College of Business and Economics

Marc Chopin, Dean (301A J. A. Albertson Bldg.; 208/885-6478); Daniel J. Borgia, Associate Dean.

The college was established as a professional division of the university in 1925. Long known as the College of Business Administration, it became the College of Business and Economics (CBE) in 1969. Its vision is to be a leader in integrated business education and provide a sound background in basic business principles that prepare graduates for positions of responsibility in firms and organizations including entrepreneurial ventures. As part of a state-supported land grant university, the CBE also aims to give its students an appreciation of the social importance and responsibilities of businessmen and businesswomen, and both the values and the knowledge to discharge those responsibilities.

The college's mission is to provide a collaborative learning environment that prepares students to be responsible leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and professionals. Students are prepared to succeed personally and professionally and to practice exemplary principles of citizenship. We accomplish this mission by:

  • Delivering a high quality and team-based undergraduate curriculum that integrates accounting, economics, and business disciplines.
  • Delivering and supporting focused graduate and outreach programs that build on our competencies within the college and meet the needs of our stakeholders.
  • Providing experiential learning opportunities for our students.
  • Engaging in research that makes meaningful contributions to management practice and business education.
  • Sharing our business expertise in support of our state, our professions and the academic community.


The college has adopted a set of learning goals that mirrors this mission. These goals are: 1) Business Knowledge and Environment - CBE students will acquire an integrated understanding of business, accounting, and economic principles; 2) Critical Thinking and Ethical Problem-Solving - CBE students will be able to use appropriate tools of analysis to identify and address problems or opportunities; 3) Communication - CBE students will develop the ability to effectively obtain, organize, and communicate information; 4) Clarify purpose and perspective – CBE students will develop a better understanding of self and their place in the world; 5) Teamwork and Collaboration – CBE students will acquire the ability to interact effectively and professionally with people of varied backgrounds, abilities, and values.

International Business Programs. There are various programs by which a UI student can pursue international business. The following programs are available in connection with a business degree (B.S.Bus.): a major or minor in a foreign language; a major or minor in international studies; a major or minor in political science. For students seeking a business degree (B.S.Bus.), a minor is offered in international business (see Department of Business below). In addition, a student may have a dual major in business and foreign languages or major in foreign languages (B.A.) with a business option. A third option is the international studies program (B.A.), which may be selected by itself or as a dual major with business. Contact the Dean's Office in the College of Business and Economics for further information on international business programs.