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Business and Economics

Study Business in a Business Town
Learn Business in a Business Town

Chicago offers innumerable opportunities for business and economics majors to learn from and network with business and nonprofit leaders. Faculty draw on their professional connections to bring CEOs, managers, analysts, and executive directors to speak to classes or mentor students. Adjunct faculty are drawn from Chicago’s companies and nonprofits, teaching from their own real-life experience. SBNM’s advisory board is made up of professionals from large and small corporations, healthcare and nonprofit organizations, banks and investment firms, marketing firms, the entertainment industry, and more. These are the people that will inspire you and help you along the way to achieving your dreams.

Professional students walking in downtown Chicago

We strongly encourage all business and economics majors to take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities, in Chicago or anywhere in the world. A bachelor of science degree includes an internship requirement for good reason: experiencing first-hand the career you desire is the best way to build relevant skills and network with leaders in your chosen field. Internships during the academic year may be in the city, or you may choose to do a summer internship in another city or even another country. Many internships for North Park students have turned into job opportunities following graduation, and many are the starting point for fulfilling careers of significance and service.
Learn more from the Office of Career Development and Internships.

Business and Economics
Why Study Business and Economics?

If you dream of starting your own business, teaching business in a University setting, or rising through the ranks of a successful corporation, then business and economics is exactly the academic foundation you need. As a broad discipline, this degree will give you a firm foundation in economics, accounting, financial management, marketing, organizational leadership, ethics, and more. You’ll be prepared to pursue a career in the public, private, or governmental sectors, or continue on to a specialized field through further education.

Why North Park?

The School of Business and Nonprofit Management has a distinguished reputation for integrating faith and ethics into the advanced study of business. With the city Chicago as our extended classroom, students pursuing a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in business and economics gain a solid footing in business for a variety of career paths. The bachelor of science (BS) degree, which requires a 150-hour minimum internship and an area of concentration, is ideal for students who desire to pursue a specific business discipline and take advantage of focused internships and coursework.

Careers In Business and Economics

  • Accountant
  • Advertising executive
  • Consultant
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial analyst
  • Marketing manager
  • Corporate trainer
Where Alumni Work

  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Delta Institute
  • Groupon
  • IBM
  • IRS
  • JP Morgan Company
  • Kimberly-Clark, Inc.
  • Razorfish
Core Classes

The BA in business and economics will introduce you to the most important topics for a successful career in business. Courses include:

  • Financial and managerial accounting
  • Macroeconomics and microeconomics
  • Business law and communication
  • Foundations of marketing
  • Strategic management

Learn more about the courses and requirements for this major.

Beyond the Classroom

Students can join the Business Club and Nonprofit Leadership Club to connect with other students, provide events and activities to the campus community, visit to local businesses and organizations, attend seminars and conferences, and join on- and off-campus community service projects. Put your learning to work outside the classroom. Learn more about the Business Club and Nonprofit Leadership Club.

Meet the Faculty

Not only will students get a great business education at North Park, “we have the best and most caring teachers and mentors,” says Professor John Bonie.

Learn more about Professor Bonie and our business faculty.

John Bonie, School of Business and Economics professor
Concentrations

If you pursue the BS degree option, you get to choose from seven concentrations that will add depth to the degree and provide an excellent way to distinguish yourself on job or graduate school applications.