Department of Economics Undergraduate Program
An economics major is useful in preparing students for careers in the business world as well as graduate study. The exposure to economic analysis (theoretical and empirical) makes economics majors attractive to many job recruiters and graduate schools because of the exposure to rigorous analytical thinking.
The skills taught to economics majors provide a solid foundation and preparation for many business occupations. Occupations that attract students with these kinds of skills include consulting firms, commercial banks, oil companies, investment firms and utility companies.
Economics majors are also attractive to various branches of the federal, state and local governments. These agencies offer extensive employment opportunities for undergraduate economics majors. For example, the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Commerce and Treasury are the biggest federal employers of economics majors. At the state level, Corporation Commission, Office of the State Treasurer, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Commerce are among the major recruiters. Other big recruiters of economics majors include the Federal Reserve Banks and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Economics majors are very well-suited and prepared for advanced degrees in economics, business, and law school. Many law school representatives believe that economics is one of the best and most desired pre-law majors because of the analytical training and logical thinking involved in the discipline. Also, a growing number of universities offer joint degrees in law and economics. The wide ranges of theoretical, analytical and empirical courses offered ensure that our undergraduate program equips students with the skills to successfully pursue advanced degrees in economics.
Degree Check Sheets and Academic Advising Contacts - Get Advised in Economics
Requirements for a B.A. in Economics
Requirements for a minor in Economics
College of Arts and Sciences Advising
Requirements for the B.B.A in Economics
Price College of Business - Undergraduate Advising
As part of our efforts to prepare our students for a solid career, the Department of Economics has an active internship program with some state agencies and other local businesses (consulting firms and utility companies). The internship program has given our students exposure to the practical aspects of economics. Also, some of these internships have turned into permanent positions. Students who participate in an internship can also enroll in 3 hours of directed readings and receive credit for the internship provided they are able to get a professor to supervise their research paper.