Why Major in Business Administration?
Students major in business administration in order to acquire and develop the technical and behavioral skills necessary to plan, organize, lead, and effectively manage groups and organizations in the business to consumer (B2C), business to business (B2B) and not-for-profit sectors of the marketplace. These skills are developed in the context of a Christian worldview both in the classroom and in the workplace when students include the optional internship in their course plan.
Eastern business department alumni have graduated to serve in a wide-spectrum of careers with small, medium and large firms including retailers, consumer packaged good manufacturers, service businesses, business to business manufacturing firms and social sector organizations including benefit analysts, buyers, distribution managers, human resources managers, import/export agents, insurance agents/brokers, inventory managers, operations managers, and small business owners. Graduates have also gone on to MBA programs throughout the region and nation.
Why Choose Eastern?
- Faith and business: Eastern’s signature faith, reason, and justice emphasis infuses the program and informs student learning. Students are provided with continuing opportunities to examine and reflect on the role of faith in building and operating a commercial enterprise.
- Liberal arts and business: Today’s ever changing business landscape requires managers and leaders with exemplary critical thinking and analytical skills. We believe these skills are best developed on the foundation of a broad-based liberal arts education.
- Practical business experience: Apply your classroom learning in meaningful internships in the greater Philadelphia region or in your home town.
- International experience: Select the study abroad option to gain cross-cultural experience and insight through study in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America.
- On-campus skills development: Eastern’s Enactus chapter and student chapter of the American Marketing Association provide on-campus opportunities for students to further develop their management and leadership skills.
- Faculty who are business people: Study with faculty who are both business practitioners and scholars. Our faculty have practiced (and continue to practice) what they teach.
- Small class size: Eastern’s 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio applies across the business program, providing students with direct access to business department faculty inside and outside the classroom (no 300-person lecture halls or intermediating graduate teaching assistants here!).
Featured Faculty Member
Richard Harvey Jonsen, PhD
Dr. Jonsen joined the Eastern University Business Department faculty in 2009 following a 25-year career in operations and human resources management, the last 12 of which were with Johnson & Johnson. Immediately preceding EU, Rick was Director of Talent Acquisition for the Johnson & Johnson U.S. pharmaceutical businesses. In the classroom, Dr. Jonsen draws on his industry experience using a discussion-based teaching style, focusing on practical application of the material under study. Students leave each course not only equipped to apply specific management skills in the workplace, but having more deeply explored their faith and its implications for business leaders and managers in the 21st century. Dr. Jonsen holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University, M.H.R.O.D. from the University of San Francisco, and Ph.D. from Eastern University. His research on the topics of workplace community, strategic human resource management, stakeholder theory, and firm governance has been published in the Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion and the Journal of Biblical Integration in Business. Learn more about Professor Jonsen.