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FinanceBachelor of Business Administration

Step into the financial world.

Prepare to build a strong future.

Corporations, pension funds, insurance companies, and other organizations and individuals who make investment decisions rely on financial analysts to provide information and guidance. By applying their analytical and decision-making skills, they assess stock and bond performance, study trends, and develop portfolio strategies and recommendations to meet financial goals.

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Career Facts

$76,950

Median salary for Financial Analysts

16%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$109,740

Median salary for Financial Managers

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Overview

Baker’s Finance program focuses on resource allocation—financial markets, financial instruments, individuals, and institutions that manage money and other assets.

Through our curriculum, developed and taught by finance professionals, you gain an understanding of financial theory and practice from many perspectives—banking, financial services, financial planning, and corporate finance. You also study the issues that individuals and organizations face today, and develop the analytical and math skills needed to succeed in a global environment.

As a graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to enter the field that appeals to you—corporate finance, investment banking, financial markets and services, or insurance.

Course Information
Finance Major69 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACC 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the beneficial role technology plays in processing accounting information. Emphasis is placed on hands-on application utilizing QuickBooks. Specific topics studied include setting up company information, maintenance of accounts and records, journalizing and posting transactions, closing the books and creating financial statements, payroll reports, cost accounting, and inventory management.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 241, INF 113.
Computerized Accounting4
ACC 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Completes the study of financial and managerial accounting fundamentals. Coverage includes a detail review of the accounting cycle, financial statement preparation, statement of cash flows, and detailed coverage of long-term liabilities and equity. Also, managerial topics of standard costing and activity-based costing are covered.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 122.
Accounting Concepts4
ACC 341B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides in-depth coverage of the fundamentals of federal and state taxation related to individuals. Students will examine the federal tax system; research and apply tax law; and calculate gross income, deductions, and future tax liability. Tax planning for the individual will also be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121.
Individual Taxation4
CIS 313A
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores further the features of spreadsheets. Topics include a more in-depth study of spreadsheet functions, database techniques, graphing, and an introduction to macros.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 113.
Intermediate Spreadsheets4
FIN 315
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the all-encompassing nature of pure risk on the individual, business, and society; illustrating ways in which risk management plans can be implemented. Exposure to this content enables students to deal with various situations where there is uncertainty about the outcome and that the possibility exists for an unfavorable outcome.

Prerequisite(s):
FIN 301A.
Risk Management4
FIN 325
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the monetary system; introduction to the financial markets; and regional and national banking institutions including thrifts, savings and loans, credit unions, brokerage firms, insurance companies, investment companies, and money center banks.

Prerequisite(s):
FIN 301A.
Banking and Financial Institutions4
FIN 341
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to credit analysis, credit bureaus, credit ratings, and to the differences between personal and commercial credit. Students receive exposure to how lines of credit are determined as well as various methods individuals and businesses can use to procure funds.

Prerequisite(s):
FIN 301A.
Credit Analysis and Commercial Lending4
FIN 355
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the development of modern financial markets with emphasis on the factors that determine interest rates, pricing mechanisms for fixed-income securities, and private and public raising of financial capital.

Prerequisite(s):
FIN 301A.
Financial Markets4
FIN 401
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a comprehensive analysis of a financial portfolio including defining the purpose and the individual investments included within that portfolio to assess whether financial goals can/are being met. Students will work to specify realistic financial goals given available resources. Students will gain an awareness of the resources available and sources of income used to obtain the financial goals, as well as an understanding of the risk/reward ratio of each investment alternative.

Prerequisite(s):
FIN 355.
Personal Financial Planning4
FIN 451A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to investing in non-domestic securities or assets as another way to diversify a portfolio or holdings. Students will explore the various risks--political, exchange rates, foreign taxation, and different reporting methods--that are inherent in international investing. Since foreign investment returns are not correlated with US returns, hedging and various market instabilities can offer unique opportunities for portfolio diversification and will be explored.

