Consistent with the mission of Wheeling Jesuit University, the purpose of business education is to develop of people prepared for productive and socially responsible lives and for leadership in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Each student achieves a basic understanding of the nature and purpose of business, its role in society and a general knowledge of the structure and processes of business through the shared business core. The business core includes courses in accounting, finance, marketing, management, economics, quantitative methods, law, strategic planning and ethics. It focuses on analytical skills and includes learning about the constantly growing array of software applicable to business. It also addresses the dynamic global, social, political, economic and technical environments in which business operates. Each student further develops more focused skills with a major in either Accountancy or Business. Business majors elect one of three concentrations; Management, Marketing or International Business. Communication, leadership and analytical skills and experience in working effectively in teams, all qualities required for success in organizations, are fundamental elements of the program. Internships and other experiential exposures are encouraged.
Graduates from the Department of Business can be found applying their skills in a wide array of organizations, both for profit and not for profit, large and small, in a variety of positions. Wheeling Jesuit graduates are chief executive officers and chief financial officers. Some entrepreneurially oriented graduates have started their own businesses. Other former students are partners in major public accounting firms. Not all graduates go immediately into the work force. Graduates are prepared for further education. Some have earned graduate degrees in business, law, and other fields.
Wheeling Jesuit is equipped with a campus-wide fiber optic network a state-of-the-art educational technology facility and up-to-date software to prepare students for the business world of the 21st century. Faculty with extensive experience in business and related fields lead classes, and instruction is enhanced by applicable technologies. Faculty teach students theory and provide practical experience. Faculty members work with their students as individuals, not as anonymous students. Faculty members set aside time before and after classes to make themselves available to meet their students' needs, which is a proven formula for success. The Department of Business at Wheeling Jesuit University also offers graduate degrees, including a Master of Science in Accountancy, and its MBA program will celebrate its 25th anniversary during the 2003-2004 academic year.