The department requires that students complete all lower division courses during their first two years. These preparatory courses are pre-requisites to the upper division courses completed during their remaining two years of study. Courses are designed to be sequential in developing a cumulative competency through a progression of terminology, models, and concepts that blend theory with applications. Study abroad at King’s College-London or American University-Paris should happen during Third Year (either semester), or Fourth Year (Fall semester only). The IBI program should happen during the summer after Third Year. In addition to the required courses, students take five elective courses.

Economics and Business Tracks & Requirements

  • EB-003 Accounting (Fall or Spring)
  • EB-010 Microeconomics
  • EB-011 Macroeconomics
  • EB-080 Principles of Management 
  • MA-005 Statistics
  • EB-020 Research & Forecasting or
  • EB-030 Corporate Finance
  • EB-020 Research & Forecasting or
  • EB-030 Corporate Finance

Any remaining lower division requirements 

  • EB-102 Intermed Microeconomics
  • EB Upper division elective(s)
  • Study Abroad: KC-London or AU-Paris
  • EB-137 Intermed Macroeconomics
  • EB Upper division elective(s)
  • Study Abroad: KCL or AUP
Summer After 3rd Year
  • Study Abroad with Int’l Business Institute-Europe (12 units upper division electives) 
  • EB Upper division elective(s)
  • EB-190/190SS Practicum
  • Study Abroad: KC-London or AU-Paris
  • EB Upper division elective(s)
  • EB-190/190SS Practicum
  • (No study abroad last semester)

Any remaining lower division requirements 

Career Paths

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Social and Capital Entrepreneurship
  • Business Development
  • Management
  • Law
  • Sales
  • Real Estate

See career paths for graduates who majored or minored in economics and business at Westmont.

Westmont Economics & Business majors have earned graduate degrees from:

  • Duke-Fuqua School of Business
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard Law School
  • University of California, Irvine
  • The London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Loyola Law School
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Notre Dame Law School
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Oregon
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Sturm College of Law, University of Denver
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • University of Chicago-Booth School of Business
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business
  • Wharton-University of Pennsylvania

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Economics and Business Alumni

Mark Zoradi ’76 is the chief operating officer of DreamWorks Animation. He most recently served as president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group and has a 30-year tenure in the entertainment industry, including time at the Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Entertainment. He earned an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. Mark serves on the national board of Young Life and is a trustee at Westmont.

Leeba Lessin ’79 is the CEO of CareMore Health Systems, a division of Well Point and oversees WellPoint’s Medicaid and Medicare business. Previously, she was president of Northern California operations for PacifiCare and president of Southern California operations, PacifiCare’s largest region with 1.2 million commercial members, 380,000 Medicare members, and $4.1 billion in revenue. Leeba earned an MBA from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She serves on Westmont’s Board of Advisors.

Janet Lampkin ’81, California state president of Bank of America, oversees business integration, public policy, government relations, and philanthropy. The former CEO of the California Bankers Association, she is first woman to chair the organization. The San Francisco Business Times has repeatedly named her one of the 100 most influential businesswomen in the Bay Area. She has served on numerous boards, including the California Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Coalition, the Bay Area Council, the California-China Trade and Investment Advisory Group, and Westmont’s Board of Advisors. She double majored in economics and business and political science at Westmont and earned a master’s degree in international relations at Australian University in Canberra.

Ken Rogers ’82 serves as the State Department’s Faculty Chair at National Defense University, educating military, civilian and international leaders with tools to secure, optimize and manage information technology to foster conditions that shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world. He was the chief technology strategist and director of IT strategy for the U.S. Department of State, where he oversaw a $1.5 billion portfolio with operations in 285 locations worldwide. Ken earned master’s degrees in information systems and technology at George Washington University; in international management at the University of Maryland; and in development economics at the University of Pittsburgh. Ken also serves as a professor at Nyack College.

Sharon Rose ’89 is an attorney in Washington, D.C., with Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft in the White Collar Defense and Investigations Group, representing clients in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement matters. Her expertise includes securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. Previously, she was the managing principal of a registered investment advisor and estate planning firm and held registered securities principal and general securities representative licenses. She earned an MBA in finance from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California Davis School of Law. She is a Westmont trustee.

R. Tyler Gibbs ’91 is senior vice president and general manager of Toyota Racing Development Inc. He was originally hired to build their Supply Chain from scratch and eventually gained management responsibility and oversight for finance, strategic planning, and administration. Previously, he worked for his father’s small business, and then at Cosworth Engineering Inc., an auto-racing engineering company where he worked in SUPPLY CHAIN/OPERATIONS. He earned an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Jon Walker ’91 is a co-founder of AppFolio and is responsible for technology and engineering. Previously, he was the chief technology officer of Versora and of Miramar Systems (sold to Computer Associates in 2004), where he led development and quality assurance teams. The software developed under his direction has been deployed to more than 20 million computers worldwide. Jon has also been a senior technologist for Nortel Networks and Xing Technology Inc. (sold to Real Networks), and a contributing editor to LinuxWorld Magazine. He is the inventor of multiple patents.

Rick Fogg ’93 is the founding partner of Chronicle Family Offices, a national family office firm that delivers advisory services for families with high net worth. He marries a technical background in law, tax, and business with a deep interest in people. He chairs the board of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing, a global, interdisciplinary community of professionals and family office executives committed to helping wealthy families thrive. He began his career at the Santa Barbara law firm of Mullen and Henzell LLP after earning a law degree at the University of Washington. He serves on the board of trustees at Westmont and the board of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

Jedd Medefind ’97 is president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, which unites Christian organizations and a national network of churches to encourage adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry. Previously, President George W. Bush appointed him special assistant to the president and deputy director of the White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He held various positions in the California state legislature and has worked, studied and served in more than 30 countries, with organizations ranging from the C.S. Lewis Foundation to Price-Waterhouse in Moscow to Christian Life Bangladesh. His three books and many articles include “UPENDED: How Following Jesus Remakes Our Words and Our World” with Erik Lokkesmoe ’95.

Nick and Drew Parisi ’05
Drew Parisi is the owner of Drew Parisi Nutrition in Menlo Park, Calif., where she focuses on functional, whole-foods nutrition for individuals, families and corporations. She has had corporate engagements with DropBox, Marketo, and Lyft and has been quoted in Forbes Online magazine as a nutritional expert. She earned Certified Nutrition Consultant and Nutrition Educator certifications at Bauman College.
Nick Parisi, chief operating officer of Goble Properties, a commercial real estate company, is responsible for establishing short-term investment strategy and overseeing the company’s deal structuring and debt portfolio. He earned an MBA from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business, studying international business in London, St Petersburg, Dubai, New Delhi, Shanghai and Beijing. He serves on the Board of Advisors for PathLight International, a non-profit focused on education for at risk youth in Belize. He is also on Westmont’s Young Alumni Council. He double-majored in economics and business and philosophy at Westmont.

Kirby Ifland ’09 practices in both the Mergers and Acquisition group and the Appellate Litigation group at Frost Brown Todd PLLC, a regional law firm with about 500 attorneys in major cities throughout the Midwest and South. He concentrates on mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. He double majored in economics and business and communications studies and graduated in 2013 from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of Harvard Defenders and the Harvard Association for Law and Business.