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Economics Major B.A.

  • Careers in business, financial services, banking
  • Positions in government, education, journalism
  • Preparation for graduate master’s and Ph.D. programs

Major code: BA4221

Faculty Contacts:Dr. Vahe Lskvyan or Dr. William Shambora

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements & Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

The major in economics develops core skills that allow the analysis of economics problems and relationships. The major also studies the collective behavior of businesses and industries, governments and countries, and the world as a whole.

The major emphasizes an analytical approach used in problem solving, observation, inference from data, and presenting ideas in writing and speech.

The major involves study of microeconomics and macroeconomics, study in economics fields such as labor economics, managerial economics or energy economics, and the use of statistical analysis in economics.

Careers & Graduate School

Economists work on a variety of jobs in the private sector, for government agencies, in the education sector, and as consultants. Entry-level positions for economists with a bachelor’s degree include market analysts, research assistants for administrative or management positions and various sales jobs.

Master’s and Ph.D. degrees prepare economists for jobs requiring more quantitative and analytical skills.

Examples of sectors and jobs that draw on the skills developed in the economics major are the following:

  • General business: business analyst, marketing analyst, business forecaster, auditor
  • Government: researcher, analyst, speechwriter, forecaster
  • Financial services: broker, financial analyst, investment banker
  • Banking: credit analyst, loan officer, investment analyst
  • Education: college professor, researcher
  • Journalism: economic analyst, industry analyst
  • Other: business consultant, think tank analyst

Browse through dozens of internship opportunities and full-time job postings for Ohio University students and alumni on Bobcat CareerLink, OHIO’s key resource for researching jobs, employers, workshops, and professional development events. An additional career-related resource for students is the American Economic Association.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Economics Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 30 semester hours of ECON coursework, including all of the requirements below.

Required Economics Classes

Complete the following courses:

  • ECON 1030 - Principles of Microeconomics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 1040 - Principles of Macroeconomics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3030 - Intermediate Microeconomics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3040 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3810 - Economic Statistics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4850 - Economic Methodology Credit Hours: 3.0

Economics Electives

Complete four courses from the following list:

  • ECON 2130 - Current Economic Problems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3000 - Mathematics for Economists Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3010 - Economics of Altruism Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3020 - Games and Economic Behavior Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3050 - Managerial Economics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3080 - Behavioral Economics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3100J - Writing on Economic Issues Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3120 - Economics of Poverty Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3130 - Economics of the Environment Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3140 - Natural Resource Economics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3150 - Economics of Health Care Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3160 - Economics and the Law Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3200 - Labor Economics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3220 - Economics of Human Resources Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3320 - Industrial Organization Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3340 - Economics of Antitrust Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3350 - Economics of Energy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3370 - Economics of Regulation Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3400 - International Trade Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3410 - International Monetary Systems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3430 - Financial Economics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3500 - Development Economics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3510 - Agricultural Development Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3520 - Economic History of the United States Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3530 - European Economic History Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3600 - Money and Banking Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3710 - Cost Benefit Analysis Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3820 - Economic Data Analysis Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4060 - Monetary Theory and Policy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4150 - Regional Analysis Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4250 - Government and Economic Policy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4300 - Public Finance Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4440 - Futures Markets Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4550 - Economics of Africa Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4730 - Economics of Southeast Asia Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4740 - Economics of Latin America Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4750 - Economics of China Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4760 - Economics of Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4870 - Introduction to Econometrics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4890 - Economics with SAS Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 4930 - Readings Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0
  • ECON 4940 - Independent Research Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0

Required Non-Economics Course

Complete the following math course or its equivalent or a higher-level math course.

  • MATH 1350 - Survey of Calculus Credit Hours: 4.0

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