Lakeland College

Business Administration

Our most popular major is stronger than ever, with a choice of eight highly relevant emphases that will separate you from the pack of students who simply major in “business” at other schools.

If your objective is to gain broad exposure to business curriculum in a macro sense, while honing one or more specific areas of expertise, this is the major for you.

“I think what makes it appealing for students is that they have a chance to concentrate on a certain area,” says Scott Niederjohn, associate professor of business administration. “So while they get the broad-based education, they’re actually also asked to pick (at least) one area where they can really concentrate their studies.”

Eight choices of emphasis

With one or more emphases attached to your business administration degree, you will be strongly positioned to enter the workforce. Each emphasis area requires completion of 12-18 credits.

Lakeland consulted with employers and advisory boards, and analyzed career development data and national market trends before deciding on the following eight emphases:

  • Business economics
  • Finance and insurance
  • Healthcare management
  • Hospitality management
  • International business
  • Management
  • Nonprofit management
  • Sport management

“Any one of these emphasis areas, coupled with our core business administration curriculum, will prepare students for jobs in those fields,” says Niederjohn. “These changes create new choices for our students that match needs in the marketplace…”


View Current Curriculum

Business Administration Major (50–56 semester hours)

  • ACC 210 Financial Accounting Principles
  • ACC 220 Managerial Accounting Principles
  • BUS 200 Business and Professional Protocol (2 semester hours)
  • BUS 301 Management Information Systems
  • BUS 330 Management Principles
  • BUS 340 Principles of Business Finance
  • BUS 350 Marketing Principles
  • BUS 400 Business Internship
  • BUS 410 Business Law I
  • BUS 491 Business Policy and Strategy (Writing Intensive)
  • ECN 220 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN 230 Principles of Microeconomics
  • MAT220 Probability and Statistics

And the completion of at least one area of emphasis from the following:

Finance and Insurance (18 semester hours)

  • BUS 325 The Insurance Industry
  • BUS 424 Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • BUS 440 Personal Insurance Lines
  • BUS 441 Commercial Insurance Lines I
  • BUS 442 Commercial Insurance Lines II
  • ECN 360 Money, Banking and National Income

Healthcare Management (12 semester hours)

Not available to Healthcare Management majors

  • BUS 305 Survey of the U.S. Healthcare System
  • BUS 308 Healthcare Financial Management
  • BUS 309 Healthcare Economics
  • BUS 422 Healthcare Law and Ethics

Management (12 semester hours)

  • BUS 425 Retail Management
  • BUS 445 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • BUS 455 Entrepreneurial Management
  • BUS 465 Human Resources Management

Business Economics (12 semester hours)

  • ECN 360 Money, Banking and National Income
  • ECN 361 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECN 362 Intermediate Microeconomics

One of:

  • ECN 301 Economics of Sports
  • BUS 309 Healthcare Economics
  • ECN 365 International Economics

International Business (17 semester hours)

Not available to International Business majors

  • 2 semesters of one foreign language
  • BUS 284 Principles of International Business
  • BUS 335 Study Abroad in Business
  • BUS 474 International Laws and Regulations OR
  • BUS 370 Intercultural Communications

Nonprofit Management (12 semester hours)

Not available to Nonprofit Organization Management majors

  • NPO 140 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations
  • NPO 330 Managing Nonprofit Organizations
  • NPO 365 Fundraising
  • NPO 473 Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Sport Management (15 semester hours)

Not available to Sport Management minors

  • ESS 144 Introduction to Sport Studies
  • ESS 315 Sport Marketing and Promotion
  • ESS 324 Programming of Athletic Facilities and Events
  • ESS 410 Organization and Management of Sport Programs

One of:

  • ECN 301 Economics of Sports
  • ESS 450 Essentials of Ethics and Law in Sport

Hospitality Management (15 semester hours)

Not available to Hospitality Management majors

  • BUS 211 Introduction to Hospitality Management (3 semester hours)

Three of the following courses:

  • BUS 312 Facilities Planning and Management
  • BUS 313 Hospitality Human Resource Management
  • BUS 314 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
  • BUS 315 Food and Beverage Management
  • BUS 316 Accommodations Management
  • One of:

  • BUS 306 Internship in Hospitality Management I
  • BUS 335 Study Abroad in Business
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    Recent Grads, Real Careers

