Lakeland College

Business Administration


Our most popular major is stronger than ever, with a choice of ten 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."

Ten 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 ten emphases:

  • Finance
  • Forensic/Fraud
  • Healthcare Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Insurance
  • 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…"

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."

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.”.

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.


Assistant Professor of Accounting
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Director of the MBA Program
Bemis Professor of Accounting
Emeritus Professor of Business Administration

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 (WI)
  • ECN 220 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN 230 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • MAT 220 - Probability and Statistics

And the completion of at least one Business Administration Division emphasis. Emphases are also available as elective options for all remaining majors within the Business Administration Division including: Accounting, Hospitality Management, International Business, Marketing, and Specialized Administration. All prerequisites must be fulfilled.

Business Economics (12 semester hours)

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

One of the following:

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

Finance (15 semester hours)

  • BUS 365 - Personal Financial Management
  • BUS 366 - Global Financial Markets
  • BUS 424 - Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • BUS 437 - Investment Finance
  • ECN 360 - Money, Banking and National Income

Forensic/Fraud (18 semester hours)

  • ACC 265 - Fraud Investigation I
  • ACC 365 - Fraud Investigation II
  • CPS 200 - Programming I
  • CPS 250 - Information Security and Forensics I
  • CRJ 140 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 345 - Criminal Law

Healthcare Management (12 semester hours)

  • BUS 305 - Survey of the United States Healthcare System
  • BUS 308 - Healthcare Financial Management
  • BUS 309 - Healthcare Economics
  • BUS 422 - Healthcare Law and Ethics

Hospitality Management (12 semester hours)

Not available to Hospitality Management majors

  • BUS 211 - Introduction to Hospitality Management

Three of the following:

  • 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
  • BUS 335 - Study Abroad in Business

Human Resource Management (12 semester hours)

  • BUS 313 - Hospitality Human Resource Management OR
  • BUS 380 - Human Resource Management

  • BUS 466 - Human Resource Development
  • BUS 467 - Compensation and Benefits
  • BUS 468 - Employee and Labor Relations

Insurance (15 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

International Business (12 semester hours)

Not available to International Business majors

  • BUS 284 - Principles of International Business

  • BUS 335 - Study Abroad in Business OR
  • BUS 370 - Intercultural Communications

  • BUS 474 - International Laws and Regulations
  • ECN 365 - International Economics

Management (12 semester hours)

  • BUS 380 - Human Resource Management
  • BUS 425 - Retail Management
  • BUS 445 - Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • BUS 455 - Entrepreneurial Management

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 (WI)

Sport Management (15 semester hours)

Not available to Sport Management minors

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

One of the following:

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

Business Administration Minor (21 semester hours)

(Not Available to Business Division Majors)

  • ACC 210 - Financial Accounting Principles
  • BUS 150 - Pathways to Success: An Introduction to Business
  • BUS 330 - Management Principles
  • BUS 350 - Marketing Principles
  • ECN 220 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN 230 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • One divisionally-approved elective course (3 semester hours)

Note: The course selected to meet this requirement may not be used to meet requirements of another Business Administration Division major or minor.


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