An Augustana liberal arts education is good for business, and career-building experiences give you the edge. It’s not unusual for our business majors to graduate in four years with a job offer.
Many business majors add a second major or a minor, and any field has a place in business. Accounting and economics are popular choices. Others include data analytics, entrepreneurship, non-profit leadership, and graphic design, especially with a marketing concentration.
What you'll learn
Combine ideas to create something new. Use imaginative ways of solving problems.
Make decisions and act for the good of the community as a group.
Read and listen carefully. Express ideas (writing or speaking) suited to the audience.
Gain a deep understanding of your subject and how it connects to other subjects.
Interpret, represent and summarize information. Use math and statistics to solve problems.
Careers and internships
Internships range from a semester in Australia to the John Deere World Headquarters, here in the Quad Cities. About 90% of business students complete internships, compared with 75% nationwide.
Recent placements include AT&T Global Accounts, Caterpillar, WGN-TV, Chicago Bears, John Deere, Edward Jones, Kraft Foods, Merrill Lynch, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the American Red Cross.
Here's a sampling of what recent business graduates are doing:
Augustana students shine in the annual CFA Institute Research Challenge global competition, which tests college/university students’ analytic, valuation, report writing and presentation skills. In only our second year, Augie won the silver in the Chicago region, beating the University of Chicago, among others.
Like all Augustana students, business students benefit from devoted advisors and close relationships with professors in small classes. Business administration goes a step further with its own advising coordinator for students.
Augustana invests in business students’ ideas through the annual $10,000 Augustana Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Augustana Creative Enterprise Fund, giving monetary awards to students for their original business plans.
Students take part in the innovative work happening in the EDGE Entrepreneurial Center in CORE. Go to the EDGE Center for expert help in developing your personal business plan, and to learn through projects — including marketing, advertising, web development, graphic design, client communications and more — for real community clients.
Outside of class
Outside class, you’ll have many opportunities for professional experience:
• The Advertising Developers Club develops an integrated marketing campaign for a corporate sponsor as part of the annual National Student Advertising Competition each year.
• Business Club (Beta Upsilon Sigma)
• CFA Institute Research Challenge
• Student Investment Club, managing a portfolio of about $100K in 2020
More Than I Imagined•Alyssa Mish
“I will miss the EDGE Center crew and all the wonderful professors I have had over the past four years.”
Data analytics is the science of identifying trends and patterns in raw data and drawing conclusions. The need for data analysts is rapidly growing, and Augustana is only one of a few liberal arts colleges offering a major and a minor.
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