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Business and Economic History Program

Business and Economic History Program at PLU

Business and economic history involves the study of business organizations, companies, entrepreneurs, workers, products, and consumers, as well as the economic forces that have shaped culture and society. PLU offers three courses in business and economic history, an annual lecture in October, summer research fellowships for students and faculty, and an endowed chair to coordinate activities, teach courses, and conduct original research.

Explore resources and materials related to PLU Business and Economic History on this website, including our Blog. Students interested in the Benson Family Summer Research Fellowship for next year are encouraged to apply by the April 1, 2019 deadline.

For information about the new Innovation Studies minor, see our website dedicated to the program.

The Business and Economic History Program at PLU is supported by a generous endowment provided by Dale and Jolita Benson in 2004.

The current Benson Family Chair in Business and Economic History is Michael J. Halvorson, Professor of History and Director of Innovation Studies. Halvorson’s current area of research is the history of computer programming and its relationship to American social and cultural history.

The 14th Annual Benson Lecture takes place Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in the Scandinavian Cultural Center.