The business and technology department incorporates current technology, problem-based learning and hands-on team projects that combine to let students experience their education while preparing to excel in the business world.
With an emphasis on small business, business majors have the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship from the ground up while incorporating the latest technologies and trends of the day.
The business and technology department's programs are designed to challenge students to acquire the practical, intellectual, technological, problem-solving, and communications skills necessary for successful participation in a diverse, dynamic, and global society. While the program is delivered using a small business, rural context, graduates are well prepared for joining a large corporation as well as pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Business Administration.With this degree graduates will be prepared for Business administration in the global business society. Majors include:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Secondary Education, Business and Computer Applications Education. This degree prepares middle school and high school business and computer applications teachers
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Business. This broadly based program provides the knowledge and skills with which to enter the business world in the follwing areas: management specialist, fitness specialist or office systems technology. All credits in the A.A.S. degree fufill requirements in the 4-year Bachelor of Science: Business Administration degree.
Here are just two great examples of business and technology courses at Montana Western. For a full course selection, please see the current catalog.
Analysis of the operations of small businesses and the roles they play in the economy is the focus of this capstone course, which is taken prior to the internship experience. Using a strategic planning context, the following topics are covered: strategic planning, marketing, finance, production, management, legal issues, and technology. Activities, many of which involve teams, include case studies, shadowing, consulting, guest speakers, and simulations. A national standardized exam is administered at the conclusion of this course.
As the first required course for all business majors, this course establishes the communications foundation for the degree program. Students will learn to write measurable objectives; how to analyze and use case studies; practice writing, speaking, and listening skills through multiple applications and learn how to work with a team. The dynamic course is adjusted each term to help meet the expressed objectives of the students. Each student will leave the course with a portfolio showcasing their writing skills.
A degree in Business and Technology from Montana Western will prepare you for a career as:
Cecil Jones has practiced law for 25 years. His practice currently focuses on estate planning.
In his business law class, students train for the real business world by drafting their own legal documents. In his investments class, which runs over the entire spring semester, students use the skills acquired in the business law course to try to increase their starting capital of $500,000 through judicious “investments.”
Professor Jones anticipates an especially interesting version of the class in the fall of 2010 as the market fallout from the recent national financial crisis continues.
Christian Gilde’s teaching interests include marketing, consumer behavior, management, and operations management. His previous research translated into a book on higher education. Gilde has presented his work and participated in numerous conferences such as the Academy of Management Conference, the International Conference in Higher Education Marketing, and the European Marketing Academy Conference. He gave guest lectures at various universities including London Metropolitan University and is a guest lecturer on the Doctor of Business Administration in Higher Education Management program at the University of Bath. He serves as a reviewer for journals such as the Journal of Consumer Behaviour and the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education.
Denise Holland teaches the methods courses for the Business and Computer Applications, Technology for Elementary Teachers courses, and serves as the post baccalaureate coordinator for students wanting licensure. Holland has a love for technology and the potential it has to serve both students and teachers.
Holland's students work on projects they can use in their classrooms and encourages them to learn as much about technology as possible. Her professional history includes educating college students in business, computer applications, and technology education for the past 10 years; teaching public high school courses in business and marketing; and assisting elementary teachers in creating technology projects for their classes. Holland's research interest focuses around the topic of technology and education.
Doug Daenzer teaches Business Research and Statistics. In this class, students conduct a culminating research project as a class and apply their knowledge of hypothesis development and testing, data gathering, and appropriate statistical analysis in the context of a business problem.
Daenzer also teaches mathematics teaching methods. The capstone section of his methods classes is a field experience in which students observe and work in the classrooms of elementary teachers or high school mathematics teachers. Block scheduling allows his students to immerse themselves in the classroom experience all day for four days straight.
Dr. Erik Guzik is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Business and Technology at the University of Montana Western. Guzik earned a BA and PhD (both in economics) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His current research centers on the micro-foundations of creativity and software-based problem solving methodologies. For his latest research into cloud-based learning to promote problem-solving in the classroom, Guzik received the 2011 Creative Oklahoma Great Inspirations Award, the Oklahoma Journal Record’s 2012 Creativity Award, and Hewlett Packard’s 2012 Catalyst Showcase People’s Choice Award.
After ten years of working in the private sector as Chief Operations Officer for a multi-million dollar company, Fredrick decided to enter higher education and pursue his Ph.D. Fred spent some time as an Assistant Professor in New Mexico, where he focused on best educational practices with cognitive learning and distance education. Fredrick also taught in Colorado, where he was instrumental in the development of new graduate degrees in the area of Athletic Administration and Coaching Pedagogy. Currently, Fred is an Associate Professor at The University of Montana Western and former Chair of the Business and Technology Department. Fredrick has numerous journal and book publications to his credit, and serves on the Board of Directors for a variety of corporations throughout the Northwest. He also actively presents and consults in the corporate and higher education worlds, as well as business education related conferences. Currently, Fredrick serves as an accreditation site reviewer and is also an editorial review board member for the (JEBE) Journal for Excellence in Business Education.
Kevin Engellant has been teaching full time in the business and technology department since 2009. He is also the faculty advisor for the Office Simulation Computer Lab. Engellant was the head women's basketball coach at UMW for 13 years in addition to teaching classes in the business and technology department and serving as the director of the Microcomputer Center. Engellant is a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist in the following programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. He is currently a faculty advocate for Pearson Higher Education and just completed his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an Instructional Technology emphasis. Engellant incorporates new technologies and software in his computer courses.
Kurt Steadman practiced law for many years and has also started and managed small businesses. In 2012, he became an Assistant Professor of Business here at Montana Western. In his Risk Management and Insurance class, his students get to select a small business and perform a Risk Analysis to evaluate that business’s risks and provide recommendations on how to reduce those risks. Kurt believes that if you are going to operate a business you need to understand many of the risks that you may face so you can proactively address them.
Also in Kurt’s Small Business Development class his students get to come up with a business idea and prepare a business plan. Kurt’s goal for the students after they complete this class is that they understand the steps of what it will take to start their chosen business and he also hopes that his students will go out and start their own business someday.
After many years of practical, real world experience working as an accountant and business manager for several successful business operations, Lee Ann joined the faculty at the University of Montana Western as an Instructor of Business. Lee Ann is the co-owner of a family farming and livestock operation which has grown to include a separate custom farming and haying business. Her extensive small business experience brings a unique perspective to her classroom.
Throughout her career, Lee Ann’s focus has been on providing great service to the customer and she has been recognized by both customers and employers for her outstanding customer service. Lee Ann brings this same emphasis on providing great customer service to her classroom by working to create a positive learning experience for her students. Lee Ann has been a faculty member at the University of Montana Western for three years.
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Kolby Brown is a literature major at the University of Montana Western.
Recent Montana Western graduate Taeler Rodriguez has been accepted to the University of Denver’s graduate program.
UMW grad Justinn Marshall was accepted into the University of Washington's regional medical education program.
Marcus Williams came to Montana Western to play football and major in business administration.
Coming to Montana Western was part of fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a doctor for Lindsey Densmore.