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Economics is a cutting-edge social science that equips students for a wide range of professional and career opportunities, including business, law, politics and education. A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed describes economics as the "Just Right" major. According to the Chronicle, economics has "the appropriate middle ground of skill preparation, analytic rigor, and intellectual excitement students look for in a major and that employers look for when hiring students." A degree in economics opens opportunities in many fields and provides excellent preparation for those who want to pursue advanced study in a variety of disciplines.

Economics is often called the “science of choice” based on assumption that we live in a world characterized by limited resources and unlimited human material wants. Economics is the study of how people allocate resources and uses methodologies, models, and theories to help understand, explain, and predict economic phenomena. Economists typically spend a great deal of their time testing models and applying these models to the real world to help predict human behavior.

The College of Business and Public Policy's Economics Department is particularly strong in experimental economics with a new, state-of-the-art lab that is used for both research and teaching.

The Economics program offers courses for both degree and non-degree-seeking students. Students who want to major in Economics can choose either the Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor in Economics is also an option.

Degrees in Economics

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) DegreePlanning Sheet

The BBA in Economics gives students a broad-based business background and provides a solid foundation to prepare graduates for careers in managerial and non-profit organizations and government agencies. The major course electives focus on providing a solid business background and the degree program offers a 'big picture' outlook of the different functions of organizations.

Bachelor of the Arts (BA) DegreePlanning Sheet

A Bachelor of the Arts in Economics prepares students for career opportunities in many fields and provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in a variety of disciplines.

The Bachelor of Arts in Economics isn’t a business degree and does not require the typical business courses needed for other business degrees. The BA in Economics encourages a broad range of electives that complement the economics degree and expand employment prospects for students with economic interests.

Learn and Develop Real World Skills

  • Learn to simplify problems and to think like an economist
  • Understand business, public policy and social issues from an economic perspective
  • Acquire strong analytic and empirical tools
  • Use theory and data to address important economic and social issues
  • Obtain and analyze data for countries, firms, households, and individuals
  • Conduct research on economic, social, or environmental topics
  • Write clearly about social and economic issues
  • Disseminate research findings through technical reports or scientific articles
  • Study the socioeconomic impacts of public policies
  • Review and analyze US economic policy and performance
  • Compile, analyze, and report data to explain economic phenomena
  • Forecast and predict market trends Formulate recommendations, policies, or plans to solve economic problems
  • Provide advice and consultation on economic relationships

Prepare for a Professional Program

  • Master of Economics
  • MBA Programs
  • Law School
  • Any Master’s program emphasizing critical thinking, quantitative, and empirical skills
  • Doctoral Programs in Economics

Work in Economics

  • Careers
  • Economist
  • Environmental Economist
  • International Business
  • Oil & Gas Consultant
  • Health Economics Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Educator
  • Management Professional
  • Attorney
  • Entrepreneur
  • Industry Analyst
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Research Analyst

These are just a few of the employment opportunities available with a degree in economics, contact your Student Advisor for more information.