Robert Carlson , M.B.A. » Department of Business

FROST   00042Leadership roles in business and other organizations require carefully developed skills.

As part of Bethany College’s Business Department, you will have the opportunity to develop intellectual and practical skills that will serve you well throughout your lifetime and provide a basis for building a successful career.

We believe in active learning. By combining classes, experience, interaction and participation, we help you internalize what you are learning. Our goal is to help you apply your knowledge and skills to business situations and carry these methods and processes into your career.

Bethany’s faculty is committed to your success. Our average student-faculty ratio is 13:1, which allows us time to get to know you and become partners with you in your education.

As a Bethany business student, you will have many opportunities to participate in leadership activities such as:

Experienced-Based Education

We help you learn and gain crucial experience while you earn credit through internships. You will gain important skills, make professional contacts and add to you resume.

Business Career Conference

The Business Career Conference is held biennially and gives Bethany students the opportunity to learn from and interact with successful Bethany alumni.

Distinguished Lectureship Series

The Mauney Lecture Series brings distinguished scholars and business leaders who give their perspectives on current topics through public lectures, classroom presentations, discussions and one-on-one conversations with students.

Directed Independent Studies

Students have the opportunity to work with faculty to design interesting and practical courses that give students skills and knowledge in particular areas.

Business Club

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An important part of your business studies at Bethany College are the professional and leadership opportunities offered through the Business Club. This group makes annual tours to major business centers and provides presentations to the campus by business professionals.


Business Administration
Business Economics
Business Education Teaching 6-12
Management with International Management Concentration
Marketing with Emphasis in Network Marketing
Operations Management
Sports Management


Computer Applications


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Department Chair

Robert Carlson, M.B.A.

Provost of the College Chair of the Business DepartmentProfessor of Business
Office Department of Business & Economics Social Science Center 1 Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8167
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Robert Carlson is a professor of business at Bethany College. He has been a member of the faculty since 1983 and is the Business Department Chair.

Carlson has been owner and manager of an accounting, tax and consulting business in Lindsborg since 1975. He is a Certified Tax Professional by the National Society of Tax Professionals.  He earned his M.B.A and a B.S.B. in business administration and management, both from Emporia State University.

He has done additional study at Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emporia State University and Augsburg College Mexico Global Study Seminar. Prior to working at Bethany College, he has taught at Emporia State University and Garden City Community College.

Carlson has previous business experience with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Wichita, Kan., Pool and Sinnard C.P.A.s, Gigot Enterprises and Amoco division of Standard Oil.

Carlson is professionally affiliated with, among others, the Midwest Finance Association, McPherson County Economic Development Committee, National Federation of Independent Business and Smoky Valley Development Company.