As the most popular degree program at the College, business administration offers you a solid background in the major functional areas of business — accounting, management, marketing, finance, business information systems and economics.
As a business administration major, you'll be fortunate to have many opportunities to gain realistic business experiences through programs, such as brand management and promotion management simulations, the Fed Challenge, an academic competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the Innovation Challenge, for which students develop a comprehensive business plan for a new product innovation, and the Student Managed Fund, which puts students in charge of investing and managing $1 million in the real stock market.
We offer a major in business administration.
Learn in the real world
For the 10th consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named Roanoke College to its list of the top 36 great schools for business/finance majors.
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Serayna Green and Molly Scheerer are pursuing studies in Asia and Europe, and continue Roanoke College’s legacy of students earning competitive scholarships.
Students Manage $1 Million Investment Fund
Network like a professional
Roanoke offers networking opportunities that not many schools our size do. You’ll work with professionals in the local business community. You’ll have options for internships or other real-world learning experiences where you can make connections. Faculty will introduce you to people in their extensive networks.
Perhaps most importantly, our alumni are always looking out for other Maroons, as Gabe Umland ‘19, a business administration major, quickly found out.
“You’ll find in your career search that if you type a message to a random Roanoke alum, ‘Hey, can we connect for a minute? I’d love to chat for 10 minutes on the phone and see how you got where you are,’ every single time they’ll respond because that Roanoke connection’s so strong, and I think that’s really impactful in whatever career search may be,” Umland said.
With enthusiastic alumni, strong ties to local business leaders, connections to impressive internships and faculty who can point you in the right direction, networking is a huge part of the business administration experience at Roanoke College.
Our grads work at great organizations, and some start their own.
Sample Course Offerings:
- BUAD 248: Business Analytics
- BUAD 322: Student-Managed Fund
- BUAD 499: Business Policy
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Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation
The "Pitch" Business Contest
This provides aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to develop a business plan and present it to a team of outside reviewers from the business community. The business concept deemed the best wins "seed capital" to help with start-up costs for the business.
CLEI Monthly Speaker Series
Successful entrepreneurs are invited to campus to share their experiences with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public. This series focuses on current entrepreneurial topics, such as women and entrepreneurship, starting a business as a result of adversity and social entrepreneurship.
Pi Lambda Phi Series
The Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity invites successful individuals to share their experiences on campus with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Each year a successful entrepreneur is awarded the title of Entrepreneur in Residence. This individual engages with Roanoke College students in a variety of ways from speaking to mentoring.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)
This student organization is focused on helping like-minded future entrepreneurs connect and share ideas.
Inside a real business
Our students intern at great companies
Certificate program gives students edge with Fortune 500 companies
Roanoke College offers a unique two-year certificate program that teaches students software skills attractive to top companies around the world.
It's called the Data and Econometric Analysis Joint Certificate Program with SAS, which stands for Statistical Analysis Software. The program teaches students to use SAS software, which is employed by major businesses and government institutions, including 93 of the top 100 listed on the 2014 Fortune Global 500, according to SAS. It provides the kind of real world learning that students need to compete for top jobs. SAS is a key word on resumes and is likely to draw immediate attention from employers. Jay Laramore '10, an analytical training consultant at SAS, helped Roanoke economics professor, Dr. Allie Kassens, implement the certificate program. "I think Roanoke could be a model on how to do it," said Laramore, explaining that SAS instruction typically is offered in graduate-level programs.
This event is open to the public. Complimentary tickets are required.
Date | Time:
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Location: Cregger Center, Cregger Arena