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  Oct 22, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Business


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Evan D. Curry, MBA, Dean 

Associate Professor

Mark D. Gaspar, MBA
Yunn K. Kang, MBA

Assistant Professor

Stephen Hauser, MS
Sali Kaceli, MS

Part-time Faculty

Gail Z. Benchener, MS

Adjunct Faculty

Zachary B. Bingaman, MBA
Michael Butrica, MBA
Karen Daly Smith, MS
Phil Feather, MEd
Mark D. Forshaw, MA
Timothy K. Hui, JD
O. Kenneth McClellan, MBA
John Mesher, JD 
David Morra, BS
Paul T. Neal, MA
Kelly Peiffer, BA
Frank J. Viola, MPA
 

The School

In America today, more business degrees are conferred upon college graduates than any other degrees. But succeeding in business is about more than getting a job, and the marketplace needs more than graduates with business degrees. Business is influential, and people in business shape the world we live in.

Students who are serious about their faith and want to be successful business leaders, managers, or entrepreneurs can bring those commitments together at Cairn.

Students in the School of Business receive an education that prepares them professionally and personally through the development of business skills, ethics, integrity, and character. A biblical wordview is integrated in every subject, whether business communications, accounting, or organizational leadership.

On both the undergraduate and graduate levels, students are mentored by faculty with business and leadership experience. Faculty instill and encourage initiative, responsibility, creativity, and the application of wisdom in and out of the classroom. Practical business experience through internships, student groups, and employment strengthen the business education at Cairn. Graduates of the School of Business serve in for-profit and nonprofit business careers.

Mission Statement

The School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs that aspire to educate students to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world by integrating the business skills learning process with a biblical worldview to produce biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent men and women of character.

The mission statement is realized by pursuing the following major goals in all of the school’s programs:

  • Admitting students from diverse backgrounds with high leadership potential.
  • Engaging students with a powerful Christian developmental experience using a nurturing educational process.
  • Fostering a biblical world and life view grounded in ethical standards, a global outlook, deep functional knowledge, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Developing programs that foster intellectual and spiritual maturity, leadership potential, and a global view of missions.
  • Sustaining an environment that attracts, develops, and retains the finest faculty in the world for this purpose.
     

The Programs

Single-Degree Programs

  • Business Administration (BS in Business Administration)

This single-degree program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. A student in this program takes 61 credits of the University core, including 30 credits in Bible and theology. In addition, the student takes 69 credits of business courses for a total of 130 credits required in this degree program. Fifty percent (35 credits) of the business credits must be taken in residence. The student in this program can select from the following elective tracks: Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, and Sports Management.

  • Computer Science (BS)

This single-degree program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. A student in this program takes 61 credits of the University core, including 30 credits in Bible and theology. In addition, the student takes 60 credits of computer and information systems courses and 6 credits of electives for a total of 127 credits required in this degree program. Fifty percent of the computer and information system courses (30 credits) must be taken in residence.

  • Information Systems (BS)

This single-degree program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in information systems. A student in this program takes 61 credits of the University core, including 30 credits in Bible and theology. In addition, the student takes 60 credits of computer and information systems courses and 6 credits of electives for a total of 127 credits required in this degree program. Fifty percent of the computer and information system courses (30 credits) must be taken in residence.

Double-Degree Programs

  • Accounting (BS in Bible/BS in Business Administration)

This program follows the model of other Cairn double-degree programs. In 4-1/2 years, the student can earn a Bachelor of Science in Bible degree and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. The student takes 61 credits in the University core, 81 credits of program requirements, and 9 credits of electives for a total of 151 credit hours. Fifty percent of the business credits must be taken in residence. This program provides the course requirements needed for the student to take the Certified Public Accountant examination.

  • Business Administration (BS in Bible/BS in Business Administration)

This program follows the model of other Cairn double-degree programs. In 4-1/2 years, the student can earn a Bachelor of Science in Bible degree and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. The student takes 61 credits in the University core, 75 credits of program requirements, and 15 credits in elective courses for a total of 151 credit hours. Fifty percent of the business credits must be taken in residence. The student in this program can select from the following elective tracks: Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, and Sports Management.

Dual-Level Degree Programs

  • Accounting (BS in Bible/MBA or BS in Business Administration/MBA)

Each academic year, the School of Business accepts a limited number of students into the dual-level bachelor’s/master’s degree programs. These programs lead to a Master of Business Administration degree and either a Bachelor of Science in Bible degree or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. These programs require the full complement of University core courses and undergraduate program requirements, as well as 36 credits in graduate education. These programs provide the course requirements needed for the student to take the Certified Public Accountant examination.

