List of Bachelors in Economics Programs – Campus & Online

How does the world work? While we may not be able to answer that question for you, studying economics can certainly help you learn more about the resources we have on a local/specific (micro) and global/general (macro) level, and how policies affect who gets what and why.

Essentially, economics is a broad social science that looks at how we have handled and distributed resources, like wealth, in the past, how we are currently dealing with the resources we have, and what the state of our future resources might look like based on the decisions made today.

Robert J. Lemke

Bachelors in Economics Podcast Featuring Robert Lemke

If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in Economics, listen to this episode of the YesCollege Podcast. Scott explores economics degree programs with Robert J. Lemke, Professor of Economics and Business Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Lake Forest College in Illinois. Click here to view this episode’s show notes.

 

Where Can I Earn My Bachelors in Economics Degree?

While you’re listening to the podcast, check out our list of schools with economics programs in the US. For each school, we provide a few highlights, including program offerings, course breakdown, and accreditation.

Click on the links below to jump to a specific state’s programs. You can also skip ahead to our Quick Facts about a bachelor’s degree in economics, or information about degree types and accreditation.

Online

Ashford University
Accredited by WASC

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The Forbes School of Business and Technology at Ashford University has a BA in Business Economics that is designed to teach students how to collect, assess, and interpret data using modern economic theory. Students will also learn how to use micro/macroeconomics to predict the impact of fiscal, monetary, and trade policy. This program consists of a minimum of 120 credits.
Grand Canyon University
Accredited by HLC

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The BS in Finance and Economics degree at Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business is designed to prepare students for careers in business, corporate finance, banking, and insurance or investment companies. Students in this program can classes like Financial Accounting, Organizational Behavior and Management, Strategic Management, and International Trade and Finance.
Liberty University
Accredited by SACS

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Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Economics degree program is offered completely online. This program is designed to prepare students for positions in either the domestic or international marketplace, with careers in areas like finance, accounting, logistics, and marketing. Students in this program can take classes like Business and Economic Forecasting, and Modern Political and Economic Ideas.
Quinnipiac University
Accredited by NEASC

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The BS in Economics degree program at Quinnipiac University is designed to teach students about economic theories and how to analyze individual markets and assess public policy economic impact. Students in this program take core courses in subjects like econometrics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and statistics.

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The BA in economics degree program at Southern Connecticut State University is designed to prepare students to pursue graduate study in law, business, or economics, and for careers in business, public policy, teaching, or government. Students in this program can take classes like Urban Economics, Public Finance, Managerial Economics, and Industrial Organization.

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Alabama

Auburn University
Accredited by SACS
At Auburn University, students can pursue a general undergraduate degree in economics, or a quantitative economics bachelor’s degree. Both programs consist of a minimum of 120 credit hours, and can take classes like Intermediate Macroeconomics and International Economics. The quantitative track has more required mathematical courses than the general economics degree.
University of Alabama
Accredited by SACS
At the University of Alabama, students can earn a BS in Economics, a program that focuses on a strengthening a student’s analytical abilities and prepared graduates for careers in business, industry and government. The Economics Department offers the major through both the Culverhouse College of Commerce and the College of Arts and Science
The BS in Economics and Computational Analysis degree program at UAH is designed to develop students’ ability to analyze economic, social, business, and policy issues. This program consists of a minimum of 120 credit hours and students can take classes like Sports Economics, Labor Economics, and Games and Networks.

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Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage
Accredited by NWCCU
The College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Anchorage offers a BA in Economics as well as a BBA in Economics – both of which require students to take classes in micro and macro economics as well as courses in business and research. Students also study world economies and Use economic concepts and analytical skills to address economic problems.

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Arizona

Arizona State University
Accredited by HLC
The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University has an undergraduate Business degree in Economics that is designed to prepare students for careers in banking and finance, or pursue graduate studies in law, business, and economics. Students in this program can take classes like Global Supply Operations, Money and Banking, and Industrial Organization and Competition Policy.
Grand Canyon University
Accredited by HLC
The BS in Finance and Economics degree at Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business is designed to prepare students for careers in business, corporate finance, banking, and insurance or investment companies. Students in this program can classes like Financial Accounting, Organizational Behavior and Management, Strategic Management, and International Trade and Finance.
University of Arizona
Accredited by HLC
The Department of Economics at the University of Arizona offers students a few options for pursuing a degree in economics. Students can pursue a BA through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences or a B.S.B.A. through the Eller College of Management. The requirements are different for each program; however, both programs include courses in macro and micro economics along with courses in statistics and economic strategy.

