Business and Economics is about more than making a profit. It’s about making a difference.
The Department of Business and Economics prepares ethical, inspirational leaders. You’ll explore the intersection of business and faith, develop your God-given talents, and learn to use the tools of business to make a difference in your communities and our world.
Majors, Minors, and Programs
|Accounting and Finance||Major|
|Economics and Finance||Major|
|Leadership Studies Minor||Minor|
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A top business program, defined by faith
At Bethel, we believe that business and economics are tools that can improve the human condition. We prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need to find success in fulfilling careers. But more importantly, we aim to develop students who are committed to the greater good. It’s about hands-on experience, distinguished faculty, academic, personal, and spiritual development, global awareness, valuable networking, and an active business community—all within a Christian learning environment. It’s about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
of business programs nationally according to Major Field Test results
higher alumni first-time CPA exam pass rate over national average
Prepare for your career through internships at companies like Wells Fargo, Target, UnitedHealth Group, General Mills, and Deloitte.
Study in locations around the world to learn about the global economy firsthand.
We weave ethics, values, faith, and justice into our daily discussions, preparing you to make a big impact in your workplace and community.
Fortune 100 companies in the Twin Cities actively recruit our graduates, and the department is strategically partnered with ten major firms—including UnitedHealth Group, Target, and Wells Fargo. Our accounting grads are routinely employed by the “Big Four” international accounting firms, and our alumni network extends to senior executives at major national corporations, leading to increased recruitment by major companies.
While interviewing with a Bethel alum for a position at UnitedHealth Group, the interviewer asked me to consider joining the International Audit department instead of the position for which I had applied. At the time, I had next to no idea what working in International Audit entailed! That same Bethel alum also connected me to the Healthcare Reform opportunity three years later. So, it’s safe to say that my career path was undeniably influenced by Bethel and this wonderful alum who decided to take a chance on me – not just once, but twice.
Current job: Project Manager, Health Care Reform Implementation, UnitedHealth Group
Bethel really prepared me...having a liberal arts education was beneficial because it made me well rounded. [Businesses] look for people with all sorts of different backgrounds and leadership experience. Bethel encourages people to get involved.
–Nicole (Nettleton) Willenbring
Current job: Business Analyst, Target Corporation
As a Christian in the workplace, I am able to connect with people on a different level. I know my reason for being there and do my part to create an encouraging work environment for my coworkers. I hope my attitude is a positive example observable through the way I make decisions, treat my clients, and strive for excellence every day.
Current job: Customer Account Manager, Frozen Organic Products, General Mills
What can I do with a business or economics degree?
Business and economics graduates leave Bethel prepared for meaningful careers in a variety of settings. They use their gifts to serve, to lead, and to create lasting change in their workplaces and communities.
Careers of our graduates:
- Public accounting
- Corporate accounting
- Financial analysis
- Small business ventures
- Human resources
- Non-profit administration
Our alumni attend:
- Duke University
- University of Michigan
- University of Chicago
- Bethel University's MBA program