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Northwest Missouri State University

Department Spotlight December 2012

Our December spotlight highlights on the Department of Business. This department focuses on student success and has several majors geared towards strengthening student academics.  The department currently houses 28 faculty members, all with a common goal – to operate as a productive group that serves students to the fullest potential. The recent department realignment has merged Marketing and Management with Accounting, Economics and Finance disciplines in Colden Hall. Merchandising, formerly a part of the Family and Consumer Sciences department, has been incorporated into the Department of Business as well.

The department is very enthusiastic about the new transformation. Department Chair Steve Ludwig claims the change will help strengthen student success. He feels this new alignment will allow students a smooth transition among different majors offered within the six disciplines. Faculty members are very excited about the opportunity to put aside their previous departmental “boundaries” and be able to cohesively decide what is best for students within each discipline.

To provide some background about the Department of Business, approximately 1,000 students at Northwest are currently pursuing a major and/or minor in this area. The department offers a rich portfolio of masters and undergraduate programs to suit students and executives at various stages of their careers, including:

These programs offer several learning components for students. For instance, there are classroom lectures and laboratory experiences, which provide instruction that meets industry-validated standards.  Additionally, there are work-based learning opportunities that directly relate to classroom instruction in the form of internships, cooperative education, school-based enterprises and youth apprenticeship.

Additionally, a major advantage in this department is that many faculty members have significant experience in the business world they acquired before coming to Northwest. As a result, courses are structured to give an in-depth knowledge about business and practical experience in the classroom. Students then gain a competitive advantage in both academics and a future career after graduation due to the knowledge sharing that faculty implement.

Lastly, we would like to thank everyone in the department for their time and dedication to serving students and contributing to student retention Northwest.  A noteworthy accomplishment of the faculty listed below is that together, these employees make up a total of 362 years of service to the University.  Please take a minute to meet the faculty who work together across the six disciplines that make up the Department of Business. 

The department receives administrative assistance from the Colden Hall Secretarial Pool: