Business Economics


Why study Business Economics?

Economics is poised at the intersection between social science and business, and has great relevance for a wide range of public policy issues. The business economics program at the UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business combines the study of both economics and business, providing a strong theoretical and professional combination. Traditional economics courses prepare students to collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends and develop forecasts—essential to the ability of business firms to maximize profits and provide the quantity of goods or services that consumers will demand at a certain price. The program includes general education requirements as well as basic courses in all business disciplines, economics and career exploration and development.

Admission Requirements

First-year applicants are those who have not enrolled in college or university courses (other than Dual Enrollment or College Credit Plus courses) since graduating from high school. 

Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Traditional Studies)
Freshman applicants to the BBA programs, please visit the Admission Requirements page for further information. Applicants are advised that Lindner requires four units* of college preparatory mathematics for admission to all bachelor degree programs.

*Four units of college preparatory mathematics, to include at least algebra I and II, and two additional units such as calculus, pre-calculus, or finite mathematics. 


Business economics majors typically possess (or are willing to develop) the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most like to read and are successful when asked to work independently. Business economics students are critical thinkers who enjoy vigorous in-class discussions and like to apply their learning to real-world problems as well as to theoretical concerns. Consequently, they enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving public affairs.

Many students choose to further their studies in graduate school, especially in business and law schools. Career possibilities for students who graduate with a major in business economics include:

  • Entry-level positions in line management
  • Staff positions in fields such as operations research; labor and employment relations; sales and marketing; and banking and finance
  • Foreign service employee
  • Public utility corporation worker
  • Government

The Lindner College of Business offers a minor in economics and a variety of minors in other business disciplines.

Lindner students who wish to add a minor should file an online Business Minor Application Form.

Qualified UC students enrolled in non-Lindner baccalaureate degree programs may also pursue a discipline specific minor in the Lindner College of Business or a minor in business administration, which follows a sequence of courses designed to give them experience in the business fundamental disciplines.

To add a minor, all students must file the online Business Minor Application Form.

For more application information and a complete list of minor options, visit the Business Minors Website.

Please note: students may not double count courses between Lindner majors and minors.

Academic advisors are trained to assist students and are available on an appointment basis and on a walk-in basis during specific periods. They can help with questions about scheduling, academic planning, course pre-requisites, the curriculum, and how study abroad and co-op fit with degree plans. 

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business has assigned advisors for all students. Current students who need assistance may:

  • Contact their advisor in My Bearcats Network
  • Come to the Undergraduate Programs Suite in Lindner Hall
  • Telephone (513) 556-7030

Prospective students interested in transitioning to Lindner are invited to attend an information session.  Information session dates and times can be found online under transition students. Additional details about planning your transition can be supported by the Transfer & Transition Advising Center. Transition students must attend orientation before registering for Lindner classes.  

Success in today’s business environment is primarily driven by who students are and how they act. Accordingly, Lindner offers an innovative approach to business education that we call PACE. The PACE framework allows students to create a customized roadmap for developing proficiency in Professionalism,  Academics, Character and Engagement to ensure they can successfully pursue the personal and professional goals they are passionate about.


  • Lindner’s real-world learning opportunities ensure that our students learn the professional communication skills they need to excel in today’s business environment.
  • Lindner’s Career Services (career services) team works with undergraduate students to help them obtain real world work experience through co-operative education. Career services guides students in developing resumes, learning interviewing techniques and obtaining the practical skills that fulfill the expectations of businesses.


  • Lindner students are distinct individuals with unique goals and interests, and that is why our curriculum ensures that students have a foundational understanding of the key business functions. The breadth of majors and minors allows students to add a second major or minor that will customize their education for added value. Students can augment in-class learning with co-operative education, internships and international study abroad experiences.


  • Character means having the strength and conviction to both lead and work with teams made up of diverse social, cultural and economic viewpoints. Ethics seminars, global experiences and leadership opportunities prepare students to deal with philosophical questions that have become real-world dilemmas. Lindner business courses help students build these skills through hands-on, collaborative projects, often working with Cincinnati businesses.


  • Students’ lives and careers will be comprised of much more than just work. Community service, citizenship and organizational involvement are all key components of personal growth. In Lindner, students are encouraged to get involved in the things they care about via the 20-plus student organizations within the Lindner College of Business, the 300-plus organizations within the University of Cincinnati and ongoing partnerships with service organizations like the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

The Kautz-Uible (K-U) Fund provides fellowships to economics and business economics majors, typically in their junior or senior years.  Scholarship awardees are selected based on a holistic evaluation including strong academic credentials and financial need.  The application process begins in early March.  The K-U fund also provides funding for student activities and trips that allow students to further their experiential education by exploring international and domestic issues of economic importance.

The Undergraduate Economics Society provides an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their experience here at the university. Undergraduate economics and business economics majors are afforded an ideal setting to develop strong interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as long-lasting friendships. In the past, the society has organized off-campus trips, including tours of Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. These trips have been sponsored by the Hewett-Kautz Fund. The society, in conjunction with the department, has scheduled guest speakers and career development and placement seminars intended to assist and advise students on career choices. Meetings are held for its members and new faces are always welcome.

