Major & Minor

Business Management & Leadership

The study of business combines elements of accountancy, finance, marketing, organizational studies, human resource management, and operations.

Business Meeting

About the Business Major

Ranked by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as the most popular and in-demand major in the nation, the need for business majors is ever-growing. One of the top two most popular majors at Southern Virginia University, the business major provides students with a solid understanding of introductory accounting, statistics, economics, finance, marketing, organizational leadership and management, and business law. Leadership, ethics, and a global perspective are also integrated and emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Students in the business program gain hands-on experience working with various organizations, having worked with the Buena Vista Farmers’ Market, local radio stations, and The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Business students often work in collaboration with their professors on personal and professional projects, receiving one-on-one training, guidance, and advice, and are encouraged to participate in the Business Club, the Cryptocurrency Investment Club (CIA), and the business honors society Chi Epsilon Omega (CEO).

Learning Outcomes

What you’ll learn in the Business major:

  1. Skill in theory and practice of measuring, classifying, and reporting economic data.
  2. Knowledge of theory and models of economic behavior at the micro- and macroeconomic levels.
  3. Knowledge of theory and models of organizational behavior pertaining to organizational leadership, development, and maintenance.
  4. Understanding of principles and analytical methods of corporate financial analysis and management.
  5. Understanding of principles and methods involved in marketing goods and services.
  6. Knowledge of law, the legal system, agency, and organizational structure as they apply to business.
  7. Knowledge of cultural, political, legal and economic environments relating to global trade and investment.

Career Opportunities

There is a wide array of potential careers with a business management & leadership degree, including jobs in sales, marketing, finance, accounting, and more depending on your personal and professional goals. Learn where a career in business can take you.

  • Accountant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial analyst
  • Marketing manager
  • Business analyst
  • Human Resources generalist
  • Public Relations specialist

Getting Started in the Business Major

Follow these simple steps below to get a head start in the
Business Management & Leadership Major today.


Begin by taking Principles of Accounting (BUS 201) in your first year

Contact Your Advisor

Get in touch with New tab, Opens Bio of: Professor W. Todd Brotherson to discuss your interests and goals


Turn in a completed PDFDeclare Major Form to the Registrar’s Office

Questions? Contact the Registrar at

Business Faculty

Professor Todd Brotherson

Todd Brotherson

Business Management & Leadership Program Coordinator; Associate Professor of Business

Professor Jared Covington

Jared Covington

Instructor of Marketing

Professor Jack Heilpern

Jack Heilpern

Assistant Professor of Business

Professor Eric Nielsen

Eric Nielsen

Visiting Instructor of Business

“We work with many local businesses so students get that real world experience of actually running a campaign, doing a case study for an actual financial situation, or helping start a local or student business, so they are that much more prepared for their careers.”

—Todd Brotherson, Professor of Business