/ Economics and Business

Business Degree Program

We focus on providing you with foundational business coursework in all functional areas so that you can be as sophisticated as possible when considering different career paths.

You have plenty of room in terms of course credit so you can concentrate on specialization areas like:

With majors that are modest in size, we help you consider your calling and guide you to the coursework that’s most appropriate. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, you will have time for genuine exploration and discernment — without the pressure to specialize too early.

Concentrations are available, but not required, for all business majors.

Course Planning for Fall Sophomore Start
  Fall Spring
Sophomore
  • ECON 211
    Principles of Macroeconomics†
  • MATH 210
    Introductory Statistics†
  • ACCT 221
    Financial Accounting
  • ECON 212
    Principles of Microeconomics†
  • CFL course/experience (optional)
Junior
  • BUS 222
    Management Perspectives & Theory
  • Economics elective
    (300 level or above)
  • BUS 331
    Marketing Management **
  • BUS 361
    Operations Management**
  • Concentration course/experience (optional)
Senior
  • BUS 371
    Financial Management**
  • Approved elective*
  • BUS 401
    Management Seminar
  • Concentration course/experience (optional)
*See list of approved electives below
**Take the core 300-level business courses according to career interests (financial, marketing and operations)
†Move classes later one semester if starting in spring sophomore semester
Course Planning for Off-Campus Semester

 

  Fall Spring
Sophomore  
  • ECON 211
    Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 210
    Introductory Statistics
  • ECON 212
    Principles of Microeconomics
  • ACCT 221 
    Financial Accounting
  • BUS 222
    Management Perspectives & Theory
Junior

Semester off campus

  • Economics Elective (300 level or above)
  • Approved elective*
  • BUS 331
    Marketing Management**
  • BUS 361
    Operations Management**
  • Concentration course/experience (optional)
Senior
  • BUS 371
    Financial Management**
  • Concentration course/experience (optional)
  • BUS 401
    Management Seminar
*See list of approved electives below
**Take the core 300-level business courses according to career interests (financial, marketing and operations)
Department and Non-Department Electives

The following business-related courses, in consultation with the student’s advisor, are approved to fulfill the elective in the business major.

Department Elective

Any 300-400 level course or ACCT 222. BUS 395 offers a variety of topical electives as either 4-credit or 2-credit courses (two 2-credit courses are accepted as one 4-credit elective).

Non-Department Electives (Hope College)

Leadership Courses

  • LDRS 231 Leading the Start-Up Process (4-credit)
  • LDRS 291 The Influential Leader (2-credit)
  • LDRS 292 The Trusted Advisor (2-credit)
  • COMM 280 Research Methods
  • COMM 330 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 335 Leadership Skills & Perspectives
  • COMM 360 Persuasion
  • COMM 371 Intercultural Communication
  • PHIL 245 Applied Ethics

Political Science Courses

  • POL 352 Global Political Economy

Psychology Courses

  • PSY 200 Research Methods
  • PSY 350 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Sociology Courses

  • SOC 262 Methods of Social Research
Off-Campus Semester

Business-related internships and courses taken at the Chicago Semester, The Philadelphia Center, Washington Honors Semester, and in overseas programs.

Other courses, both Hope and other college courses

Approval must be obtained from the department chair using the application for major/minor waiver/substitution form.