Why Study Business at Elizabethtown?

As a business major at Elizabethtown College, you can write your own business plan for life. Do you value individualized attention and nurturing relationships? Do you plan on starting your own business or social enterprise down the road? Are you interested in developing practical skills in accounting, marketing, finance, business law, management, economics, or entrepreneurship/ family business? Are you eager to use your future business skills to help the community? If yes, E-town business is for you!


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Accounting alumni turn $6,000 into a global business

Check out the recent article about Greg & Mike Kenneally '11 on CNBC.

International Business (IB) Day

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 we hosted our annual IB Day.  There were 19 executives, 41 current IB students and 4 prospective students who participated in the events of the day.  The day began with President Strikwerda providing opening remarks and followed with the IB Advisory Board meeting, an informal social networking session with the students and then two round table dialogue sessions and lunch with the students.

Faculty & students attend Quirks Conference

Bryan Greenberg, Kelsey Detweiler, Hailey Parks and Jessica Sullivan were the only faculty and students in attendance at the Quirks Conference March 20-22, 2017.  The Conference attracts professionals from a wide variety of companies.  More details are here (PDF). 

IB Senior Selected for Central PA's Financial Executives International (FEI) Outstanding Student Award

The FEI Central PA Chapter Board of Directors selected Madison McCall to be the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Senior Award for Elizabethtown College. She was presented her award on Tuesday, March 21 at the FEI Educator's Night in Manheim, PA.  Pictured below left to right is Jennifer Esser, Partner, Audit at KPMG, Madison McCall and Hossein Varamini, Professor of Finance and International Business at Elizabethtown College.

Jennifer Esser Madison McCall Hossein Varamini

The Business & Economics Digest

Each issue features stories by faculty and staff on topics such as life in the department, accomplishments and awards, research, reports and more.

The 2017 Business and Economics Digest (PDF)

See our feature for the new Trostle Finance Lab in Lancaster Online.


Department Social


Intern Locally & Globally

Employers are increasingly interested in hiring graduates who have had meaningful "hands-on" business experience during their college career. Elizabethtown College works closely with businesses, accounting firms and Fortune 500 companies located in central Pennsylvania, throughout the East Coast and around the world to place students into internships during their junior and senior years.

Manage Real Money

The Trostle Investment Portfolio is a student-managed investment fund designed to provide Elizabethtown College students a real-world experience in the management of an investment company. Students create and manage a diversified portfolio of stocks that maximizes long-term expected returns with acceptable risk.


Participate in a Club

students involved

For 21 years, the Elizabethtown ENACTUS (formerly SIFE) team has won the Northeastern Regional Finalist Award at the national competition. Other related student organizations include the Accounting/Finance Club, a chapter of the American Marketing Association, Delta Mu Delta (business honor society) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (international honor society for economics).

Study Abroad

students in Prague

Elizabethtown College offers flexible, short-term study tour programs in Geneva, Prague, and Beijing.

Or, you may choose to study abroad for a semester at programs offered by our partner universities in several countries including Spain, Ireland, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan and England.

Succeed after Graduation

Business majors at Elizabethtown College enjoy high placement rates. Our graduates are employed at a wide range of firms and have attended top-ranked graduate programs in business, law and economics.  We also have partnered with graduate schools to offer fast track admission.




Highly Ranked by Brookings' Value-Added Report for Alumni Salaries


Student Club Wins National Competition

Conduct Research

You can carry out Independent Study or participate in the Honors-in-the-Discipline program. You will get a chance to work with faculty, present your findings at the annual Student Conference in Business and Economics and get published in the Department's annual Digest. You may also work as a student research assistant for one of your professors.

Learn in a State-of-the-Art Business Building

The Department of Business is located in the James B. Hoover Center for Business, one of the newest facilities on the Elizabethtown College campus.  The Center features classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, a finance lab, collaboration spaces, and a resource center.  The finance lab simulates a dynamic trading floor environment and enables students to act as investors.  The lobby features a student lounge area, two large-screen televisions tuned into CNBC, and a finance ticker display.

Networking Opportunities

As a business student, you will have the opportunity to build connections with local and regional business leaders. A large number of business leaders serve on advisory boards for our accounting, business, and international business programs. In these roles, they mentor our students and help develop internship and job opportunities with their companies.


The faculty in the Department of Business have earned the highest academic credentials -- most have attained terminal degrees in their fields. Several also have garnered significant corporate-sector experience. Members of the business faculty are fluent in several languages and have taught or lived in Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim.

About Us

VISION: To be nationally recognized as a premier business undergraduate program with a distinctive blend of the liberal arts and professional studies.

MISSION: We seek to create an environment in which students develop intellectual capacities in reasoning and judgement, gain a comprehensive knowledge of business disciplines, and apply it in experiential fashion. Our students will develop lifelong skills necessary to manage organizations effectively, with a keen appreciation of social responsibility and global citizenship. They will learn from and work with faculty with the highest academic credentials and extensive corporate experience who are committed to superior teaching and mentoring, and scholarship in the applied, theoretical and pedagogical areas of business.


acbsp logo The programs in Accounting, Business Administration, and International Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

We are one of  only 3% institutions worldwide accredited by ACBSP and one of 20% of U.S. institutions accredited by ACBSP.

For more info
Tel: 717-361-1270
Fax: 717-361-1487
Hoover Center for Business, Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Dr, Elizabethtown, PA 17022