AACSB logo - blue with tagThe 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.

The mission of the Department of Economics and Business is to develop leaders within the framework of the unique VMI mission by offering 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 can prepare you for almost any leadership position in the 21st Century. Our graduates are well 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 department’s program goals and learning outcomes were developed with an eye toward matching them with the learning experiences we believe are necessary for future leaders. Our program goals are as follows: 

  • broad knowledge of economics, quantitative methods, and the functional areas of business [discipline-based skill set];
  • the ability to communicate effectively, using oral communications skills [oral communication];
  • the ability to communicate effectively, using written communications skills [written communication];
  • the necessary skills to lead others in an ethical manner [leadership and ethics];
  • the ability to understand information systems and to apply technology to find solutions to a variety of problems [information systems and technology] and;
  • the skills to analyze and evaluate information and the ability to use these skills to guide decision making, resulting in effective problem solving [critical thinking].