Intentional Success

Cedarville University Business Professor Teaching in KeyBank Trading Room

Cedarville University's KeyBank Trading Room provides a realistic environment for online portfolio analysis using Bloomberg software. Students are able to keep abreast of current market developments through the stock ticker running at the head of the room.

by Marketing

May 21, 2010

One of Cedarville’s distinctives is the intentionality that permeates every part of the Cedarville experience. Every ministry, course, activity, and opportunity as a small but profound step in developing well-rounded students.

Beginning this fall, the department of business administration (DBA) will launch two new courses, both of which reflect Cedarville’s commitment to serving and equipping students.

The Business Profession is an introductory-level course that gives all business students a panoramic view of the DBA so that they know what to expect as they progress through the program. The curriculum gives students a taste of every major in the department — marketing, finance, accounting, economics, management, and information systems — making the course particularly valuable for students who have not yet declared a major and those curious about a career in business. The semester culminates in a competition in which business executives judge the prospective business plans students have developed.

In addition to practical coursework, the class introduces students to every faculty member in the DBA. The course emphasizes the role of mentorship by integrating upperclassmen into discussions and projects. Students also identify their strengths and weaknesses by taking the Myers-Briggs personality test and the CareerDirect assessment.

The DBA has also introduced The DBA Experience, a course required for all business majors every semester. The goal is to spiritually and professionally prepare students to transition into the work world. Each year focuses on a specific theme: stewardship, character, professional competency, and servant leadership. Students document their involvement in extracurricular activities such as seminars, speaker series, community service, internships, and organizations. They also prepare for their first jobs by learning about everything from resumés and job searching to networking and dinner etiquette.

These new courses affirm that successful programs — and consequently, successful students — are built on something far more significant than knowledge acquisition. Success requires mentorship from faculty and upperclassmen, broad preparation that extends beyond the scope of a major, and the ability to place every opportunity and assignment within a larger framework.

Learn more about the department of business administration »