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.
Andy DiFranco, '17
Andrew DiFranco, '17 is an Accounting CPA emphasis major and a Business & Organizations minor. He is a member of the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. In the winter of 2016, Andrew interned at Ernst & Young in the Assurance department where he was able to experience the real world of public accounting. He received and accepted a full time offer of employment from Ernst & Young after graduation in May of 2017.
"There truly is such a thing as an 'Albion Advantage'. Whether it be in the classroom, with alumni, or through all the connections you make along the way. This advantage was evident to me right away in my time at Albion when I became friends with many professors and have a close personal relationship with them. These relationships encourage mentor-ship, which can give students a professional connection, and where they can ask questions about school or seek career advice. While at my internship, I was able to see the power of Albion College alumni, and just how much they are willing to help current students. Also in my time at Albion, I have gained invaluable experiences in the classroom and beyond through the amazing network of Albion professionals that are here to help every student reach their goals. That is the true Albion Advantage."
Makenzie Frederickson, '18
Makenzie Frederickson, '18, is and Accounting - C.P.A. emphasis and Spanish double major. She is a member of the Honors program, a tour guide, first-year experience mentor, co-leader of Cru, and an accounting tutor. She is also a part of the Albion women's lacrosse team. In 2015, she was awarded an Ernst and Young scholarship as an accounting major in the Economics and Management department.
Makenzie will be completing an audit internship with Ernst and Young during the summer of 2017. Upon graduation, Makenzie plans to pass the CPA exam and work in the field of public accounting.
"I love Albion because of all the opportunities it provides. The relationships you are able to build with professors are irreplaceable. The classes I have taken have not only grown my knowledge of accounting, but they have made me a well-rounded person."