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Arkansas

Arkansas Tech University
Accredited by HLC
Arkansas Tech University has a BSBA in Economics and Finance degree program that is designed to prepare students for a broad range of graduate studies, or management/analytical careers in government or business. Students in this program can take classes like Business Communication, Managerial Accounting, Operations Management, Business Policy, and Money and Banking.
Hendrix College
Accredited by HLC
Students can major in Economics and Business or Economics at Hendrix College. The Economics and Business degree program consists of a minimum of 12 major-related courses, and the Economics degree program consists of a minimum of 13 major-related courses. In each degree program, students can take classes like Public Finance, International Economics, and Industrial Organization.
University of Arkansas
Accredited by HLC
The University of Arkansas’s J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences offers two options for students interested in studying economics. The first is a traditional major in business economics and the second includes a concentration international business and economics. Both plans require students to complete university core requirements, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, and additional coursework.
At the University of Central Arkansas, students can earn a BA, BS, or BBA in Economics. Each degree program consists of a minimum of 120 credit hours, with 39 hours dedicated to economics for the BA, 30 hours for the BS, and 24 hours for the BBA. Macroeconomics is a core subject in all three economic degree programs.

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California

Ashford University
Accredited by WASC
The Forbes School of Business and Technology at Ashford University has a BA in Business Economics that is designed to teach students how to collect, assess, and interpret data using modern economic theory. Students will also learn how to use micro/macroeconomics to predict the impact of fiscal, monetary, and trade policy. This program consists of a minimum of 120 credits.
The BS in Economics degree program at Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business is designed to prepare students for domestic and international careers, working as economists, analysts, and general managers. Students can choose to pursue a variety of related concentrations, and take core classes in macroeconomics, microeconomics, research, and econometrics.
CSULB has BA degree programs in Economics, Business Economics, and Mathematical Economics and Economic Theory. Each degree program consists of a minimum of 120 units. In this program, students can take elective courses like Economics in Movies, Money and Banking, Game Theory, International Economics, and Environmental Issues of the World Economy.
At Cal State LA, students can earn a BA degree in Applied Economics or a BSBA degree in Business Economics. The BA in Applied Economics is provides specialized training in economics, whereas the BSBA in Business Economics program is recommended for students who wish to pursue analytical and quantitative careers in consulting firms, business corporations and government agencies.
The Department of Economics at University of California Berkeley offers Economics majors a wide range economics courses,from economic history to advanced microeconomics. Students have many opportunities to participate in research as well as study abroad. There are also tutoring services and an honors program for qualifying students.
UCLA has BA degree programs in Economics and Business Economics that focus on providing students with critical thinking skills, as well as training in theoretical and empirical approaches to real-world issues. These degrees are designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in government, industry, finance, and more.

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Colorado

Colorado School of Mines
Accredited by HLC
The BS in Economics degree program at the Colorado School of Mines focuses on solving environmental economic problems, and develops skills in mathematics, engineering, and the sciences. This program consists of a minimum of a 128 credit hours, which includes a minimum of 48 credit hours dedicated to economics and business core and elective classes.
Colorado State University
Accredited by HLC
Colorado State University’s BA in Economics degree program is designed to develop students’ understanding of concepts like cost/benefit, rationality, supply and demand theory, decision making at the margin, aggregate demand and supply, and fiscal and monetary policy. Students in this program can take courses in areas like statistics, macro/microeconomics, mathematics, and communications.
The University of Colorado Boulder offers a BA in Economics that requires students to complete at least 32 credit hours of economics courses. Courses in math, statistics, theory, and research make up the curriculum along with economics elective courses. There are also internship opportunities, an Honors program, and an Economics Club.
The BA in Economics degree program at the University of Colorado Denver allows students to learn about broad concepts such as basic economic theory and statistical techniques, while also providing the option to dive into more specific areas like labor economics, international trade, money and banking, and developing transitional economies.

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Connecticut

Connecticut College
Accredited by NEASC
Connecticut College’s undergraduate economics degree is designed to teach students to think analytically, pose and solve problems, and to use models to construct and test hypothesis. Students can take classes in subjects like industrial organization, corporate finance, econometrics, micro/macroeconomics, and public finance and development.
Fairfield University
Accredited by NEASC
At Fairfield University, students can pursue a BA or a BS degree in Economics. The BA degree program is recommended for students who wish to pursue careers and related graduate study in law, business, or government. The BS degree program is designed to prepare students to apply quantitative economic theories, conduct economic research, or pursue graduate studies in economics.
Quinnipiac University
Accredited by NEASC
The BS in Economics degree program at Quinnipiac University is designed to teach students about economic theories and how to analyze individual markets and assess public policy economic impact. Students in this program take core courses in subjects like econometrics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and statistics.
The BA in economics degree program at Southern Connecticut State University is designed to prepare students to pursue graduate study in law, business, or economics, and for careers in business, public policy, teaching, or government. Students in this program can take classes like Urban Economics, Public Finance, Managerial Economics, and Industrial Organization.
University of Connecticut
Accredited by NEASC
The undergraduate economics degree program at UCONN is designed to develop students’ analytical and critical thinking skills, and prepare them for careers and graduate study in areas like journalism, education, non-profit, and international development. Students in this program can take courses like Public Finance, International Trade, Money and Banking, Health Economics, and Women and Minorities in the Labor Market.
University of New Haven
Accredited by NEASC
University of New Haven’s BA in Economics degree program is designed to provide students with a liberal arts, business, industry management, history, and politics foundation. Students in this program will pick a concentration in General Economics, Behavioral Economics, or Economic Sustainability, and they will choose a complimentary minor in an area like business, international studies, or communications.