    Listed below are just some of the jobs Lakeland College business administration students from recent graduating classes have landed:

    • Quality assurance supervisor, Oshkosh Corporation-defense segment
    • Safety/HR and compliance manager, RSR Services
    • Director of sales and marketing, Emerging Technologies
    • Executive team leader, Target
    • Credit solutions counselor, Kohl’s Corporate
    • Commercial lines underwriter, Acuity
    • Assistant manager, Wal-Mart
    • Administrative assistant, City of Sheboygan Housing Authority
    • Production manager, Badgerland Exteriors
    • Service representative, BMO Harris Bank
    • Enrollment specialist, Humana
    • Claims representative, Wilson Mutual Insurance
    • Team leader, Ariens Company
    • Sales representative, Milwaukee Bucks
    • Sales representative, Milwaukee Bucks
    • Enrollment specialist, Bisk Education
    • Global category manager/contract labor and supplier diversity manager, Motorola
    • Purchasing agent, Polyfab
    • Loan officer, Associated Bank
    • Brand Manager, Sargento

    Listed below are some of the internships Lakeland College business administration students have landed during their stay at Lakeland:

    • ACUITY- Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Ansay & Associates - Port Washington, Wis.
    • Aurora Health Care Center - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Blackstone Creek Golf Club - Germantown, Wis.
    • Cascade Cheese - Cascade, Wis.
    • Dental Health Products - New Franken, Wis.
    • Family Service Association - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Great Marriages - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Harbor Centre Marina - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Harris Blueberries - Bloomingdale, Mich.
    • Holiday House - Manitowoc, Wis.
    • Holiday Shores Watersports - Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
    • Holy Family Memorial - Manitowoc, Wis.
    • HSA Bank - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Il Ritrovo - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Jessica’s School of Dance - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • KMC Stampings - Port Washington, Wis.
    • Port Washington State Bank - Port Washington, Wis.
    • Plymouth Arts Center - Plymouth, Wis.
    • Rental Finders - Appleton, Wis.
    • Schwarz Fish Market - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Shanghai East China Computer - China
    • Shanghai Rongshi Spraying Machinery - China
    • SME Partners - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Sony Music Entertainment - Milwaukee, Wis.
    • Spaceport - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Tamoshanter Golf Course - Niles, Ill.
    • Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Van Horn Chevrolet - Plymouth, Wis.
    • Vector Marketing - Sheboygan, Wis.
    • Veritas - Plymouth, Wis.
    • Wadell & Reed - Appleton, Wis.
    • Ziemann & Associates - Sheboygan, Wis.

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    Snapshot of Success

    Name: Evan Dieringer

    Hometown: Germantown, Wis.

    Title: Commercial lines underwriter

    Business: ACUITY

    Sheboygan, Wis.-based insurance company ACUITY has regularly been ranked one of the best mid-sized employers in the nation by the Great Place to Work Institute, so it’s no surprise so many people want to work there. The competition for careers is intense.

    Evan, a 2013 grad, was recently hired by ACUITY exceling through the company’s meticulous screening and interview process.

    “I was able to talk about my liberal arts education, and how valuable that was for me,” Evan says. “I think they saw how well-rounded I was and how experienced I was due to my internships. I think Lakeland graduates are as competitive as those from any school.”

    Evan says that during ACUITY’s vetting process, company representatives dissected his Lakeland transcripts and asked how specific classes might apply to the insurance industry.

    “They seemed to be very impressed with the curriculum,” he says.

    After graduating, he had two additional full-time job offers on the table, but chose to pursue the ACUITY position because of the company’s success, growth potential and incredible reputation.

    “I’d say Lakeland enabled me to realize my potential,” he says. “The people at Lakeland pushed me and made me believe I could do whatever I wanted to do. I truly believe I would not be working here right now if not for my experience at Lakeland.”.

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    Business Administration at Lakeland

    Internships are critical components of any top-of-the-stack resume, especially when it comes to the world of business. Today’s employers want to know if you can do the work, analyze business problems and solve them, often on deadline.

    “What makes our business program special? Our links to local employers,” says Niederjohn. “Our students are asked to do an internship, actually a for-credit class, which is a required internship. I think we do a good job of making sure our students find useful internships, and the most common way students find their eventual job is through connections and often through the internship they work through.”

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