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Department of Economics

Bentley Annex 3rd Floor
Athens, OH 45701

Rosemary Rossiter
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College of Arts and Sciences

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Athens, OH

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Undergraduate Admissions

120 Chubb Hall
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Athens, OH 45710

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Economics (B.A.)  

The Department of Economics, in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers three unique programs of study. First, students may pursue a B.A. in Economics, but may also add an emphasis in either pre-foreign service or pre-law. The B.A. degree has two objectives: to provide a broad background for students who plan careers in government, business, or law; and to provide a basic education for students who plan to attend graduate school. A double major is possible with any field in the College of Arts and Sciences, providing all the college requirements are met and the requirements for the full major are met in both areas. Students may also pursue the Bachelor of Business Administration through the College of Business Administration or a bachelor's degree through the Honors Tutorial College. Students also may develop an individualized program leading to the Bachelor of Specialized Studies through the University College. These choices provide different approaches to the study of economics to better fit with students' career goals and their particular interests and aptitudes.

Career Opportunities

For information about fields in Economics, careers, issues, skills, graduate study and other opportunities, visit the AEA website at


Special Features

The China Study Program provides an opportunity for Economics majors in the College of Arts & Sciences to combine the College's foreign language requirement with a study of the economics of China.

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Pre-Foreign Service (Economics)
Pre-Law (Economics)

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 departments, 27 majors and dozens of other special curricula. The college is committed to advancing the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. The college instructs students based on core disciplines for the entire university.

Arts and Sciences is home to nearly one-third of all OHIO's undergraduate and graduate students. The college encourages research and applied scholarship among all of its faculty members. They also create many opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research as well. The college takes an active role in making knowledge accessible and in applying it to issues that affect the wider community.

All departmental majors provide sound preparation for future careers by requiring you to think and write critically and to communicate well - the preferred skills in all areas of the public and private sector. Certificate programs are open to students who are enrolled in any baccalaureate program, regardless of college or major. Minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be combined with any regular majors or special curricula programs. With careful planning, minors can be completed within four years.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.