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Economics Major (B.A.)

Program Overview

The major in economics develops core skills which 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, and 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.

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 on a variety of jobs in the private sector, government agencies, 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

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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