Business Major

The Business major is designed to help students gain a deep knowledge of the managerial and business concepts typically used by the business and nonprofit world. The program also focuses on the tools, skills, and competencies needed to solve practical problems faced by organizations.

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Organizations that come to campus to interview and recruit students

Strong Liberal Arts Background

Business majors from Allegheny graduate with a strong liberal arts background, enabling them to learn how they can use their financial success to serve humanity, make a difference in people’s lives, and leave a legacy of success and service.

Experiential Learning Through the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business & Economics

Every business major is expected to engage in a mentored experiential learning project or activity — this may be satisfied by a study abroad program or an internship that exposes the student to cultural, civic engagement, and global issues.

4-Year Overview of the Business Major Program

Through course work that emphasizes analytical, quantitative, and communication skills, as well as experiential learning, students are well prepared for careers in the business, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, and nonprofit sectors.

Students take Introduction to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Fundamentals of Accounting, Business and Managerial Economics, philosophy, communication, and one elective course in business.

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Students take theory courses (microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and statistics) and elective courses.

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Students select courses from a list of electives in finance, marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship, human resource management, and organizational behavior.

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Students complete the Senior Seminar, Senior Project, and more elective courses.

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The Primary Learning Outcome for Business Majors

Acquiring the tools, skills, and competencies needed to solve practical problems faced by business organizations and nonprofit institutions

Trevor Day, Alumnus

Class of 2020, Economics Major/Communications Arts Minor; Honors: A.L. Balinder Award, graduated with honors from the Economics Department

“ The Economics/Business Department is always adapting to make sure that courses are relevant to the most modern economic and business applications in the real world. Additionally, the professors really get to know students and their interests in order to best help them achieve their goals. ”

Next Steps

Early Decision App Deadline

November 15, 2022

Regular Decision App Deadline

February 15, 2023

For More Info

Tom Nonnenmacher

Professor of Economics & Department Chair