Business

Academic Programs

The Business Department of College of the Ozarks offers programs in accounting and business administration. The goal of the Business Department is to provide specific vocational training in each of these fields as well as preparation in the five-fold mission areas of the college: academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural. With the training received at College of the Ozarks, a business student is very well prepared to enter the world of work.

Opportunities for students to apply the business knowledge they are attaining are available in our two business related clubs: Phi Beta Lambda and the Business Undergraduate Society.

Students desiring to study in the area of business have the following areas from which to choose:

Majors:
   Accounting
   Business Administration
      General Business Emphasis
      Marketing Emphasis
      Management Emphasis

Minors:
   Accounting
   Business Administration
   Christian Mission

Accounting

The objectives of the accounting major are to (1) prepare students for placement in the competitive job market by teaching the basic accounting skills necessary to succeed, (2) prepare those students who are interested in and who qualify to pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or other professional exams, and (3) prepare students who wish to further their education in graduate school with a strong foundation. The two faculty members currently teaching accounting courses have combined teaching experience of over 60 years.

Business Administration - General Business Emphasis

The general emphasis in Business Administration will allow students to enroll in a diverse group of courses to fulfill the emphasis requirement of nine upper division hours. There are more than 15 options in the fields of Business Administration, Economics, Marketing, Business Education, and Free Enterprise. This allows students to explore various areas of business and to have the opportunity to select courses they feel will be beneficial to their future careers.

Business Administration - Marketing Emphasis

For students interested in the field of Marketing, an additional twelve hours in upper-level Marketing courses will complete an emphasis in Marketing to complement the Business Administration major. Students will be exposed to an analysis of environmental factors, target markets, and a comprehensive coverage of product, pricing, promotion, and distribution issues. Specific courses to choose from include Personal Selling, Advertising, Retail Management, and International Marketing. A capstone course, Marketing Strategy, will complete the Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing.

Business Administration - Management Emphasis

The Management Emphasis prepares students for the opportunities and challenges that managers encounter at all levels of an organization.  The students are required to take Business Communications and three additional upper-level management courses.  The options are Retail Management, Human Resources Management, International Management, and Strategic Management.  These options allow the student to explore a variety of perspectives and experiences in management.

Faculty

Mrs. Emily Emery
Assistant Professor of Business
eemery@cofo.edu

Mr. Steve Fowler
Assistant Professor of Accounting
sflowler@cofo.edu

Mr. Lindon Newberry
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
lnewberry@cofo.edu

Mr. Kevin Riley
Associate Professor of Business & Ralph T. Reeve Chair of Free Enterprise
riley@cofo.edu

Student Groups

Business students have the opportunity to participate in two organizations. Participation in these organizations gives the student the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in class, to interact with fellow students both professionally and socially, to participate in club activities, and to compete at the regional, national, and international levels.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)

Phi Beta Labda is the largest and oldest student business organization designed for students to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

Business Undergraduate Society

Membership in the Business Undergraduate Society is open to any student with a major or minor in a business program. The organization typically takes one or two trips a year to tour businesses and give students a real life look at what goes on in the business world. Students also have the opportunity to participate in fund raising and service activities.

Department Activities & News

PBL memeber, Jessica Turner earned first place in the nation in the Business Communication category at the 2014 national Phi Beta Lambda competition held in Nashville, TN.  Justin Brisco, Thomas Miller, and Chase Sigler earned third in the nation in the Parliamentary Procedure category. 

Contact  info

Mr. Lindon Newberry
Business Administration Department at College of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 17, Point Lookout, MO 65726
417-690-2555 or 417-690-3261


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