Applied Business Studies

The Department of Applied Business Studies, created in Fall 2020, offers undergraduate degree programs in Fashion Industry Studies, Hospitality Innovation and Leadership, and Property Management. Our programs are student-centered, focusing on skills needed for success in today's industries. Students experience applied, practical, and immersive activities with professionals in the industries while engaging in high levels of community involvement. 

For One Ball State Day 2023, we wanted to feature a few of our students to share what makes our programs unique, impactful, and promising to their future endeavors and how you can help make that happen!

Your donation to the Fashion Industry Studies Program will support student travel expenses. Our program is proud to offer and an immersive experience from start to finish! With that, comes field trip experiences that can be costly to students. Donor funds will support those costs, making them more attainable for all of our students. 

“I love this major because it’s a close-knit community made up of creative and business savvy students working towards a place in the fashion industry. I chose Ball State because I loved the beautiful campus and small class sizes. In the future, I plan to work in visual merchandising or trend forecasting.”

 – Clare Sexton, Fashion Merchandising Major

Your donation to the Hospitality Innovation and Leadership Program will support student travel expenses. Whether its field trips, shadowing experiences, or conferences, these funds will expand the program’s ability to take our students to various opportunities outside of the classroom to enrich their experience.

“I am happy I chose the hospitality program and am looking forward to the next two years and graduating! I’d like to work at a resort because I enjoy doing a little bit of everything. At Ball State, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about all the different aspects of the hospitality industry, hands on.”  

– Mary Mantle, Hospitality Innovation and Leadership Major

Your donation to the Property Management Program will support the costs of the professional credentials materials and exams offered to our students. Graduates of the program have the opportunity to leave with their bachelors degree, as well as professional credentials that are significant to industry success.

“This Program fully prepares you to become a successful professional. The opportunities Ball State provides to network with experts in the industry are endless. This program has allowed me to challenge myself to achieve greatness.” 

– Lauren Reed, Property Management Major 

Should you want to support all of these programs, their students, and the empowering experiences they offer, you can do so by donating to the Applied Business Studies Fund. These funds will be used to assist all the programs in a variety of day-to-day and project needs.

Applied Business Studies Challenge
When Applied Business Studies funds reach 46 donors in total, doubling last year’s donors, $250 will be released into Applied Business Studies General Fund.
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