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Economics Major (B.A.)

Program Overview

The major in economics develops core quantitative and critical thinking skills which allow for the analysis of social and economic issues. Economists study decision-making and incentives facing individuals, businesses, governments and countries. The major emphasizes an analytical approach used in problem-solving, observation, and inference from data, and presenting ideas in writing and speech. The major involves foundational courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, elective courses in economic fields such as labor, international, environmental, or financial economics, and courses related to data and statistical analysis.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirement beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirement beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Economists work in a variety of jobs in the private sector, the education sector, the non-profit sector and government agencies. Entry-level positions for economists with a bachelor's degree include market analysts, consultants, research assistants, data analysts, investment bankers, forecasters, journalists, as well as managers, analysts and leaders in business, banking, government, and non-profit and international organizations.  The Bachelor of Arts prepares students for continued education in Economics, Mathematics, Law School, Journalism, International Affairs, and Public Policy. 

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

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Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic Catalog

Program Details

Bachelor of Arts


Administrative Contact

Contact Persons:
Harold Winter, Chair
Julie Paxton, Undergraduate Studies Chair