4th
4th
Ranked 4th among online Christian colleges
OCU ranks 4th among the “Top 8 online Christian Colleges and Universities in 2017” according to www.thebestcolleges.org. Ranking is by graduation, retention and acceptance rates, student-teacher ratios, tuition costs, years of accreditation, reputation, awards, and job placement records.
$300K
$300K
OCU awards $300K+ in scholarships in annual Scholars Day competition

School of Business & Government

The School of Business & Government®, in part unique due to its trademarked name, captures the relevant and deep influences that the world of business has on the institutions of government, and vice versa.

With this backdrop, students have the opportunity to explore one of the following disciplines: management, accounting and finance, pre-law, government and public service, criminal justice, emergency management and disaster recovery, and sports management.

In each discipline, students engage professionals and real-life scenarios to better understand and augment what they have studied in the classroom. These experiences better prepare students for internships and possible jobs, and thus, they are better positioned to serve the church and society effectively.

Monty Lobb
Dean and Professor
School of Business and Government

Available Programs

Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Accounting & Finance Program is designed to prepare students to serve in society and the church with the principle that "our work is worship." The Accounting & Finance Program combines the disciplines of accounting and finance for a more rounded education than either discipline alone would provide. The purpose is to give students the knowledge to analyze the financial condition of organizations (private and public) through their accounting reports and financial data. The Accounting & Finance students will obtain the knowledge of the major capital markets and their investment vehicles. The Accounting & Finance program will culminate with an internship or a practicum that provides the student an opportunity to apply management principles and skills learned through their major.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision making related to the field of business.
  • Demonstrate management concepts in an existing business.
  • Evaluate a business idea and develop a business plan.
  • Analyze business operations and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
  • Demonstrate the application of fundamental and technical accounting and finance concepts.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.

 

 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Business Program is designed to prepare students to serve in society and the church. This program is structured to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage an organization in the twenty-first century. The program will culminate with an internship that provides the student an opportunity to apply management principles and skills learned through their major.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision making related to the field of business. 
  • Demonstrate management concepts in an existing business.
  • Evaluate a business idea and develop a business plan.
  • Analyze business operations and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate financial conditions and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
  • Demonstrate critical judgment and decision-making skills in a business context.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Business Management Program is designed to prepare students to serve in society and the church with the principle that “our work is worship.” This program is structured to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage an organization in the twenty-first century. Special emphasis will be given to management and leadership principles. The program will culminate with an internship or a practicum that provides the student an opportunity to apply management principles and skills learned through their major.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision making related to the field of business.  
  • Demonstrate management concepts in an existing business.
  • Evaluate a business idea and develop a business plan.
  • Analyze business operations and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Articulate and demonstrate management, leadership and organizational skills.
  • Evaluate financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
  • Demonstrate critical judgment and decision-making skills in a business context.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

This program prepares individuals who want to work in the justice field. This program seeks to equip the student for a fulfilling career with a foundational understanding of human behavior within a criminal, transformative, and restorative justice systems. Students will be prepared to serve society as ethical, caring, service-minded individuals and be men and women of character. A major in Criminal Justice opens the door to many jobs in law enforcement, corrections, court-related positions, and security.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking, interpersonal communications, and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  • Apply current and historical justice principles and practices to real-life situations.
  • Function within chosen area(s) of justice system with the insight of the functions and interdependencies of various areas.
  • Apply procedural rules and statutes through the criminal process.
  • Design alternatives to the conventional penal approaches through the lenses of transformative and restorative justice.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Emergency Management Degree from Ohio Christian University will provide the necessary preparations and qualifications to work in the emergency and disaster relief fields. Emergency Management is made up of three major sub-fields: Government, Non-Profit, and Private organizations. The curriculum within the Emergency Management program at OCU will provide the foundations for success in all three. This program seeks to provide a rigorous academic program deliberately coupled with actual field work; creating a more proficient and practiced graduate.  

