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Business Department

Division of Professional
Studies

Dr. Raylene Cochran,
Dean of Professional Studies

THE PURPOSE OF THIS DIVISION is to prepare Christian leaders in business, criminal justice, and education by providing a Christian-traditional liberal arts education and specialized training in service-oriented professions.

This division comprises the business and education departments of Pensacola Christian College, which both offer undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Dr. Donna Marion, Chair

The business department incorporates both the business and criminal justice majors with respective concentrations. The biblically integrated academic curriculum prepares students for a variety of job opportunities in both Christian organizations and secular business and/or graduate school by developing their intellectual capacity, leadership abilities, spiritual lives, and attitude of service.

The business major provides a strong foundation for accounting, economics, business communication, and computer applications. General knowledge of business principles complements the instruction provided in the chosen concentration. Principles, techniques, theory, and practical applications are all parts of a balanced program that presents a value-centered curriculum that applies Christian principles to every aspect of life.

The criminal justice major focuses on preventing crime, preserving peace, and protecting civil rights as essential elements of stability in a democratic society to insure justice, equity, and freedom for all.

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Science Degree

Business Major

The purpose of the business major is to prepare students for a variety of job opportunities in both Christian organizations and secular business and/or graduate school by developing their intellectual capacity, leadership abilities, spiritual lives, and attitude of service. General knowledge of business principles complements a balance of techniques, theory, and practical application provided in each chosen concentration.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the business program will be able to

  • make ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview;
  • communicate effectively in written and oral presentations;
  • use current technology and computer applications effectively in their chosen profession;
  • relate knowledge to practical experiences; and
  • be prepared to pursue advanced study in their chosen field.

Concentrations

Accounting

The purpose of the accounting concentration is to prepare students for placement and career advancement into positions of influence in commercial, public, not-for-profit, or governmental accounting; to establish a foundation for further education and professional certification or licensure; and to exhibit a Christian testimony in their personal and professional lives.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the accounting concentration will also be able to

  • use financial management concepts and methods to determine viable resolutions for executive decision making and
  • apply research from current accounting literature and standards to properly format and present external or internal financial reports and regulatory filings.

Advertising/Public Relations

The purpose of the advertising/public relations concentration is to provide the visual, written, and oral skill necessary for students to address companies’ advertising and public relations needs using various media. Practical application and a broad base of business knowledge provide skills necessary to be effective.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the advertising/public relations concentration will also be able to

  • address public relations crises using various media channels and
  • develop an effective advertising campaign.

Computer Information Systems

The purpose of the computer information systems concentration is to prepare students to produce reliable, well-structured, and efficient programs and applications using sound software development techniques. Students are also trained to expand their knowledge on their own to help them continually adapt to an ever-changing technological world.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the computer information systems concentration will also be able to

  • develop quality software and
  • operate within a team environment to plan, design, and construct a software application and present that application in a formal setting.

Computer Science and Software Engineering

The purpose of the computer science and software engineering concentration is to prepare students to apply sound software engineering principles and techniques in the design and development of software systems which solve real-world problems within a team environment. Students are also trained to expand their knowledge on their own to help them continually adapt to an ever-changing technological world.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the computer science and software engineering concentration will also be able to

  • apply software engineering concepts, techniques, and methods to construct large-scale software applications within a team environment;
  • demonstrate comprehension in the theory underlying computers and computation and natural and computer-based languages; and
  • analyze the internal operations and workings of computing systems.

Finance

The purpose of the finance concentration is to prepare students for placement and career advancement into positions of influence in financial institutions, manufacturing and service firms, and not-for-profit or government agencies; to establish a foundation for further education and professional certification or licensure; and to exhibit a Christian testimony in their personal and professional lives.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the finance concentration will also be able to

  • integrate current economic and monetary policies in evaluating and constructing investment portfolios within a global marketplace and
  • evaluate, synthesize, and analyze complex investment or financing-related problems to determine viable resolutions for financial managers.

Legal Office Administration

The purpose of the legal office administration concentration is to prepare students to be detailed, proficient legal office assistants and administrators. Students incorporate mastery of general office skills, legal terminology, and legal transcription with biblical decision making and integrity to be an integral member of the legal team. By completing a legal office practicum, students assimilate classroom knowledge with on-the-job situations.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the legal office administration concentration will also be able to

  • support management in legal office duties and
  • direct the work effort of others to support and assist management in a legal office.

