The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
Preston Chiaro, Dean
The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is dedicated to providing distinctive academic programs based on the integration of business and liberal arts education. This integration in both curriculum and delivery systems is requisite to prepare our students for life-long learning and to aid their adaptation to changing social, technological and economic conditions. This integration enhances the capabilities of our graduates in written and oral communication, computing and technology, international dimensions, critical thinking, ethics, social responsibility, and team effectiveness.
Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the programs of the Gore School of Business reflect Westminster College’s continuing commitment to provide a student-oriented learning environment and innovative education of exceptional quality. The integration of business and liberal arts education contributes to students’ effectiveness as citizens and agents of change. Whether students are preparing for entry-level or mid-career qualifications, the programs of the Gore School of Business offer a solid foundation of business knowledge and understanding of the complexity of organizations as they function in a global environment. Programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Westminster Flight Operations program prepares you for a career as a professional pilot in the airline and corporate aviation industries. As with many professions, there are minimum qualifications that make you more attractive to potential employers. At Westminster, you will gain the flight skills, knowledge, and judgement that take you well beyond the minimum requirements set by the FAA.
The Aviation Management program at Westminster offers a balanced curriculum that combines a broad general education with a strong foundation of business and specialized courses and experiences in aviation management. The specialized aviation courses allow you to focus on your area of interest and the internship experience will allow you to get started on your desired career path. The Westminster Aviation Management program is designed to provide you flexibility in determining your specific career path, because there are so many opportunities in the aviation business field.
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)
The school also develops and presents non-credit classes, seminars, institutes, and workshops to meet the training and professional development needs of local businesses, government and non-profit agencies, and community groups through the Division of New Learning.
Undergraduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are distinct in balancing solid the oretical preparation with practical application. Students are given broad business preparation with contextual applications to prepare them for general business decision making.
In all business majors, undergraduate students distinguish themselves by mastering skills in the following professional areas:
- Accounting: financial accounting, managerial accounting and international accounting
- Economics: basic economic concepts, microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics
- Management: management principles, organizational behavior, operations management, strategy and policy, international/cross-cultural management and entrepreneurship
- Quantitative business analysis: probability and statistics and quantitative operations management techniques
- Information systems: information systems in business and society, information technology concepts, business information systems and systems development
- Finance: corporate finance, investments, and international finance
- Marketing: identifying attractive markets, serving selected markets, and international marketing
- Legal and social environment: the legal environment, regulatory environment, business relationships, and ethics and social responsibility
- International issues: drawn from other content areas in the common professional core
Business Programs Overview
Students completing business programs use the skills drawn from the preceding areas throughout their program major and across the curriculum. All students also complete practical experiences in either internships or practicum projects, to give context and experience to learning achieved in the classroom.
In most business majors, students can elect to complete Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs. The B.S. programs are designed to give students deeper specialization within the major area, while B.A. programs are designed to give broader preparation in both the program area and in other areas depending on the student’s background, preferences, and interests. Students completing the B.A. option are required to complete either a declared academic minor other than the Business minor, or twelve credit hours of foreign language.
Students should discuss B.S. and B.A. options with their academic advisor to determine which better meets their career goals.
Undergraduate Programs of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business*
|Accounting (B.A. & B.S.)||Finance (B.A. & B.S.)|
|Aviation Studies||International Business (B.A.)|
|Flight Operations (B.S.)||Management (B.A. & B.S.)|
|Aviation Management (B.A. & B.S.)||Marketing (B.A. & B.S.)|
|Business||Bachelor of Business|
|Business Minor||Administration (BBA)|
|Economics Option (B.A.)|
|Business Option (B.S.)|
|Pre-Law Option (B.A.)|
*See also the interdisciplinary programs Computer Information Systems and Arts Administration in the Arts and Sciences section.
All programs within the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are accredited by ACBSP with the exception of the B.A. Economics program; and the Aviation Studies programs, which are accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).
Graduate Programs of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
(See Graduate Academic Catalog for detailed information on graduate programs.)
Master of Accountancy
The Master of Accountancy is designed to meet the needs of students interested in a professional career in accounting. This program is unique in the sense that it recognizes the highly integrated relationship between the disciplines of accounting and information systems which has evolved in the recent past. Students completing this program will be well prepared to sit for the CPA exam and positioned to accept high-level leadership roles in either public accounting or corporate environments.
Master of Business Administration
The Master of Business Administration is a professional program that prepares students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. It will teach students how to achieve their career goals by building professional and personal skill sets. Students can customize the program to strengthen career-specific abilities. The program emphasizes the practical and applied aspects of business.
Master of Business Administration in Technology Management
The Master of Business Administration in Technology Management is a professional program that prepares students for executive leadership roles in technology-driven business environments. Specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals with technical backgrounds, it will teach students how to achieve their career goals by building their professional and personal skill sets. Students can customize the program to strengthen career-specific abilities. The program emphasizes the practical and applied aspects of commercializing innovative products and managing the businesses that develop them.
Accelerated Master of Business Administration for Westminster Undergraduate Students
Students who have completed an undergraduate business program within five years at Westminster College in Accounting, Aviation Management, Business, B.S. in Economics, Information Resource Management, or International Business may have the option, based on admission to the MBA program, of completing an accelerated Master of Business Administration degree. A minimum of 36 graduate semester hours are required to complete the program to earn the Master of Business Administration degree. Individuals who graduated with any of the above-listed degrees five years ago or longer may be required to complete foundational preparation in addition to completing the 36 semester hours of graduate core and elective coursework.
Project-Based Master of Business Administration
The Project-Based Master of Business Administration (PMBA) Program at Westminster College is a project-based degree completion program. Students complete a series of practical business projects to demonstrate mastery of a specific set of business skills and competencies. Students apply skills achieved through professional experiences and additional self-paced learning in project sequences. As students complete projects, their work is evaluated by faculty coaches using detailed learning measurement rubrics. Upon satisfactory completion of the full set of projects, students have demonstrated mastery of the full set of learning goals and competencies and are awarded a PMBA degree.
Graduate Business Certificates
Certificates allow students to update their graduate degrees or pursue a specific field of study with a focused curriculum. The certificates offered are:
Shannon Bellamy, Associate Professor (Management)
Gaylen Bunker, Associate Professor (Accounting and Finance)
Richard Chapman, Professor (Economics)
Richard Collins, Professor (Economics and Finance)
Gerald R. Fairbairn, Professor (Aviation)
Michael Glissmeyer, Assistant Professor, Management/Strategy
Jennifer Harrison, Assistant Professor, (Accounting)
Robert J. Haworth, Instructor (Management)
Richard Henage, Associate Professor (Accounting)
Dara A. Hoffa, Associate Professor (Accounting)
Stephen S. Hurlbut, Assistant Professor (Management)
Clifford Hurst, Assistant Professor (Management)
Brian Jorgensen, Associate Professor (Marketing)
Michael A. Keene, Assistant Professor (Technology Management)
Melissa M. Koerner, Associate Professor (Management)
Lauren Lo Re, Assistant Professor (Finance)
Michael Mamo, Assistant Professor (Economics)
Ronald M. Mano, Professor (Accounting)
Kenneth Meland, Professor (Management)
Alysse Morton, Professor (Management)
William Ogilvie, Instructor (Aviation)
Michael Pacanowsky, Endowed Chair, Gore-Giovale Chair in Business Innovation
Robert Patterson, Associate Professor (Finance)