The department of business is another popular choice at PUC and is often combined with the pre-medical program as students seek a well-rounded college experience.
PUC’s department of business prepares students for careers in all facets of the business world with practical training and multiple specialties to pursue. No matter what business program you choose, you will be equipped with problem solving and interpersonal skills that prepare you for graduate school, and the challenges of the workplace beyond.
B.B.A., Emphasis in Accounting
B.B.A., Emphasis in Finance
B.B.A., Emphasis in Healthcare Management
B.B.A., Emphasis in International Business
B.B.A., Emphasis in Management
B.B.A., Emphasis in Marketing
B.A. or B.S. in Business Administration
B.S. in Computer Information Systems
B.S. in Management for Medical Professionals
M.B.A., Business Administration
A Student’s Perspective
“I decided to major in business mostly due to the advice of many physicians that are members of my home church who all wished they had taken business classes when they were in college. After graduating from PUC and medical school, I hope to use my business management degree to help start up my own pediatric clinic. I feel confident the skills I will have gained during my time at PUC will prepare me well as I look toward my career.” — Kenneth Grae McKelvie, sophomore, honors student
Of PUC’s departments, the department of business consistently graduates the largest number of students with bachelor’s degrees.
The department of business gives out over $10,000 in business student scholarships every year.
The curriculum for all business degrees has recently has been updated and revised and internships are now required for all degrees, helping equip students with real-world experience to succeed after graduation.
The Enactus Club engages in social entrepreneurship, utilizing entrepreneurship skills developed in business classes for service learning projects. Local businesses have recently implemented a number of suggestions from these projects.
Distinguished business department alumnus Loree K. Sutton, ’81, earned the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army in 2005. Less than 1% of all general officers in the Army ever earn this title. She has also received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Order of Military Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
What You Can Do With This Major
With a business degree from PUC, your career path options are endless. Here is just a short list of some of the many opportunities available to graduates.
Law firm associate
Small business owner
Learn more about the department of business at puc.edu/academics. Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about PUC’s business programs, or the other majors the college offers. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email email@example.com to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!
From left to right: Will Yoshimura, Amanda Granados, and Jackson Boren.
By Becky St. Clair
On Thursday, April 19, the departments of business, communication, and visual arts at Pacific Union College held a joint colloquium. It was a panel discussion on the topic of “Successful Alumni,” and each department had alumni representing.
Panelists were: Jackson Boren, 2008 graduate of the department of communication, currently the alumni director for the Loma Linda University School of Nursing; Amanda Granados, 2010 graduate of the department of business, owner of Granados | Hillman, an accounting firm; and Will Yoshimura, 2015 graduate of the department of visual arts, currently employed as a graphic designer at Facebook.
Michelle Rai, chair of the department of communication, moderated the panel discussion.
What are the top three skills you utilize every day in your work?
Jackson Boren: People skills are extremely important, in both large and small groups. Public speaking is also something I do often.
Amanda Granados: As an accountant, I clearly use my numbers skills regularly, but critical thinking and people skills are right up there, too. Which is something a lot of people don’t realize about accountants—we do actually need to know how to interact well with others.
Will Yoshimura: Well, obviously graphic design. But also critical thinking.
Name a class in which you wish you would have paid more attention.
JB: I wish there had been the project management class PUC offers now when I was in school, because that would have been extremely helpful.
AG: Real estate. It’s something that affects everyone, and I wish I would have put more effort into that class.
WY: Statistics, for sure. Also, I wish I would have taken a philosophy class. I honestly think it would benefit anyone in any field.
What would you tell your freshman self?
WY: Actually try at college. I didn’t take it seriously until the end of my sophomore year. I would tell myself to take classes I was interested in and see what fits; see what I want to do with my life.
What’s your secret to success? What gets you up in the morning and keeps you going?
JB: Honestly, it’s about identifying an internal need and finding the path to fulfill it. In my current job, my personal philosophy is that the foundation of alumni identity is their experience as a student. If I can connect them with the best part of that experience and build on it now that they’re alumni, I’m succeeding at what I do. That’s what keeps me going.
AG: Helping people. When I can help my clients see something they hadn’t noticed before, or save them from having to pay thousands of dollars somewhere down the road, it makes me feel good. It’s definitely awesome motivation to get out of bed and go to work in the morning!
