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Students collaborate with a business professional during Startup Term.

Business & Management


John Spittell

Professor & Chair of Business & Management, Executive-in-Residence

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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How we work

  1. We prepare you to succeed in careers that don't even exist yet. Twenty years ago, did anyone imagine there would be jobs like "nursing informaticist" or "mobile app developer?" We can't predict what you'll be doing two decades from now, but we do believe that business and management coursework, as part of a liberal arts education, is the best possible preparation.
  2. Business is a valuable part of a liberal arts education. A business major can seem like a safe choice if you don't know what you want to do with your life yet. But college isn't the time for safe choices; it's the time to explore. Approximately 10 percent of Knox students decide to pursue a business minor, and they come from practically every major: creative writing, environmental studies, chemistry, computer science, theatre, and more. They go on to careers at nonprofits, in government, and up and down the Fortune 500.
  3. We teach you how to create value. What you'll learn in our classes—finance, accounting, economics, marketing, human resources—will be relevant in any field you pursue, because they're the tools you need to transform what you love into something you can do for a living.
  4. We'll help you become a professional. At Knox, you'll learn to read, write, quantitatively analyze, and communicate with confidence and precision. You'll learn how to work effectively with people from different backgrounds. Above all, you'll learn to think critically and adapt on the fly—which are important skills to have in the 21st century workplace.
  5. We help you get a jump on your MBA. Knox has a partnership with the prestigious University of Rochester Simon School of Business, where you can gain admission to a top-tier business school (and a merit scholarship) directly after completion of your Knox degree.

How we learn

Business coursework at Knox is grounded in real-world experience. We call it "activated knowledge"—and it means you'll understand both the theory and how to apply it. A typical class might begin with a textbook discussion of (for instance) cash flow, but, from there, it quickly moves from the abstract to the very concrete. Why did Company X succeed? Why did Company Y fail? Our conversations are lively, thought-provoking, and wide-ranging, and you'll be expected to be an active participant.

You'll also have many, many opportunities to test what you've learned in the classroom. StartUp Term, a joint collaboration between the Departments of Business & Management and Computer Science, offers aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to launch their own technology-based companies. And students find challenging internships in a wide-ranging set of companies including Bank of America, Google, Caterpillar, Motorola, and Epic Systems.

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