Business Education at Concordia University
Our College of Business provides students with an innovative and truly world-class learning experience. Courses are taught by experienced business leaders and learned scholars, who assist their students throughout a rigorous, but highly-supported, degree track which allows them the option of a general or specialized business degree. By utilizing the latest technology, stressing the importance of integrity and engaging students with real-world business scenarios, our faculty and staff have established an exciting, well-rounded learning environment that prepares students for success in today’s business world.
By providing our students with innovative learning experiences and a premier education, we aspire to develop competent, confident, ethical leaders who can think critically, communicate effectively and serve compassionately in a dynamic business world.
To build on our distinguished heritage and become a distinct and globally recognized college of business that prepares ethical business leaders for the world of tomorrow..
Opportunities and Disciplines
The College of Business not only offers an outstanding faculty, but also provides an extensive range of degree options and majors and the opportunity to serve in numerous campus organizations, including the Concordia Business Club. Because of our location and many partnerships with local, national and international enterprises, we can offer the following undergraduate degrees:
The College of Business offers degrees in:
|Bachelor of Arts
||Bachelor of Science
|Visual Art Administration
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet all University requirements found in the Academic Information section of this catalog. Specific requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences include:
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all coursework completed of at Concordia,
A minimum GPA of 2.00 for all courses taken in the major at Concordia.
Professional Experience in Business
Concordia has a long tradition of offering its students a “supervised work experience.” More recently, the Business programs have included opportunities for practical work experiences for credit. Professional Experience (PROEX), the umbrella term used to include all practical training coursework, is broadly defined as a work experience in business, industry, or an agency where a student receives academic credit for applying learned concepts and theories to practical situations on the job.
Professional Experience includes courses titled Internship, Practicum and Field Experiences. These may be taken with other coursework during the academic year, or may be taken during the summer months. They generally are not a paid experience. Cooperative Education will be a work experience that may be full time or parallel with coursework. However, it always will be a paid experience.
Each student who applies for a Professional Experience course will meet with the PROEX Coordinator and his/her faculty supervisor from the major. To receive PROEX credit, a student must develop objectives and conduct learning activities to accomplish these goals. No student will be given credit on a retroactive basis. In general, students must have completed 12 hours toward their majors and have a B average in all of their major courses. The objectives must be approved by the faculty supervisor and the work site supervisor before the student can register for the PROEX course. Application must be made to the PROEX Coordinator at least one semester before the experience is to begin. Students interested in the professional experience program should see the Director of Career Services for information and procedures.
The Career Services Office offers job assistance to students in Public Education, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business.
Seniors must register with the placement/employment office prior to their last semester before graduation. Workshops on résumé writing and interviewing skills, as well as opportunities for mock interviews are available. Seniors can participate in several Collegiate Job Fairs introducing them to companies that hire college graduates each year. Seniors are encouraged to develop a plan for distribution of cover letters and résumés, with appropriate follow-up. Forms are available for letters of reference to employers.
The Career Center Webpage and bulletin boards located on the first floor of Brohm Hall are filled with job opportunities sent to Concordia University Chicago. Weekly national job listings from major sources also are available at the center.
All freshmen, sophomores and juniors are encouraged to utilize the services of the Career Center early in their college careers. Concordia offers Professional Development I to freshmen and sophomores to assist in career planning. Concordia also offers Professional Development II to juniors and seniors to develop job search techniques including résumé writing and interview techniques. Internship workshops are presented during each semester.