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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Paper or plastic? Name-brand or generic? Walk or drive? Every day, we have to make dozens of choices. Economics seeks to discover why we make certain choices and how scarcity and limitation play a role. To find answers to these questions, economists analyze decisions made by individuals and firms, as well as government policy decisions dealing with issues such as unemployment, inflation, international trade, money and banking systems, income distribution and government regulation.

Program Details

The field of economics covers topics ranging from making sound business decisions to tackling some of society's most challenging social issues. Economics students learn to think critically about how choices are made in the presence of scarcity. An undergraduate education in economics enables individuals to better understand and help resolve problems in today's business and society.

Program Outcomes

Your pursuit of a degree in economics will provide you with a broad liberal arts background. You’ll relate economics to the social sciences, humanities and scientific method to help you understand how economics plays a role in all facets of life.

Required courses include microeconomics and macroeconomics, a senior seminar in applied economics and five additional economics electives chosen from a variety of fields. Supporting courses in calculus and statistics prepare you for the quantitative nature of economics.

In order to prepare you for work in our global society, you will also complete a language requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency examination, completing an intermediate-level language course or participating in an approved education abroad experience.

You don’t have to wait until after graduation to put your knowledge of economics to use. By participating in the internship program, you will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience and valuable preparation for your career. Both paid and unpaid internships are available.

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