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Business

The School of Arts & Sciences

The Business Program

Preparing you for your calling by equipping you for your career

We will help you find your path in this world

We will use scripture as the foundation for this path

Develop rich, godly friendships that will last a lifetime

We will prepare you for a higher level career

Bible

EDUCATION WITH SCRIPTURE AT THE CENTER

At Grace, we know that the Bible is essential to a Christian education. We want to help you to stand on God’s Word as you begin your career.

Ministry

PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY

Our Business Program provides the necessary core to give students skills for life, allowing them to focus on possibilities – not obstacles.

Bible

INSTRUCTORS WHO CARE

You’re more than just a name. Our professors and staff believe in the importance of investing in each student at Grace.

At Grace, You are More Than Just a Student

You are a person with unlimited potential made in the image of a loving God. We understand that your calling and career path will be as unique as you are. At Grace, we will help you align your calling with the skills needed for your future careers so you can confidently impact the world, well beyond your time with us.

Choose Your Unique Career Path

By stimulating a rich appreciation of and a thirst for knowledge, the School of Arts and Science’s Business program prepares students to be difference-makers in today’s world. A biblically informed education takes students’ natural talents, gifts, and passions and prepares them to serve effectively and immediately.

Fallon McMurray

We’re here to help you!

Welcome to the School of Arts And Science: Business Program page. As the Chair of the Business Program I am excited to help you academically and spiritually. The mission of the business program at Grace Christian University is to provide a Biblically informed interdisciplinary education designed to take the natural talents, gifts, and abilities from a diverse group of students and prepare them to serve effectively and immediately in the workforce. The program will provide students with an interdisciplinary look at the field of business. Students will learn to utilize a variety of field experiences with businesses, real-world case studies, role-playing, and group projects for developing business opportunities and ventures in society. The program is committed to leveraging the use of current technology in every discipline.

Sincerely, 

Fallon McMurray, M.B.A. 
Chair and Professor of Undergraduate Business Program

 

Major

Every major at Grace Christian is focused on intertwining spiritual and academic growth. The school aims to develop passionate servants of Jesus that emphasize the integration of character transformation, ministry experience, and biblical truth.

BUSINESS

The Grace Christian University School of Business has four pillars; Business as Mission, Personal Mastery, Business Acumen, and Cultural Intelligence. Successful understanding of these pillars enables graduates to advance their local church, and think strategically about their call to various business opportunities. With in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to lead others, develop improved processes, promote financial stewardship, and analyze financial statements, graduates responsibly reflect Christ using business as a medium.

Concentrations

  • Management
  • Marketing

Major Requirements – 42 credits, at least 18 credits in residence

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

BUS 201

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

BUS 202

Principles of Microeconomics

3

BUS 210

Principles of Accounting I

3

BUS 212

Principles of Accounting II

3

BUS 255

Fundamentals of Business Law

3

BUS 260

International Business

3

BUS 295

Fundamentals of Business Technology

3

BUS 301

Principles of Management

3

BUS 303

Introduction to Finance

3

BUS 372

Organizational Leadership

3

BUS 485

Strategic Management

3

BUS 495

Business Portfolio

3

BUS 499

Business Internship

3

MKT 330

Principles of Marketing

3

 

The Bachelor of Science in Business is comprised of:

  • Arts and Sciences Core 30 credits
  • Bible and Theology Core 30 credits*
  • Major 42 credits
  • Undesignated Electives/Concentration/Minor 18 credits
  • Total Required for Degree 120 credits

* 18 credits for Degree Completion Transfer Students

For all the details, look up your Major in the Program Information section of the Catalog.

Associates

Every Associates degree is designed to meet the Art and Science core required of students while intertwining our biblical core. The school aims to develop passionate servants of Jesus that emphasize the integration of character transformation, ministry experience, and biblical truth in the world.

BUSINESS

We have been called to work since God put Adam to work in the garden of eden. Build a solid Biblical and Business foundation as you pursue the work God has laid out for you. Students will engage in topics ranging from resource allocation, production and income distribution, evaluation of consumer and government spending, current economic problems, international economics, business investment, basic accounting theory, taxation and monetary policy.

