Students in a business classroom


The business major builds on the liberal arts tradition of Centre College to prepare the next generation of thoughtful and responsible business leaders.


By exploring a range of courses across disciplines, business majors at Centre will develop critical thinking skills and apply integrative approaches to creative problem solving, reflecting on their individual place and impact on business and society. Business majors will seek to understand the fundamental theories of business, practice communicating effectively to a variety of audiences, develop and employ skills relevant to business operations, apply knowledge of business in an experiential learning setting, and analyze the connection between business and society.


The curriculum requires the completion of fourteen courses consisting of two types, fundamentals and connections, and a set of electives from which students can choose to add depth in their areas of interest.

Major Requirements

Experiential Learning

Students engage in hands-on learning experiences and reflection to develop skills and increase knowledge retention.

Specialty courses are taught by successful entrepreneurs and business executives who share their knowledge and real-world experience. Students can also work alongside local entrepreneurs to develop or improve their businesses through CentreWorks, the College’s downtown entrepreneurial hub.


We're committed to helping students find quality internship experiences in the career area of their choice.

Business internships provide valuable experience in the competitive workforce and options range from insurance companies and investment firms, to commercial banks, small business entrepreneurs, and the local Chamber of Commerce.


Our extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education prepares students for meaningful lives and careers.

Business majors find success in various industries working in corporate, private, and non-profit entities.

Business Faculty

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John J. Perry

  • Professor of Economics and Business
  • Pre-M.B.A. Advisor
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Marie Petkus

  • Ewing T. Boles Associate Professor of Economics and Business
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Ravi Radhakrishnan

  • Associate Professor of Economics and Business
  • Economics and Business Program Chair

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