Management

The purpose of the management concentration is to provide students a broad set of business skills and knowledge for successful and challenging careers in a wide variety of organizations and industries; to establish a foundation for further education; and to equip students to advance into positions of influence as successful innovators and Christlike servant-leaders.

Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the management concentration will also be able to direct the work effort of others to achieve organizational goals and objectives.

Marketing

The purpose of the marketing concentration is to prepare students to apply the theoretical foundations, frameworks, and qualitative and quantitative tools of marketing to actual managerial problems and to equip students to advance into positions of influence as Christlike servant-leaders.

Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the marketing concentration will also be able to analyze the voice of the customer by creating product and service solutions that result in satisfying exchanges.

Medical Office Administration

The purpose of the medical office administration concentration is to train students for both support and administrative roles in health-related organizations. In this balanced program, students master general medical terminology, medical billing and coding, and medical transcription as well as general office skills and learn to apply biblical principles to workplace decisions.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the medical office administration concentration will also be able to

  • support management in medical office duties and
  • direct the work effort of others to support and assist management in a medical office.

Office Administration

The purpose of the office administration concentration is to prepare students to serve the Lord in administrative and support positions of both Christian ministries and business organizations. Students master general office skills and learn to apply biblical principles to workplace decisions. In addition, students obtain a general background in business to help qualify them for promotions to managerial positions.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the office administration concentration will also be able to

  • support management in general office duties and
  • direct the work effort of others to support and assist management with the ability for promotion to middle-management positions.

Sport Management

The purpose of the sport management concentration is to prepare students for future ministry in fields involving sports, recreation, and fitness. It is especially recommended for those interested in becoming camp administrators or athletic directors.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the sport management concentration will also be able to

  • coach a competitive sports team and
  • implement evangelism into sports and recreation.

Criminal Justice Major

The purpose of the Criminal Justice Major is to prepare students with practical skills and leadership training from a biblical perspective that will allow them to become faithful and effective guarantors of the requisites for freedom and stability (e.g., crime prevention, the preservation of peace, and the safeguarding of civil rights) which insure justice, equity, and liberty in a free society.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the criminal justice program will be able to

  • formulate a rationale to support ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview,
  • articulate the role of the criminal justice professional in the God-ordained institution of government,
  • demonstrate college-level knowledge relevant to the various areas of the criminal justice system;
  • communicate effectively in written and oral presentations, and
  • relate knowledge to practical experience in various areas of the criminal justice system.

Associate of Science Degree

Business Major

The purpose of the Associate of Science degree in Business is to prepare students to be skilled office assistants in a variety of Christian ministires and business offices. Students develop proficiency in general office skills specific to their concentration while learning to apply biblical principles to various workplace situations.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the two-year business program will be able to

  • make ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview,
  • communicate effectively in written presentations,
  • use current technology and computer applications effectively in their chosen profession, and
  • relate knowledge to practical experiences.

Concentrations

Legal Office Systems

The purpose of the legal office systems concentration is to prepare students to be skilled legal office assistants who are efficient, attentive to detail, and able to apply biblical principles to various workplace situations.

Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the legal office systems concentration will also be able to support management in a legal office setting.

Medical Office Systems

The purpose of the medical office systems concentration is to prepare students to be skilled workers in a medical office. Students demonstrate competent ability in medical and general office duties while learning to apply biblical principles to various workplace situations.

Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the medical office systems concentration will also be able to support management in a medical office setting.

Office Systems

The purpose of the office systems concentration is to prepare students to be competent members of a support team in Christian and business offices. Students develop proficiency in general office skills integrated with biblical character traits.

Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the office systems concentration will also be able to support management in general office duties.

Criminal Justice Major

The purpose of the two-year Criminal Justice Major is to prepare students with practical skills and training from a biblical perspective for entry-level employment in the law enforcement.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the criminal justice program will be able to

  • formulate a rationale to support ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview,
  • articulate the role of the criminal justice professional in the God-ordained institution of government,
  • demonstrate foundational college-level knowledge relevant to the various areas of the criminal justice system, and
  • communicate effectively in written presentations.

Minors

Accounting, Business Technology, Computer Information Systems, e-Business Management, Finance, Management, Marketing, Office Administration, Public Administration, Web Development

Missions Broad Fields

Accounting, Computer Science, Management, Office Administration

Teaching Field

Technology Education

Graduate Degree