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*Enrollments in Business Economics have been suspended indefinitely.

The Business Economics major offered through the College of Business emphasizes the application of economic concepts and the use of critical analysis to the solution of economic and managerial problems. This undergraduate program is an excellent general preparation for future managerial and staff assignments in a variety of business and public organizations. The program also prepares students for graduate study in economics as well as for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Those students who desire professional careers as business and managerial economists are advised to plan to complete one to four years of postgraduate study. A major in Business Economics requires students to earn a minimum grade of C in each of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements for the Business Economics major (as described below), and students must earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average for those major courses.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Economics

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Professional Business Core 47
Requirements for Major in Business Economics (Minimum grade of C required for all classes in major) 21
ECON 340, ECON 341 6
FIN 361 and FIN 462 or FIN 463 6
Three courses from the following list, two of which must be in economics: ECON 310, ECON 315, ECON 329, ECON 330, ECON 350, ECON 416, ECON 429, ECON 443, ECON 463, ECON 465, ACCT 321, ACCT 331, ACCT 471, FIN 331, FIN 464, MGMT 352, MKTG 435, MKTG 480, 9
Electives 1 13
Total 120

1 120 semester hours are required for graduation. Any additional hours of college level credit can be used to equal minimum 120 semester hours required for degree.

Capstone Option for Transfer Students

The Capstone Option is available to students who have earned an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) or equivalent certification in approved business area degree and who have a cumulative 2.0/4.0 GPA on all accredited coursework prior to the completion of the A.A.S. or certification, as calculated by SIU. The Capstone Option reduces the University Core Curriculum requirements from 39 to 30 hours, therefore reducing the time to degree completion. Students who apply for Capstone will work with the College of Business Advisement Office for approval of the Capstone Option and will complete a personal contract for a degree completion plan.

Differential Tuition

The College of Business assesses differential tuition for College of Business majors. The College of Business has a “minor program fee” for majors outside of the College of Business that want to declare a minor through the College of Business. The minor program fee is equal to 15% of 15 credit hours of applicable tuition for declared College of Business minors.