Business and Economics

All Majors & Minors


  • The Department of Business and Economics offers a variety of programs to prepare students for careers in the public and private sectors, graduate or professional school: an Applied Economics major and minors in Economics, Finance & Accounting and Management Studies. A major in Applied Economics provides students with a strong foundation in economic theory and analytical tools and emphasizes development of skills that are immediately useful in employment. Students concentrate in either Economics or Finance & Accounting; a concentration in Economics develops in-depth skills in application of economic theory to real-world problems, and the concentration in Finance & Accounting prepares students for entry-level positions in banking, financial services, non-profit organizations and management. Graduates in Applied Economics are prepared to work independently and effectively in a dynamic global environment where resources are scarce, information is over-abundant or uncertain and decisions are often morally complex. Students gain experience and skills in teamwork and are challenged to recognize the moral elements of situations, the impacts of their decisions and actions on others, and to choose courses of action that are ethically defensible. Minors offered by the Department of Business and Economics appeal to students majoring in any discipline.

    Requirements for Majors

    All students in the Department of Business and Economics major in Applied Economics and must complete a minimum of 44-46 semester hours in the department as outlined below. In addition, majors must take STAT-141Q.

    Required Courses

    ECON-101, 102, 150, 200W, 201, 202, 300Q and a Capstone.

    Elective Requirements

    All Applied Economics majors must concentrate in either Economics or Finance & Accounting as outlined below. The following courses do not count as elective credit for the major in Applied Economics: ECON-120; BE-381, 382, 391, 392, 394, 491 and 492W; ECON-401W, 402W; FIN-403W.

    Economics Concentration

    Four courses from the following list: ECON-210, 213, 231, 263, 311, 312, 313, 314, 330, 361, 362; FIN-374.

    Finance & Accounting Concentration

    ACCT-140; FIN-270 and two courses from the following list: ACCT-240, 241, 242; ECON-362; FIN-370, 372, 374.


    All students who major in Applied Economics can fulfill the capstone, writing and oral presentation requirements in the major by taking one of the 400-level seminar courses offered. Students pursuing the Economics concentration must take either ECON-401W or 402W. Students pursuing the Finance & Accounting concentration must take FIN-403W. Qualified students may substitute BE-491 and 492W for the capstone requirement.

    Requirements for Minor in Economics

    A minor in economics consists of 20 credits: ECON-101, 102; ECON-150*; either ECON-201 or 202; and two electives in Economics at the 200-level or higher. Note: Applied Economics majors may not minor in Economics. An Applied Economics major who minors in Finance & Accounting must fulfill the concentration requirements in Economics.

    * Students may receive a waiver by passing the department placement test.

    Requirements for Minor in Finance & Accounting

    A minor in Finance & Accounting consists of 20 credits: ECON-102; ACCT-140; FIN-270 and two courses chosen from the following list: ACCT-240, 241, 242;ECON-362; FIN-370, 372, 374. Note: Majors in Applied Economics may minor in Finance & Accounting; however ECON-102 is the only course that may be counted towards both the Applied Economics major AND the Finance & Accounting minor. Elective courses in Finance & Accounting taken to fulfill the minor requirements may not be used to fulfill major requirements in Applied Economics.

    Management Studies Minor

    Professor Cirka; Associate Professors Harris, VanGilder

    A minor in Management Studies requires that students take 24 semester hours in courses across several disciplines. All Management Studies minors are required to take ACCT-140 and MGT-200. In addition students are required to select one course focused on ethics from PHIL-140, 240, 246, 247 or PHIL/ENV-248 and three elective courses chosen from the following list and representing three different departments: Business and Economics (ACCT-240 or 241; or MKT-250; or MGT-300); Environmental Studies (ENV-338); Health and Exercise Physiology (HEP-226, 446 or 462); Media and Communications Studies (MCS-307, 315, 331 or 350); Psychology (PSYC-250 or 350); Politics (POL-399 Business Law only).

    Note: Majors in Applied Economics are permitted to minor in Management Studies. See the appropriate departmental listings for course descriptions.

    Secondary School Teaching Certification

    This program satisfies the Pennsylvania State requirements for secondary certification in social studies. Substantial further coursework outside of economics and education is required in order to prepare the student for subjects taught in the secondary curriculum. Students who wish teaching certification should consult their departmental adviser and the chair of the department of education as early as possible, preferably at the end of the freshman year. Students and their advisers should consult the education department.