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Business Economics, B.B.A.

The business economics program teaches you to understand the forces that drive the actions of corporations and consumers, the way an economy works, and the importance of global trade.

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Program Overview

You may choose one of three emphasis areas:

  • General and Honors emphasis both teach critical thinking and analytical skills for business decision making.
  • Real estate emphasis focuses on residential and commercial real estate issues.


The economics department offers an Honors" designation to students who achieve at least a minimum G.P.A. of 3.2 both overall and in their economics courses. This designation provides students the opportunity to engage in high profile projects and policy courses.

Why Study Business Economics at Grand Valley?

  • The economics faculty, with distinguished credentials and business expertise, work closely with you to form career goals and select courses to achieve those goals.
  • Smaller class sizes allow more interaction with faculty.
  • Opportunities for involvement, such as the economics honor society, Omicron Delta Epsilon; economics club; real estate group; professional development series and more.
  • Internships, available in all business areas, allow you to earn money while getting valuable business experience.
  • Study abroad opportunities prepare you for global society by allowing you to live within another culture and meet students from around the world. Our study abroad programs are established in 25 countries and can be customized to meet your needs and interests.
  • Economics stresses well developed analytical skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A campus in the heart of an exciting business environment.

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For More Information

Seidman College of Business
50 Front Avenue SW
(616) 331-7500

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Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face


Business economic electives include:

  • Data analytics
  • Environmental problems
  • Forecasting
  • International trade
  • Health economics
  • Markets, strategy, and government
  • Money and banking
  • Public economics and ethics
  • Urban and real estate economics

Career Options

General and Honors: market research, consulting, banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, international and development organizations, and intelligence agencies.

Real estate: urban planner, developer, real estate agent, residential/commercial appraiser, mortgage broker, or commercial lender.

Business economics is a great base for many graduate degrees.


“I've had a lot of professors who have real-world business experience so they’ve been able to connect their experience to their teaching to show us how what we’re learning is applicable to the real world.”