Business Department

Business within a liberal arts context provides a strong foundation for succeeding in today’s complex and ever-changing business environment.

Goshen College’s business programs integrate ethical behavior, servant leadership and solid business practice. Successful commerce in a globalized world requires a global perspective, one you’ll acquire through Goshen’s unique program of international education as well as through a complement of internationally focused business courses. Our program also offers a strong technology component, a key to success in today’s digital world.

Academic excellence

The Goshen College Accounting Program was ranked 10th in the nation for small programs and 2nd in Indiana in the 2011 Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance Report.  This annual publication ranks college and university accounting programs according to passing rates on the CPA exam.

Goshen College is nationally recognized by sources such as U.S.News & World Report, Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, Peterson’s Competitive Colleges and Top Colleges for Science and The 100 Best Colleges for African-American Students.

Hands-on learning

Students have the opportunity to work on projects outside of the classroom environment. Under the supervision of faculty members, students have completed market research projects, written business plans, and designed websites for local businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

The business department faculty bring real-world business experience to the classroom. In addition to academic backgrounds in business, the faculty have significant experience working in the business world. Some faculty members have started their own businesses, others have worked internationally,and all bring the business world into the classroom. Having opportunities to integrate classroom learning with real business experiences is a critical part of business education. Here are some examples:

Business Capstone

taught by Jerrell Ross Richer

Senior business and accounting majors integrate their classroom learning in management, marketing, finance, economics, and sustainability into a variety of projects every fall semester.  Current and past projects include financial analysis for green initiatives implemented by a local General Motors truck dealership, a feasibility study for a new energy initiative at the Elkhart County Landfill, market research for a proposed sustainable housing project in Goshen, and an economic impact study of the bike trail system.

Informatics I

taught by Kent Palmer

Greenfoot is an integrated development environment that allows new programmers to easily include sound, animated graphics and other multimedia features in programming projects. Over the course of the semester students will learn how to create interactive programs with Greenfoot. At the end of the semester students will develop their own interactive game or an animated simulation of a business process. Project examples will be posted here as students complete their work.

Individual Tax

taught by Michelle Horning

The class participates in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Preparation program. Students must pass an IRS tax exam and, during the course, provide free income tax preparation for low-income residents of Elkhart County.

Venture Planning

taught by Phil Mason

Each student spends the semester creating a business plan for a new venture.  The majority of students in the class plan to apply for an entrepreneurship grant from the Business Department to launch their business.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

taught by Michelle Horning

Students are required to start a real business as part of the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course. They are loaned some start-up capital and are required to earn a return on that capital. Student businesses have included sales of jewelry, clothing, cleaning services, laundry services, and more.  Additionally, students participate in Startup Weekend Michiana.

Java Junction

The coffee shop located on campus gives students the opportunity to run a real business and earn academic credit at the same time. Students manage all areas of operations, including accounting, marketing, purchasing, and human resources.

Maple Scholars

Goshen College’s unique Maple Scholars program challenges you to take your classroom learning to the next level. This summer research program, which is open to students from all majors, allows you to work with a professor to design and conduct your own cutting-edge research project. You present your findings at Goshen’s undergraduate research symposium and may be invited to present at national undergraduate conferences.


All business department students are required to complete an internship sometime during their senior year. Students, with the help of a faculty member, prepare a resume and arrange interviews. Recent internships include:

  • working in the accounting department of a family-owned construction company
  • creating a business directory for a chamber of commerce
  • a sales position with a wireless internet service provider
  • working in the human resource department of a large health system
  • working in event management for a company that operates field signage for sporting events
  • creating several marketing and promotional products for a not-for-profit service agency

Excellent facilities

As a business department student you will use computer facilities equipped with up-to-date hardware and software in two computer laboratories. All residence hall rooms have access to the Goshen College network. The business department’s state-of-the-art technology center is equipped with Novell, Windows NT, IBM AS/400 servers and Microsoft Office and Oracle database software.

Gain international experience

Since business is global, it is crucial that you develop a global perspective. Goshen’s international education requirement, internationally-focused business and economics courses, and opportunities to take classes in other countries will provide you with a distinctive education which makes you attractive to future employers. A recruiter from a national accounting firm has observed that Goshen seniors demonstrate more maturity because of their international experiences.

Christian values, real-world experience: Goshen excels in helping you learn the skills required in business such as communication, problem solving, critical thinking and ethical decision making. As you prepare to enter the business world, you will be challenged to put your faith into action.