Business Administration

Major: Business Administration
Related Majors: International Business, Economics, Advertising and Marketing Communication, and Accounting.
Related Minors: Accounting, Economics, Finance
Program Director: Philip Davis TaylorProfessor of Economics
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Overall, more Wesleyan College graduates pursue business-related professions than any other field. Business Administration is consistently one of the Top 2 majors on our campus. Wesleyan offers major programs in Accounting, Economics, International Business, and Advertising & Marketing Communication. Accounting, Business, and Finance are also offered as minor programs. Wesleyan's Department of Business and Economics offers a wide range of opportunities for students who are interested in careers in business and related fields. 

The major in business administration is a unique combination of study in management, the humanities, and the social sciences. It requires that the student complete 52 hours of course work in specified areas of essential business topics and advanced liberal arts subjects. The student majoring in business may use additional elective hours to design a concentrated area of study beyond the minimum major requirements in business management, marketing, economics, accounting, or in a non-business field. Completion of a second major in another field is encouraged.

Wesleyan students are prepared to solve problems they would find in the business environment. The curriculum, which actively engages the students, is discussion-based with emphasis on case analysis, problem solving, and critical thinking. Issues of economics, accounting, marketing, management, ethics, law, finance, and international opportunities are addressed in the program. For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.

Related Programs
Major Program: Accounting 
The accounting major allows students to focus their business studies on the discipline of accounting. In addition, it serves as preparation for students wishing to pursue the Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) designation or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Students may choose among a variety of different career paths in accounting including working in Industry, Government, Non-Profit Institutions, Financial Institutions, or Professional Accounting firms. Students are exposed to a variety of different accounting courses within the accounting concentration. An Accounting advisor works with each student to plan courses that will suit the student's career goals. In order to be eligible to sit for the C.P.A. examination, students will need additional courses beyond the 120 semester hours required for Wesleyan graduation.

Major Program: International Business
The interdisciplinary major in international business prepares students to be effective in the international environment, with knowledge of the language, culture, business, and political affairs of other countries. Graduates with this major will be prepared to work for a multinational corporation in the United States and abroad or to pursue graduate studies in international business.

Major Program: Economics
The major in Economics is concerned with the study of the causes and the possible solutions to these and other economic problems. Macroeconomics is concerned with the economy as a whole, with the forces behind economic growth, the problems occurring in the growth process, and government policies to address these problems. Microeconomics focuses on the efficient allocation of scarce resources among alternative uses and addresses such questions as how individuals and societies determine what to produce, how to produce, and how to distribute the output. Economists study these important problems by combining theoretical models and data analysis. The great human interest of the subject together with the rigor of the analysis, give the study of economics its stimulating quality.

Major Program: Advertising and Marketing Communication
The interdisciplinary major in Advertising and Marketing Communication prepares students for careers in advertising, marketing, and media sales. It includes courses in Business, Communication, and Graphic Design. The overarching goal of this curriculum is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the advertising and marketing communication field, including a firm foundation in the application of visual and textual thinking in actual projects and presentations, as well as a broad understanding of the content and principles of business, communication, and graphic design.

Certificate Program in Business Management
The certificate program in business management is intended to provide the student whose major is in a traditional liberal arts discipline with basic course preparation for entry-level employment and management training programs in most businesses or for admission to graduate Master of Business Administration programs. The certificate program is also available to non-degree-seeking students. The certificate requires completion of 24 hours of prescribed courses with a grade of C or better in each.

Classrooms and faculty offices of the Department of Business and Economics are housed in Taylor Hall. Computer-intensive classes are taught in Peyton Anderson Amphitheatre and the Smart Classrooms in Taylor Hall and in the Willet Library.

The D. Abbott Turner Chair of Free Enterprise provides Wesleyan students with instruction in business and related fields by a scholar who is active in international research in the field. In addition to regular courses, the chair holder organizes topical special lectures and directs studies and research projects in which students may participate.

Field Study
A three-hour internship is required of all business majors for graduation, but many students desire to do more. The internship opportunities for business majors are virtually endless, and students quickly realize the benefits of being exposed to and working in their possible fields of interest.

Some of the sponsors who welcome Wesleyan interns in business include Merrill-Lynch; Southern Bell; Bank of America; Trust Company Bank; First Union; Georgia Power; United Way; McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks Accounting; MidSummer Macon; Macon Housing Authority; GEICO; and Coliseum Northside Hospital. It's not uncommon for an internship to lead to a job offer.

Study Abroad
Wesleyan business students travel and study in a variety of locations, such as Spain, France, China, and Russia. Click here for additional Study Abroad information.

Scholarships and Awards
Academic Excellence Award.
 This award goes to the graduating senior with the highest GPA. This award consists of a certificate to the student and a plaque in the departmental suite.