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Delaware

University of Delaware
Accredited by MSCHE
The University of Delware offers two degree plans for those interested in studying economics. Students can earn either a BS or the BA economics major with the option to pursue an area of concentration in Applied Economics or Economic Theory and Econometrics. The economics major is a 120-credit-hour program with 30 credits of coursework in economics, six credits of statistics and nine credits of related work.

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Florida

The BA in Economics degree program at FAMU is designed to develop students’ understanding of economic theoretical frameworks and empirical research. Students in this program can take classes like International Trade, Economics of Less Developed Countries, and Money and Banking.
Florida Atlantic University
Accredited by SACS
At Florida Atlantic University, students can pursue a general undergraduate economics degree or an undergraduate economics degree with a business concentration. Each program consists of a minimum of 120 credits. Depending on the degree program, students can take classes in subjects like econometrics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, management, law, communication, organizational behavior, and strategy and policy.
The BS in Economics degree program at UCF is designed to prepare students for graduate study and/or careers in business, law, government, politics, research, and more. Students in this program can take elective courses like Public Economics, International Macroeconomics, Health Economics, and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
University of Florida
Accredited by SACS
The University of Florida offers a BA in Economics that prepares students to use their analytical skills to understand how households, firms and governments make economic decisions. This program combines courses in both economics and liberal arts. Such courses include The Firm in the Global Economy and Game Theory and Application.

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Georgia

Georgia College
Accredited by SACS
Georgia College has BS and BA in Economics degree programs that are both designed to prepare students for graduate study and/or careers in business, law, education, and government. Students in this program can take classes like International Trade, Investment Analysis, Cost Accounting, Labor Economics, and Money and Banking.
Georgia Southern University
Accredited by SACS
At Georgia Southern University, students can pursue a BA or BBA degree in Economics. The BBA program is designed to prepare students for graduate training in economics or careers in business and industry. The BA degree focuses on a range of topics, and can prepare students for graduate study and careers in economics, law, political science, business, journalism, and more.
Georgia State University
Accredited by SACS
At Georgia State University, students can pursue a BA, BS, or BBA in Economics, or a BA in International Economics and Modern Languages. These degree programs are designed to prepare students for graduate study and/or careers in business, government, law, or education. Students can take classes in environmental and natural resources economics, labor economics, economic development, and more.
University of Georgia
Accredited by SACS
The Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia offer two options for earning an Economics degree: Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Both paths require the same economics courses; however, the BA requires electives in liberal arts education while the BBA requires business electives.

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Hawaii

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Economics Department offers two undergraduate degree programs: BA degree and a minor in Economics. The Department also offers a Honors Program along with numerous elective courses that explore a broad range of topics across the discipline.

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Idaho

Boise State University
Accredited by NWCCU
Boise State offers two paths to an undergraduate degree in economics. These paths include a BA and a BBA. The BA option includes economics and elective courses in social sciences while the BBA requires courses in economics and standard business. Students can also choose to pursue a BA in Economics with a focus on Quantitative Emphasis or a BA in Economics with a focus on Social Studies, Secondary Education Emphasis.
Idaho State University
Accredited by NWCCU
Idaho State University offers a BA and a BS in Economics, both of which are liberal arts degrees and are not part of the BBA program. These programs are both great options for students planning o attend law school or graduate school. Students learn such skills as how to identify, measure and understand the elements of these trade-offs.
University of Idaho
Accredited by NWCCU
At the University of Idaho, both a BS and a BA in Economics are offered that study such topics as supply and demand, inflation, international trade, unemployment and governmental policies. These paths are part of the College of Letters Arts and Sciences but with different requirements. Both are designed for preparation for graduate study in economics, law or business.

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Illinois

Illinois State University
Accredited by HLC
At Illinois State University, students can earn a BS or BA degree in Economics, or choose to pursue an undergraduate degree in Managerial Economics. These degree programs are designed to develop problem solving, critical thinking, mathematical, analytical, and communication skills and teach them how to apply them to real-world economic issues.
Lake Forest College
Accredited by HLC
The Bachelors in Economics degree program at Lake Forest College aims to develop students’ analytical skills to prepare them for careers in economics and attend graduate school for an MBA or PhD. In this program, students can explore research opportunities, and topics like micro/macroeconomics, statistics, labor economics, environmental and natural resource economics, law and economics, and the economics of sports.
NEIU’s BA in Economics degree program is designed to prepare students for graduate studies or careers in quantitative and analytical positions in private, public and non-profit organizations. Students in this program can take classes like Public Finance, International Economics, Industrial Organization, Managerial Economics, The U.S. Federal Reserve, and Health Economics.
The BA in Economics degree program at UIC is designed to provide students with an understanding of economic institutions, various economic applications, analytical tools, data analysis, and mathematical and statistical techniques. Students in this program can take classes like Econometrics, International Economics, Economic Demography, Real Estate Finance, Business Conditions Analysis, Industrial Organization, and Law and Economics.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, students workings towards a BA in Economics often typically take two major courses each semester as well as a mix of other general education, supporting coursework, and elective courses. Sample topics include game theory, international finance, business cycles, economic growth, and more. To receive a major in economics, students must complete 30 hours in economics courses.

