Business and Economics

This program and courses are designed to:

  1. Evaluate the role of economics and business in the social environment of our culture;
  2. Articulate how the functional areas of business interrelate within organizations;
  3. Improve skills in communication, analytical thinking and appreciating the human element in organizations; and
  4. Develop specific skills applicable to the various aspects of the functional areas of business.

This program and major are designed to:

  1. Prepare you for entry level positions;
  2. Enable you to perform effectively in professional and career positions in management; and
  3. Prepare you for graduate and professional study in business or management.

All students in these programs will receive a thorough grounding:

  1. In economics (the theoretical basis for the discipline);
  2. In mathematics and statistics (the tool subjects);
  3. In the principles pertinent to all of the functional areas of business, accounting, finance, management, and marketing, in an integrated manner and with adequate focus on their international aspects; and
  4. In the principles and practices of the major functional areas of business, finance, marketing and management.

The business and economics major is designed so that the entire degree is available through day classes. The business and economics major is also offered in time periods and formats that are designed for the needs of adult learners, offered through evening and weekend classes.

Deborah Cernauskas, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Undergradaute Business Department

Phone: (630) 829-6466  |  Send Deborah an Email  |  Office: Goodwin Hall 160

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Donald Henschel, M.B.A., C.P.A.


Undergraduate Business Department

Phone: (630) 829-6477  |  Send Donald an Email  |  Office: Goodwin Hall 165

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Vicki Jobst, D.B.A., C.P.A.

Assistant Professor

Undergraduate Business Department

Phone: (630) 829-6455  |  Send Vicki an Email  |  Office: Goodwin Hall 168

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Nona Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Undergraduate Business Department

Phone: (630) 829-6475  |  Send Nona an Email  |  Office: Goodwin Hall 162

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Jeffrey Madura, M.B.A., C.P.A.


Undergraduate Business Department

Phone: (630) 829-6467  |  Send Jeffrey an Email  |  Office: Goodwin Hall 166

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  • Susan Hotopp
  • Hui Jiang, M.S.
  • Peter Tsong

Requirements - Major:

Business and economics majors must complete the University core requirements, which are partially satisfied by MGT 252 Business Ethics (which also counts as religion core) or one core approved philosophy course in ethics, MATH-S105(3) or S110(3) and C115(3). All business majors must complete CMSC-180 and one of CMSC-181 through 184, depending upon the students background. CMSC-181 should be taken by students who believe they already have a background in the Office Suite. CMSC-183 or 184 is recommended for those students who need to develop skills using the Office Suite. ACCT 310 may be substituted for CIS/CMSC 180, 181/184, with advisor approval.

Business and economics majors must also complete, with a grade of "C" or better, ECON-C101(3), C102(3), 202(3), 310(3); ACCT-111(3), 112(3); FINA-300(3); MGT-150(3), 251(3), C300(3); MKTG 300(3), one capstone course (from FINA-380, MGT-380 or MKTG-380) and at least three 300-level courses taken from ECON, FINA, INTB, MGT, or MKTG series. ACCT-311 or 312 may substitute for one of the previous 300-level courses.

Students in the Second Major Program must complete the requirements of this paragraph, and the ethics, computer science and mathematics requirements of the preceding paragraph.

CLEP, life experience, work experience, internships, advanced placement and other external credit do not substitute for upper-level (300) courses.

Business and Economics majors who elect to earn a second major in the Undergraduate Business Department must complete unique "specialization courses" for the second business major. Specialization courses may only be used for satisfying the requirements for one business major. In the event that a specialization course is required for two majors, the student's academic advisor will identify an additional specialization course.

Requirements - Minor:

Only courses in which a student has received a "C" or better may be applied to the minor. Students are limited to one minor in the accounting, business and economics, economics, finance, international business and economics, management and organizational behavior, and marketing programs. Students (except for BAM students) seeking a minor in business and economics must complete with a grade of "C" or better 21 semester hours which must include ACCT-111(3), 112(3); ECON-C101(3), C102(3); and at least three 300-level courses in finance, international business and economics, management or marketing. A Bachelor of Arts in Management student may not minor in Business and Economics. Students who earn a major in business and economics may not earn a minor in the undergraduate business department.

Concentrations in Integrated Marketing Communications, Managing Human Resources, Personal Financial Planning,Sports Management and Sports Marketing are available in combination with this major. Requirements listed below must be completed with a "C" or higher.

Integrated Marketing Communications Concentration: MKTG 330, 331, 332, 333 and COMM 208.

Managing Human Resources Concentration: MGT 330, 334, 335 and one of MGT 235, 302 or 320.

Personal Financial Planning Concentration: FINA 220, 320, ACCT 312 and one of MGT 235 or ACCT 120 along with FINA 120.

Sports Management Concentration: MGT-305, MKTG-305 and two courses from MGT-235, 297, 301.

Sports Marketing Concentration: MKTG-305, MGT-305 and two courses from MKTG-297, 330, INTB-385.

Teaching Certification:

If you desire to be certified to teach business, economics, marketing and/or management in secondary schools (grades 6-12), you are ordinarily required to major in business and economics. You must complete the major in business and economics, requirements leading to an endorsement in marketing/management, and requirements for secondary education and Teacher Certification described in the Education section.

Note: If you desire to teach economics, you may also earn your certificate with a major in social science. If you graduated from Benedictine University with a major in marketing or management, you may complete requirements leading to secondary certification in marketing/management. Consult the Education Program.

College of Business
 benedictine university

Sandra L. Gill, Ph.D., C.C.S., Dean
Dawn Smith, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6206
Fax: (630) 829-6226

Goodwin Hall, Room 250
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.