Business Education

The Business Education degree prepares students to become business teachers in public or private secondary schools.  The degree program requires admission into the Pat Walker Teacher Education program where students will experience a year-long teaching internship where they apply the practical and theoretical skills of teaching and learning that is valued by business, government agencies, and other related fields.

Degree Outcomes

Licensed Secondary Teacher:  A degree in Business Education can lead to an initial Arkansas teaching license to teach Business in grades 4-12. 

The majority of our students who complete the Business Education degree become practicing teachers in both public and private schools in the United States and abroad.

Students also pursue graduate school for advanced degrees to teach at the college level.


Teacher candidates that complete all of the required components of the Pat Walker Teacher Education Program will be eligible for an Arkansas teaching license at the end of their program of study. Our program will not align with the teacher certification licensure requirements of other states. Graduating from the University of the Ozarks Teacher Education Program will not automatically qualify program completers to receive a teaching license in another state. Teacher candidates and program completers will want to consult the Department of Education website of their preferred state in order to examine educator licensure and reciprocity requirements should they seek licensure in a state outside of Arkansas. Foundations of Reading Information

Studying the impact that humans have on the environment, and the impact that the environment has on humans requires a wealth of knowledge in many fields.

In the Environmental Studies major you will be able to tailor your degree to fit your own area of interests. You will take classes in the natural sciences, the social sciences and even literature during your quest to understand your place in the environment. Our students are actively engaged in environmental leadership. Whether it is planning Earth Day Celebrations, participating in stream clean-up projects, or working on habitat restoration projects Ozarks Environmental Studies students make a difference.


Degree Outcomes

Student can work for the National Parks System, the U.S. Forest Service and a variety of non-profits.

Student can also become environmental lawyers. 

Student have the opportunity to do research projects from studying sea turtles to studying the Buffalo River.


Management is one of the broadest fields within the traditional business curriculum. This discipline addresses the principles and theories of directing people and allocating resources to accomplish a given task. Students of management learn about different motivational theories, leadership styles, planning models, and systems of control and feedback. The minor forms a foundation for those students who may wish to pursue a graduate degree in business, as well as introducing non-business majors to those concepts of management that will benefit them in their chosen careers; for example, a chemistry student interested in running a research lab will benefit from understanding basic concepts of management.

Degree Outcomes

This minor will introduce students to the different theories of management.

The minor will introduce students to fundamental legal precepts regarding human resource management.

The minor will introduce students to fundamental steps in project management.

Economics is the discipline that seeks to understand and explain why people make financial decisions. The discipline focuses on the actions of players as large as a national economy and as small as an individual. Understanding rational economic behavior influences business decision making—from marketing and pricing decisions to resource allocation questions--and governmental actions and policies—from tax policy to allocation of government funding. This minor will benefit students who intend to pursue graduate degrees in business, law, or political science.

Degree Outcomes

An understanding of the fundamental drivers of behavior of individuals and distinct companies.

An understanding of the fundamental drivers of decision-making by governmental units and large industries.

A basic understanding of the societal impacts of government and corporate decisions.

Accounting is the language of business.  Various stakeholders of an entity (investors, creditors, employees, customers) learn about the operations of that entity by properly interpreting accounting results. The accounting minor provides a basic understanding of that language: its rules, its benefits, and its connection with other technical disciplines.  It is an excellent minor for students who may wish to pursue a graduate degree in business or who wish to understand how to communicate with business people within the context of their major discipline.

Degree Outcomes

The minor provides a basic structure of accounting rules and practices.

The minor provides a foundation for students who may wish to pursue a graduate degree in business, particularly in finance or economics.

The minor provides non-business majors with the tools to discuss their particular career in a business context when necessary.

The Minor in Coaching Athletics is currently housed in the division of education and is intended for students seeking credentialing for coaching/supervising athletics either through non-traditional routes to teacher licensure or other coaching related careers.

Degree Outcomes

Provide quality training that will have a positive impact on coaching performance.

Establish benchmarks for hiring quality coaches into the athletic program.

Studying the impact that humans have on the environment, and the impact that the environment has on humans requires a wealth of knowledge in many fields. In the Environmental Studies major you will be able to tailor your degree to fit your own area of interests. You will take classes in the natural sciences, the social sciences and even literature during your quest to understand your place in the environment. Our students are actively engaged in environmental leadership. Whether it is planning Earth Day Celebrations, participating in stream clean-up projects, or working on habitat restoration projects Ozarks Environmental Studies students make a difference.

Degree Outcomes

Students choose from a wide range of career paths and can work for a variety of organizations including the National Parks System, non-profits, and environmental lawyers. 

While at Ozarks, they have pursued internships and studies abroad from traveling to the Maasai Mara to internships in outdoor adventure and hospitality in Ireland. 

They have participated in research projects from studying sea turtles to studying the Buffalo and White Rivers.

Students in the Strategic Communication minor develop skills in research, writing, speaking, and strategic planning through studying theory and doing practical projects that prepare them for one of many career paths possible in communication.

Degree Outcomes

Social Media Manager - Graduates can create and manage messages, including videos, that will appeal to different audiences.

Public Relations Specialist - Whether working for a business or a nonprofit organization, graduates can plan and carry out public relations activities to keep the organization in good standing with the public.

Sports Information Director - Graduates interested in sports may specialize in sharing news about a college athletic program with the media and fans.

Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Students who have a background in sociology know how to think critically about human social life and how to ask important research questions. The sociology minor combines well with almost any other degree program because students trained in sociology have learned how to think, how to evaluate, and how to communicate effectively. These are all valuable abilities in a wide variety of vocations and professions. Common majors who select sociology as a minor include, biology (pre-health), environmental studies, philosophy, psychology, literature, and American studies.

Degree Outcomes

Students trained in sociology will learn how to think, how to evaluate, and how to communicate effectively.

Students with a minor in sociology will have the advantage of a greater understanding of the impacts of their major area (e.g., business) on society as a whole and on groups within society.

Students with a minor in sociology will have a basis for more completely informed decision-making as they seek to better understand their roles in their families, personal relationships, and society at large.

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