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Indiana

Indiana University Bloomington, through the Department of Economics, offers students an opportunity to earn BA in Economics with course work in a variety of topics including microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, financial economics, money and banking, public finance, and more. The program requires eight core courses that focus on mathematical modeling, microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, economic statistics, and econometrics.
Indiana University Northwest offers a BA in Economics degree, a program housed in the School of Business and Economics. This degree is awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences with courses that cover such topics as economic theory and additional course work in mathematics and statistics.

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Iowa

Drake University
Accredited by HLC
Drake University has BA and BSBA degrees in Economics, and BA, BS, and BSBA degrees in Quantitative Economics. The BA in Economics can help students who wish to pursue graduate studies in law or business. The BSBA in Economics focuses on subjects like accounting, finance, and capital budgeting. Aspiring economist students can pursue any of the Quantitative Economic programs.
Iowa State University
Accredited by HLC
Iowa State University has BS in Economics and BS in Business Economics degree programs and they are designed to prepare students for graduate study and careers in business, economics, finance, marketing, teaching, government, and more. Depending on the program, students can take classes in subjects like macro/microeconomics, econometrics, marketing, management, and finance.
University of Iowa
Accredited by HLC
The University of Iowa offers many different options for those interested in studying economics, including a BS, a BA, a BBA, and a minor in economics as well. Each program is uniquely designed to fit students’ interest and career goals. General education courses are required for students in working towards a BS, a BA, and a BBA in economics.
University of Northern Iowa
Accredited by HLC
At UNI, students can earn an undergraduate degree in General Economics, Applied Economic Analysis, Business Economics, or Economics in Quantitative Techniques. Each of these programs requires students to take core classes in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. Depending on the program, students can also take classes like Law and Economics, Corporate Finance, Fixed Income Analysis, Mathematical Economics, and Environmental Economics.

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Kansas

Kansas State University
Accredited by HLC
Kansas State University offers both BA and a BS in Economics, along with four different specialized tracks. For those who choose the general degree path, this program is for those who want to choose their own area of emphasis or perhaps earn a second major in another field. This degree requires at least 120 credit hours.
Park University
Accredited by HLC
Park University offers a BS in Economics that requires students to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 77 hours of degree-specific core curriculum and approved electives in your area(s) of interest. Park University also offers a minor in economics. All economics majors must pass both parts of a two-part examination.
University of Kansas
Accredited by HLC
At the University of Kansas, students have a few options for pursuing a degree in economics. The Department of Economics offers a BA/BGS, a BS, and a minor. The BA/BGS option requires a total of 30 hours of economics and nine hours of mathematics courses while the BS path requires a total of 124 credit hours, 36 in economics and 18-19 in mathematics.
Washburn University
Accredited by HLC
Students can earn a BA in Economics degree from Washburn, a program that combines a broad general education with a strong foundation in economics. This program combines courses from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business. A minimum of 124 semester hours is required. A minor in economics is also available.

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Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University
Accredited by SACS
At Northern Kentucky University, students can earn a BS in Economics. This program provides students with reasoning and analytical skills necessary to work in various industries. Courses focus on the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students can choose a minor and additional elective courses in a field that fits their career goals.
University of Kentucky
Accredited by SACS
The Bachelor of Science in Business Economics (BSBE) program in the Gatton College at the University of Kentucky teachers students about accounting, finance and management as well as estimate trends, how to analyze data, and use economic theory to help organizations operate more efficiently. This degree requires a minimum 120 semester hours.
Western Kentucky University
Accredited by SACS
Students have three options when it comes to studying economics at Western Kentucky University. They can choose from a BA in Economics, a BS in Business Economics, and a BS in Mathematical Economics. These programs are all designed to help students further their academic and career goes in the field of economics by focusing on global markets, costs, production, and labor markets, and prices, tradeoffs, and scarcity.

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Louisiana

Louisiana State University
Accredited by SACS
Both a BA and BS in Economics are offered through at the University of Louisiana, both of which are 120-hour programs with several learning objectives for students. These programs are designed to prepare students to successfully define and analyze economic problems using algebraic and statistical methods as well as identify the benefits and costs of a global economy.
Louisiana Tech University
Accredited by SACS
The Department of Economics and Finance offers an undergraduate degree program in business economics. This program consists of 126 semester hours with courses that cover economics and business-related subjects, as well as a broad background in liberal education and science.
The Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Louisiana Lafayette offers a bachelor’s degree in economics with a strong emphasis on the study of macro- and microeconomics. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree.