Business Content Courses – 18 Credits

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

BUS 201

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

BUS 202

Principles of Microeconomics

3

BUS 210

Principles of Accounting I

3

BUS 212

Principles of Accounting II

3

BUS 255 or
BUS 260

Fundamentals of Business Law or
International Business

3

BUS 301 or
MKT 330

Principles of Management or
Principles of Marketing

3

 

The Associate of Arts in Business is comprised of:

  • Arts and Sciences Core 24 credits
  • Bible and Theology Core 18 credits
  • Business Content Area Courses 18 credits
  • Total Required for Degree 120 credits

For all the details, look up your Major in the Program Information section of the Catalog.

Concentrations

A concentration is a specialized field of study within the major you have chosen. These concentrations are available to Business Major and they are 12 credits. Choosing a concentration bolsters a student’s knowledge of the languages scripture was written in and helps students have a deeper understanding of the historical context of these languages.

MANAGEMENT

Students adding a concentration in management will take courses on personal development, leadership, culture and conflict. Students will experience the challenge of learning how to improve their group communication skills through participation. Exploring biblical characteristics of leadership and teamwork. Engaging in production and operations management. Topics include inventory control, production control, quality control, services management, and facilities management and control. Students will learn about strategies in competitive versus collaborative negotiation and conflict negotiation. Providing a well rounded skill set needed to step in a leadership role across a wide range of industries.

Management Concentration – 12-15 Credits

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

BUS 470

Personnel Development

3

BUS 475

Operations Management

3

COM 330

Culture and Conflict Management

3

COM 350

Leadership and Group Communication

3

Recommended PSY 215

Psychology of Leadership

3

MARKETING

Students adding a concentration in marketing to their business degree will engage with course work on social media, advertising, market research. Students will engage with a biblical framework to determine and guide the identification and use of rapidly changing media and  explore various engagement options to ensure cultural awareness in advancing a marketing strategy. Students will learn about marketing research and discuss key concepts, processes, and techniques, as well as their applications.

Marketing Concentration – 12 Credits

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

MKT 265

Social Media Marketing

3

MKT 310

IT for Marketers

3

MKT 315

Advertising and Promotions

3

MKT 435

Market Research

3

Minors

The School of Arts and Sciences offers a range of minors designed to support students’ desire to  engage in an area they are passionate about beyond their major. Adding a minor helps students enhance their ministry and vocational preparations.

BUSINESS

Students pursuing a minor in business will engage in basic styles of management, principles of planning, organizing, motivating, directing, supervising, staffing, controlling work and work performance in a business. There is a major emphasis on business as mission and how our faith fits into workforce management. Students Engage in a basic overview of conflict resolution, fundamental principles of resource allocation, production and income distribution, evaluation of consumer and government spending, business investment, taxation and monetary policy.

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

BUS 201

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

BUS 210

Accounting I

3

BUS 301

Principles of Management

3

MKT 330

Principles of Marketing

3

BUS 470

Personnel Development

3

HISTORY

The past is an entrance to your future. Understanding the stories behind you helps you know where you’re going. Students receive training in the interpretation of primary sources, historical reasoning, the evaluation of historical data and are acquainted with historiography. Study of the experience of minorities in American society as documented in historical, literary, and biographical sources. Students will examine the political, social, religious and economic history of the United States. Students learn how to create a historical argument by developing a research question, annotated bibliography, and a research prospectus or research paper. With a history minor, you’ll enhance your chosen degree program, find yourself in an unfolding redemptive story, and realize you are here for such a time as this.

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

HST 200

Introduction to the Study of History

3

HST 357

Civil Rights in America

3

Select two of the following

HST 113 or
HST 114 or
HST 215

World History to 1500 or
World History 1500 to Present or
Michigan History

6

Select one of the following

HST 331 or
HST 332 or
THE 371

U.S. History to 1877 or
U.S. History 1877 to Present or
History of Christianity

3

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Communication is not only the ability to be heard but the ability to make others feel heard. By pairing your chosen degree program with a minor in Intercultural Communication, you will gain a wide range of knowledge and know how to share it effectively with others. You will learn the skills needed to succeed in the professional world and broaden your knowledge of how to engage with different cultures. It examines the important role of social, cultural, and historical context in human interactions.The history, methods, and theory of conflict resolution will be explored. Exploring biblical characteristics of leadership and teamwork will provide students with a framework for communicating and effectively leading in a diverse world. This degree is a great addition for those looking at engaging with others beyond our borders through missions or in business.

