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Business & Nonprofit Management

Learning to work in, start up and lead in a globalized world

In Earlham’s Business and Nonprofit Management Program, it’s never business as usual. Boasting a large percentage of international students, our classes prepare graduates to work in a globalized world. With an emphasis on experiential education, students with different nationalities and socio-cultural backgrounds work collaboratively to analyze complex problems, develop new programs and strategies, and research industries, businesses and nongovernmental organizations.

Core courses immerse students in the theories and practices of management from basic business skills such as accounting, statistics, economics, organizational design and analysis. Our program is distinct in that students are required to take Conflict Resolution and practice negotiation. In addition to the core, students choose from a variety of upper level courses to deepen their understanding and experience in public policy, economics, leadership, NGOs and relationships with business, and politics. International Law, Money and Capital Markets, NGOs and Civil Society, and Social Media and Marketing are just a few of the available course options.

Earlham partnership with Koru enhances career preparation of students
Earlham partnership with Koru enhances career preparation of students
Earlham has joined 12 other colleges and universities across the nation as partners of Koru, a new career immersion program that is enhancing the employment prospects of students.

Special Learning Opportunities

All BNP Management majors complete at least one required internship. These provide work experience and professional contacts. Our students have interned recently at nonprofits, businesses and international governmental agencies, including Asia Tech Source in China, Lithko, Korn Ferry International, the Development Bank of Mali, the Philadelphia Eagles, Valspar, the Richmond Baking Company, Edward Jones, The World Bank, Seeds of Peace, Siemens LLC Dubai, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade. In addition, BNP Management students are encouraged to study abroad for a semester in one of Earlham’s off-campus programs and often secure internships during this time.

In addition, our majors have frequently submitted winning proposals for the competitive Davis Peace Project award that provides funds for a project they design and implement, often beyond the U.S.

Our students also learn by serving on College committees that review and make recommendations on Earlham admissions and financial aid, budget, campus life and curriculum. They have managed the budget and programming for Student Activities and for college-wide events, and provided leadership to numerous student-run organizations, teams and clubs.

They establish new organizations to support their learning, such as a student chapter of Net Impact that sponsors programs and networking events using analytical and organizational skills to support social and environmental change in firms, social enterprises, and NGOs or nonprofits.


Many of our Business and Nonprofit Management graduates choose to pursue master and Ph.D. programs at top-ranked schools such as the Thunderbird School of Global Management, The George Washington University, MIT and the London School of Economics. About 80 percent of our alumni have completed or expect to pursue masters or Ph.D. programs.

Recent graduates have found employment at a wide variety of organizations including First Bank in Indianapolis, the World Bank in Palestine, the Ronald McDonald House in Russia, and PricewaterhouseCoopers in the U.S. and in Malawi. Some are entrepreneurs starting new businesses. Even in their initial jobs, alumni report that they use skills from the major, that they are paid enough to support their desired lifestyles, and they find their work both meaningful and satisfying.

Josh Penn
Oscar Nominee

Josh Penn '06 is one of the producers of Beasts of the Southern Wild, a 2013 nominee for an Oscar for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Tyrian Robertson
Student Plans Disaster Relief Nonprofit

Tyrian Robertson ’17 sees how the broader world is at work in her life and is inspired to use her skills and abilities to benefit others. After graduation, Robertson hopes to start a nonprofit that helps areas recover from natural disasters.

Distinctively Earlham
Global learning happens naturally in Earlham’s Business and Nonprofit Management courses. International students accounted for more than half of the 2014 BNP graduating class. The majority of our graduates note that they are employed in firms or agencies that operate in an international context, and they credit the BNP Management classes with contributing to their ability to work there. They benefitted from learning in multinational and multicultural groups and teams in smaller classes.
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