University Catalogues

Business Economics Major

Economics provides students with an understanding of both the economic principles that underlie business decisions and the environment in which all businesses operate. Business Economics at Bentley is a unique, blended degree that delivers a strong economics foundation with the flexibility to explore another business discipline. 

The major consists of core economics courses and a business concentration. The core and elective economics courses provide students with a deep understanding of how markets operate at the micro and macro levels, and introduce different areas of study within economics. Students complement their study of economics by either taking additional economics courses through the Economic Analysis Concentration or by taking additional courses in one of many other business concentrations (see below). Culminating the experience of the Business Economics major is the capstone course, EC 431 Research in Business Economics, where students research and test an economic theory around their business concentration.

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete all designated requirements in Foundations for Success, Contexts & Perspectives in the Arts & Sciences, Business Dynamics, Communication Intensive coursework, and the additional degree requirements for business majors.  Details can be found in the Degree Requirements section of the catalogue, including the Overview and the Business Majors tabs.

The major is designed to prepare well-rounded students with an in-depth knowledge and practical skills for a variety of careers, including consulting, banking, market research, data analysis, credit analysis and sales. 

Course Title Credits
Required Courses30
EC 112Principles of Macroeconomics3
EC 224Intermediate Microeconomics3
EC 225Intermediate Macroeconomics3
EC 282Introduction to Econometrics3
EC 431Research in Business Economics3
Two Economics (EC) Electives (may be fulfilled by an EC course not otherwise required)6
In addition, Business Economics majors must take three courses within their concentration: 9

Economic Analysis Concentration

Course Title Credits
EC 382Time Series Analysis3
Two Economics (EC) electives6

Entrepreneurship Concentration

Course Title Credits
MG 335Entrepreneurial Thinking3
MG 336New Venture Planning and Financing3
Choose one of the following:3
Launching Your Business
Effective Selling

Information Technology Concentration

Course Title Credits
CS 150Introduction to Data and Information Management3
or CS 160 Data-Driven Decision Making
Two Computer Information Systems (other than CS 150 or CS 160) or Information and Process Managment (IPM) courses6

International Business Concentration

Course Title Credits
Choose one of the following:3
International Economics
The Economics of Multinational Corporations
International Economic Growth and Development
Economics of the European Union
Choose two of the following:6
International Accounting
International Finance
International Project Finance
International Business Law
Management of International Operations
International Management Behavior
International Marketing

Law Concentration

Course Title Credits
Two 200-level or higher Law (LA) electives6
One other Law (LA) elective3

Management Concentration

Course Title Credits
MG 240Interpersonal Relations in Management3
MG 345Organizations, Society and Responsible Management3
One Management (MG) elective3

Marketing Concentration

Course Title Credits
Three Marketing (MK) electives9

Special Topics (custom designed concentration)

Course Title Credits
Three electives chosen in consultation with faculty advisor9