Undergraduate

Economics

The Economics major at St. Edward’s offers BA and BBA degrees that prepare its graduates for careers in business and government — from market research to forecasting future economic activity to influencing strategic planning. These degrees are ideal for students who possess strong mathematical and communication skills.

Economics students examine how societies use scarce resources to meet human needs. They also learn how economists serve as valuable consultants to government and business policy makers on issues ranging from the impact of inflation rates on the world monetary system … to the special problems faced by small business entrepreneurs.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics

Overview:

As a BBA in Economics major, you’ll develop a solid foundation in economics and business principles. You’ll take a variety of courses in areas such as management, marketing, accounting, finance, statistics and business law and gain an understanding of current economic issues and solving problems.

The BBA in Economics is ideal for students who prefer a more business-intensive degree in order to target career fields with a private sector focus, such as management or finance.

With a BBA in Economics, graduates are prepared to work for regional, state and national government agencies; multinational companies; and research groups. For example, you could become an agricultural economist with the USDA, a researcher with UNICEF, an energy economist with a utility cooperative or a health economist with a hospital system.

To increase employment opportunities, many graduates pursue advanced degrees in related business disciplines, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting or Master of Finance. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BBA in Economics majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in economics complete core courses, which could include Microeconomic Theory and Macroeconomic Theory, plus six upper division economics electives.

BUSINESS CORE COURSES
BBA in Economics majors complete 36 hours of business core courses.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Overview:

As a BA in Economics major, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your own interests. You’ll be able to emphasize a global focus, economic history or competing economic philosophies. You’ll also gain an understanding of current economic issues and solving problems.

The BA in Economics offers more options to take non-economics related courses and to study a wider range of subjects. This is especially helpful for students who seek a double major or a broader degree prior to advanced study in graduate school.

With a BA in Economics, graduates are prepared to work for regional, state and national government agencies; multinational companies; and research groups. For example, you could become an agricultural economist with the USDA, a researcher with UNICEF, an energy economist with a utility cooperative or a health economist with a hospital system.

To increase employment opportunities, many graduates pursue advanced degrees in related disciplines, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), or law school. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Economics majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in economics complete core courses, which include Microeconomic Theory and Macroeconomic Theory, plus six upper division economics electives.

BUSINESS CORE COURSE
BA in Economics majors must complete business core courses in microeconomic principles and macroeconomic principles.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Opportunities

In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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