Prerequisite(s):
FIN 401.
International Financial Management4
FIN 461
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4 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with the various investment alternatives and examines the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students will be given the opportunity to assess and evaluate investment alternatives using various techniques including fundamental and technical analysis, risk/reward models, and diversification.

Prerequisite(s):
FIN 401.
Investment Management4
FIN 471
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the use of fundamental financial analysis and valuation techniques when evaluating the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flows statement. The focus of this course is on financial data that can be analyzed to assist in investment, commercial lending, or other economic decisions.

Prerequisite(s):
FIN 451A, FIN 461.
Financial Statement Analysis4
FIN 491
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4 Quarter Hours

Integrates material from previous finance courses through practical application of analysis and assessment of financial markets, corporate financing, and personal financial planning. This is a capstone course for the Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance degree program.

Prerequisite(s):
FIN 471.
Finance Seminar4
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 141A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to develop computer-based presentations. Topics include creating slides, handouts, speaker's notes, and outlines as well as the use of PowerPoint Wizards and Templates.

Microsoft PowerPoint2
MGT 114
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the elements of establishing superior service as an essential component of business success, including a focus toward interdepartmental cooperation and treating vendors, suppliers, and distributors the same as external customers. Customer contact skills including listening, courtesy, conflict management, problem solving, decision making, ethics, follow up, and communication are covered. Recommended as an introductory course for business majors or anyone having customer contact relationships.

Customer Service4
MKT 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with the basic principles of effective sales techniques. Topics include personal analysis, personality development, buying motives, product knowledge, company awareness, technology, relationship selling, sales presentations, sales resistance, and sales closings.

Sales4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKBS 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field. Program completion based on Associate or Bachelor requirements may vary between programs. There may be certain course requirements that require completion prior to enrolling in the work experience course.

Work Experience4
Business Requirements40 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACC 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of financial accounting, including the completion of the accounting cycle, preparation of the financial statements, and detailed coverage of cash, receivables, inventory, fixed assets and liabilities.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
INF 113.
Fundamentals of Accounting I4
ACC 122
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of managerial accounting, including financial statement analysis, job order costing, budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, and use of other managerial decision-making tools.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121, INF 113.
Fundamentals of Accounting II4
ECN 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to aggregate economic issues to include inflation, unemployment, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP); economic theories; market system; and the role of government.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECN 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the functions of individual business decision making, market structures, market failures, and the role of government within the economy.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
Principles of Microeconomics4
FIN 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a balanced exposure to development and understanding the various aspects involved in managing one's personal finance.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Personal Finance4
FIN 301A
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers working capital management, capital budgeting issues, a study of the time value of money, financial statement analyses, valuation of financial instruments, term structure of interest rates, and analyses of short- and long-term capital markets.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111, ACC 122.
Principles of Finance4
LAW 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to the legal issues inherent in dynamic business environments. Topics covered include the legal system, including an examination of constitutional law; business torts; contracts; intellectual property; criminal law; and the ethical considerations for business decision making.

Business Law4
MGT 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a basic understanding of many aspects of business through an overview of the changing business environment, the roles of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the importance of customer relations, management, and marketing. Financial management, accounting and banking will also be discussed.

Introduction to Business4
MKT 111B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the essentials of an introductory course than can be either a survey course or a prerequisite to more advanced marketing studies. Study includes product identification, positioning and pricing strategies, consumer need identification and making the connection between consumer needs and product advertising, basic distribution strategies, and some of the decision-making tools at the disposal of the marketing manager. This course is recommended as a first course for marketing majors.

