Studying economics is an ideal way to prepare for work on a master of business administration degree or for entrance into law school. Kickstart your career and your dreams by preparing yourself through the Economics program.
Economics – Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
Offered as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Major
The Economics Program helps students think critically about the economic issues they confront in their daily lives and develop a commitment to be actively engaged with policy issues in local, national, and global communities. Private business firms, banks, and other financial institutions employ economists to undertake specialized economic analysis and to evaluate their market positions and profit possibilities, government domestic economic policies and the implications for their business, and international economic events affecting the operation of their institutions. The Economics Program provides students with preparation in economic concepts and techniques within a liberal arts environment, offering a major, minor and, jointly with the Business School, the Certificate in Applied Finance and Economics (CAFE). The Program has strong interdisciplinary links with other departments and programs, such as International Studies, Latin American Studies, Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Environmental Studies, the Honors Program, and the Business School. The Program’s broad range of perspectives provides benefits to those programs as well as to its own students.
The Economics Program is nationally recognized for the quality of faculty scholarship and for the heterodox character of its curriculum, which allows examination of issues from a variety of perspectives. Faculty are engaged in regional economics projects and students are involved in community-based learning endeavors through well-established placements.
International exchange is supported for faculty and students alike.
Students interested in any of the Economic programs are encouraged to take EC 201, 202 and MTH 243 during their first year at SOU.
Students in the Economics program will complete a set of core economics coursework, personalize their degree by selecting electives that interest them, and participate in applying quantitative research methods and statistics through a capstone experience. Students interested in Public Policy are encouraged to take EC 310, EC 319, and EC 364. For an International focus, EC 321 and EC 379 are encouraged. Those students interested in Finance are encouraged to take EC 318, BA 385, and BA 472. For students intending to pursue graduate school in Economics, Calculus and Linear Algebra courses through the Mathematics program are encouraged.
All Economics majors are required to complete a culminating capstone experience. The capstone must apply the principles, theories and skills of the economics major in a small class environment to challenging and sophisticated economic issues and topics. This experience challenges students to develop their critical thinking skills and to perform extensive professional academic writing.