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Why Major in Economics?

Plan Your Future - Major in Economics

 

High Paying Degrees

A degree in economics is ranked higher paying than a degree in business or accounting! Economics provides versatility that similar business and mathematical majors do not. The degree opens doors to a variety of career opportunities.

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Excellent Career Opportunities

Economics is a practical field; a major in economics prepares you for careers in:

Business Government Law Education
  • Research Analysis
  • Consulting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Insurance
  • Healthcare
  • Cost Analyst
  • Foreign Trade Analyst
  • Regulatory Impact Analyst
  • Urban Planning
  • Transportation Management
  • Antitrust Analysis
  • Law School
  • High School Teacher (Single Subject Specialty)

 

Flexibility

The department allows you to choose the program that is right for you! Choose from our three possible majors:

Program Link to Information
B.A. Economics Econ Course Requirements 2016-2017
B.A. Business Economics Business Econ Course Requirements 2016-2017
B.A. Mathematical Economics & Economic Theory Mathematical Econ & Econ Theory Course Requirements 2016-2017

 

Solid Foundation

All three major options have a required set of core courses – Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Calculus for Business or Calculus I, Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, and Economic Statistics. These courses are standard throughout national economic bachelor of arts programs, guaranteeing that, no matter your option, you will have a solid and complete understanding of the economics subject.

Analytical skills, a strong quantitative background, and clarity and precision of expression are qualities developed in the economics major. Additionally, knowledge of the operations of a complex economic system and its institutions provides skills applicable to a wide variety of job responsibilities in a number of occupational areas. The skills listed below are representative of those acquired from the study of economics and may be applied in various occupations.

Financial Research/Analysis Communication
  • Maintaining accurate records
  • Tabulating figures
  • Manipulating numerical data
  • Developing budgets
  • Performing cost/benefit analyses
  • Creating and evaluating financial records
  • Designing projects
  • Generating/developing ideas
  • Organizing materials
  • Computing data
  • Analyzing results
  • Testing an idea/hypotheses
  • Using computers
  • Writing reports/articles
  • Summarizing
  • Writing proposals
  • Justifying a position
  • Reading and interpreting reports
  • Speaking persuasively
  • Explaining ideas/goals
  • Problem Solving
  • Assessing needs
  • Defining problems

 

Career Development

The university’s Career Development Center staff provide assistance regarding career exploration and development tailored to your specific professional needs. They can help during every step of the career-decision making process, whether it is learning about majors and career options or finding the right internship or career position. The CDC is your best resource for job outlook, salary, and employment trend information and are equipped to provide you professional career advice.

The CDC hosts workshops and job fairs, and they manage a job and internship portal called CareerLINK. Students can also stop by during office hours or by appointment to receive individual career counseling.

Phone: (562) 985-4151
Location: Brotman Hall, room 250
Request an appointment with your CareerLINK account.