Stead Department of Business Administration & Economics

Welcome to the Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics at Coe College. Our Department offers majors in:

As the largest department on campus, we are able to offer a wide variety of classes taught by professors who specialize in fields such as accounting, advertising, business law, economics, finance, human resource management, international business, international economics, marketing, public relations, and strategic management. We encourage you to review our Faculty and our Courses web pages to find out more about who we are and what we teach.

Over the last twenty years, roughly 30% of Coe graduates have received a major from our Department. Not only do we prepare students to contribute meaningfully to today’s global business environment, but we also support the liberal arts mission of the college by instilling in our students the ability to think critically, to act ethically, and to communicate effectively. It is also our goal to instill in our students a desire for life-long learning, and our commitment to this goal can be seen in the way we teach, in the personal attention we provide, and in the small class sizes we offer (20 to 25 students is considered a big class).

A typical student in our department might choose to:

  • Double major – More than two-thirds of our students double major and still complete their education in four years. Many students double major in business administration and economics or business administration and accounting. Others complete a second major in departments such as math, public relations, foreign language, psychology, or political science.

  • Complete one or more non-classroom educational experiences – All of our students complete at least one internship, independent research project, or off-campus study experience before they graduate. Some students complete several. Other students take advantage of unique opportunities in the Department such as the Birkey Investment Fund and the Spellman Scholars summer research program.

  • Hold a leadership position in a campus organization or on a team – Our majors are some of the most involved students on campus. Their classroom experiences are enhanced by also being involved in student government, Greek life, varsity athletics, and campus organizations such as Accounting Club, International Club, Coe Environmental Club, and many others.

  • Attend graduate school immediately following graduation or within a few years of graduation – In the last twenty years, more than one-third of Department graduates have gone on to earn their M.B.A., M.A., Ph.D. or J.D. at major universities including The University of Chicago, The University of Iowa, Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Duke, Columbia and many others.

For more information about accounting, business, or economics at Coe, please explore our web pages or contact any of the faculty in the Department.