Workers in an Office

Office Concentrations

Office: The Art of Efficiency and Organization in Business

In today’s fast-paced office environment, businesses need reliable Christian leaders who can confidently step into managerial roles and run an effective, streamlined office. Because office personnel are often a company’s front-line representatives, this multifaceted line of work requires professionals with highly developed character as well as refined technical, problem-solving, interpersonal, and customer service skills. If you are a natural organizer with an eye for detail and a passion for efficiency and friendly service, an office concentration may be the perfect fit for you.

Pensacola Christian College offers both an associate’s degree in office systems concentration and a bachelor’s degree in office administration concentration that provide the academic foundation you need to excel in any office career path. Through focused courses, you’ll build your proficiency in office skills such as keyboarding, creating business documents, records management, and organizational leadership. You’ll also learn to use the latest computer applications (including every component of Microsoft Office Suite).

Those who complete the office systems concentration associate’s degree can enter the workforce or choose to complete the office administration bachelor’s degree as well. The bachelor of science in business with an office administration concentration includes a business management background where you’ll learn practical skills in accounting, office management, and communication to help you qualify for managerial positions. Through practical training and work experience during an office practicum, you’ll learn how to thrive as a skilled, dependable, flexible asset in any office setting.

Whether you join the workforce right away or pursue further education with a master’s degree in business, you’ll be on track to serve as an expert Christian leader in the modern office world.

Faith-Based Office Administration and Systems

PCC’s distinctively Christian office concentrations focus on God’s Word as the foundation for effective workplace ethics and business methods. Comprehensive office and business training will teach you how to analyze real-world situations through the lens of Scripture and formulate an insightful, ethical response. Classes integrate faith and learning with practical experience in a professional environment. You’ll graduate fully prepared to be a Christ-honoring office professional wherever God leads you.

Office Administration (B.S.) Learning Outcomes

As an office administration graduate, you 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 your chosen profession,
  • relate knowledge to practical experiences,
  • be prepared to pursue advanced study in your chosen field,
  • 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.

Office Systems (A.S.) Learning Outcomes

As an office systems graduate, you 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 your chosen profession,
  • relate knowledge to practical experiences, and
  • support management in general office duties.

Program Highlights

Office Procedures

In OA 318, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the best industry-standard principles and practices for office settings. You’ll explore work ethics and general office procedures while refining your own professional image. Ergonomics, meeting planning, and various tasks like arranging corporate travel will become second nature as you learn and master practical office procedures.

Office Practicum

In your senior year, you’ll be able to take everything you’ve learned in office administration courses and apply your expertise to real-world scenarios during an office practicum (OA 408). You’ll gain first-hand experience for your résumé during a 40-hour internship at an approved off-campus business. After honing your professional insight and implementing office strategies in a practical setting, you’ll be ready to step into the business world as a prepared, expert office administration graduate.

Your Office Future

What can you do with an office concentration?

Equipped with an office concentration, your outlook is promising as an excellent office professional. You’ll be prepared to work in a variety of roles, whether you’re seeking a career as an executive assistant, bookkeeper, or office administrator in a variety of industries like law offices, ministries, schools, or major companies. You’ll also be prepared to pursue a master’s degree in business or pursue further certification in specific industry applications. Whatever career you choose, you’ll be ready to serve God through efficient, ethical, and organized office practices.

Here are a few of the countless career opportunities available to you.

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Church Secretary
  • Executive Assistant
  • Office Administrator
  • Office Assistant
  • Office Associate
  • Office Manager
  • Receptionist
  • Records Manager
  • School Office Administrator
  • Virtual Office Manager

Here are a few of the grad schools our office alumni have attended.

  • George Washington University
  • Liberty University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • University of Maine

Here are a few of the many places that our office alumni have worked.

  • Allegiance Title Company
  • Navy Federal
  • Pensacola Christian College

Faculty Highlight

Miss Tina Whipple

Miss Tina Whipple

B.S., M.S., Pensacola Christian College
Doctoral Study: Walden University and Liberty University

“My main goal each day—in and out of the classroom—is to make sure my students know that I care about them and want them to succeed. If you have the opportunity to take keyboarding or computer applications classes in high school—do it! The office concentrations are very practical. Not only do we work on developing hard skills, but we also focus on soft skills. I love looking back to see the practical experiences that the Lord allowed me to have as He was molding me to be ready to train the next generation.”

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Alumni Spotlight

Jessica Graves
Jessica Graves ’17

Administrative Assistant, BDO USA, LLP,
Las Vegas, NV

“I studied office administration with the thought that I could use those skills whether God called me to work in the secular workplace or in ministry. My time at PCC gave me a strong foundation for entering the workplace. I’m so thankful for the role PCC played in further developing and honing those God-given skills.

I loved learning how to draft various letters and to hone my typing skills. Although classes such as Business Law and Economics were required, my favorite classes were the hands-on classes specifically related to office administration. I also enjoyed my incredible teachers—you could tell they really cared about us personally and about preparing us for a successful future.”

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Office Concentrations Course Schedules

Office Systems class

About the Office Programs

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.

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.

Students who complete keyboarding in high school take a placement exam to determine a course best suited for their skill. Required courses waived by a placement exam must be replaced with other business electives.

Recommended high school preparation for an office systems concentration is a keyboarding course in which students learn proper technique and develop speed and accuracy. Students will take a placement exam to determine a course best suited for their skills. Opportunities are available to make up keyboarding deficiencies. In this case, time required to complete an office systems concentration could be expected to increase.

Office administration and office systems students can apply for scholarships to receive financial aid.

Roger and Eloise Anderson Scholarship
Up to $3,000 scholarship awarded to a continuing sophomore with a business major, mechanical or pre-medicine concentration, or pre-law emphasis who has a financial need, to be applied in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th semesters of consecutive attendance.

Bank of America Scholarship
$500 scholarships each awarded to continuing sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a business major who have a financial need, to be applied over one semester.

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Students at Career Fair

Business Career Support

With Career Services and Career Link, students can start making connections with employers while on campus during Career Fair events. These services provide tools and resources designed to empower you for a ministry as office staff or in office administration.

Need help? Career Services staff are ready to assist you in researching employment opportunities, exploring job qualifications, and providing mock interviews and résumé support.