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Evidence competence in the dual fields of Emergency and Disaster Management in preparation for private or public-sector employment.
  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge of Emergency and Disaster Management for saving lives and property from the impacts of crises, emergencies and disasters.
  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision-making related to the field of Emergency and Disaster Management.
  • Analyze the existing and desired structure, climate, and culture of organizations whose focus is Emergency and Disaster Management.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
  • Analyze an organization’s operation and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

This program offers the student a dual major in Emergency & Disaster Management and Business. This will provide the necessary preparations and qualifications to work in both an emergency/disaster vocation and a business environment. The graduate of this dual major will have greater career opportunities than either of the majors alone. While this program will allow for a graduate to work in the business world in general, the graduate will have the necessary education to develop the niche of emergency and disaster management.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Evidence competence in the dual fields of Emergency & Disaster Management and Business in preparation for private or public-sector employment. 
  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge of Emergency and Disaster Management for saving lives and property from the impacts of crises, emergencies and disasters. 
  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision-making related to the field of Emergency and Disaster Management, Business, and Government. 
  • Analyze the existing and desired structure, climate, and culture of organizations whose focus is Emergency and Disaster Management. 
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
  • Analyze an organization's operation and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Government & Business Dual Major Program is a faith-based program designed to prepare students to serve God and society by giving students the educational background to analyze and evaluate government policy and its importance on liberties, culture, employment, and business performance. By combining a Government and Business major, the student will obtain the additional skills and knowledge necessary to manage an organization in the twenty-first century. Unlike most government and business programs, the OCU Government & Business Dual Major Program requires students to be versed in numerous aspects of public service, business, economics, and related fields. Students will be prepared to exercise their Christian worldview no matter what field they enter.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Work in public, private, and non-profit sectors that require knowledge of government, business, economics, and politics.
  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision-making related to the fields of Government and Business.
  • Analyze and evaluate public policy and its impact on a nation and its people.
  • Provide an argument for the rights Americans may exercise in relation to their freedoms - with specific emphasis on religious rights.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
  • Analyze an organization's operation and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Government & Public Service program is a faith-based program designed to prepare students to serve God and society by giving students the educational background to analyze and evaluate government policy and its importance on liberties, culture, employment, and business performance. Unlike most government relations or political science programs, the OCU Government & Public Service Program requires students to be versed in numerous aspects of business, economics, and related fields. Students will be prepared to exercise their Christian worldview no matter what field they enter.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Work in private and non-profit sectors that require knowledge of government and politics.
  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision-making related to the field of Government Relations.
  • Analyze and evaluate public policy and its impact on a nation and its people.
  • Evaluate the impact of government actions upon the quality of life and freedoms of its citizens.
  • Formulate government policies that would improve economic and business performance of a nation.
  • Explain the impacts that critical events, formative documents, and political actions have had upon American culture and history.
  • Provide an argument for the rights Americans may exercise in relation to their freedoms—with specific emphasis on religious rights.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The PreLaw in Business Program is designed to prepare students to serve in society and the church with the principle that “our work is worship.” The PreLaw Program in Business is structured to provide the student with the knowledge and application of the basic legal concepts, the purpose and principles of the founding documents of this nation, and the political and governmental policies that impact the legal profession in America. The program will culminate with an internship or a practicum that provides the student an opportunity to apply management principles and skills learned through their major.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision making related to the field of business. 
  • Demonstrate management concepts in an existing business.
  • Evaluate a business idea and develop a business plan.
  • Analyze business operations and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
  • Apply the legal principles and theories of the U.S. legal system to business situations to determine the applicable law and recommended course of action.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

This program is designed to prepare individuals for a career in sport management and business. It offers a dual major with courses offered in Sport Management and Business, with an emphasis on Christian service in the growing area of sports business. This program prepares individuals to use athletics and leadership principles and skills to the daily arena of sports and business. The program culminates with an internship with an opportunity to apply the principles of sports management and business.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological and spiritual aspects of sports.
  • Understand the principles for effective management in a variety of sport applications and situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate faith into Sport Leadership.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical dilemmas involved in sports today.
  • Take leadership roles in Sporting Events.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate organizational and administrative procedures for sports and recreational activities.
  • Evaluate financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  2 Year Program  •  Associate of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Associate of Arts in Business Management is designed to provide a broad introduction to business. Completing this two-year program will prepare the student for an entry-level business position, integrating faith with learning in a professional atmosphere. Upon completion of the associate's degree, the student may wish to continue his/her college education by applying his/her work toward a bachelor's degree in one of the many business related majors.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision making related to the field of business.
  • Demonstrate management functions and skills to practical situations.
  • Evaluate a business idea and develop a business plan.
  • Analyze business operations and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Explain the basics of a financial statement and how they are used to propose courses of action.
  • Explain basic management principles and how they are used to manage people within an organization.
 

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Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government traveled to Israel May 23 through June 3, 2018.    Thirteen students toured the Holy Land with Passages Israel, a program sponsored by Philos Project and the Museum of the Bible Foundation.  Passages specialize in providing Christian college students with leadership potential a... Read More
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