Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Minors:Economic Policy
Quantitative Economics
Department:Building 53, Room 120E
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CIP Code:45.0601
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.A. in Economics is typically of interest to students with strong academic credentials and a desire to make a difference by helping to shape policy in a wide range of areas in society. Economics majors will develop conceptual and analytical skills for making policy-oriented decisions based on analysis of fundamental resource allocation issues. Economists work in a broad range of policy areas and address questions such as the following: What is the best way to fight environmental pollution? What is the appropriate role of government in economy? What rules should govern trade among nations? What is the appropriate economic policy for developing and increasing immigration? What are the effects of tax cuts, budget deficits, and welfare policies on the overall economy? Economists may address fundamental policy issues such as these and others within narrower fields such as health care, agriculture, education, crime, politics, urban and regional development, law, history, energy, and the environment, among many others. The B.A. in Economics is structured to provide the opportunity for students to earn minor degrees in many of these specialized fields.

Most economists are concerned with practical applications of economic policy and work for a wide variety of public, private, and governmental organizations. The job market for individuals with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics is robust and tends to be less cyclical than the market for students with many other degrees. The B.A. in Economics provides a comprehensive foundation for students who wish to obtain a graduate degree in economics and is also recognized as excellent preparation for graduate programs such as Law or the MBA.

Students are urged to consult with faculty members associated with the Economics program and its recommended minors for detailed information about the program’s academic learning outcomes and to develop an appropriate course of study for their intended career path.

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Economics must meet the requirements listed below.

A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses in the Economics core and Economics electives.

No more than 24 percent of the B.A. in Economics may be in traditional business subjects, excluding economics courses. Students who wish to include extensive business coursework in their program should declare the B.S.B.A. Economics (Business) degree program (See Economics, Business section).