Students earning their Bachelor of Economics or Bachelor of Arts at St. Edward's University 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. For example, students may study the impact of inflation rates on the world monetary system, or analyze the special problems faced by small business entrepreneurs. A variety of courses in management, marketing, accounting, finance, statistics and business law help students gain an understanding of current economic issues and problem-solving approaches. With courses in Global Studies, International Studies, Political Science and History, students develop a global perspective.
The BBA in Economics is ideal for students who prefer a business-intensive degree that targets careers in fields such as management or finance.
As a BBA in Economics major, 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.
As a BA in Economics major, 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.
Because Economics develops critical and logical thinking skills, it is an excellent major for students who intend to pursue graduate studies in business or law school.
Economic analysis is critical in many legal cases. Many law schools require students to understand economic principles. The BA in Economics can include courses in the legal aspects of business, public policy and conflict resolution.
A bachelor's degree in Economics provides a strong foundation for future graduate studies because it develops intellectual ability, organizational skills, and quantitative strength.
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
"By sharing tangible illustrations and my own professional experience, intellectual ideas and principles become much more practical for my students. They complete my classes with a strong grasp of the material, ready to apply what they’ve learned to their everyday lives." — Bin Wang, 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.