WY: Being obsessed with what I do. I mean, not to a harmful degree, but if you’re really interested in the work you do, you’re going to work harder and learn more about it than those who aren’t so obsessed, and it gives you a leg up on others. You’ll get better and better and what you do won’t feel like work.
There’s a lot of talk these days about how Millennials are changing the workplace. What advice can you give to the students here as they prepare to be those Millennials?
JB: People don’t stay in one job for 30-40 years anymore. We change jobs a lot more. So take the experience you get from all of those jobs and apply the lessons to your current work. It’s a different workplace scenario than it was in past generations.
AG: Communicate what you need and want to those you work for and with. If you want to come in later in the morning, talk to your boss about it. They will likely be understanding and work with you within reason. But they won’t if they don’t know what you want.
WY: It depends on what field you’re in, but honestly, as long as you show up, work hard, and get the stuff done, you’ll be fine.
What’s one of the biggest challenges you face in your work?
JB: Sometimes you have to say no. And that’s hard and it doesn’t make people happy. One of the hardest things to learn is how to say no without actually saying it, even if that’s really what you’re saying.
AG: Admitting when I’m wrong. And yes, I’ve been wrong on someone’s taxes before. It’s so hard to admit failure, but it’s so important. Then I pick myself up, learn from it, and get right back to work.
WY: Being a politician. When you work with a lot of people, you have to be really diplomatic.
When things get tough, what do you do to stay on track?
JB: Someone once told me, “Don’t let the details destroy you.” Keeping a big picture perspective at all times helps in those moments, because I can take a step back and see where I am and where I need to be.
AG: Take a break and call a friend. Talking about the problem aloud really helps me work through it and often helps me find a solution.
WY: Take a walk.
What’s important to keep in mind when negotiating a salary?
JB: Definitely research industry standards. If you can get an internship before you graduate, take it seriously because it can translate into a job when you graduate. Don’t just think about salary and benefits, but also consider your quality of life. I once had a job where I was commuting quite a ways every day, and I negotiated with my employer to cover all of my tolls for the commute and incorporate that cost into my salary.
AG: When you get to negotiate it’s your one opportunity to make a difference in your compensation. Don’t miss the chance! Ask for what you want and the worst that will happen is that they will say no. Always ask.
WY: Like Jackson said, do your research. Glassdoor can be really helpful in this area. Also keep in mind that your total compensation includes equity in the company—stock. So think that through and ask for more if you want it. Statistics say that 90% of employers won’t rescind their job offer because you asked for more money or benefits, so just ask.
What advice would you give the scared seniors who have no idea how to get started after graduation?
JB: Find an internship where you want to work. It may not be paid, but you get face time with the company, you get experience working there, and you make connections. Also don’t overlook the line in the job description that reads, “Other duties as assigned.” Do those things well. It will show your character and work ethic, and might reveal skills you didn’t know you had. Become familiar with the process at the company where you’re working, and the different players you work with. Become familiar with their roles so you can respect and appreciate them, and that respect and appreciation will be reciprocated.
AG: Look for ways you can apply everything you’ve experienced and learned in college to the jobs you want and are applying for. You may think you’re starting with nothing, but everything in college can be a benefit to you in your career. So keep a positive attitude and stay confident.
WY: Apply to a bunch of places. You won’t hear back from a lot, and you’ll be rejected a lot, and you may want to just finish your homework and go to a dark place to cry, and that’s okay! But in all seriousness, stay positive and know that eventually, your hard work will pay off. And use LinkedIn! It’s how you get recruited.
Amanda, tell us about transitioning from the traditional “work for someone else” situation into owning your own business.
AG: It was a hard decision to make, to be honest. There’s usually some loyalty involved between you and your boss, and you wonder if leaving is the right thing to do. The clincher for me was stepping back to look at the big picture: What would my life look like if I were to make this change? It would eliminate my commute, making me more flexible, able to spend more time with my family, and take my office anywhere I want to. I also keep more of the money I make working for myself, which is a big deal! It takes confidence to do something like this, and that was my biggest obstacle. I had to convince myself that enough people believed in me, and I believed in me, and I could do it.
How do you maintain your creative side while doing what someone else wants you to?
WY: I’m not going to lie—at some point you’re likely going to be doing work you don’t like and don’t want to do. It’s a fact. So I recommend you keep doing side projects. Also, keep in mind that working with what other people want involves compromise. Keeping the balance between introducing your own vision and also accepting theirs. You walk through problems together as a team.
