You have many options as you prepare for your professional career.  The course of study in the College of Business and Economics provides you with a strong curriculum grounded in the basic core disciplines, and the flexibility to pursue a specific area of study for your major.

Our state-of-the-art curriculum is designed to position you for success in whatever path you choose.  The curriculum goals and objectives set forth for business courses provide you the knowledge and skill level necessary to succeed in your professional career.


GOAL 1:  Understand functional areas of business and how they create value in a global context.
GOAL 2:  Develop habits of critical, analytical thinking and creative problem solving.

GOAL 3:  Communicate effectively.

GOAL 4:  Appreciate ethical and responsible behavior in business contexts.

GOAL 5:  Collaborate with others to accomplish work in business contexts.

GOAL 6:  Build proficiency in a functional area of the student’s choice (in a major and/or interdisciplinary area of study).

For a PDF of all goals and objectives (endorsed March 2011), please click here.


To obtain the Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics, 124 credit hours are required. The College of Business and Economics academic core consists of 54 credits.


(54 credit hours)

The CBE's integrated core emphasizes essential business concepts and skills throughout the college experience. Courses in the core curriculum are required of all CBE students and are logically sequenced in a building block approach.

The core introduces foundational basics, advances to more complex concepts and real world issues, and culminates in a senior capstone on strategic decision making. Upon graduation, CBE students are able to add value in a real-time context to solve intricate, often unstructured, business problems.

The core, distribution requirements, and a requirement to take 33 additional credits outside of the College of Business and Economics ensure that all students take a mix of liberal arts and business experiences that include global and diversity courses. The focus is to provide students with an essential understanding of critical skills including communications and applied critical thinking through a variety of disciplines including English, mathematics, business, and economic courses. Students may use their non-business credits to construct minors in the College of Arts and Sciences or in engineering.

For additional information on curricular requirements, please reference the current Lehigh University Course Catalog.