Majors in Economics

  • EARNED FELLOWSHIP TYPICALLY FOR GRAD:  Ray Edwards Jr., Economics and International Business student, earned a fellowship at the American Institute of Economic Research thanks to research opportunities and supportive faculty.

    Economics degrees merit global respect  

    Many global issues are basically economic in nature. Yet other social, political, and environmental problems also have important economic consequences. Care about the material well-being of society? Choose a track and make an impact.

    BA in Economics 

    • Marginal analysis focus prepares students for many career choices as well as graduate studies.
    • Gain comprehensive understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
    • Choose from a wide range of courses such as monetary economics, labor economics, managerial economics, environmental economics, public finance, sports, or tourism.
    • Prepare to have your research presented at a variety of conferences.

    BA in Economics/Honors Track 

    • Available by departmental permission only to Economics and Economics/Pre-Law majors.
    • Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA in Economics courses.
    • Must complete ECON 355, 356, 483, and one additional course designated by the Department of Economics.
    • Minimum grade of C required for each course.

    BA in Economics/Pre-Law Track

    • Designed to give you a comprehensive education that will develop critical reasoning skills essential to a career in law.
    • Gain the knowledge you need for the law school admissions test (LSAT).
    • Choose from a range of disciplines that law schools deem desirable. As an Economics pre-law major, you must also take seven courses that include one from each of the following six disciplines: Business, Criminology, English, History, Philosophy, and Political Science.

    BSEd in Social Studies Education/Economics Track

    • Gain the foundation and skills needed to pursue teaching certification for social studies in Pennsylvania junior high and high schools.
    • Acquire practical experience in methods courses and student teaching.
    • Complete the economics track requirements of ECON 121, ECON 122, and at least five upper-level economics courses, including three courses chosen from specific groups.
    • Fulfill social science requirements as well as core curriculum for the College of Education.
    • Your course of study culminates in student teaching, your first true experience as a social studies teacher.

    Minor in Economics

    • Expand your critical thinking skills with a minor in economics.
    • Choose this minor to strengthen your credentials in the areas of political science, business management, or finance.

    Economics as a Second Major

    There is a perception (and truth) that economics is challenging. But it’s also a perfect match for those wishing to pursue a double major. You can successfully combine economics with various majors, including marketing, finance, political science, journalism, criminology, psychology, foreign languages, computer science, and philosophy.

    • Requirements of your primary major, plus 34 economics credits.
    • Double major forms are available through the Department of Economics office.