The Business Fellows is a vibrant college community that provides a supportive academic, social and professional environment for students of color. Selected students will benefit from dedicated support, scholarship opportunities, peer/professional mentoring and cultural activities. 

Lindner Business Honors (Honors) attracts ambitious students who are intellectually curious and face new challenges head on. In alignment with the college’s unique distinctions, Honors is built on four pillars:  

  • Dedicated Infrastructure of Honors Faculty and Staff: A team of outstanding professionals to help student’s leverage the skills and knowledge they develop to pursue new experiences. 

  • Foundation for Exploration, Freedom for Flexibility: Students will utilize their learning communities to explore all that Lindner has to offer. 

  • Specialized Academic and Experiential Learning: An accelerated, interdisciplinary curriculum with problem solving as a common thread. 

  • Personalized Honors Communities: Personalized communities that support the entire college experience as foster a special sense of legacy. 

The Lindner College of Business offers a variety of study abroad programs in every continent of the globe ranging from one week to a full semester abroad.  General international business and culture programs are offered to freshmen and sophomores while discipline specific programs are offered to upper classmen.  Students receive credit toward their degree, while gaining real-world international experience in their area of study. Study Abroad includes academic coursework at UC, and lectures, company visits and cultural activities overseas. To learn more, visit Study Abroad.


Co-operative Education provides students with real-world work experiences with leading businesses throughout the United States.** These opportunities are the perfect time for students to “test” out their major(s) and discover which type(s) of work they most enjoy. Our employer partners pay students real money and assign students real work (versus just “busy work”) which means the co-op experience provides Lindner students with a huge competitive advantage when they enter the workforce. Because different employers and industries have different staffing needs throughout the year, co-op may be part-time, full-time, or during various terms. For first-year students beginning in fall 2024, two co-op experiences will be required for graduation.

**International co-ops are possible/supported but not common.

The degree of bachelor of business administration is granted to those who complete satisfactorily the required course work for the specified degree, with university, college, major and minor grade point averages of 2.0 or better. This includes the university’s general education requirements. All students must meet the residency requirements of the college (50% of business courses in the last 30 hours of your degree must be taken in residence) and must contract for graduation with an academic advisor. 

Students wishing to transfer to the UC Lindner College of Business may find additional details about transfer requirements here.  

Students may apply online at Admissions. Lindner admits transfer students to begin in each academic term. 

Transfer Articulation Agreements & Pathways 

UC has developed clear pathways (articulation agreements) between select associate degrees at partner institutions and compatible bachelor’s degrees at UC. Each pathway includes a Transfer Degree Map that offers a semester-by-semester course comparison to assist with your transfer planning. 

The following institutions have Transfer Degree Maps for this major: 

  • Cincinnati State Technical & Community College 
  • Sinclair Community College 
  • Chatfield College 

Applicants wishing to transition from other UC colleges to the Lindner College of Business must meet or exceed each of the admission requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for students transitioning from other colleges is calculated utilizing all college-level course work attempted at each UC college and other universities attended. 

1. Cumulative collegiate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work.

2. Must demonstrate appropriate progress toward completion of the required mathematics courses.  

  • BBA or BA degrees: Math 1044 (Applied Calculus I – 3 hrs) with a grade of C- or better; or 

  • BBA or BA degrees: Math 1046 (Business Calculus – 5 hrs) with a grade of D- or better;  

  • BS degrees: Math 1061 (Calculus I – 4 hrs), C- or better  

3.At least 30 completed semester hours.  

To apply, complete the Change of College Web Form. Applications deadlines are listed on the application. 

Lindner accepts transitions students every term. Students must meet the above admissions requirements by the end of the semester prior to admission.   

The UC College of Business welcomes international applicants who seek a challenging academic environment. The Office of Admissions will send an international application packet upon request. Note that if your native language is not English, you will be required to take an English proficiency examination. Please reference the Office of Admissions website with international student information for the Lindner minimum standards.

International applicants at the first-year level must have a strong mathematics background and be prepared to begin the college's calculus sequence.

The University of Cincinnati requires that all transcripts be official copies with an official translation attached. Lindner requires all students who have earned credit at foreign universities to have the documents evaluated by a credit evaluation service prior to registering for classes at the university. A copy of the evaluation must be received by the Lindner at least two weeks prior to the date the student is scheduled to register for classes.

Such an evaluation may be obtained from:

 World Education Services
 568 Broadway, Suite 301
 P.O. Box 745
 New York, NY 10013
 Web Address:

Other such agencies may be located via the Internet.

Although the Lindner College of Business does not require international applicants to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT), it is highly recommended.

Contact the Office of Admissions for further information regarding admission procedures and deadlines for Lindner. 

Application Deadlines

Prospective Freshmen - Additional details regarding the freshman application deadlines can be found here.  

Changing Majors within UC - Students applying for admission to the Lindner College of Business from other UC colleges should complete a Change of College Web Form in accordance with the application deadlines printed on the form.

Transferring to UC - Additional details regarding the transfer application for admission can be found here

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The UC Lindner College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.

Contact Information

Matt Keaton
Carl H. Lindner Hall, Room 1352
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0020
(513) 556-7979

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