The Department of Economics and Business seeks to prepare students with the professional skills and academic breadth necessary for leadership and service in the dynamic world of business, economics and accounting. Both theoretical and applied concepts of economics, business and accounting are stressed.
About The Program
Economic theory and quantitative skills serve as the cornerstone for advanced work in economics and business. Knowledge of mathematics, strong oral and written communication skills and basic computer literacy are required, but we also expect our students to appreciate and draw from their knowledge of history, psychology, sociology, philosophy, ethics, politics, the natural sciences, other cultures and languages and the arts. The demands placed upon professional managers, accountants and economists require that they be competent in the use of the analytical tools of their trades and well-informed about the complex socio-economic environment in which they work.
Students majoring in the department are strongly encouraged to actively participate in co-curricular off-campus experiences in cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C; international programs around the world; internships with local business firms; and independent research projects.
A few distinctive programs within our department include:
- London May Term. A three-week international interdisciplinary experience in which the city of London and surrounding areas provide opportunities for robust experiential learning.
- Baltics May Term. A three-week experiential introduction to the “Baltic Tigers” - three small northwestern European nations that have experienced remarkable (but uneven) growth since gaining independence in 1991 with the break-up of the Soviet Union.
- Baker Scholars Program. Hope College is the only college in the State of Michigan, and one of 33 in the country, to have received a George F. Baker Foundation Grant. This program provides leadership development experiences for students pursuing careers in Economics, Business and Accounting.
- Hope College Business Club. The Business Club focuses on providing students with hands-on experiences, such as networking events, guest speakers, local business interactions and service opportunities.
- Upper level programs in finance, marketing and entrepreneurship that provide exposure, hands-on experience and skill development.