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Maine

University of Maine
Accredited by NEASC
At the University of Maine, students can pursue a BA or BS in Economics or a BA or BS in Financial Economics. Students can also choose to pursue a concentration in Renewable Energy, Agribusiness Management, or Resource and Environmental Economics and Policy. The BS degrees in Economics and Financial Economics focus on quantitative economics and mathematical techniques.
University of Southern Maine
Accredited by NEASC
The University of Southern Maine offers a BA in Economics with a liberal arts foundation. The program provides practical preparation for a variety of careers as well as for graduate study in economics, business administration, public policy, and law. To be eligible for a degree, a student must complete 120 credit hours.

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Maryland

Towson University
Accredited by MSCHE
Towson University’s undergraduate degree in economics is designed to develop students’ understand on economic theories, concepts, and influencers, along with enhancing their problem-solving, analysis, research, and communication skills. Students in this program can take classes in areas like urban economics, health economics, micro/macroeconomics, and economics and gender.
University of Maryland
Accredited by MSCHE
The Department of Economics at the University of Maryland, students can pursue an economics degree in one of two ways: a BA or a BA. These programs require different aptitudes and lead to different career tracks. The BS track focuses more on the methodology of economic analysis, while the BA track focuses more on how economics is applied to various real-world problems.

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Massachusetts

Boston University
Accredited by NEASC
Boston University’s BA in Economics degree program is designed to prepare students for graduate study and/or careers in economics, business, law, government, or teaching. This program consists of a minimum of 32 economics-related courses, and students can take classes in subjects like macroeconomics, microeconomics, empirical economic analysis, and computer science.
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), students can earn a degree in economics that begins with a two-semester introductory sequence that explores theoretical and applied topics in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Many graduates from MIT’s economics program have gone on to further studies in law, business, economics, and a variety of other fields.
The BA in Economics degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston is designed to flex students’ critical thinking skills to help them apply economic theories and concepts to real-world issues. Students in this program can take elective classes like Health Economics, Economic Demography, The Multinational Corporation, Political Economy of Development in Africa, and Gender and Economics.

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Michigan

Michigan State University
Accredited by HLC
Michigan State University has BA and BS degrees in Economics and both programs are designed to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in economics and related fields. Students in this program can take classes in subjects like economic systems, development, public economics, international economics, industrial organization, labor economics, law and economics, health and welfare, and urban economics.
The BS in Economics degree program at Michigan Tech is designed to provide students with a theoretical and analytical foundation in economics to give them the tools needed to examine and solve business, economic, and social problems. Students in this program can take classes in areas like engineering, science, business, and other social sciences.
University of Michigan
Accredited by HLC
The undergraduate economics major at the University of Michigan is designed to provide students with a better understanding of current economics throughout the world, prepare them for careers in law, business, government, journalism, and teaching. Students in this program can take economic elective classes like Economics and Gender, International Economies, Business Cycles, and Government Regulation of Industry.
Western Michigan University
Accredited by HLC
At Western Michigan University, students can earn a BA, BS, or BBA degree in Economics. The BS degree has the least flexible curriculum, since it focuses heavily on mathematics. The BA and BBA programs are more flexible, allowing students to take more liberal arts- or business-based courses. Core courses for all economic majors include macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, and economic data.

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Minnesota

Minnesota State University Mankato has BA and BS degrees in Economics that are designed to help students develop the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to examine and provide solutions to everyday economic issues. Students in this program can take courses in areas like labor economics, financial economics, and economics of the public sector.
University of Minnesota
Accredited by HLC
At the University of Minnesota, students can earn a BS in Economics, BA in Economics, or BA in Economics, Quantitative Emphasis (BA-Q). The BS degree program requires more quantitative courses, like multivariate calculus and econometrics. The BA-Q is designed for students planning on graduate studies/careers in areas that require data and statistical work. The BA is the least quantitative degree.

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Mississippi

Mississippi State University
Accredited by SACS
The BA in Economics degree program at Mississippi State University teaches students the methods of economic analysis and how to apply it to households, businesses, and governments. Students in this program can take classes in subjects such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, and economic forecasting. The university has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics degree program as well.
University of Mississippi
Accredited by SACS
The University of Mississippi’s BA in Economics degree program is designed to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in business and government as economic analysts, statisticians, research assistants, and more. Students in this program can take classes like Natural Resource Economics, Public Finance, Sports Economics, and International Trade and Globalization.
At the University of Southern Mississippi, students can purse a BA in Economics degree with a concentration in either Mathematics or Social Science. The mathematics concentration is recommended for students wanting to pursue graduate or doctoral studies in economics, and the social science economics concentration is a more flexible curriculum allowing for a broader range of studies.