How did your experience at PUC impact your career?
JB: I’m a better communicator because of PUC. I saw the power of good communication in a professional setting and learned the value of recognizing and learning from my mistakes. I learned not to be afraid of failure, but to learn from it and allow it to direct me toward progress.
AG: The best things I took away from PUC were positive relationships and solidified ethics.
This #FacultyFriday, meet Abram Fisher, an associate professor of business administration who has taught at the college since 2013, first as an adjunct contract instructor and then as a full-time faculty member. Previously, for several years he worked as the risk and insurance coordinator at the college, assisting with fiscal and legal analysis and research, internal controls research, ledger review and adjustment, commercial lease management, and contractual drafting, review, negotiation, and revision.
Name: Abram Fisher Title: Associate professor of business administration Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Faculty since: 2014
Classes taught: Business Law, Personal Law, Healthcare Law, Financial Accounting, Estate Taxation, Problems in Finance
Education: Bachelor’s in business administration, from PUC, 2007; bachelor’s in communication, from PUC, 2007; Juris Doctor, from the University of Maryland Law School, 2011
What made you decide to be a teacher? I hadn’t planned on it originally, but after teaching on contract when the school found itself without a Business Law professor, I decided I really liked it—and the department was nice enough to let me stick around.
What are some of your hobbies? Reading (as long as it’s a good story, and isn’t remotely useful), generally trying to be less physically sedentary (walking, elliptical, rack), recently trying to learn basic guitar (I’m ridiculously horrible), occasional gamer if the mood strikes me.
What’s something people might be surprised to know about you? My parents are Caucasian (Polish and Russian/German descent lines IIRC).
What’s your favorite thing about PUC? The students. MY students in particular.
What’s your favorite spot on campus? The Clark Stairs. #sarcasm
What’s your favorite book? “The Dark Tower” series.
What advice would you give to an incoming freshman? Your teachers don’t bite. In fact, they’re generally here because working with, advising, and helping you is the best part of the job—so if you need something, ask.
Interested in learning more about all of PUC’s business programs? Visit puc.edu/admissions!
Mr. Victor Gaines joined the team of esteemed PUC academia in 2014 as assistant professor in the department of business where he teaches an array of accounting and finance classes. Gaines came to PUC after being an adjunct assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for 15 years where he taught accounting and management classes. Before deciding to use his vast business experience to give back through teaching, Gaines held various positions including chief financial officer at Forest Lake Education Center, county auditor in Orange County, Flor., and senior auditor at Ruddick Corporation in Charlotte, N.C., and spent over 20 years in the Marine Corps.
Name: Victor W. Gaines Title: Assistant professor of business administration Email: email@example.com Faculty since: July 1, 2014
Classes taught: Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting; Cost Accounting I & II; Intermediate Account I & II; Fraud Examination; Government and Non-for-Profit Accounting; Advance Accounting; Auditing; Accounting Topics: Internal Auditing; Insurance and Risk Management
Education: Bachelor’s in management/accounting, from Park College in Parkville, Mo., 1997; MBA, from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., 1999; DBA with an emphasis in management, from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., 2017
Professional activities: Seminar and on-site instructor for The Institute of Internal Auditors since June 2000 What made you decide to be a teacher? I always wanted to give back. Throughout my professional career, I had several individuals who helped me. I felt there was no better way to help others than through education. So, I became a business manager and then a teacher. What are some of your hobbies? Most of my hobbies revolve around the outdoors. I love hiking and camping when I get a chance. What’s something people might be surprised to know about you? Most individuals do not know I served 22 years in the United States Marine Corps., and 10 of those years I served as a helicopter mechanic/crew chief on CH 46 helicopters.
What’s your favorite thing about PUC? My favorite thing about PUC is the wonderful students. I love hearing their stories and how they decided to come to PUC. It’s very inspiring. What’s your favorite spot on campus? I definitely like the back 40. When I get the chance, I like to go in the back 40 where it is nice and quiet. What advice would you give to an incoming freshman? The best advice I would give a freshman would be get to know their advisor as soon as possible and become “best friends” with them. This needs be done as soon as possible. This will help the student develop a roadmap as they work toward graduation. Also, make sure that you have a healthy blend of academics and fun time. Too much of either one can be devastating.