The School of Business at Walla Walla University carries the University’s beliefs that encourage creative thought, expression, a desire to serve, and faith in God. Through excellent ACBSP-accredited business programs centered around student success, students gain insights, knowledge, and hands-on experience in foundational business concepts. Bowers Hall, home to the SoB, provides technologically advanced classrooms and innovative study spaces that enhance the overall educational experience. Students obtain competence, professionalism, ethical perspective, integrity, leadership skills, and the tools to succeed in the competitive marketplace.
Classes are small, which allows personal relationships between students and the award-winning faculty members. Professors care about the academic, professional, and spiritual development of every student. Business coursework leads to a variety of undergraduate degree options.
An Associates in Business degree can be completed in two years and leads to immediate employment or continued education. The Bachelors in Business Administration degree offers concentrations in Management, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management. Bachelor of Science degrees are available in Information Systems, Aviation Management, Global Development, Business Administration, and Automotive Management. Those interested in completing a non-business minor like health, communications, history, or chemistry and pursuing a foreign language can complete a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
There are all sorts of options out there for students to study abroad. It is advantageous for business students to immerse themselves in a different culture for a season, especially those pursuing a foreign language. Through the University’s membership in the Adventist Colleges Abroad consortium, business students can study abroad and learn a language at universities in Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Israel, Lebanon, Spain, and Taiwan.
Every WWU business student completes an internship during their college career with various types of organizations, including small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. This provides relevant, hands-on work experience, career exploration, impressive resumes, income, and often lead to employment opportunities.
A plethora of programs, activities, events, groups, and experiences await every business student, helping them get involved, engage with peers, and interact with professionals. Student organizations like Enactus Club, Savings & Investment Club, Business Club, and Associate Students of Walla Walla University, compete in regional and national competitions, conduct service projects, and build leadership and professional skills. Business executives and entrepreneurs visit classrooms and share their experiences through the Colloquiums Guest Lecture Series. Many Fortune 500 companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, and Costco are just a few hours away and host student tours to give insight into how the company functions. Students can compete in the Shark-Tank style LaunchU CoLab contest and win $10,000. There is a Pitch competition for WWU and the community for the best entrepreneurial idea.
Spiritual formation is an essential aspect of WWU. Business students can attend the University Church, weekly worship services, and local service projects through Campus Ministries. They can also build leadership abilities through planning events, mentorship, and being a Campus Ministries leader.