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2016-2017 Catalogue 
2016-2017 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Economics, B.A.

James Burnell, Chair
Barbara Burnell
Matthew (Joe) Histen
Brooke Krause
Philip Mellizo
Charalambos (Harry) Michael
Amyaz Moledina
John Sell

Affirming the mission of the College, the Economics department enables students and faculty to collaboratively research and understand complex questions from a diversity of economic perspectives. The department uses appropriate theories and empirical methods to foster an active engagement with local and global communities.

The Business Economics major provides an academically challenging program within the context of the liberal arts for those who desire a sophisticated understanding of business operation and an appreciation for the social and economic complexities of the world in which firms operate. The major is intended for students who plan to enter the business world directly after graduation, but it is sufficiently flexible to accommodate those who may choose graduate study. Those interested in international business should consider the special recommendations that pertain to them below. Students who desire a more policy-oriented major should consider the Economics major also offered by the Department of Economics.

The requirements for the major are formulated to acquaint the student with the structure and organization of the business firm, and to provide a framework of theoretical and quantitative analysis necessary for business decision-making. For students who qualify, the Business Intern program provides the opportunity to gain experience in working for a business firm as part of the academic program.

Special Notes

  • Majors may substitute MATH 22900  for ECON 11000  and MATH 32900  for ECON 21000 .
  • Majors who do not place into MATH 10400  or MATH 11100  on the Mathematics placement test should take MATH 10300 or MATH 10700  as soon as possible in their College career to prepare them for MATH 10400  or MATH 10800  and to provide a basis for their Economics courses.
  • ECON 10100 , ECON 11000 , and MATH 10400  should be completed no later than the end of the student’s fifth semester. The department recommends that students considering graduate study in Economics enroll in MATH 11100  rather than MATH 10400  and that they also take calculus through MATH 11200 .
  • The department requires that ECON 20100  or ECON 20200  be taken prior to enrolling in BUEC 40100 .
  • The minor in International Business Economics must be taken in conjunction with a language major (currently French, German, or Spanish) selected by the student.
  • There is no general Business Economics minor. The non-major who desires a background in business economics is urged to take BUEC 11900 , ECON 10100  and ECON 11000 , MATH 10400 , and other elective Business Economics courses according to his or her interests.
  • Business Economics majors are not permitted to take courses in the major on an S/NC basis.
  • A grade of C- or better is required for all courses counting toward the major, including the Mathematics course. Students receiving a grade below C- in ECON 10100  must retake that course before proceeding to the other Economics or Business Economics courses.