Business Education at Concordia University Chicago
The 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 program which allows each student 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 and experiences, the faculty and staff have established an exciting, well-rounded learning environment that prepares students for competency 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 the University’s 155-year 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 offers a teaching-focused faculty and provides an extensive range of degree options and majors with the opportunity to serve in numerous campus organizations, including a Business Club, known as Concordia Enterprise Group (CEG), which focuses on student-led entrepreneurship.
Professional Experience in Business
Concordia University Chicago has a long tradition of offering its students a supervised work experience. More recently, the College of Business has included opportunities for practical and developmental work experiences in business for credit. The College of Business offers an integrated internship program that is based on an agreed understanding among the student, work site provider and the College, which defines responsibilities and identifies educational goals for the participants. Students are able to engage in this through both traditional and online course formats. The College of Business is in a unique position to use the Chicago area as a laboratory for experiential learning for business students by working with area businesses to develop business and marketing plans and specific projects focusing on real business problems and opportunities. The internship program partners with established and entrepreneurial firms in the Chicago area to allow students to apply what has been learned in the classroom.
Although not part of the internship program, in recent years this domestic experience has been enhanced by opportunities in foreign countries. Our Marketing department provides an opportunity to engage with companies to develop and evaluate marketing plans as part of the marketing course. Recent engagements with Chinese, French and British universities expanded opportunities for overseas study and multicultural experiences.
The internship program requires applicants to attend workshops as a precondition to an approved internship. From the application process through conclusion, the intern student will learn and experience the rigors of modern career responsibilities and the rewards of dedicated effort. These experiences include enrollment and successful completion of the course titled BUS-4990 College of Business Internship and may include concentrations in any major or minor. Internships may be taken in addition to regular coursework during the academic year or during the summer months. Internships may or may not be a paid experience.
To receive course credit for an internship, a student must develop learning objectives and conduct activities to accomplish those goals. The objectives must be approved by the faculty supervisor and the work site supervisor before the student may register for the Internship. In general, students must have completed 12 hours toward their majors and have a B average in all major courses. No credit is given credit on a retroactive basis. The objectives must be approved by the faculty supervisor and the work site supervisor before the student can register for the Internship. Application must be made to the Internship Supervisor in accordance with program guidelines.
- ADP General Education Requirements
- Accelerated Degree Programs (ADP)
- Business General Education Requirements
- Business Core Courses for BA Degree
- Bachelor of Arts Majors (BA)
- Business Core Courses for BS Degree
- Bachelor of Science Majors(BS)
- College of Business Minors
Students in the College of Business must meet all University requirements found in the Academic Information section of this catalog. Specific requirements of the College of Business include:
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework completed at Concordia University Chicago.
- A minimum GPA of 2.0 for each course taken in a major at Concordia University Chicago.
- A minimum grade requirement of C (not C-) or higher for each course taken as part of major coursework or the business core.
In addition to satisfying the overall minimum credits for a given degree, major, minor, and/or special program such as Concordia Honors Program or Pre-Seminary Program, additional course requirements may be required. Deficiency in any area of the program will delay awarding the degree and require a new intent to graduate form be filed in alignment with completion of requirements. Students may elect to drop minors or other programs if they present an obstacle for graduation, however, the term assigned to awarding degrees will be consistent with the term the program change is submitted. Please note, students are subject to additional fees for subsequent intent forms.
- No course in a major may be taken on the Pass/Fail grade option.