Business & Economics

Students in the Department of Business and Economics study accountingbusiness administration, and economics, learning from a faculty of scholar-practitioners with years of experience in research, consulting, government, entrepreneurship, and international studies. Students learn more than just the fundamentals, exploring humanities, social sciences, and sciences while learning how to communicate effectively in speech and writing. These perspectives and skills enhance the power—and flexibility—of their degree.

Because professors stress the importance of combining classroom learning with practical skills, more than two-thirds of undergraduates gain hands-on internship experience. Others pursue additional majors or minors while completing their degree because of the flexibility of the program. Study abroad is also strongly encouraged. LVC’s four-week programs in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and semester-long programs in London, England, and Hamilton, New Zealand, are particularly suited to students in the department. See what this semester's students abroad are up to in this blog.

Regardless of major, departmental coursework focuses on building proficiencies and knowledge in key areas, such as information technology, ethics, professionalism, and teamwork, while stressing the development of critical thinking, creativity, and communications skills—attributes in demand by leading CEOs. 

Students gain additional perspectives from experts who visit the classrooms and present public lectures in the annual C.F. Tom Lecture in Economics, Springer Lecture in International Business, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellow. The department is hosting visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Holger Hinz, professor of finance at Germany's Flensburg University, this spring semester. 

Graduates have gone on to work with a diverse group of employers ranging from national, regional, and local accounting firms, to manufacturing and consumer products companies, to small businesses. Many alumni have successfully launched their own entrepreneurial ventures.

LVC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs to offer the following business degrees: bachelor of science in accounting, bachelor of science in business administration, bachelor of science in health care management, and bachelor of arts in economics, as well as associate degrees in accounting and business administration.