  • Business Administration (BS in Bible/MBA or BS in Business Administration/MBA)

Each academic year, the School of Business accepts a limited number of students into the dual-level bachelor’s/master’s degree programs. These programs lead to a Master of Business Administration degree and either a Bachelor of Science in Bible degree or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. These programs require the full complement of University core courses and undergraduate program requirements, as well as 36 credits in graduate education. The BS in Bible/MBA program also includes 12 credits of elective courses.

  • Business Administration (BS in Bible/MS in Organizational Leadership)

Each academic year, the School of Business accepts a limited number of students into the dual-level bachelor’s/master’s degree programs. This program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Bible degree (with a Business Administration major) and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree. This program requires 61 credits of University core courses, 57 credits of undergraduate program requirements, 12 credits of elective courses, and 33 credits in graduate education for a total of 163 credits.

  • Business Administration (BS in Business Administration/MS in Nonprofit Leadership)

A limited number of students have the opportunity to study toward a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership degree. This program prepares future leaders of nonprofit organizations with the business acumen and leadership confidence to grow the impact of the nonprofit organization in its purpose and mission. The focus is on innovation, leadership, and professional competence in the context of a biblical worldview. This program requires 61 credits of University core courses, 69 credits of undergraduate program requirements, and 33 credits in graduate education for a total of 163 credits.

Accounting Minor

A minor in accounting requires a minimum of 18 credits of accounting courses and may be added to any of the existing undergraduate degree programs in the University. This minor is not accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education.

Business Minor

A minor in business requires 9 credits of prescribed business and accounting courses plus 9 additional elective credits of business/accounting courses. This minor may be added to any of the existing undergraduate degree programs in the University. This minor is not accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education.

Management Minor

A minor in management requires 9 credits of prescribed business and sociology courses plus 9 additional elective credits of business/accounting courses. This minor may be added to any of the existing undergraduate degree programs in the University. This minor is not accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education.

Marketing Minor

A minor in marketing requires 12 credits of prescribed business courses plus 6 additional elective credits of business courses. This minor may be added to any of the existing undergraduate degree programs in the University. This minor is not accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education.

Outdoor Leadership Minor

A minor in outdoor leadership requires 9 credits of prescribed courses plus 9 additional credits chosen from a list of specific courses. This minor may be added to any of the existing undergraduate degree programs in the University. This minor is not accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education.

Related Program Information

Accreditation

The Business Administration programs have been granted professional accreditation by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education. The following degrees are accredited by IACBE: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Internships and Career Opportunities

Cairn University is located in a major metropolitan area and has access to numerous organizations that provide valuable internship experiences. Cairn students have completed internships with Bloomberg Financial, Campbell Soup Company, Vanguard, Hertz, Enterprise, Lincoln Financial, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia KIXX, QVC, and State Farm, as well as various hospitals, churches, mission agencies, banks, and small businesses. Cairn students are consistently rated among the best interns by their direct supervisors.

A great variety of global career options are available in church and nonprofit administration with mission agencies, publishing houses, bookstores, schools, camps, counseling centers, and television and radio stations. These organizations need dedicated Christians with professional business and leadership skills.

Careers in the secular business world are many and varied, including international opportunities. Business administration can help prepare a student to become an entrepreneur, executive, manager, accountant, business analyst, manufacturing supervisor, store manager, human resources manager, operations manager, salesperson, marketer, or fundraiser, among others.

Enactus

Enactus is an international organization founded in 1974. Currently, over 1,500 colleges and universities worldwide have Enactus groups on their campuses. Enactus’ mission is to provide college students the best opportunity to make a difference and “to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise” (www.enactus.org).

Cairn Enactus, founded in 1999, is available to all Cairn students, and business majors are encouraged to become involved in the program. Enactus students provide community service, conduct educational outreaches, and promote entrepreneurship and free enterprise. Cairn Enactus has achieved national ranking as a top sixteen team at the Enactus National Exposition.

Business Leadership Society

The Business Leadership Society exists to enhance student life for the business student at Cairn University. Its members gain leadership opportunities by creating, planning, and implementing programs and activities for student engagement with business professionals. The Business Leadership Society is available to all Cairn business students.

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