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Business Administration

Ninety percent of business students complete internships, compared with 75 percent nationwide. 

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Augustana offers majors in Business Administration and International Business.

Business Administration majors choose an area of emphasis: management, marketing, finance, international business or management information systems.

International Business majors also take foreign language classes, and study and intern abroad.  

Careers and internships

Augustana’s full-time director of business internships works closely with students to place them in their ideal internships, both national and international. Ninety percent of business students complete internships, compared with 75 percent nationwide. Recent placements include AT&T Global Accounts, Caterpillar, Chicago Bears, Deere & Company, Edward Jones, Kraft Foods and the American Red Cross.

The college’s three-term academic calendar allows students to pursue internships and international study. The college offers a variety of programs, including an eight-week business internship in Sydney, Australia, or in London, England. Also, the Business Administration Department supports programs to Vietnam and Russia.

Recent placements include AT&T Global Accounts, WGN-TV, Chicago Bears, John Deere, Merrill Lynch, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the American Red Cross.

Recent graduates

Here's a sampling of what recent accounting graduates are doing:

Brian DeSimone '12 is the social media content lead at 120 Sports.

Ben Heaton '13 was offered a job at Deloitte LLP in Davenport, Iowa, as an audit assistant.

Kimberly Olson '13 spent a term interning at State Farm Insurance and got a job as an auditor at Selden Fox, LTD, in Oak Brooke, Ill.


Augustana offers majors in business administration and international business. Each business administration major also completes a concentration in one of five areas: management, marketing, finance, international business or management information systems.

Before beginning coursework in their specialty, all business majors complete general courses in economics, statistics, accounting and business writing.

The department’s focus on written and spoken communication is reinforced by small, interactive classes. The class size for business administration generally averages about 20.

Business administration is one of Augustana’s most popular academic programs.

The department has 11 full-time faculty members, eight of whom hold a Ph.D.

The department's international study terms are programs in Australia, London and Russia.

Augustana has four clubs specifically geared toward business majors: Beta Upsilon Sigma (Business Club), Investor's Club, Advertising Developers and the Augustana Accounting Association.

What students say

Matthew McIntyre ’12, interned at Case IH in Racine, Wis.

“The Augustana Business Department taught me a lot for life after college. I feel well prepared in any situation and with any task that is thrown my direction because I feel I received such a broad education from our professors."

Paul Kleinhans-Schulz '14, interned at the Cedar Rapids Kernels minor league baseball franchise in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"The Business Administration department does everything possible to help students succeed in the real world after college. They offer great student organizations that help students learn about what professionals do in their line of work and how students need to prepare to enter the job market after college."

Janelle VanWatermeulen '11, business administration-marketing and management; Employed full-time at John Deere Dubuque Works in Dubuque, Iowa, and attending graduate school part-time to earn the MBA.

"I graduated from Augustana in only three years. My peak experience was working part-time at John Deere Seeding Group in Moline, Illinois. I worked at John Deere for three years while at Augustana, and my last summer I was able to travel to China for work! It was an amazing experience, and one I will remember forever."

April Runde '13, international business and Spanish; Pursuing a career as an entrepreneur and successor of her family's startup business, Nack Enterprises, which is involved in the recycling industry

"I am in a better place than where I thought I would be four years ago. I came to college to improve upon my academics, but it is obvious that I have also bettered myself as a person. Today, I have a clearer view of where I stand morally, politically and socially. Augustana has provided me with the opportunities to study abroad in Spain, France, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Each experience was fantastic in its own right, but I feel especially moved by my time in Vietnam. I am forever a different, finer person because of it."

Danilo Panici '15, business administration-finance, accounting Completed internships with Lincoln Way Community Bank as a commercial lending intern and Griffith Laboratories in the corporate finance/accounting department; currently an assurance intern with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

"The business administration department really goes out of their way to help students succeed in the classroom and out in the real world. The variety of classes I took helped me succeed in the two internships I have completed so far. I know that once I graduate, I will be prepared for any job that is
thrown at me-thanks to my advisor and the faculty in the department."

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