Economics and Management Major
In Economics and Management: We Mean BUSINESS
The Albion College Economics and Management (E&M) Department provides students with business knowledge, skills, and experiences to succeed in college, a career, and in life. Economics and Management graduates are tomorrow’s business leaders.
We offer courses that will prepare students for careers in:
- International Business & Economics
- Human Resources
- General Business
Our majors are prepared to enter careers in the field of business upon graduation.
We address both the immediate application of problem-solving techniques and the conceptual basis for those techniques. Our curriculum includes more economic theory than is typical in undergraduate business programs, providing solid preparation for those who aspire to attend a selective M.B.A. program or to advance into jobs requiring strong analytical skills.
We also offer more courses related to business than is typical in undergraduate economics programs, making Albion College a top choice for students who want to experience a small liberal arts college environment while also improving their prospects for a good job in business immediately after graduation.
Additional information on the Economics and Management major can be found in this program flyer (PDF).
Albion's accounting program includes every course needed to be eligible for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Our accounting students develop strong analytical skills, preparing them not only for their first job after graduation, but also for advancement into increasingly responsible positions in the field. As a result, many of the nation’s top accounting firms recruit at Albion College.
The accounting faculty encourages you to pursue internships where you take on full professional responsibilities as if you were in a job. Lots of training and support ensure your success. Albion college accounting students are recruited by the nation’s top accounting firms along with small private companies in Michigan.
Work and learn side by side with professors who are CPAs with real world experiences.
Professor Bedient has the professional accounting and auditing experience to help students perform well in that environment. He managed a small town daily newspaper for 10 years. That experience helps him show students the value of an accounting education as applied in business. Professor Bedient’s courses his focus is on using accounting to solve business problems. He uses audio and visual technology so that his help and advice are available from computers and mobile devices.
Professor Carlson worked in public accounting, manufacturing, and not-for-profit industries for 25 years before coming to academics and brings those experiences into the classroom. In Professor Carlson’s courses, he creates “real-world” accounting and tax projects using Excel or tax software for his classes. He is actively involved as an advisor with various national student accounting competitions and enjoys the opportunity to work with students on their business research projects.
American Institute of CPAs
AICPA competition Albion students work as a team, tackling current topics, using their critical thinking, research, writing, and presentation skills. Albion was selected to present in Washington, D.C., and won second place in the nation. Accounting Society- banquet, field trips.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
VITA tax program Albion College student volunteers are trained by E&M accounting faculty to prepare income tax returns for low-income residents of the city of Albion and nearby communities. Students prepare about 200 returns each year—helping the community and gaining valuable experience working on actual tax returns.
Jonathan Gurnee, '16
Jonathan is a Finance major and a business and organizations minor. As a junior, he is currently abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science studying economics and management. Jonathan interned at Chemical Bank last summer, and has recently signed his offer letter to work as a financial analyst intern at Univar, a private chemical distribution company based out of Downers Grove, IL, for Summer ’15.
The campus, small class sizes, and numerous opportunities to be involved with the school attracted Jonathan to Albion. He is a member of the Men’s Tennis Team, Mortar Board, the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and has been an economics tutor in past semesters.
After graduating, Jonathan plans to work in the financial services industry, in addition to obtaining a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Leah Parker, '15
Leah is a double major in accounting and business and organizations. In particular, she likes Albion’s small classes and the individual attention she gets from her professors. For example, one class did not fit her schedule and was able to enroll in a directed study with a professor. She appreciates that the E&M professors stay after their office hours and are accessible and willing to teach to a variety of learning styles.
Leah’s accounting courses helped her land two paid accounting internships: one with Rehmann in the Ann Arbor office, the other with Post, Smythe, Lutz and Ziel LLP, a small CPA firm in Plymouth, MI. As part of the E&M department’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for two years, Leah has had the opportunity to work directly with clients in the Albion community.
Outside of the classroom, Leah has been a tour guide for the Admission office, is a current member of the Accounting Society, Best Buddies and is the Vice President of Community Service for Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity on campus.
“The E&M faculty and staff go out of their way to help me succeed.”