Economics and Business

Graphic indicating accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of BusinessThe Department of Economics and Business at VMI offers a rigorous and challenging liberal arts curriculum based on a solid foundation in economic theory, quantitative methods, and management-specific knowledge and skills.

An economics and business degree from VMI prepares you for almost any leadership position in the 21st Century. Our graduates are prepared to take on careers in finance, management, marketing, investment, banking, or the military. The EC/BU degree is excellent preparation for graduate work in economics, business, public administration, health administration, or law.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—International (AACSB) recently announced that the Department of Economics and Business has been awarded re-accreditation. Only 5 percent of the world’s business programs are accredited by AACSB.  Read additional information on this accomplishment (PDF).

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Degrees and Programs

Major(s): Economics and Business

Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



The major is designed to provide an understanding of the economic system and the function of business enterprises in the economy. It includes many courses common to other liberal arts curricula, with the aim of developing the cadet’s ability to think critically about society’s economic issues. In particular, the curriculum features an emphasis on developing analytical tools and methods of both public economic policy and business decision making.

The ECBU department offers a departmental honors program through which cadets may receive departmental honors at graduation. 

Requirements: A cadet will be eligible to receive departmental honors if the following criteria are fulfilled: 

  • 3.2 GPA overall at the end of 1st class year
  • 3.2 GPA in the major at the end of the 1st class year
  • successful completion of two honors research classes: EC 462 and EC463, Honors Research in Economics, or BU 462 and BU463, Honors Research in Business
    • EC462 or BU462: 2-credit honors class in the Fall of the first-class year
    • EC463 or BU463: 1-credit honors class in the Spring of the first-class year
  • research project advisor to supervise research
  • presentation of research to the department faculty. The presentation should be scheduled in March or April of the Spring semester.
  • successful completion of department honors research paper. The paper should be completed as the final assignment for the Spring honors class.
  • recommendation of the departmental honors committee
  • endorsement of the department head

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