Principles of Marketing4
MTH 401
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to data analysis, data-driven decision making, and various statistical methods including their applications. Methods covered include measures of central tendency, probability distributions, sampling, and regression analysis.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 109 or MTH 112.
Statistical Methods4
General Education Requirements72 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 111A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Scientific Inquiry Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Scientific Inquiry Elective4
ELECT 131A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Global and Cultural Perspectives Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Global and Cultural Perspectives Elective4
ELECT 131B
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Global and Cultural Perspectives Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Global and Cultural Perspectives Elective4
ELECT 141A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Personal and Social Environments Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Personal and Social Environments Elective4
ELECT 141B
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Personal and Social Environments Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Personal and Social Environments Elective4
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
HUM 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics. Students identify and analyze ethical situations in modern society.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Philosophy of Ethics4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Word Processing2
INF 114A
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces beginning database terminology, concepts, and applications using a file management software program. Students will demonstrate an understanding of data hierarchy; the ability to design simple files, edit file content, print file content, and simple reports; and the ability to search and sort files and use pre-existing formulas.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Introduction to Database Applications2
INF 131
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2 Quarter Hours

Covers the fundamentals of using the Internet. Topics include Internet terminology, connecting to the Internet, e-mail, netiquette, browsing and searching the World Wide Web, referencing material used in research papers, copyright considerations, downloading and installing software, and creating a Web page.

Internet and the World Wide Web2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
MTH 109
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, right-triangle trigonometry, probability, and statistics. Key topics include equations, inequalities, graphs and functions; exponential, logarithmic, and quadratic models; counting methods, probability theory, normal distribution, correlation, and regression. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 108.
College Mathematics II4
SOC 321
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

Cultural Diversity4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4
WRI 301A
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4 Quarter Hours

Improves the student's ability to write for business and technical purposes. Emphasis is on writing formal reports including research of published technical information and presentation of a formal paper based on the student's major field. In addition, less formal aspects of business and technical communications are studied. Instruction, practice, and development of these skills may be implemented as work products of a Service Learning Project.

Prerequisite(s):
WRI 115.
Report Writing4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
SPK 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Integrates and applies knowledge gained from the oral communication and human relations classes. Specifically, small group communication in work and social organizations, both verbal and nonverbal, is the primary focus.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 101 or PSY 111, SPK 201.
Group Dynamics4
SPK 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Practices individual formal presentations in a business context. The format includes a variety of speaking situations such as parliamentary procedure, briefings, sales, formal and informal discussions, and formal report presentations.

Prerequisite(s):
SPK 201.
Professional Speaking4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 181

Program Description

This program emphasizes finance as the study of resource allocation, which includes financial markets, instruments, individuals, and institutions that manage money and assets. Students will gain an understanding of financial theory and practice from various perspectives including banking, financial services, financial planning, and corporate finance. Students will gain an understanding of the social, ethical, economic, legal, and regulatory environment in which businesses operate and develop the problem-solving, decision-making, communication, and leadership skills necessary to compete in a dynamic global marketplace. Graduates from this program can enter the fields of corporate finance, investment banking, financial markets and services, and insurance.

Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Finance Program is accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Student Learning Outcomes

The programs listed below denote undergraduate programs that have received specialized accreditation through the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas. Graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency through meeting the following set of outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the introductory concept of accounting, economics, management, and marketing.
  • Knowledge of the functional areas of accounting, marketing, finance, and management.
  • Knowledge of the legal, social, and economic environments of business.
  • Knowledge of the global environment of business.
  • Knowledge of the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business.
  • The ability to communicate effectively.
  • The ability to apply knowledge of business concepts and functions in an integrated manner.

The following business programs are accredited by the IACBE:

Bachelor of Business Administration

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration — Accelerated Program (General Business, Human Resources & Business Leadership)
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

For further information, please contact Cindy Gansen, System Director for Business Administration at cindy.gansen@baker.edu or (810) 766-2286.

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  • What is the campus code for completing my FAFSA?

    Use the following Baker College Campus Codes when for completing the FAFSA:

    • Allen Park — E01024
    • Auburn Hills E00466
    • Cadillac — E00461
    • Cass City E01010
    • Coldwater — E00733
    • Clinton Township — E00462
    • Flint — 004673
    • Fremont — E00463
    • Center for Graduate Studies — E00811
    • Jackson — E00733
    • Muskegon — E00463
    • Baker Online — E00811
    • Owosso — E00464
    • Port Huron — E00465

     

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Going to Baker gave me the confidence I needed; it made me feel like I still had something to offer.

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