The Department of Marketing and Professional Sales curriculum is designed to prepare students for a career in the dynamic and exciting field of marketing and sales. B.B.A. majors are offered in Marketing and in Professional Sales. Minors are offered in both areas also.
Marketing is concerned with the development, delivery, promotion and exchange of a company’s goods and services. As a result, marketing is the pivotal function within the firm that generates income for the business and delivers a standard of living.
The term “marketing” in a broad sense includes individuals’ or organizations’ activities which encourage and facilitate exchanges of values. This includes many non-promotional activities such as research, physical distribution and pricing as applied to goods and services, in both profit and nonprofit contexts.
Career opportunities include such diverse areas as retail store management, industrial selling, marketing research, advertising and others. In addition to a general marketing program, the department has designed three specialized tracks or areas of concentration which focus on Professional Selling, Promotional Communication and Retail Management.
The Professional Sales degree program can lead to a personally satisfying and financially rewarding career in sales, sales management and marketing. Professional Sales is the most common entry-level position in many companies for college students. Further, there are more job openings in professional sales than in any other marketing area. Thus, the Professional Sales degree program provides an avenue of entry into corporations and positions in other marketing functions.
The focus of the Professional Sales Program is on business-to-business or organizational marketing. In addition, the program addresses relationship selling, establishing long term mutually satisfying business relationships. The foundation for this is providing creative and cost effective solutions to the customer’s important problems.