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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) major provides valuable training for students interested in general management positions, public sector careers or attending law school or graduate school in the social sciences with electives in poverty and discrimination, public finance and international economics.

Economics helps us understand and explain a variety of topics such as employment, inflation, business cycles, economic growth, markets, production, distribution, wages, profits, interest rates, money, taxes, competition, monopoly, international trade, economic history, public policy and many others. Courses range from the very practical and applied to the more abstract and theoretical. 

What will I study?

The economics major provides students with a strong foundation in economics and the opportunity to select from a broad range of upper-division courses. It allows the flexibility to design a program related to a student's individual interests. Students considering an economics major are urged to consult with an Economics Program advisor to tailor a program best suited to their individual goals.

The most recent requirements for the BA degree may be found in the Economics Departments Course Catalog listings.

What could I do with my degree?

  • A major in economics prepares students for careers in a wide variety of private and public sector occupations as well as for graduate study in economics, law, public policy and business. Graduates have worked as stockbrokers, bankers, union officials, market analysts, managers, researchers and salespersons. Export/import firms, public utilities, consulting firms, railroads, airlines, banks and a variety of local, state and federal government agencies have employed them. Others have successfully completed graduate studies in economics at schools such as Yale, Purdue, UCLA, Rice, Oregon, Washington State University and the University of Washington or received law and MBA degrees at numerous other universities.
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