THE BIG PICTURE
Gordon’s Department of Economics and Business (ECB) offers four distinct majors:
Each one can be completed comfortably over a four-year college program. That is true even if you have a term off-campus, or if you double-major (within the ECB Department or with many other majors).
WHICH MAJOR IS RIGHT FOR ME?
The majors are different, and their differences are explained in the sections on each major.
Students who already have a specific career aim may need to take a particular major. For instance, if you already know that you want to be a CPA, you should be an accounting major; if you already know that you want to be a chartered financial analyst (CFA), you should be a finance major.
But the good news is that any of our majors are good choices for students who right now have simply a general interest in careers in business or in non-profit and service organizations. Some of Gordon’s most accomplished graduates in business careers have come from each of our major programs—from economics, accounting, and finance as well as from business administration. You can see some examples of recent graduates’ starting positions here.
Our majors are also excellent preparation for many different kinds of graduate studies, across all kinds of business and non-business fields.
DO I HAVE TO DECIDE IMMEDIATELY WHICH MAJOR TO DECLARE?
No. Many new students do not have a clear sense of which major they want. It’s good to make an initial decision about a major when you enter so that you can be assigned an advisor in the ECB Department. But then in your first few semesters you take a broad range of courses in economics, management, and accounting—foundational to all of the majors— that expose you to them all. By the end of sophomore year, or earlier, a student will be able to make a well-informed judgment about which major is best and adjust accordingly.
CAN I FINISH IN FOUR YEARS AND STILL DO ALL THE OTHER GREAT THINGS GORDON OFFERS?
Yes! Any of the ECB majors can be completed in four years along with an off-campus semester, an internship or two, a minor or two, not to mention a missions trip or two. All these things are best plotted with your faculty advisor, but with some planning it is almost always possible to work everything in. One thing that really helps ECB majors do this is that all of our principles-level and required courses are offered every term, so students have lots of scheduling flexibility. Upper-level electives are offered every year (generally not every other year) which also helps.
CAN I DOUBLE MAJOR WITH ANOTHER ECB MAJOR?
Yes! It’s actually pretty easy to do, and about a third of all ECB students are double majors within the Department. This works well in four years because there’s a lot of overlap in the principles and quantitative courses required of all majors. (There’s a lot less overlap in the required upper-level courses junior and senior year.) So overall it’s relatively easy to combine ECB majors. Popular combinations are business and economics, economics and finance, finance and accounting, and business and accounting. In practice, many second majors inside our Department are declared during junior year.
The harder question is whether a double major is the right choice. Some students find that a single ECB major (perhaps along with an ECB minor) is a better way to go, because it leaves more space for “free elective” courses in other departments. Your time at Gordon may be your best moment to study that United States history you’ve always wanted to learn, or literature, or language, or Bible, or philosophy…you get the idea.
CAN I DOUBLE MAJOR OUTSIDE THE ECB DEPARTMENT?
Yes, although some combinations are easier than others. If your second major is in the 30-45 credit range in size, you’ll be able to fit it in in four years relatively easily. But large majors (say, those that require 50 or 60 credits), are more difficult to combine with an ECB major in four years. These require particularly careful planning and strategizing with faculty advisors in both majors.
HOW DOES MY MAJOR “PLAY OUT” OVER MY TIME AT GORDON?
Most generally, something like this:
Years 1 & 2
*Most students take the ECB217/218 accounting sequence sophomore year. These courses and ECB 245 are not required of Economics majors.
Years 3 & 4
*Not required for Economics major
For course details and the exact set of requirements for each major, please use the links on the left.
WHAT SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR IN MY FIRST TERM?
WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I GET TO CAMPUS IN THE FALL?