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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The BA in Economics is prescribed and administered by the College of Arts & Sciences.  Courses are taught by economists in the College of Arts & Sciences and in the Barney School of Business’s Department of Economics, Finance, and Insurance. 

The program serves the needs of three groups of students: those who wish to major in economics in the context of a liberal education; those not concentrating in economics but wishing to improve their understanding of the economic aspect of society; and those specializing in related fields, who find coursework in economics contributing to their areas of specialization.

The economics major provides an appropriate foundation for a broad variety of careers.  It is a valuable background for employment in the governmental or business sectors.  Economics is a preferred major for wishing to pursue graduate work in economics, business and public administration, law or foreign service.

Course Requirements for the BA Major


Learning Outcomes for the BA in Economics

  1. Students will make use of appropriate data and economic theories to analyze economic questions.
  2. Students will effectively communicate economic concepts and ideas orally and in writing.
  3. Students will think critically and become skilled in the logic of economics.