Undergraduate Program Options
Students can choose from four types of economics degrees, spread across two different colleges.
College of Business (COB)
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Economics
The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics equips students with a variety of skills sought by employers, including conceptualizing and solving problems; locating, organizing and using relevant information; with a focus on the development of predictive analytics and overall analytical ability. Moreover, given the design of the BBA in Economics, completing a double major between Economics and another major in the College of Business is very achievable in a reasonable timeframe. This streamlined option presents an excellent opportunity to add valuable analytical skills to ones education in another more specific business discipline, providing tremendous flexibility to a student’s academic profile. BBA Planning Sheet
College of Letters and Science (COLS)
The Economics Department offers a choice of three emphases in the Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) economics degree programs. These are the Quantitative Emphasis, International Emphasis and the General Emphasis.
The General Emphasis provides a streamlined and flexible course plan for students interested in combining strong analytical skills with the theoretical foundation that economics provides. This emphasis best fits students who seek an economics major with the most flexible course requirements.
Applied Social Sciences Emphasis
The Applied Social Sciences Emphasis provides students an efficient pathway to earning two majors, thus diversifying their knowledge and skill base while improving their job market prospects. Students majoring in a variety of COLS disciplines can count up to three of their major courses towards completing a second major in Economics, potentially without increasing their time to degree.
The Quantitative emphasis adds quantitative training in statistics, econometrics, and predictive analytics to the foundational economics coursework. This emphasis best suits students who are considering field research; industry work requiring data analysis; and/or graduate work in economics, business administration, health and public policy, or other fields.
Choosing a Program
The main difference between the degrees in the two colleges is in the non-economics courses a student must take.
- Students choosing the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) through the College of Business take the business core and are prepared to explicitly work in business.
- Students selecting a Bachelor of Science (BS) or the Bachelor of Arts (BA) fulfill the College of Letters and Sciences degree requirements develop more broad-spectrum or tailored skills.