MacMurray College offers a well-rounded program in Business Administration with minors offered in accounting, marketing, management, and finance. Our goal is to prepare you for exciting careers in business.

As a Business major at MacMurray, you will gain exposure to key disciplines that matter to your success, such as business communication, human resources, marketing and advertising, international business, leadership and management, economics, accounting, finance, legal issues, and more.

While at MacMurray, you will be expected to engage in a significant amount of "experiential learning," or hands-on work, either in the classroom or in businesses around Jacksonville and beyond.

Internships are a crucial part of your career preparation, and MacMurray students get job experience at local firms in the area, as well as at the state and even national level. MacMurray 2015 graduate Martin Lara, for example, held a summer internship in the budget office at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.

The Business Administration Program will provide you with the foundation necessary for entry into a professional career or graduate study. Recent MacMurray graduates are working in a variety of exciting business fields, including insurance and financial planning, management, sales and marketing, banking, finance, and accounting to name a few.

Your workplace options cover the gamut: you can choose to work in an office individually or as part of a team, or you can embark on your own business venture.

Learn more about Finance courses and how to pursue a minor in Finance through our academic catalog.

FINC 199. Personal Finance. (3) How to survive financially and obtain the maximum benefit from your income. The course will lead students to create a short and long term financial plan for living within a budget and anticipating retirement. It will review basics on managing money and credit, interest rates, personal loans, investing, home purchasing and financing, and obtaining the right insurance for auto, home, life, and health. No prerequisite.

FINC 345. Business Finance. (3) Fundamental theories and principles of finance common to all legal forms of business organizations, with emphasis on financial policies of the corporate enterprise. Topics include financial analysis, measurement of risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, working capital management, leverage, and capital structure optimization. Prerequisite: ACCT 221.

FINC 346. Investments. (3) An introduction to the securities market. An examination of the major financial instruments and the markets in which they are bought and sold. Emphasis upon formulation of investment policy by both the individual and the business organization. Prerequisite: FINC 345.

FINC 358. Intermediate Financial Management. (3) Selected topics in managing the investment, financing, and working capital activities of a business. The course also provides in-depth analysis of financial statements and case studies which cover a wide range of financial problems. Prerequisites: BUSA 221 and FINC 345. BUSA 221 may be taken concurrently.

FINC 399. Topics in Finance. (3) An examination of selected topics in finance. Topics include international finance, international trade, international economics, capital budgeting, international financial management, or portfolio management. Prerequisite: FINC 345.

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Kathi White

Associate Professor of Business

  • Areas of interest: White is interested in examining organizational change strategies.
  • M.B.A. — Emporia State University
  • M.S. in Industrial Psychology — Emporia State University
  • B.S. in Psychology — Marymount College
  • Courses taught: Principles of Management, Business Strategy, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Cultural Environment of International Business
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Chad Duncheon

Assistant Professor of Accounting

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” - Ben Sweetland

  • Areas of interest: Duncheon is an avid golfer and sports fan, with an emphasis on the Cubs. He likes to play with his six-year-old pup, Carl, as much as he can.
  • M.S. in Professional Accountancy – Illinois State University
  • B.S. in Accountancy – Illinois State University 
  • Courses taught: Intro. to Financial Accounting, Intro. to Cost Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Federal Income Taxation and Auditing.
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Joshua Seifert

Assistant Professor of Marketing and Business

“Teaching allows me to share my wealth of business knowledge and experience with students to help ensure their success upon graduation.”

  • Areas of interest: Seifert likes to combine innovative marketing strategies with top tier communication skills and techniques.
  • M.B.A – Culver-Stockton College
  • B.S. in Business Administration – Culver-Stockton College
  • Courses taught: Business Communications, Principles of Marketing, Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, Advertising, Marketing Communications, Social Media Marketing, Topics in Marketing, and Career Experience.
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Chuck Smith

Visiting Professor of Economics and Finance

Kara Lynch

Professional Fellow