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Thinking about the discipline: The Bachelor of Science in Economics prepares students for career opportunities in applied economics, market analysis, banking, policy analysis or the social sciences. These careers can be found in the private and public sector. The economics degree is also excellent preparation for careers that require decision-making and the ability to analyze data relevant to policy, business, and finance. The degree further provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in economics, law political science, or public administration.
The economics degree program is designed to provide flexibility and ease of access to a wide variety of minors, as the curriculum provides up to 33 credit hours at the 300/400 level that can be used for minors or a double major. Economics majors can choose a minor and additional elective courses in a field that fits their career goals - for example, those with an interest in environmental policy can elect a minor in environmental studies. Business is a popular minor for those with career interests in the private sector. All students are strongly encouraged to discuss their career goals with economics faculty for guidance in choosing an appropriate minor.
For students who plan to continue their education with a graduate degree, economics is a good choice for a wide variety of fields including law, public policy, or politics. Students interested in graduate-level economics study are advised to minor in mathematical sciences to strengthen their credentials for admission to the best programs. Students contemplating graduate study are encouraged to discuss their plans with the economics faculty.
Special opportunities for our students: Students may consider using an internship (ECO 396 ) to fulfill an elective requirement in the economics degree program. The internship option allows students to gain practical work experience and real-world networking exposure at the local, regional, national, or international level while under the guidance and supervision of an expert professional. Internships can also be targeted to the area of the student’s minor. There is also an active student organization that provides outstanding professional networking opportunities at regular meetings and activities. Each year, the department faculty select the outstanding economics student of the year.
You should also know: Students of economics must earn at least a C- in all of their major courses, and a minimum of 2.25 GPA in the major.