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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.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (39 CREDIT HOURS):
• Principles of Accounting I
• Principles of Accounting II
• Business Statistics
• Legal Environment of Business
• Business Communication
• Strategic Management
• Microeconomic Principles
• Macroeconomic Principles
• Introduction to Finance
• Principles of Management
• Business Responsibility and Ethics in Management
• Operations Management
• Principles of Marketing

V. MAJOR CORE COURSES (24 CREDIT HOURS):
• Microeconomic Theory
• Macroeconomic Theory
Select six of the following courses:
• American Economic History
• Economics of Latin America
• Industrial Organization
• Business Applications of Economics
• Money and Banking
• Law and Economics
• International Trade and Finance
• The Economy of China
• Special Topics in Economics (may be repeated as topics change)
• Econometrics
• Regional Economics
• Labor Economics
• The Economics of Development
• History of Economic Thought
• Managerial Economics
• Public Finance

VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

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.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. SMB GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (7 CREDIT HOURS):
• Introduction to Information Systems or Quantitative Applications Software for PCs
• Calculus I, Lab

V. CORE COURSES (39 CREDIT HOURS):
• Principles of Accounting I
• Principles of Accounting II
• Business Statistics
• Global Business Responsability and Ethics
• Legal Environment of Business
• Business Communication
• Strategic Management
• Microeconomic Principles
• Macroeconomic Principles
• Introduction to Finance
• Principles of Management
• Business Responsibility and Ethics in Management
• Operations Management
• Principles of Marketing

VI. MAJOR CORE COURSES (24 CREDIT HOURS):
• Microeconomic Theory
• Macroeconomic Theory
Select six of the following courses:
• American Economic History
• Economics of Latin America
• Industrial Organization
• Business Applications of Economics
• Money and Banking
• Law and Economics
• International Trade and Finance
• The Economy of China
• Special Topics in Economics (may be repeated as topics change)
• Econometrics
• Labor Economics
• The Economics of Development
• History of Economic Thought
• Public Finance
Electives
Choose from 0 to 30 hours of electives

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

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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