Business Economics at Minnesota: A New Econ Major Coming Fall 2024

Hanson Hall

The Department of Economics is delighted to announce a new undergraduate major—the BA in Economics - Business Economics Emphasis—starting fall 2024. A partnership with the Carlson School of Management, the new major will offer a foundation in economics with an emphasis in business, and it will include accounting and a required number of business credits taught through the Carlson School as part of the major.  

Department of Economics chair Professor Thomas Holmes said, "Many of our students are already pursuing a business economics track, taking business-oriented economics courses such as money and banking within their major and taking Carlson classes outside of their major. What's great about the new business economics major is that by bringing Carlson classes inside their major, students have more options and flexibility for getting business content in their curriculum."  

In another change starting fall 2024, financial accounting will count as an economics elective in the BS, BA, and BA-Q versions of our major.  Holmes said, "I am really pleased to work with Carlson to offer accounting as an option for all of our students. It really complements the study of economics. I encourage all students interested in a business orientation in their studies to take advantage of this new option."

Getting Down to Business with Business Economics

On Friday, April 5 at noon, in Hanson Hall 1-106, the department will be starting a new lecture series called Business Economics at Minnesota. Matthew Mazzucchi, an alumnus of the undergraduate program and managing director and co-head of Houlihan Lokey’s Power & Utilities Group, will deliver the inaugural lecture titled, "Getting Down to Business with Business Economics."  Matt will discuss how he has put the tools of business economics to work in his own career, which has included advising on numerous large energy M&As and restructuring. Pizza and rootbeer are included! More information about the event(PDF)

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