Chatham University

Business Curriculum

Our business program understands the challenges facing women and men in the work force. The curriculum is designed to educate business students to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers in a fast-changing global and technological environment. Required internships offer a valuable opportunity for hands-on learning and a personal evaluation of career options. Chatham business students develop current knowledge and confidence to enter, succeed, and lead in a field of their choice.

The undergraduate business curriculum begins with a set of core courses which cover the basic functions of business and the environment in which business operates. Courses in management, microeconomics, marketing, finance, and accounting introduce students to today’s business environment, and will serve to introduce the student to the basics of strategy, business operations, decision-making, marketing principles, sources and methods of financing business ventures, and internal controls. Two additional courses in macroeconomics and business law/ethics complete the core and promote an understanding of the environment in which business operates.

The curriculum also has two advanced courses that specifically develop themes central to business education in Chatham: business analytics and entrepreneurial thinking. These two courses build on skills and knowledge acquired in the core courses while honing leadership and problem solving skills and preparing students to further their studies in graduate school or pursue a professional career. Technology and research skills critical for success in today’s business world are infused throughout the curriculum.

Majors are offered in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.

Chatham also offers fully online, degree completion bachelor's programs in Business Administration and Healthcare and Business Management.Through these completion programs, students may transfer previously earned credits from either a two year college or from a previous four-year academic program. Please visit the program websites to learn more and see if these programs are right for you.

Program Requirements

+Minor Requirements - Applied Management

6 courses, including

ACT222 Financial Accounting Principles I

This course represents an introduction to accounting principles including the accounting process, double-entry bookkeeping, adjusting entries, and the preparation of financial statements. The objectives of this course are to make students aware of the importance of accounting information in every type of organization (private business, not-for-profit, and governmental).

BUS105 Foundations of Business

"The course combines the theory and practice of business and fosters analytical thinking. Students build a foundation for learning by gaining an understanding of business organizations, their structure and functions, the global setting in which they compete, environmental components and the challenges of an increasingly dynamic, complex work environment. "

BUS243 Principles of Marketing

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of marketing strategy and management. Basic marketing concepts such as strategic segmentation, targeting, positioning, product design, pricing, promotions and distribution are covered. Environmental sustainability is analyzed from the consumer perspective.

BUS357 Strategy and Entrepreneurial Ventures

This course illustrates the strategic managemment framework by taking students through the entrepreneurial process from start-up growth while exploring the personal and professional challenges. The student examines key issues in opportunity recognition, financing models, strategic choices, and courses of competitive advantage at different stages of the firm's development.

ECN101 Principles of Macroeconomics: The U.S. Economy in the World

The concepts of national income and output are analyzed, and emphasis is placed on factors that influence the levels of economic activity, unemployment, and inflation, including fiscal and monetary policy and the role of international economics.

ECN102 Principles of Microeconomics: Decision-Making by the Firm and Consumers

Microeconomics is the study of how households and firms make decisions and how they interact in specific markets. Students are introduced to the basic concepts and tools that economists use to understand how the economy works. This course is designed to increase economic literacy through acquiring core knowledge about economics.

INTBUS303 Internship - Business


+Minor Requirements - Business

6 Approved courses from Business program offerings