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Missouri

Missouri State University
Accredited by HLC
At Missouri State University, students can pursue BA and BS degrees in Economics. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor or second major in order to complete their degree. In these programs, students can take core courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics.
University of Missouri
Accredited by HLC
The University of Missouri has BS and BA in Economics degrees. The BS degree consists of more quantitative-based courses, and is intended for students planning to earn a graduate degree in an economics-related field. The BA degree is more for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue graduate study in a non-economics field like law, journalism, and political science.
UMSL has BA and BS degrees in Economics. The BA program is designed to provide a broad liberal arts education, and the BS degree focuses on developing the analytical and quantitative skills needed for economic analysis. Students in these programs can take classes in subjects like macroeconomics, microeconomics, economic statistics, and money and banking.

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Montana

Montana State University
Accredited by NWCCU
Montana State University’s BS in Economics degree program is designed to develop the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to address real-world economic issues. Students in this program can take courses in economic development, industrial organization, labor economics, public policy analysis, international economics and trade, statistics and econometrics, and environmental policy and natural resource econometrics.
University of Montana
Accredited by NWCCU
The Economics undergraduate degree program at the University of Montana is designed to develop students’ quantitative, research, and writing skills, and can prepare them for careers and graduate study in business, government, non-profit, economics, law, and public policy. This major requires a minimum of 36 economics credits, and include classes in calculus, statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.

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Nebraska

Nebraska Wesleyan University has BA and BS degrees in Economics that are designed to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in economics and other related fields. Students in this program can take classes like Business Communication, Money and Banking, Macroeconomic Principles, and International Trade.
At the University of Nebraska Lincoln, students can pursue baccalaureate degrees in economics with a focus in either business or arts and sciences. Students in these programs can take courses in areas like labor economics, public economics, industrial organization and regulation, and comparative international and regional development.
The University of Nebraska Omaha has BS and BA in Economics degree programs that focus on developing students’ critical thinking, analytical, and decision making skills. Students in these programs can take major elective classes like Environmental Economics, International Economics, Natural Resource Economics, History of Economic Thought, and Economics of Technology.

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Nevada

The BA in Economics degree program at the UNLV is designed to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in business, finance, government, nonprofit, economics, law, public administration, and more. Students in this program can take classes in macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics.
University of Nevada, Reno
Accredited by NWCCU
University of Nevada, Reno’s BA and BS in Economics degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in business, government, and non-profit organizations in economic and statistical analysis roles. Students graduating from this program have also pursued graduate study in the fields of economics, business, public policy, and law.

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New Hampshire

Dartmouth College
Accredited by NEASC
The economics baccalaureate degree program at Dartmouth focuses on teaching students economic concepts and models to help address macro- and microeconomic issues. Students in this program can take courses in international trade, finance, competition and strategy, labor economics, development economics, and public economics.
SNHU’s BS in Economics and Finance is designed to focus on the economic effects of the behavior and funding/investment needs of corporations, institutions, and individuals. Students in this program can take classes like Corporate Finance, Fundamentals of Investments, Managerial Economics, and Money and Banking.
University of New Hampshire
Accredited by NEASC
The University of New Hampshire has a BA in Economics degree program that is designed to be tailored to the student’s goals. Students can pursue a general economics degree, or choose to focus their major electives in Money and Financial Markets, Global Trade and Finance, or Public Policy and Sustainability.

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New Jersey

Seton Hall University
Accredited by MSCHE
The BA in Economics degree program at Seton Hall University is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers by developing their critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills. Students in this program can take courses pertaining to monetary, international, labor, and quantitative economics.

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New Mexico

University of New Mexico
Accredited by HLC
The undergraduate economics degree at UNM is designed to prepare students for careers in public policy, market research, business, government, and non-profit organizations. Students in this program can take classes in data analysis, macroeconomics, and microeconomics, and develop their critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, economic citizenry, and communication skills.

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New York

Columbia University
Accredited by MSCHE
The economics baccalaureate degree program at Columbia University is designed to teach students to think critically and analytically about social issues to prepare them for further economic-related study and careers in areas like law, business, and public service. Students in this program can take courses like Urban Economics, Market Design, and Economic Organization and Development of Japan.
Hunter College
Accredited by MSCHE
The BA in Economics degree program at Hunter College is designed to develop the problem-solving and analytical skills needed to be prepared for graduate studies and/or careers in areas like government, business, law, finance, and education. Students in this program can take classes like Public Finance, Economic Development, and Business Organization and Management.
New York University
Accredited by MSCHE
The bachelor’s degree program in Economics at NYU allows students to pursue concentrations like Policy or Theory to help prepare them for their future graduate studies/careers. Students in this degree program can take classes in subjects like macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, and analytical statistics.
Pace University
Accredited by MSCHE
Pace University’s BA in Economics degree program is designed to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in finance, banking, management, government, law, and education. This program consists of a minimum of 128 credit hours, and students can take classes like International Economics, Money and Banking, and Global Finance, Investments, and Economic Activity.
University at Buffalo
Accredited by MSCHE
At the University at Buffalo, students can earn a general BA in Economics, or a BA in Economics with a concentration in Mathematics. The general economics degree is designed to teach students about economics theories and how to apply them to areas like labor economics, health economics, international trade, regional economics, information and Internet economics, and industrial organization and regulation.

