Business and Economics

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Dr. Paul Hettler (chair) | Dr. Stephanie Adam | Dr. Ahmet Akgun | Dr. Adnan Chawdhry | Dr. Joshua Chicarelli | David T. Jones | Dr. Elizabeth Jones | Dr. Richard LaRosa | Dr. Shirley A. Lazorchak | Dr. Mark Lennon | Dr. Nan Li | Dr. Edmund Matecki | Dr. John Michaels | Dr. Clyde A. Roberts | Dr. Joseph J. Schwerha


It is the mission of the Department of Business and Economics to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate education in the business disciplines that actively engages students in the learning process; combines contemporary academic theory with relevant applications and experiential learning; and offers the global perspective necessary for today’s business professionals.

We achieve our mission through our distinctive programs, high level of student-faculty interaction, highly qualified faculty committed to scholarly activity and professional development, and with the assistance of a network of alumni and community partners.  We prepare students with the skills needed for today and for a future that will require life-long learning.


The Department of Business and Economics will be a leader in business education, engaging pedagogy, applied research and community engagement by building on our strengths and leveraging partnerships with students; alumni; faculty from other disciplines; and industry and community leaders.



The department offers the following degrees:

  • Associate of Science (A.S.)
    • Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Human Resource Management
    • Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Commerce
    • Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Commerce: Corporate Communication
    • Management
    • Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
    • Business Administration: Integrated Global Business concentration (100% online)
    • Business Administration: Management Information Systems concentration 


The department also offers minors in:

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Forensic Accounting (online)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing


Sub-baccalaureate certificates are available in:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Memberships and Awards

Achievement is recognized in several ways. Membership is open to qualified successful students in:

  • Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics
  • Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders
  • Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration
  • Student Accounting Association
  • Economics Club
  • Finance Club
  • Student Marketing Association

These awards are presented to graduating seniors yearly:

  • Alfred Zeffiro Award for Excellence in the Study of Management
  • Wall Street Journal Award for Excellence in the Study of Finance
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award for Highest Achievement in the Study of Accounting
  • Amy Lyne Marunyak Memorial Award for Excellence in the Study of Marketing


Career opportunities include positions such as accountant, auditor, banker, city manager, general manager, government agency administrator, hospital administrator, industrial relations manager, insurance agent, office manager, personnel manager, production manager, purchasing agent, retail manager, sales manager, sales representative, securities analyst and stock broker. 


The bachelor's and master's programs in the Department of Business and Economics are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn.