Business Administration

Business students visit internship location

Almost 20% of Saint Michael's College students choose to major in business administration.  Our program consists of 12 courses and includes:

  • foundational courses such as statistics and economics
  • core courses such as accounting, finance, management, and marketing
  • elective courses and an experiential course requirement 

Our program is grounded in ethical and data-driven decision making.  Our curriculum is designed to assist new business students successfully navigate through the many facets of the contemporary organization. We try to strike an appropriate balance between theory and practice and to promote ethical decision making across all sub-disciplines in business (e.g. accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations).

In your first business course, BU 103 Managerial Ethics, you will examine the ethical context in which contemporary managers operate.  After an introduction to the functional areas of business, the course outlines the various models of ethical decision making and gives students the opportunity to apply these models to various managerial situations.  In our business core courses, students will learn the theories and practices of each of the functional areas through readings, experiential learning opportunities, team projects, critical reflection and networking opportunities.  Students can further explore the functional areas of business through one or more electives.  All students participate in either a semester long internship or organizational consulting course.

In addition to completing the program coursework, students must also complete one of the College's minors (students completing a second major satisfy this requirement).

As a Saint Michael's business major, you will learn about the functional areas of business including accounting, finance, management and marketing. We offer a range of upper-level elective courses in these areas, as well several courses in international business. The Department offers majors and minors in accounting and business administration.

The business administration major emphasizes the nature, function and social role of the business organization and examines how administration is both an art and a science. In keeping with the college’s liberal arts mission, requirements for the major are comprehensive but recognize the unique opportunities that the liberal studies foundation affords our students.

The major also includes components that help students understand the interface between business decisions and the conduct of a moral/ethical life. All business administration majors will have an experiential component and several electives as part of their program of study. In addition, the major requires that students pursue their liberal studies by completing a minor. This requirement can be met by completing an accounting minor, a minor either from those offered from any other department on campus, or a second major.

The accounting major prepares students for careers in a variety of organizations including public accounting firms, business enterprises, government and non-profit organizations. In addition, the coursework is sufficiently broad to prepare students to continue their studies in graduate programs in accounting or business administration. The relationship between the accounting major and preparation for the CPA exam is explained on the accounting major page.

The business minor, consisting of 5 courses (BU 103 Managerial Ethics, AC 143 Managerial Accounting, BU 214 Management, BU 215 Marketing and BU 361 Business Strategy) complements any one of the College’s majors.  Our business minor helps students develop the basic skill sets that they will need to begin their career in a wide range of organizational settings in the private, nonprofit and government sectors. 

One-on-one guidance from faculty will be a big part of your business education at St. Mike's. Our students frequent professors' offices for help and advice, not only for courses, but also for questions about the business world in general; our professors have a variety of practical and academic experience.

Writing and presentation skills also are fostered throughout the business major. Students have many chances to practice and enhance their writing and speaking abilities, which is essential to success in business.

Business Learning Outcomes

Sample Four Year Plan for Business Majors

First Year or Second Year Courses
BU 103 Managerial Ethics
AC 143 Managerial Accounting
EC 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
ST 120  Elementary Statistics 
AC 141  Financial Accounting 
Second and Third Year Courses
BU 214 Management
BU 215 Marketing
BU 216 Business Finance
BU 218 Analytics and Operations
Third and Fourth Year Courses
BU 361 Business Strategy 
Business elective
Fourth Year Courses
BU 496 Organizational Consulting 
BU 498 Internship
Business elective

Business majors may take either BU 496 or BU 498 as their capstone experience.

Students pursuing a Business major must complete a minor or second major.

Alaba Apesin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Business Administration
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Ph.D University of Maryland Eastern Shore
M.B.A. Delaware State University
H.N.D. Yaba College of Technology

Areas of Expertise:

Organizational leadership
Student leadership development
Training and Development
Quality and Production Management
Quality, Occupational Health and Safety Auditing

Courses Taught:

Managerial Ethics and Ethical Issues in Business
Analytics in Operations 


Steven Doyon, M.B.A., CPA, CGMA

Instructor of Business Administration & Accounting

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Jeanmarie Hall 149B
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M.B.A. University of Vermont

B.A. in Accounting: Saint Michael's College
Vermont licensed Certified Public Accountant 

Courses I Teach:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Auditing
  • Seminar in Accounting

My Saint Michael's

I practiced in public accounting for 14 years, serving as an auditor for one of the "Big 4" firms. I audited the financial statements of publicly traded and privately held firms in a variety of industries.