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North Carolina

NC State University’s Poole College of Management offers both BA and BS in Economics degree programs that are designed to develop students’ communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Students in this program can take courses in areas like financial markets, labor relations, business organization, and the distribution of wealth, poverty, and income.

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North Dakota

University of North Dakota
Accredited by HLC
The undergraduate economics major at the University of North Dakota is designed to develop students’ analytical and quantitative skills, and can prepare them for careers and graduate study in law, business, or government service. Students in this program can take elective courses in areas like income distribution, public policy analysis, and international trade and finance.

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Ohio

Ohio University
Accredited by HLC
The BA in Economics focuses on the behavior of businesses, industries, and domestic and international governments as a whole, and is designed to develop students’ analytical, observational, critical thinking, researching, and writing and presentation skills. Students in this program can take classes like Behavioral Economics, International Monetary Systems, Natural Resource Economics, and Industrial Organization.

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Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma
Accredited by HLC
The BA in Economics degree program at the University of Oklahoma is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers and areas of graduate study including government, business, law, commercial banking, investment firms, and more. This program consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours, and students can take classes in areas like statistics, political science, and macro/microeconomics.

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Oregon

University of Oregon
Accredited by NWCCU
The University of Oregon has a BA and BS in Economics degree program that are designed to prepare students for graduate study in economics or a career in an area like business, law, government, or journalism. Students in this program can take classes like Labor Market Issues, Money and Banking, International Economic Issues, and Urban and Regional Economic Problems.

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Pennsylvania

Temple University
Accredited by MSCHE
The BA in Economics degree program at Temple University is designed to develop students’ understanding of the economics aspect of current events and public policy, and to prepare them for graduate studies and careers in laws and business. Students in this program can take classes like Health Economics, International Trade, Behavioral Economics, and Energy, Ecology, and Economy.
University of Pennsylvania
Accredited by MSCHE
The undergraduate economics major at UPenn is designed to teach students how to apply economic principles and modeling techniques to better understand a variety of economic and social issues. Students in this program can take classes like Political Economy, Health Economics, Game Theory, Economics of Family, and International Trade.

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Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island
Accredited by NEASC
URI has several degree options for those who want to earn an undergraduate degree in economics, such as a BA in Economics, BS in Applied Economics, or BS in Economic Theory and Methods. Each of these degree programs consist of 120 credits, and can prepare students to immediately enter the workforce and/or pursue economic-related graduate study.

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South Carolina

University of South Carolina
Accredited by SACS
At the University of South Carolina, students can purse a BA or a BS in Economics, or a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. Students in the BA or BS in Economics degree programs can take a senior seminar in economics course, along with classes in macroeconomic theory and microeconomic theory.

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South Dakota

The undergraduate economics degree program at South Dakota State University focuses on economic theory and quantitative methods, and helps students develop their analytical and critical thinking skills. In this program, students can take elective classes in areas like business, economics, accounting, agricultural economics, and entrepreneurship.

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Tennessee

The Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee Knoxville has a BA in Economics degree program that is designed to provide a solid foundation in business, public policy, and law by teaching students how to apply basic managerial and macroeconomic concepts.

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Texas

Texas A&M University
Accredited by SACS
Texas A&M University has a BA in Economics degree program that is designed to develop students’ analytical thinking skills and teach them how to apply it to economic principles to better understand human behavior. Students graduating from this program can be prepared for careers and graduate study in international business, law, non-profit organizations, and government and public policy.
Texas State University
Accredited by SACS
Texas State University has BA and BBA degrees in Economics that are designed to prepare students for an array of graduate study and career opportunities such as government, entrepreneurship, international affairs, business management, finance, and more. Students can also choose to pursue concentration in Business Economics or Global Economy.
Texas Tech University
Accredited by SACS
At Texas Tech University, students can earn a BA in Economics, BS in Economics, or a BS in International Economics degree. Each program is designed to teach students about the complex interrelationships between consumers, producers, and governments in an economic system. Students in these programs can take classes in subjects like macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics.
The undergraduate degree program in economics at the University of Texas at Austin is designed to focus on developing skills in writing and mathematics while training students to think objectively about a variety of economic subjects. Students in this program can take classes in macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics.
UT Dallas has BA and BS degrees in Economics that are designed to prepare students for analytical and research careers in business and government. Students in these programs can take courses in subjects involving green economics, business economics, and international economics.

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Utah

University of Utah
Accredited by NWCCU
At the University of Utah, students can pursue a general BS or BA in Economics, and they have the option to pick a concentration in Statistical Analysis or Business Economics and Analytics. These programs can prepare students for careers like investment banking, financial services, healthcare administration, and market research, or graduate study in law, public policy, or business administration.

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Vermont

University of Vermont
Accredited by NEASC
The University of Vermont has a BS and a BA in Economics degree program that is designed to prepare students for careers in areas like financial services, management, and marketing and research, or graduate study in economics, law, business, and public affairs. Students in these programs can take classes like Money and Banking, International Economics, and Econometrics and Applications.

