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 business management, computer-aided manufacturing or office systems technology.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Tourism and Recreation.This degree introduces students to the tourism industry as preparation for entry-level positions in hospitality, tourism and recreation.Information Technology & Network Administration Certificate Program. This certificate program will prepare its graduates as administrators with advanced computer skills.
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.
Fredrick Chilson is the chair of the Business and Technology department. His area of research is distance learning pedagogy and evaluation. In New Mexico, Chilson created the first completely on-line higher education program. He is interested in helping faculty transition from teaching face-to-face to facilitating classes on-line. Chilson is also devoted to integrating “Brain-Based Learning” into the classroom and workplace for retention and motivation.
Jim Falvey is an economist with a great interest in resource economics.
He believes a strong role for free markets and individual decision-making in the economy is compatible with sustainable management of natural resources. He recruits students to his resource economics course who are interested in bridging the gap between economists and scientists/conservationists.
Falvey especially encourages science students to join business students in his classes to provide their perspectives in discussions of economic models of resource management.
Kevin Engellant is currently is his second year teaching full time in the business and technology department. 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 technolgy 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 is working on his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an Instructional Technolgy emphasis. Engellant incorporates new technologies and software in his computer courses.
Rebecca Petersen is a living testament to the proud tradition of teaching educators at the University of Montana Western.
Diana Taylor is pursuing an early childhood education degree to enrich her life and bolster her skills for her job at a Head Start in Butte, Mont.
Montana Western's biology program is now competitive in the national arena thanks to nearly $2 million in grants secured by Mike Morrow.
The Carnegie Foundation's 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year is taking Montana Western's experiential learning to the national stage.