I have taught at Saint Michael's College since the fall 1995 semester, initially as a part-time instructor and full-time since the fall of 2008.

In that time, I have instructed 11 different courses within the accounting, business and finance curriculum. 

I serve as Faculty Advisor for our Saint Michael’s College Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta (International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration).

Robert Letovsky, Ph.D.

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

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Jeanmarie Hall 149G
Box 273
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Ph.D. Concordia University
M.B.A. University of Toronto
B.Comm. McGill University

Areas of Expertise:

Case development focused on organizational strategy, business/government relations and sustainability.

Courses I Teach:

  • Managerial Ethics
  • Business Policy & Strategic Management
  • Organizational Problem Solving
  • Marketing

My favorite class to teach is Managerial Ethics. It is the first required course in the BU major, and it really gets students to step outside of their comfort zone. While there is a core theory that has to be addressed, the course is set up so that we can explore issues that are current in the business world. For example, this Fall semester, the overall theme of the semester-long team research project is the ethical dilemma(s) posed by the adoption of new technologies in business. We will be examining data mining, drones, robots, self-driving vehicles and artificial intelligence. The course also puts students into situations where ethical reasoning comes into play. I typically use a computer simulation to give students a hands-on experience as a manager in a series of hypothetical situations where they must make decisions which are sound not only financially but ethically.

Paul Olsen, Ed.D

Associate Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

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Jeanmarie Hall 149E
Box 38
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B.A., Ed.D. University of Vermont
M.S.A., Saint Michael's College
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification

I joined the Business Department in 1994. From 1994-2012, I was associate director of the Master of Science in Administration (MSA) program. Previously I was  Employee Benefits Manager and Assistant Director of Human Resources at the College. 

Courses I Teach:

  • Managerial Ethics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Internship Practicum
  • Peace and Justice Leadership

Karen Popovich, DBA

Chair/Associate Professor Business Administration & Accounting

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Jeanmarie Hall 149D
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B.B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A. Cleveland State University

Areas of Expertise:

My doctorate is in operations management with a specific focus in strategic enrollment management for higher education. My background includes technology, strategy, management, and data analysis.

Since 2002, I have been honored to teach at Saint Michael's College and in the Department of Business Administration and Accounting (DBAA) where I have the opportunity to teach large and seminar classes, work one-on-one with students as a mentor and advisor, integrate teaching and research, and contribute to a team of involved educators who help students achieve academic success and personal growth.

Courses I Teach:

During the academic year, I have been teaching Business Strategy. As an upper-level integrative course students further develop skills in identifying, analyzing, and solving business problems through assignments which represent the “real world.” Our course includes readings, discussion, case analysis, experiential learning and presentations. Our course is writing intensive. 

During the summer, I enjoy teaching in our Accelerated Summer College Program ( For the last several years, I have been teaching Management and an Excel-based MIS course. In summer 2019, both my classes moved to the online portion of the program. It has been a great opportunity to expand my teaching experience and make online feel personal and like a regular class.

For me, teaching in a business program at a liberal arts institution is about shaping future graduates who bring their heads and hearts to work and recognize the value of being a life-long learner. I learn from my students as much as they learn from me. It’s not just about critical analysis and technical expertise, but developing effective communication skills and formulating intellectual and ethical decisions. 

To foster lasting educational experiences, my classes encompass small and large collaborative assignments, case discussions, experiential and simulated assignments, exams, classroom and off-campus visits with community leaders and business owners, academic research and personal reflection. My goal is to have students assess their situation, define a problem or acknowledge a complex problem from a variety of viewpoints, offer recommendations or make decisions and continuously evaluate their efforts to know they are not only doing something right, but they are doing what’s right in a larger context. 


Thomas Van Dzura, M.S., Administration

Instructor of Accounting

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Jeanmarie Hall 149H
Box 38
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B.A., Accounting, Saint Michael's College
M.S., Administration, Saint Michael's College

Areas of Expertise:

Managerial Accounting
Nonprofit Accounting
Internal Management Reporting
Fiscal Stewardship

Courses I Teach:

Managerial Accounting
Managerial Ethics
Cost Management

Prior to joining the St. Michael’s College faculty full-time during the 2015-2016 academic year, Tom served as the CFO for the Society of St. Edmund, the founding, Non-Profit Religious Order of St. Michael’s College.  Previously, Tom spent nine years at National Life Insurance Company (Montpelier, VT) holding various positions within the Treasury and Financial Reporting departments.  Tom has also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Business Administration and Accounting at St. Mike’s during 2007-2010.

