Why study business at Taylor University?
The Taylor University experience isn’t just about the next four years you spend on campus; it’s about the 40 years that follow. Our faculty are dedicated to helping you develop into a disciple who emulates Christ in all you do. With a Taylor degree, you’ll enter the world confident you have the education and experience to serve and succeed.
Why Taylor Business? Here are a few frequently asked questions, answered by Dr. Jody Hirschy, Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Business Department. Don’t see an answer to your question? Contact Dr. Hirschy.
What sets Taylor’s Business Program apart from other programs?
- Real World Experience: At Taylor, education entails more than classes, projects, and presentations—it involves real world experience. Through our student-run endowment, semester-long courses to prepare you for the Series 7 Brokerage Licensing and CPA exams, and our extensive alumni connections, you’ll be more than prepared to start your career in business.
- Business as Missions (BAM): The BAM minor, available to students in any major, is designed to help students prepare for service through Kingdom-oriented companies in North America and abroad. Courses from a variety of disciplines—business, entrepreneurship, missions, and religion—provide a solid perspective on business as missions. Watch this video produced by a student on a recent BAM trip to Sierra Leone.
- Ethics: It is pivotal that today’s Christian business professionals be able to defend their beliefs within our secular and pluralistic society. Whether it is attending our bootcamp, doing case studies in our classrooms, participating in Taylor’s Ethics Bowl, or learning from those in our Ethics Center, you will have the opportunity to build skills in ethical analysis and application.
How will the business program prepare me for the next step in my career?
Our unique semester-long prep courses for the Series-7 Brokerage Licensing and CPA exams will put you ahead of the game. Passing the Series 7 test and having a license before you graduate creates an incredible advantage when you enter the workforce. Passing the CPA exam immediately after graduation proves your worth to employers.
Because of our hands-on approach to learning, in 2003 we gave students full access to $2 million of the University's endowment to invest. By being able to manage real money through our student-run endowment, you will be extremely marketable to a company and a future employer.
You will benefit from Taylor’s global focus with international courses, case studies, workshops, guest speakers, and the ability to travel overseas with study tours and missions trips. You can also combine a mission focus with business skills with a Business as Missions Minor. You will grow both personally and professionally as you prepare for a career serving the kingdom of God.
Whether you’re entering the job market or heading to grad school, you’ll be prepared. Visit our Graduate & Careers page to view some facts showing the success of our program.
How can I grow professionally outside of the classroom?
Practicums: Gain incredible experience in your required business practicum. Past students have interned with national names such as Calamos Investments, Hope International, Walmart, J.D. Norman Industries, and the Department of Defense.
Student business organization: Enactus is an organization that seeks to serve communities through entrepreneurial activity. The aim of the organization is for students to use business knowledge to promote sustainable communities. The student teams create and execute projects to serve that end.
National conferences and competitions: Stretch yourself by presenting papers and competing with your peers at the Partners Worldwide International Business Conference, Students in Free Enterprise Conference, or Economics Undergraduate Research Conference.
What study abroad opportunities or off-campus programs are available?
80% of Taylor University students travel abroad. In fact, TU ranks extremely high nationwide in the number of students who have overseas experiences. Specific opportunities include:
- Short-term trips: Take advantage of unique business study tours and missions trips to Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America alongside your professors. Tour facilities, train entrepreneurs, meet executives, and grapple with the challenges they face.
- Semester-long study abroad: If you’re an International Business student, plan to spend a semester abroad. Otherwise, choose from our semester-long study programs in Lithuania, Ecuador, or Hong Kong.
- Business as Missions (BAM) Travel Opportunities: Over the past five years, students have traveled to China, Southeast Asia, West Africa, Nicaragua, Honduras and Ecuador for first-hand involvement in BAM.
- Field trips: Join your peers for a rare inside look into several high-profile U.S. companies.