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The business sector is one of the major operating sectors of society and can have significant effect on world economies and markets. It can involve the obvious functions such as management and marketing, but there’s an increasing need for business majors to apply their skills in government, international commerce, health care, arts, and nonprofit organizations. Business principles can serve as the backbone for economic, political and social systems at all levels.

At Holy Cross, you will grow in confidence as you learn to successfully navigate the commercial and financial sectors of society. The philosophy of the business program is based on a practical application of the liberal arts. You will learn important skills and knowledge about the business world, while growing in your appreciation of how truth, goodness and integrity are directly relevant to local, national and global commercial activities.

Business program


Program Focus


business.driscollStudying business at Holy Cross College is a great choice for careers in business, law, management, sales, marketing, and any entrepreneurial pursuit. Students pursuing a business major here will learn the fundamentals of business, as well as receive the tools they need to learn for a lifetime.

As future leaders, Holy Cross business majors will learn how to adapt to change, how to ask the big questions, and how to pursue wisdom. Because it is integrated with our liberal arts core curriculum and the other required experiences, students completing the business major will have both practical skills and knowledge of business principles and practices that are learned within the context of Catholic social teaching.

Through Holy Cross’s unique commitment to its educational mission, students completing a business major are expected to have developed a well-formed conscience as well as business acumen. The program is intended to produce professionals who possess a sense of business as a vocation–a calling from God–not merely as a source of income. Business majors at Holy Cross will understand that their work must contribute both to their own good and also the good of others.

Major Requirements


Complete Business Major Program Requirements

Sample of Classes Required In Major

Required Courses Must take all of the following: Credits
BUSI 201 Financial Accounting 3
BUSI 202 Managerial Accounting 3
BUSI 203 American Law & the Legal System 3
BUSI 204 Legal Environment of Business 3
BUSI 210 PSYC 210 Statistics: Probability 3
BUSI 211 Business Leaders 3
CPSC 107 Introduction to Computers 3
ECON 201 Microeconomics 3
ECON 202 Macroeconomics 3
Must take 4 of the following:
BUSI 240/COMM 240/PSYC 240 Organizational Behavior 3
BUSI 252/LIBS 252/PHIL 252 Managerial Accounting 3
BUSI 254/LIBS 254/PHIL 254/POLS 254 Global Business and Society 3
BUSI 255/PHIL 255 Business Ethics 3
BUSI 310/COMM 310/PSYC 310 Nonverbal Communications 3
BUSI 331/COMM 331 Marketing Management 3
BUSI 341/COMM 341/PSYC 341 Consumer Behavior 3
BUSI 350/SPOR 350 Financial Management 3
BUSI 413 Personal Finance 3
Total required for major 39

Must also take 57 core curriculum credits.
Must also take 24 open elective credits.

Minor Requirements


Complete Business Minor Requirements

Sample of Classes Required In Minor

Required Courses Must take all of the following: Credits
BUSI 201 Principles of Accounting I 3
BUSI 203 Business Law I 3
ECON 201 Microeconomics 3
Must take 3 of the following:
BUSI 202 Principles of Accounting II 3
BUSI 204 Legal Environment of Business 3
BUSI 210 PSYC 210 Statistics: Probability 3
BUSI 211 Business Leaders 3
BUSI 240/COMM 240/PSYC 240 Organizational Behavior 3
BUSI 331/COMM 331 Marketing Management 3
BUSI 341/COMM 341/PSYC 341 Consumer Behavior 3
BUSI 413 Personal Finance 3
CPSC 107 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
ECON 202 Macroeconomics 3
Total credits for minor 18

Faculty


Thomas Burzycki, CPA
Distinguished Professor of the Practice
Chair, Business and Communications Division
2010 Holy Cross College Excellence in Teaching Award recipient

During my 35 years in business career, I worked as a business executive in a variety of fields, including Conn-Selmer, a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. I came to Holy Cross in 2005, and started the business program here. My intent was that business majors at Holy Cross would graduate with the ability to understand the diverse subjects of the major as well as discover the business world’s responsibility to society.

In my classes, I stress the importance of an understanding and commitment to ethical conduct, and recognition of the role of sustainability to business to society.

Linda Thorpe Gordon

Timothy Wright, J.D.
Assistant Professor

My educational background is in both law and business. During my time as an attorney, I argued and won an important labor management rights case before the Pennsylvania Court of Appeals, and worked as General Counsel for a NYSE-listed company. I have also worked with law enforcement, national health insurance and manufacturing sectors.

Since I’ve been at Holy Cross, I have integrated business and law courses to give students an introduction to the way these two fields interconnect. Each year, I look forward to interacting with students who want to learn how the legal system functions within the context of business decisions

Isaac H. Desta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Over my career, I have worked to find ways for students with a thirst for knowledge but limited financial ability to attend college and succeed in their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.

In classes at Holy Cross, I encourage my students to be interactive and participative, because business and economics require critical thinking and adaptability.

Mary Theresa Merrill
Administrative Faculty

Kevin Stewart, MBA
Adjunct Professor

Research Opportunities


Training in the use of the Lexis/Nexis electronic research tool and researching United States case law.

Department Contact


Thomas Burzycki, CPA
Director, Business Program
tburzycki@hcc-nd.edu
574-239-8309