B.S. in economics

Economics is the science of human choice, the study of how scarce resources are allocated among competing uses to satisfy human wants. Since many choices analyzed are made by or affect business decision makers, economics is a unique blend of liberal arts and business. Therefore, the Department of Economics offers an undergraduate major in both the College of Humanities and Sciences and the School of Business. 

Students who want to combine training in economics with exposure to the business disciplines should consider the major in the School of Business.

Two Program Options - Business and Humanities and Sciences

Regardless of which option you choose, we'll help you prepare for your career and/or graduate school through a curriculum focused on quantitative and data analysis skills, with an eye on applying these skills to business, public policy and socioeconomic issues. We also help you build and refine your communication skills, preparing you to present your work professionally with confidence.

Economics courses and requirements are nearly identical between the two options. The difference is in the other courses a student takes:

  • Business program students take the Business Foundation and Advanced Core covering a wide array of business topics - great preparation for a business career or pairing with another business major.
  • H&S program students take more liberal arts courses and have a LOT more electives - great for exploring varied interests or to crafting a double major outside of business.

Career opportunities

  • Alumni employers include:
    • Banks
    • Business consulting firms
    • Local and federal government
    • Federal Reserve Bank
    • Public policy organizations
  • Careers in the field:
    • Economic analysts
    • Public policy analysts
    • Financial analysts
    • Data analysts
    • Research associates
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  • I’ve always felt that I need to contribute to making the country a better place. Economics seemed like the right choice to do that.
    Muhemmed Salman
    B.S. in economics, 2016