Business & Economics
Dean, School of Business & Economics: Scott Carson, PhD
The School of Business & Economics (SBE) is comprised of the Department of Business and the Department of Economics, a partnership which is traditional at Wilfrid Laurier University. The School of Business & Economics believes that the combination of the two disciplines in a single administrative unit adds greatly to the quality and flexibility of all graduates at the school.
The Department of Business offers a four-year Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program leading to careers in accounting (CA, CMA, CGA), finance, marketing, operations and supply chain management and human resources. New concentration paths are available with the BBA program in seven areas of study: accounting, brand communication, entrepreneurship, finance, financial planning, insurance and risk management, marketing, human resource and supply chain management.
The double degree honours programs in Business and Computer Science or Computing and Computer Electronics (BBA/BSc), and the degree in Business and Science (BBSc) combining the Business and Chemistry disciplines are offered on a cross-faculty basis. A joint double degree program is available, combining the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and the Honours Bachelor of Mathematics program from the University of Waterloo. This program offers a unique educational experience for students in the field of business and the mathematical sciences.
The Department of Economics offers four-year Honours BA programs in Economics, Economics and Accounting, Economics and Administration, Economics and Financial Management and the new cross-faculty PPE program in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. Joint Honours Economics programs with other honours disciplines in the faculties of Arts or Science are also available. The department also offers an Economics major in the General BA degree program.
The Co-operative Education Option of the BBA and the Honours BA Economics programs, by an alternating sequence of work and study terms, provides students with 12 months of practical work experience during their academic career.
The School of Business & Economics offers a variety of courses in the evening to individuals who wish to enhance their business or professional careers.
The Management and Education Research Centres operated by SBE assist the business and Laurier community - The Laurier Institute for Business & Economics Studies, the Clarica Financial Services Research Centre, the Centre for Responsible Organizations and the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship. (Refer to the Academic and University Resources chapter and the last section of this chapter.)
The Department of Business offers diploma programs in Accounting, Business Administration and Financial Planning. In addition, it offers courses for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, Institute of Canadian Bankers, Canadian Institute of Certified Administrative Managers, Canadian Securities Institute, Trust Companies Institute of Canada, Society of Management Accountants of Ontario, Canadian Credit Union Institute, Appraisal Institute of Canada, Insurance Institute of Canada, Real Estate Institute of Canada, Ontario Society for Training and Development, Personnel Association of Ontario, and The Purchasing Management Association of Canada.