The Wall Street Journal Achievement Award. This award is a national recognition of a student who has achieved in the field of business and economics. The award consists of a certificate, an engraved paperweight, and a one-year subscription to The Wall Street Journal.

Nora Kay Appling King Scholarship Achievement Award. Wesleyan Alumna Nora Kay Appling established this award in 1979. The award goes to a deserving rising senior in the department of Business and Economics. The recipient is chosen on the basis of character, academics, and involvement in the Wesleyan Community and Business Club. The award consists of a certificate and cash award to be applied to college expenses.

Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship Key and Certificate. Alpha Kappa Psi, founded in 1904, is the first professional fraternity in business. The Nu Omega chapter was chartered at Wesleyan in 1989. The Scholarship Key and Certificate go to the graduating member with the highest GPA.

Government Employees Insurance Company Achievement Award. The recipient of the GEICO Achievement Award should be a sophomore or junior majoring in a business related field of study, have achieved a "B" or better average in the major, and have the potential to make valuable contributions in the field of business as well as the campus community. The award consists of a cash award of $1000 to be presented to the recipient during Honors Day.

Wesleyan graduates equipped with the business degree are well-prepared to build on their undergraduate work or pursue immediate employment. Consequently, although some graduates pursue a Master of Business Administration or other graduate degree, most enter the work force immediately following graduation. Recent graduates are working for Ernst & Young, Georgia Department of Revenue, GEICO, Coca-Cola, and many other national and regional businesses, industries, and nonprofit organizations.

This year Wesleyan advanced several students, majoring in economics and business, to prestigious graduate school programs. These students will be attending some of the most competitive graduate programs in the nation and around the world; they include London School of Economics for both Economic Development and Public Policy programs, Carnegie Mellon University for Public Policy and Finance, Max Planck Institute for Bio-Chemistry, University of Indiana at Urbana-Campaign for Finance, University of Washington and Georgia State University for graduate programs in Economics and Accounting.

In the past, Wesleyan grads have been accepted to Yale, Harvard, and Northwestern University for law programs, and Universidad de Zaragoza/MIT for MBA. Wesleyan business students have also been accepted to internships such as Georgia State University's Andrew Young Public Policy Center, Branch Properties Real Estate internship through the GSCPAs in Atlanta, Fickling & Co. in Macon, and Merck & Co.; they have won scholarships to attend Duke University's summer minority scholarship program in economics, Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants scholarship for graduate program, the American Women's Society of CPAs scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi national graduate fellowship, and first prize in national essay competition (Association of Private Enterprise Education).


Glenna MeyerGlenna Dod Meyer  D. Abbott Turner Professor of Free Enterprise and Professional Studies Division Chair. B.S. (Business Education) Eastern Kentucky University 1965; M.A. (Business Education) Eastern Kentucky University 1968; Ed.D. (Business Education/Management) University of Southern Mississippi 1975. My primary research focuses on international business in Eastern Europe, gender issues in business communication, and marketing strategies for small businesses. Taylor 232.

Phillip TaylorPhilip Davis Taylor Clara Carter Acree Chair of Social Sciences, Professor of Economics, Director of Graduate Business Programs. B.A. (Economics) University of North Carolina 1971; M.B.A. (Finance) University of North Carolina 1973; M.A., Ph.D. (Economics) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1989. My primary interests include the valuation of stocks and bonds and their derivative instruments and the impact of globalization on the financial institutions that trade these securities. Taylor 217.

EylerKel-Ann Eyler Associate Professor of Accounting. B.S. (Accounting) University of Virginia 1977; M.P.A., Ph.D. (Accounting) Georgia State University 1990. My research interests are auditor judgment, accounting history, accounting ethics, international accounting, and gender issues in accounting. Taylor 216.

yingzhenYing Zhen, Assistant Professor of Business. B.A. (Economics) Communication University of China 2007; M.A. (Economics) Clark University 2009; Ph.D. (Economics) Clark University 2012. My major field of specialization is labor economics. My research interests include economics of immigration, gender and minority; demand and supply of labor; wages and compensation; mobility and unemployment. I am particularly interested in exploring how English-language proficiency affects foreign-born immigrants' labor market performance in the United States, especially for female immigrants. My minor field is industrial organization. Topics of interest include market structure, firm strategy, and market performance. Taylor 231.


Stacie BarrettStacie Barrett Assistant Professor of Business and Assistant Director of the EMBA Program. B.A. (Mass Communications) Fort Valley State University 2008; M.B.A., Wesleyan College 2011. Stacie has been an adjunct in the business department since coming to Wesleyan as the EMBA Coordinator in 2012.