and Economics (B.A.E.) at Otterbein is dedicated to providing a personalized education of distinction that leads our graduates to inquiring, ethical, humane, and productive lives as global citizens. Our faculty is focused on action-oriented learning by integrating classroom knowledge with practice through internships, research, service projects, study abroad, participation in professional associations, and networking with employers, faculty, alumni, community leaders, and recruiters.

Welcome to the Business, Accounting, & Economics Department.

Student, Faculty, and Alumni Spotlights

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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Otterbein was the first campus I visited where the community felt like home. I liked the interconnectedness between the University and local residents, just being in class, and the engaging conversations with faculty.

Phanawn Bailey ’21

B.S. in Finance
While at Otterbein, Phanawn completed an internship with the CEO of All World Project Management in Memphis, Tennessee.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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I knew I wanted a small campus so that I could build personal relationships with professors and faculty.

Lily Burnside ’21

Economics major with minors in Psychology and Business Administration and Management

Lily completed a Human Resources internship in the department of Compensation and Benefits at NetJets.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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Throughout my business development internship, I was able to apply much of what I have learned in my classes to the real world but also expand on many topics through hands-on applications.

Colin White ’21

Economics major with minors in Finance and Political Science

Colin is a 2021 recipient of the Charles R. & Louise Bennett Prize, a BAE Department Award.

 

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Courses in our department, like the BUS 4950 business practicum, offer applications of business curriculum topics through hands-on experiences focusing on key practices like online marketing and business analytics.

Upper class Accounting majors get to experience the governance of the accounting profession, prepare for the CPA examination, and network with accounting professionals from around the state at the Accountancy Board of Ohio (ABO) Annual Meeting during a visit led by Professors Brian Day and Stephen Osborne each year.

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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The 4+1 M.B.A. program is great and was very influential in my decision to continue my graduate education at Otterbein. The fact that I’m leaving with two degrees is an even greater feeling of accomplishment during all the COVID-19 craziness.

Nick Hassinger ’20

B.S. Accounting (2020) and M.B.A. (2021)

Nick was a 2020 recipient of the Mafi-Tabatabai Endowed Award, a B.A.E. Departmental Award.

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Our students are sought out by employers and are able to find meaningful employment because of their exceptional business training skills, and their well-rounded liberal arts education.

Kyriacos Aristotelous​

Professor of Business, Accounting, and Economics​

Organizations employing Otterbein interns include:​ Battelle, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Fifth Third Bank, National City Bank, Nationwide Insurance, Huntington Bank, Deloitte, Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Taxation, Ohio Department of Transportation, The Department of Defense, Worthington Industries, and Honda R&D Americas, Inc.​
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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

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I want my students to walk away from my class with a strong sense of marketing and strategy. No one has perfect answers, particularly to the difficult and complex questions that the business world addresses. It’s not a mystery – it’s something that can be understood with time, dilligence, and attention. And when you are equipped with a unique combination of knowledge, skills, experiences (you garnered from several tries), passion, and an open mind, you have well-positioned yourself for success.

Ava Liu

Associate Professor of Marketing
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Department Features and Student Opportunities

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Departmental Honors

The Department of Business, Accounting, and Economics offers several departmental honors opportunities for our outstanding and diverse students.

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Teaching and Mentorship

Professors build relationships with students, both in and out of the classroom, providing mentorship to help them succeed academically and professionally.

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Internships and Careers

Our faculty work with industry colleagues to plan and supervise business internships that allow students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations.

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4+1 MBA Program

Otterbein offers B.A.E. majors the opportunity to graduate with a four year B.S. degree and then complete their M.B.A. degree in one additional year​.

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Sigma Beta Delta

This International Business Honor Society enables faculty to give B.A.E. students international recognition for their outstanding academic achievements.

Global Business Internships At Otterbein

Global Experiences

Study abroad in our exchange programs with Maastricht University in The Netherlands or Linnaeus University in Sweden, among others.

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Fall 2021 Graduate Lecture Series – “If It Is Broke, Do Fix It” with Hilary Stone


Posts - September 23, 2021
The MBA Program at Otterbein University is hosting a free public lecture by Hilary Stone, donor engagement officer for The Columbus Foundation, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in room 114 of Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. Click Here to Register > The lecture, “If It Is Broke, Do Fix It: Applying Management Concepts to Career, Community, and Life,” will teach attendees some basic management concepts that can be broadly applied to advance a career, better understand and address community…

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Otterbein New Teacher of the Year Inspires Students and Colleagues Alike


News - May 28, 2021
The Otterbein University 2021 New Teacher of the Year award has been awarded to Aida Odobasic, assistant professor of economics. This peer-nominated award is given to Otterbein faculty members in their first three years who exemplify excellence in five principles of teaching: knowledge, design, praxis, relationship, and assessment.  Professor Aida Odabasic "She has such an infectious passion for teaching economics that it re-ignited my own passion for teaching," wrote one nominating colleague.  Odobasic describes her teaching philosophy as being centered on creating an atmosphere…

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Combined Otterbein Commencement Weekend Creates Unique Two Degree Graduates


News - April 28, 2021
Five students will be celebrating two back-to-back commencements on May 1. These students are both alumni of the Class of 2020 and soon-to-be graduates of the Class of 2021.  Otterbein made the decision to postpone Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 last year due to the pandemic. When the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement polled the Class of 2020, they overwhelmingly indicated the desire for an in-person celebration.   So, the decision was made to include a 2020 ceremony during the 2021 Commencement Weekend. A ceremony for the undergraduate and graduate students of the Class…

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Programs of Study in Business, Accounting and Economics

Business, Accounting & Economics

B.S.

Accounting

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B.S.

Public Accounting

B.A. in Business Administration & Management

B.S.

Business Administration and Management

Business Analytics Program

B.S.

Business Analytics

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B.A.

Economics

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B.S.

Finance

B.A. in Marketing

B.S.

Marketing

Business, Accounting & Economics Minors

Minors

B.A.E. Minors

Business Analytics Program

MBA

Masters of Business Administration

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MBA

4+1 MBA Program

Otterbein’s perfect location means that many of the industry-leading companies where our students find internships are also very close to campus.

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Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.
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Contact Us

Roush Hall
27 S. Grove St.
Westerville, OH 43081

Administrative Assistant

Allison M. de Nijs
614-823-1310
denijs1@otterbein.edu

I learn better from hands-on experiences. A book can teach you a lot when you read it but it doesn’t sink in until you do it. A small school like Otterbein lets you do all you want to try. I looked at bigger schools – looking back I wouldn’t have been able to do things like I have here.

Jacob Watkins '17, Sport Management Major, Marketing and Business Analytics Minor

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