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Virginia

Liberty University
Accredited by SACS
Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Economics degree program is offered completely online. This program is designed to prepare students for positions in either the domestic or international marketplace, with careers in areas like finance, accounting, logistics, and marketing. Students in this program can take classes like Business and Economic Forecasting, and Modern Political and Economic Ideas.
University of Virginia
Accredited by SACS
The undergraduate economics degree program at the University of Virginia gives students the option to pursue a general economics degree, or choose a concentration in financial economics, industrial organization, international economics, or public policy. Students in the economics program can take classes like Game Theory, Economics and Gender, Corporate Finance, and International Finance and Macroeconomics.
Virginia Tech
Accredited by SACS
The Department of Economics at Virginia Tech offers a bachelors degree in Economics through the College of Science. Students in this program graduate with a degree in Economics, College of Science, (ECAS). The Department focuses on teaching, research, and outreach in regard to economic issues at the state, national, and international levels.

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Washington

University of Washington
Accredited by NWCCU
The University of Washington’s BS in Economics degree program focuses on economics, the study of mathematics, and quantitative techniques. This program can prepare students for careers in technical and scientific areas, and graduate studies in statistics, mathematics, and finance. The university also has a BA in Economics degree that prepares students for a wide variety of careers and graduate studies.
Washington State University
Accredited by NWCCU
Washington State University offers a BS in Economic Sciences, a program that provides students with the basic economic knowledge, quantitative tools, and communication skills necessary to secure professional positions in a wide range of industries. WSU also offers students the option to minor in economics.

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West Virginia

Marshall University
Accredited by HLC
At Marshall University, students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Economics with the option to select an area of emphasis in International Economics. This program is offered through the Lewis College of Business. Graduates typically go on to pursue a law degree or a master’s degree in economics, public affairs, and international business.
West Virginia University
Accredited by HLC
At West Virginia University, the BS in Economics degree program is designed to teach students how to identify the costs, benefits, and consequences of a decision. This program can prepare students for graduate or law school, or careers in areas like government, marketing research, and investment banking. Students in this program can take classes like Public Economics and International Economics.

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Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has two economics-related degree options, a Bachelor’s in Economics and a Bachelor’s in Economics with Mathematical Emphasis. Each degree consists of a minimum of 30 major-related credits, and includes classes in quantitative reasoning, economic principles, economic theory, and statistics. The Economics with Mathematical Emphasis degree option requires three or four semesters of calculus and/or linear algebra.
At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Department of Economics offers courses leading to a BA in Economics with concentrations in the following fields: economic theory; quantitative methods; public policy; strategy, law and the economy; labor economics; and international economic relations. All students in this program must complete a research experience.

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Wyoming

University of Wyoming
Accredited by HLC
The Bachelor’s in Economics degree program at the University of Wyoming is designed to provide students with a broad foundation of business skills to prepare students for a variety of careers including positions in finance, business analysis, research, law, and more. Students in this program can take classes like Sports Economics, Economics of the Environment, and Global Economic Issues.

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Bachelors in Economics Quick Facts

Here is a brief snapshot of what to expect and look forward to with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Quick Facts
Common Pre-Enrollment Requirements: High School Diploma or GED (associate’s degree is optional)
Common Core Subjects Covered: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Public Finance, International Economics, Econometrics, Economic Research
Non-Classwork Required: None (internship is strongly recommended)
Expected Time to Complete Bachelor’s Degree: 4 years
Common Next Steps: Entry-Level Position, Master’s Degree
Most Common Career Fields: Economics, Business, Finance, Banking, Public Policy, Government, Law
 

Exploring Degree Types and Accreditation

While there are several different types of undergraduate programs offered for economics, many of them allow students to also pursue a concentration in a specific area of economics such as finance, business economics, computational analysis, mathematical economics, behavioral economics, economic sustainability, and so on.

These are the most commonly offered bachelor’s degrees in economics:

  • BA in Economics – a liberal arts degree that typically focuses more on economic problems/questions and finding those answers; this is usually the most flexible degree option, allowing students to have the most control over their curriculum to then pursue a wider variety of graduate studies and careers
  • BS in Economics – a science degree that typically focuses more on mathematics, sciences, and other quantitative aspects of economics; this degree is usually designed to prepare students to pursue economics at the graduate and doctoral levels
  • BBA in Economics – a business administration degree with a focus in economics
  • BSBA in Economics – a science and business administration degree with a focus in economics, this degree tends to have more mathematics and science classes in the curriculum than a BBA in Economics

Accreditation is important for all degrees, ensuring you receive a qualified education. The accrediting bodies featured in our list are:

  • CIHE – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • DEAC – Distance Education Accrediting Commission
  • HLC – Higher Learning Commission
  • MSA – Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • MSCHE – Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • NEASC – New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NCA – North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • NWCCU – Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • WSCUC – WASC Senior College and University Commission

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