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

COM 220

Intercultural Communication

3

COM 250

Interpersonal Communication

3

COM 330

Culture and Conflict Management

3

COM 350

Leadership and Group Communication

3

COM 370 or
COM 420

Crisis Communication or
Public Relations

3

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

Are you ready to share stories with the world? In Professional Communications students focus on how to share effectively through audio and visual media. Emphasis will be given to communication concepts, skillful writing, professional interviewing, organized informational presentations, and cultural intelligence in the workplace.Students will explore current issues and trends and analyze the ethical issues from both a legal and biblical perspective. Case studies will be utilized and discussed. In addition, the student will learn public relations writing skills and prepare a public relations plan.

This minor differs by offering students a more technical skillset with audio video production.Audio Production explores multi-track MIDI and audio recording, editing and mixing using Apple’s Logic Pro software. In addition, students will learn about different types of microphones and recording strategies for popular musical instruments. It provides students with the technological tools and hands-on experience necessary for producing professional audio recordings.Video Production explores video camera basics, video recording, editing, and file management skills using Apple’s Final Cut Pro software. It provides students with the technological tools and hands-on experience necessary for production professional videos.

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

COM 290

Professional Communication

3

MWT 324

Audio Production

3

MWT 328

Video Production

3

COM 420

Public Relations

3

ENG 401

Narrative Journalism

3

SPORTS COMMUNICATION & MANAGEMENT

Start equipping your athletic passion with a deeper understanding of communication and leadership. Students gain an overview of: sports communication practices, insights and principles for promoting sports events and teams, advertising, social media, digital platforms, community relations. Activities will allow students to experience the challenge of learning how to improve their group communication skills across a wide range topics. You will explore biblical characteristics of leadership and teamwork will provide students with a framework for communicating and effectively leading in a diverse world.

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

SMG 201

Intro to Sports Communication and Media 

3

SMG 210

Introduction to Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Management

3

COM 350

Leadership and Group Communication

3

ENG 409

Narrative Journalism

3

Select one of the following:

COM 370 or
COM 410 or
LEA/BUS 372

Crisis Communication or
Public Relations or
Organizational Leadership

3
3
2

WRITING & LITERATURE

You have a story, and it’s time to tell it. In the Writing & Literature minor, you’ll unleash the power of storytelling and experience time-honored literature. Students are introduced to the discipline and study of literature, especially through the lens of a Christian worldview. You will build interviewing, writing, editing, and storytelling skills, and deepen your understanding of ethical issues in media and mass communication. Discover meaningful conversations through reading, hearing, writing, and crafting stories for the glory of God.

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

ENG 223

Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 301

Creative Writing

3

ENG 401

Narrative Journalism

3

Select two of the following:

ENG 254

Dystopian Literature

3

ENG 305

Children’s Literature

3

ENG 409

Multiethnic Literature

3

The Bible is Central

Grace Christian University is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). ABHE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education and has designated Grace Christian University as an institute of higher education in which the Bible is central and the development of Christian life and ministry is essential.

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Scholarships & Cost

At Grace, we understand that one of the biggest challenges relates to the cost of your career. We want to alleviate your anxiety so this doesn’t hinder your ability to pursue God’s calling on your life.

Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIPS

100% of freshmen receive Institutional Aid.

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Financial Aid

FINANCIAL AID

Grace Students graduate with 20% less debt than the national average.

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What are Grace Alumni Doing Now?

Read true stories of what Grace Christian University alumni are up to now and how they’re impacting their communities for Christ.

Grace Christian Graduate Continues Mother’s Legacy of Service

As recent graduate Gerard Oray shares about his late mother, Tawanda Williams, his eyes brighten and a sense of pride fills his words. Williams passed away due to breast cancer in 2018 after previously beating the disease a few years earlier, in 2015. She was a woman of great character, determination, and with a heart for others and her stories live on through her son, as does her service to the community. Oray is thankful for the person she was to those around her and for the mother she was to him. He now lives every day to honor her as he looks to serve young people God places in his path.

Graduating from Grace Christian University with a degree in Business this spring was another step in following in his mother’s footsteps. 

Alumni Spotlight – Abby Schultz

Abby graduated from Grace Christian University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Religious Education in Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Sports Management. She then received her Masters of Education in Sports Leadership from Dordt in 2018. Abby enjoys the fact that she gets to walk alongside 18-22 year old women in their walk with Christ. “Our program focuses on getting out of your comfort zone & going on an upward trajectory towards Christ. We are intentional about our relationships with our players & I love going to work every day. Coaching is so much more than just the game of basketball.”

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