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Central State University was founded in 1887 as a Historically Black College. The College of Business is accredited by the ACBSP. Students are educated in a nurturing environment, where the motto is, “Change is Central.” Whether entering college for the first time or returning to finish a degree, CSU students transform into powerful leaders for their communities and society. The COB emphasizes outreach efforts, such as creating workforce classes in collaboration with BTL Global Company and hosting the Project Management Institute Summit with the local PMI chapter. Classes are offered at the main campus in Wilberforce, Ohio, and at satellite campuses in Dayton and Xenia.
The COB offers two business degrees to help students accomplish their goals; a Bachelor of Science in Accounting or Business Administration. Business Administration degree seekers can earn a concentration in Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hospitality Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing. Courses will emulate on-the-job training, preparing students to utilize business technology and tools. Motivated students who are willing to take courses in the summer can graduate in just three years. Students can also distinguish themselves by participating in the Honors Program. Business honors students are required to complete six advanced courses and an in-depth research project in their major or concentration area during their senior year.
Agribusiness students can help local farmers through the Technical Assistance and Financial Education Project. A key component of this project is the one-day forum series, where students work with experienced agribusiness professionals to educate farmers about USDA programs, record keeping, and business plan writing. These forums are held monthly. Students can also be paired with a farmer through a mentorship program.
If your dream career is at a financial institution, the Summer Banking Institute will be an unforgettable 12-week experience. Students spend the month of May learning from banking experts and professors in a classroom setting. The remaining eight weeks are spent interning at First Financial Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank, The Park National Bank of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky, and many other institutions. Students who prove they have a strong work ethic are often offered full-time positions at the end of their internship. Career Services provides support for students through resume reviews, mock interviews, professional development workshops, and two annual career fairs. There are many uplifting organizations for students to develop their leadership skills, such as Beauty of Strong Success, Brotherhood of Strong Success, Class Councils, Destined for Greatness, Family Community and Leadership in Action, and by serving as a Student Ambassador.
CSU’s Center for Instructional Technology Innovation is currently preparing to make entire degree programs available fully online. Currently, Students can complete several required business courses through distance learning. Professors communicate with students through a variety of platforms, including Hype video conferencing, Schoology, and Teams for live video classes. These efficient mediums give students and professors the ability to hold lively discussions from the convenience of their home or office. Students can also attend online conferences or tutoring sessions.