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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics

The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics offers baccalaureate degrees in Accounting; Economics; Economics Education; Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation; Finance; Financial Planning and Wealth Management; Hospitality Industry Management; Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management; International Business Studies; Management; Management Information Systems; Marketing; Operations Management; and Sport Management. Honors degrees are available in many of these degree programs.

Minors are offered in Advertising, Beverage Management, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, Event Management, Global Enterprise Technologies, International Business Studies, International Business/International Business with Language, Management Information Systems, Restaurant Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Spa & Wellness Management, Sport Management and Trust Management. Enrollment in minors is limited, and certain qualifications must be met. The Certificate of Business Essentials is also offered to non-business majors.

Undergraduate students are admitted as freshmen into the baccalaureate degree programs referenced above or as Undeclared Business majors. Undeclared business students must select a major in the Lerner College by October 1 of their sophomore year. Students already admitted to the University of Delaware who are matriculated in other programs may apply to change their degree program to Accounting, Economics Education, Finance, Financial Planning and Wealth Management, Hospitality Industry Management, International Business Studies, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Operations Management, after successfully completing the required microeconomics course, macroeconomics course, calculus course, and earning a minimum of 28 credits at the University of Delaware. Students applying to Economics also must complete Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (B.A.) or Quantitative Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (B.S.) and at least one Economics course at the University of Delaware. Students may apply to change their major into Hospitality Industry Management, Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management or Sport Managment after successful completion of 15 credits. Students who wish to change their major to Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation must complete an application form, which is available at Students should consult with the Undergraduate Advising and Academic Services (UAAS) office for application deadlines. Review for admission consideration will first be performed for students who have completed all their coursework at the University of Delaware. The major criterion used for admission selection is academic performance. Applications for admission to the minors are also reviewed and have similar criteria. Additional information and application forms are available in the UAAS office, in departmental offices, and online.

Lerner College students who were previously dismissed for academic deficiency and are now applying for readmission to the University may be eligible for readmission into their degree program in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics; these students should contact the assistant dean in the UAAS office for advisement.

Dean’s Scholar Program

The Dean’s Scholar Program exists to serve the needs of students whose clearly defined educational goals cannot be effectively achieved by pursuing the standard curricula for all existing majors, minors, and interdepartmental majors sponsored by the University. Driven by an overarching passion or curiosity that transcends typical disciplinary bounds and curricula, a Dean’s Scholar’s intellectual interests may lead to broad interdisciplinary explorations of an issue or to more intense, in-depth studies in a single field at a level akin to graduate work. In consultation with faculty advisors and the deputy/assistant dean of their college, Dean’s Scholars design an imaginative and rigorous individual plan of study to meet the total credit hours required for graduation. Contact the associate dean in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics or go to for more information and the application.

Certificate of Business Essentials

The Certificate of Business Essentials is designed to provide non-business majors with an understanding of core business principles and to expose these students to key business tools. The Certificate may be attractive to students in a variety of majors outside of the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics to augment their major field of study and provide alternative career options. The required courses work together to provide these students with a fundamental understanding of the language and fundamental principles of business.

All courses are designed exclusively for non-business majors; these courses will NOT count towards required coursework for any student who eventually transfers into any major in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Full-time matriculated students may apply to the Certificate program during the semester in which they will complete at least 28 credits and achieve sophomore status, and when the Certificate coursework can be completed prior to graduation. Admission will be limited to top students as measured by GPA. Students should consult the Program’s website for application deadlines. Students must meet with their advisor prior to applying for the Certificate of Business Essentials to determine how these credits will be allocated toward their degree program. The application and allowable course substitutions are available online at: Continuing Education Non-Degree (CEND) students may apply to the program and should seek advisement from an ACCESS Advisor (

Departments and Programs

Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems

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Department of Business Administration

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Department of Economics

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Department of Finance

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Department of Hospitality Business Management

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Horn Program in Entrepreneurship

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