Business Administration & Economics

Why Choose PUC?

There are few schools that offer the combination of quality education and natural beauty found at PUC. In addition to an excellent academic environment, PUC provides an atmosphere that lends itself to a life style of high standards and high ethics.

PUC offers several business degrees and emphases in a geographic location that is world-famous for its scenic beauty-the Napa Valley. The pursuit of academic excellence is aided by a quiet, mountainous environment that affords opportunities to relax from the rigors of studies. Acres of college-owned forest adjacent to the student residences provide accessible options for getting out into the woods, relaxing, and hiking. While the aesthetic qualities of living in Northern California are unsurpassed, this naturally gorgeous destination campus is only 80 miles from the cosmopolitan, big-city atmosphere of downtown San Francisco.

Founded in 1882, Pacific Union College is a four-year, Christian, comprehensive college, fully accredited with the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), by the Accreditation Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities, and with the Education Department of the State of California. In addition to these accreditation recognitions, the Department of Business Administration and Economics and its programs are fully accredited with the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) accrediting organization.

Pacific Union College has consistently been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report college rankings in the top tier of comprehensive colleges in the western U.S. PUC also receives high rankings within California and for graduation rates, campus diversity, and international students. The natural beauty of rural Angwin, combined with excellent academic programs, provides students with exceptional opportunities for learning and for forming new friendships in a Christian college environment.

Business is a major that prepares the student for a wide variety of careers. Graduates can be employed in a number of fields, all of which have a need for people trained in management, finance, tax preparation, marketing and many other business-related areas. Almost all types of organizations need business-trained personnel. Our recent graduates have gone to work for regional, local, and national accounting firms, investment firms like Merrill Lynch, Insurance companies, Adventist Health organizations, schools, and for family businesses.

The Business Department is one of the largest departments at PUC in terms of majors and numbers of teachers. Students have been fortunate in finding jobs after college, many with very good organizations. The department has attracted good students and many organizations want to employee those who were good students. Typically 5-10% of the graduating seniors go on to medical school, another 5-10% go on to dental school, another 5-10% go to law school, and an additional 5-10% go on to graduate business school.

Graduates with degrees in business have also continued their education in major universities. The major educational areas for graduate work have been for masters and/or doctoral degrees in business, law, medicine, and dentistry. A partial listing of these graduate schools is as follows:

  • University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall, and Hastings
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of California at Irvine
  • University of California at Davis
  • University of California at Riverside
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • University of Oregon
  • California State University-Sacramento, Fremont, Sonoma, Bakersfield, Stanislaus
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Chicago
  • Harvard University
  • Columbia University
  • Yale University
  • Loma Linda University
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • Willamete University