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Business Administration & Economics


We prepare students to contribute meaningfully to today’s global business environment and instill in them the ability to think critically, act ethically and communicate effectively. 

The Stead Department of Business Administration & Economics offers 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. Over the last 20 years, roughly 30% of Coe graduates have earned a major from this department.

Business professor leading a class discussion

It is our goal to instill in our students a desire for lifelong learning, and our commitment to this goal can be seen in the way we teach, in the personal attention we provide and in our small class sizes of 15-20 to 25 students.

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 Spellman 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 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 20 years, more than one-third of our 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, Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Duke, Columbia and many others.