Students earning a bachelor's degree in Economics examine how societies use limited resources to meet human needs. They can earn either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics or a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Economics.
Economists serve as valuable consultants to government and business policy makers on global and local issues. Courses in management, marketing, accounting, finance, statistics and business law help students gain an understanding of current economic issues and problem-solving approaches.
Case studies, such as the impact of inflation rates on the world monetary system or unique problems faced by small business entrepreneurs, offer students opportunities to see direct examples of economic concerns. With courses in international studies, political science and history, students can incorporate different perspectives to apply their knowledge.
The Finance and Economics Department offers two degree programs:
The BBA in Economics is ideal for students who prefer a business-intensive degree that targets careers in fields such as management or finance. You will 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 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-based degree. You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your own interests prior to advanced study in graduate school. You’ll be able to emphasize global studies, economic history or competing economic philosophies, as well as gaining an understanding of current global economic issues.
The business world needs economists to conduct market research, forecast future economic activity and influence strategic planning. In addition to working as economists, graduates may have successful careers in:
Other possible roles include:
Because an Economics degree develops intellectual ability, organizational skills, quantitative strength and critical thinking, it is an excellent major for students who intend to pursue a Master of Business Administration, law school or other graduate studies. Many law schools require students to understand economic principles, and the BA in Economics can include courses in the legal aspects of business, public policy and conflict resolution.
Our distinguished faculty members are scholar-practitioners with years of industry experience and a wealth of expertise. They stay active in their fields, help connect students to valuable opportunities for learning and growth, and support students holistically in their development as students and soon-to-be young professionals.
"I constantly challenge my students so they sharpen their critical thinking skills as much as possible. I give them many opportunities and incentives to learn, but I also give them a lot of freedom. Ultimately, my students are responsible for their own learning. My role is to do everything I can to enable them to do this."
— Matthew Clements, PhD, associate professor of Economics
In the Economics program, you will learn how goods and services are produced and distributed to millions of people across the globe. This understanding will help you analyze and comprehend global, regional and local issues. The knowledge and skill sets acquired through Economics courses enhance other studies, especially history, political science, and international business. The study of economics is also practical because it helps inform so many decisions in all aspects of life. These may be as simple as deciding whether to drive farther to buy cheaper gas, or as in-depth as calculating the number of years you should choose when financing a home.
ECON 2301 -- Microeconomic Principles
ECON 2302 -- Macroeconomic Principles
Plus 12 hours of upper-division ECON courses