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Economics & Finance

Economics Major


Economics is an excellent major for individuals interested in leveraging their diverse interests in a way valued by the market place and is personally rewarding.  As a social science, economics offers students a broad and consistent set of tools useful for grappling with critical problems facing the private sector and society-at-large. Such tools, and the problem-solving skills needed to wield them, are scarce and valued by organizations. Because their skills are useful in all sectors of the economy, students holding a degree in economics face placement opportunities not often afforded by more narrowly defined majors.

Recent job placements testify to the importance of such skills. Graduates have found positions in banking and finance (MBNA America Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank), at companies as diverse as Perdue Farms and Intel, and in government (Bureau of Labor and Statistics, U. S. Department of Defense, and the EPA). For a more complete placement history please speak with any of the faculty in the department.

Economics is one of the most wide ranging and influential modern academic disciplines. Methods developed by economists serve as foundations for core areas of fields as diverse as Management, Finance, Political Science, Sociology, Environmental Sciences, the Law, and Statistics. If these fields seem interesting then you should consider a major or double major in economics.

The B.A. in Economics provides students with a flexible curriculum, which can be tailored to the each student’s individual interest. There are 36 hours of free electives that can be used to obtain one or more minors, or even a second major. Students wishing to pursue a career in business should consider the B.S. in Business Administration (Economics Track). Recent economic students have minored or double-majored in Finance, Political Science, Mathematics, History, and Philosophy.

Students interested in pursuing a graduate education in economics are encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor early in their college career to develop a plan of study that should include a series of math and statistics courses. Recent graduates have been successfully recruited to graduate programs at Georgia State University, George Washington University, University of Tennessee, The College of William and Mary, and the University of Delaware among others.

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