Chair Kent Seibert, Kristen Cooper, Henry Hao, Andy Moore, Todd Palmer, Alice Tsang. Part-time: Margaret Niehaus, Rick Sweeney, Meirwyn Walters.
MISSION: The Department of Economics and Business seeks to prepare students for lives of service and leadership in a variety of settings, from the business firm to government, in the national and world economies. The department strives to graduate men and women with solid technical preparation, personal integrity, and concern for issues of justice and stewardship, well equipped for graduate studies and service in business and economics. The department seeks to develop students’ intellectual maturity and Christian character through the careful study and application of economic and business principles within the moral framework of the Christian faith.
Majors within the Department and Common Requirements
The Department of Economics and Business offers four distinct majors: accounting, business administration, economics and finance. Students majoring in business administration may also elect to complete a concentration in international business, management, or marketing. Additionally, the department jointly sponsors with the Political Science Department the international affairs major (see Interdisciplinary/Off-Campus Programs ).
All students majoring in accounting, business administration, economics or finance are required to take Foundations courses located at the beginning of all Economics and Business majors.
Additional requirements for these majors are listed below. Double majors must completely satisfy the separate requirements for each major. Triple majors in the department are not permitted.
Honors in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Finance
In exceptional cases, majors in the Economics and Business Department may earn honors in accounting, business administration, economics or finance by researching and writing an honors thesis over the senior year. Under the direction of a faculty advisor, candidates will develop a thesis proposal in the spring prior to the senior year and, with department approval, register for and complete 8 credits of independent research in the senior year (ECB 471 - Research I , ECB 472 - Research II ). For honors the thesis must be of high quality and be defended orally in front of department faculty toward the end of spring term. The minimum GPA for honors candidates is 3.50 in the major and 3.00 overall.
An honors thesis should be considered by students intending to complete advanced degrees in any economics or business fields. See department faculty for details.
International Seminar: Development of Modern China
The Economics and Business and History Departments offer intensive combination of study and travel to China which focuses on one of the world’s largest economies. Students prepare through meetings and assigned reading during spring semester, then travel to key sites of historical and economic development interest. Offered periodically. Earns 4 semester hours of credit through either the Economics and Business Department or History Department. Contact Global Education Office to apply.
CoursesEconomics and BusinessInnovation & Social Enterprise