He is a 1989 graduate of St. Michael’s College (BS in Accounting) and completed his graduate studies there as well in the college’s MSA (Masters of Science in Administration) program in 2003.  In 2016, Tom earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Business Administration from Walden University. Tom holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified in Financial Management (CFM) designations sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), of which he is a member. With regard to outside volunteer activities, Tom has served as the Chair of the Mater Christi School (Burlington, VT) Finance Committee and a member of its full board.  He also served on the Finance Council of St. Pius X Church in Essex, VT, the Audit Committee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, VT, and the Band Boosters at Essex High School.

Tom and his wife Brenda (also an ’89 St. Mike’s graduate) live in Essex with their three sons, Kyle (22), Darren (20) and Joseph (18).  All family members enjoy running, are sports fans, appreciate the gift of each day, and spending quality time together, while not taking themselves (or life) too seriously and regularly embracing laughter. 

Xinting Zhen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

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Jeanmarie Hall 149C
Box 38
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Ph.D Illinois Institute of Technology
M.B.A University of the Pacific

Areas of Expertise:

Empirical Corporate Finance
Financial Institutions and Markets
Risk Management

Courses I Teach:

Business Finance

Alicia Norris, MAcc, CPA

Instructor of Business Administration and Accounting

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Jeanmarie Hall 149E
Box 38
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B.A., Economics, Metropolitan State University of Denver
MAcc, University of Vermont
Certified Public Accountant

Areas of Expertise:

Management Accounting
Financial Accounting 

Courses I Teach:

Managerial Accounting
Financial Accounting
Cost Management
Intermediate Accounting I
Business & Accounting Internship

Professor Norris is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Master’s degree in Accounting from University of Vermont. Her undergraduate degree was in Economics from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. She has over 20 years of professional experience and countless hours of educating people in many different roles including corporate training and college classes. Professor Norris strives to apply real life examples to bring variety and application to the learning process. She has a passion for education and the field of accounting and is looking forward to helping students achieve their highest potential at Saint Michael’s and beyond. 

Professionally, Professor Norris has taken on many challenges. Following her MSU graduation, she started working for Charles Schwab as a customer service representative and achieved several promotions to broker, team lead and ultimately manager of a team of brokers. In addition to managing personnel and risk to the firm, she delivered training to new hires and brokers on technical subjects including margins and options trading. She worked for Charles Schwab in Denver, Co and Austin, TX in the 1990’s. She returned home to Vermont in the early 2000’s and worked as a financial advisor for retirement plan benefits to Vermont State Employees. She appreciated the detail-oriented nature of financial planning and accounting and went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Vermont. To gain experience in the field of accounting, Prof. Norris interned at and worked as a Cost Accountant at Autumn Harp in Essex Junction. For the last 5 years, Professor Norris worked at a local CPA firm preparing personal, small business and non-profit income tax returns. She also returned to her true passion and started teaching courses at Champlain College and the University of Vermont. 

In her free time Professor Norris enjoys hiking, running, reading and mountain biking with her family. She has coached basketball, soccer and Girls on the Run, and has volunteered for many organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life.

Just as in the business world, you'll have opportunities to work in teams and develop effective communication and leadership skills through a variety of projects. A few examples:

  • Working with computer-based simulation to market consumer products in Latin America
  • Developing a marketing plan to sell bamboo bicycles in Liberia, vaccine kits in Burkina-Faso, or property insurance in Senegal
  • Acting as a consultant to a local business or nonprofit agency to help them address some organizational problem

Saint Michael's hosts a chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta Honors Society to honor outstanding academic achievement and scholarship by students studying business, management and administration. Sigma Beta Delta has more than 250 chapters nationwide. The society's principles include wisdom (Sigma), honor (Beta), and the pursuit of meaningful aspirations (Delta).

Our department encourages students to study abroad to gain valuable knowledge and experience in the global marketplace. Each year, almost 25% of our majors study abroad.

After graduation, our majors go on to careers like:

  • Career Development Supervisor/Financial Representative
  • Corporate Staff Accountant
  • Marketing Director/Project Manager
  • Fixed Income Trading
  • Fund Accountant
  • Private Donor Group
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Stockbroker Assistant
  • Tax Consultant
  • VP of Client Services
  • Account Development Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Advertising Executive
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Portfolio Administrator

Our students have found work at:

Many have gone on to graduate school for MBAs. In the last several years,

  • 25 students have attended graduate school at Clarkson
  • 5 to Northeastern
  • 5 to Bentley
  • 5 to Babson

Our students have also gone on to Law School, Boston University, San Jose State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fordham, Pace and New York University.

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