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Explore the career opportunities for an Economics Major

Economics Major

It may sound all analytical, but there’s a human aspect, too. One of the most influential academic disciplines, economics is the study of the market and how and why people make the choices they make. Economists are interested in incentives and prices, earnings and employment, investments and trade. Studying economics at Salisbury University will develop habits of careful thought, the application of mathematics and practice in clear writing – skills that are all invaluable to employers.

Why Choose an Economics Major at Salisbury University?

Our Bachelor of Arts in economics provides students with a flexible curriculum, which can be tailored to each student’s interests. There are 36 hours of free electives that can be used to obtain one or more minors, or even a second major. Recent economic students have minored or double-majored in finance, political science, mathematics, history and philosophy.

At SU, economics majors go beyond the blackboard. Students are expected to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real problems. Undergraduate research is an integral part of the economics program.

Because their skills are useful in all sectors of the economy, students holding a degree in economics face more employment opportunities. The study of economics leads naturally to careers in business, law and economics research and consulting. Methods developed by economists serve as foundations for core areas of fields such as:

  • Management
  • Finance
  • Political science
  • Sociology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Law
  • Statistics

Recent job placements testify to the importance of the problem-solving skills students learn in our program. Our economics graduates have found positions in:

  • Banking and finance at MBNA America Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank
  • Companies such as Perdue Farms and Intel
  • Government with Bureau of Labor and Statistics, U. S. Department of Defense and EPA

Recent graduates have also 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.

For those interested in this field, SU also offers an economics minor, which can complement many other SU majors.

Meet Jasmine – Economics Major

Meet Jasmine – Economics Major

Find out how the economics major can support your other interests, such as Jasmine’s interest in sustainability.

Careers for Economics Majors

Your education is valuable and a huge factor in preparing for your future career. What jobs can you get with an economics degree? Our economics program’s emphasis on applying logic to questions of personal choice and public policy makes it ideal for careers in education, law, research or administration, such as the following:

  • Actuary
  • Financial Analyst
  • Loan Counselor
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Sales Representative
  • Tax Auditor

Economics Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our dedicated faculty offers students opportunities to meet outside the classroom and further develop their skills.

Meet Your Economics Faculty:
Ying Wu

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Dr. Ying Wu encourages his students to apply economic theory to real-world issues, using case studies, role-playing experiments and debates. He was named a Fulbright Scholar, one of higher education’s highest honors, and taught economics and conducted research in Beijing, China. The author of some 57 scholarly works, Wu’s research has appeared in the International Review of Economics and Finance, among other international journals. He has successfully coached winning teams of SU students in the Annual College Fed Challenge organized by the Federal Reserve Bank, which requires students to make predictions about the U.S. economy. In recognition of his teaching contributions, he was selected to receive a faculty membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the premiere honor society for programs accredited by AACSB International.

Learn More About Our Economics Program