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About the Business and Economics Department

Preparing Business Leaders, Entrepreneurs, and Scholars

Today's rapidly changing global business world requires creative ideas, analytical reasoning, and critical thinking to stay ahead of the curve. The Department of Business and Economics at Gustavus prepares the next generation of business and finance leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and scholars.

Coursework gives you the skills to identify, analyze, and solve industry and social problems from the C-Suite to the Capitol. The Department prioritizes real-world application of knowledge in and out of the classroom. Collaborate with organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, and connect with the vast Gustavus alumni network around the world. The program is built to jumpstart your professional career and expand your opportunities to lead a fulfilling life of leadership and service.

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Join a Strong Network of Gusties in Minnesota and Around the World

When you enroll as a Business and Economics student at Gustavus Adolphus, you're networking with a community of alumni who actively help students with mentoring, internships, and career connections. Located in beautiful Saint Peter, MN, the Gustavus Adolphus campus gives you a fun place to learn and form supportive relationships with proximity to big-city events and stores. You're minutes away from the medium-sized city of Mankato and an hour from the dynamic Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. You'll have plenty of opportunities close by, or you can pursue interests ranging from Wall Street to Washington, D.C. and beyond.

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Business and Economics Majors, Minors and Related Programs

The Department offers four majors, some with specialized tracks, and three minors that help you tailor learning to your specific career goals. Across the majors, faculty prioritizes practical experience, social responsibility, and informed, ethical decision-making. You'll graduate with a global perspective and be career ready with the skills employers want.

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Opportunities in Business and Economics

Building Skills Employers Desire

The Business and Economics Department's emphasis on real-world application extends learning beyond the classroom. You'll build strong relationships while collaborating and learning with your peers through student-led organizations such as the Investment Club, the Accounting Club, the Finance Club, and Gustavus Women in Leadership. You also can take advantage of off-campus learning opportunities that include everything from an internship in Seattle to studying in Hong Kong.

Explore all opportunities in Business and Economics

  • Entrepreneurship — The Gustie Cup and courses are specifically designed to help you develop entrepreneurial skills
  • Mentoring — Build valuable relationships with alumni professionals and gain a competitive edge in the job market
  • Student Clubs — Getting involved in student clubs is an excellent way to build relationships outside of the classroom and gain professional skills and knowledge related to your interests
  • Gustavus Women in Leadership (GWIL) — Offers a variety of programs designed to help women develop leadership skills and build their networks
  • Study Away — Studying away is an opportunity to gain new perspectives, develop intercultural skills, and enhance your academic and professional goals
  • Internships — Internships are an excellent way to apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations, develop new skills, and make professional contacts
  • Careers/Graduate School — The faculty and Career Development Center guide you with career or graduate school resources from your first year through graduation
  • Research and Scholar Innovation — Take your learning further through on-campus and off-campus research opportunities


Gustavus prepares sharp business and financial minds that are essential in both the public and private sectors. Meet the students and faculty, and learn more about how they're fulfilling their goals.

Meet our Faculty

Jenna Hogstad ’25

Jenna Hogstad ’25

Business Management Major

“The professors I have encountered have had substantial and multifaceted experience within their area of expertise, and I value their advice substantially.” With a Management major, Jenna has been able to incorporate her interest in biology to pursue a career in the business end of the medical field. Within the Business and Management Department, Jenna […]

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Keep in Touch With the Department of Business and Economics

As a Business and Economics student, you'll learn about economics, accounting, finance, marketing, management, and more, gaining a well-rounded education that will prepare you for success in your future career. Join a network of Gusties in Minnesota and beyond. Start your journey to a successful and fulfilling career today.

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Phone: 507-933-7414

Beck Academic Hall, 152
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082

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