Four-year Business Transfer
After two years at Hesston College, you will have earned an Associate of Arts degree in business and completed 60 college credit hours. Your Hesston education will provide you with the strong educational foundation that you will need for upper-level studies and degrees in accounting, finance, economics, business management or administration, international business, sales, or marketing.
Two-year Business Degree
With your two-year degree you can also choose to enter the job market, allowing you to manage a small business or work in a firm. Hesston's two-year degree offers a natural stopping point where work or service options can be pursued. You may choose to continue your studies later, using your Hesston degree to launch you into the last two years of a business program.
“Hesston College gave me a window to the business world. I was able to develop my skills to make me a competitive candidate for employment, confirm my career interests and enhance my stand for ethical business practices. In my work as an administrative support assistant in the systems department at State Farm Insurance, I coordinate communications between State Farm and two strategy research companies, Forrester and The Burton Group.”
—Keela Clearwater Fox ’94, Normal, Ill.
What to anticipate in the Hesston College Business Program
At Hesston, we are committed to providing you with the personalized attention and relationships you deserve from your professors. There are no teacher assistants, only well prepared and experienced professors who focus all of their time and energy on first and second-year students. They are available to provide a listening ear or give counsel in class scheduling or career planning.
In order for you to develop your business skills, you will have an opportunity to:
- Develop a portfolio containing examples of quality work and accomplishments, up-to-date resume, and other evidence of preparation for future employment;
- Experience the financial aspects of business through varied activities, including a stock market project, a model strategic plan, plus budgeting and financial report analysis;
- Make individual and group oral and written presentations with peers;
- expand your technology skills through designing print publications, enhanced office documents, or web pages.
In some of your classes, you may interact with business professionals and tour establishments. You might attend conferences with your professors, allowing you to mix with the business world. Tutoring and departmental work, which is usually limited to juniors and seniors at most four-year colleges, is offered to our business students. You may also be eligible to participate in the cooperative education program, validating your career interests through actual work experience.
"Hesston College offers you a solid combination of business/computer courses and learning opportunities in a Christian environment. Our focus is to prepare you to successfully enter the job market or continue your education."
-Vickie Andres, Business/Computer Software professor
Technology at Hesston College
Because computer networks and the Internet are changing the face of the business world, you can be assured that your Hesston education will prepare you well for employment in business. Students have several options for computer access across campus including computer labs, classrooms, and the library. Computers on campus offer a variety of current software and operating systems, internet access, and email access.
To compliment your business courses, you may choose to take classes in the college's Computer Information Technology program. A variety of courses for Novell and Microsoft are offered at Hesston College to allow students the opportunity to gain certifications as a Computer Information Technology Professional. To find out more, visit the Computer Information Technology home page.
What business courses will I take?
To position you for your career in business, Hesston College offers courses that are designed to prepare for upper-level studies or a two-year Associate of Arts Degree and entry into the job market.
Business courses include:
Financial Accounting I (3 credit hours)
Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
Advanced EXCEL (1)
Business Communications (3)
Web Authoring and Publishing (3)
Real work experiences include:
Purpose: The mission of the Business Department at Hesston College is:
- To develop foundational business understandings and skills for the four-year business transfer student and
- To develop a broader business/entrepreneurial base and skills for the two-year business student.
Objective: Students will:
- Analyze business-related situations using critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Develop the ability to utilize current business-related computer technology tools to complete business-related tasks.
- Develop skills in working as a team in specific business course activities.
- Prepare and deliver organized and effective oral/written business communications.
- Understand the free-market system and develop an awareness of global social and economic differences.
- Assess career options available in the business field.
- Develop a clear understanding of the impact of entrepreneurship in business and institutional operations.