Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services in order to explain how economies work. Students in the economics major learn how to think critically, solve problems, work with numbers, in addition to a variety of other skills. The coursework in the program also provides a strong grounding in economic theory, which helps open unique career opportunities that involve policy analysis. Students pursuing economics gain valuable research experience that prepares them for graduate school or various careers in business. Four Emphasis Options are available in Economics: Economic Theory, Managerial Economics, Prelaw Economics, and International Economics and Trade.
Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
A dual major in accounting and economics is also available. Students meeting the requirements for the dual major can receive a BA or a BS. Information about this degree is found in the USU catalog.
An emphasis is not required.
- Economic Theory: This emphasis prepares students to work directly after graduation or to pursue graduate study in economics, agricultural economics, quantitative economic analysis, or other related research degrees. Students with this emphasis often become economists involved with policy analysis for governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
- Managerial Economics: This emphasis is for students planning for careers in business; it is useful for students planning to enter the job market upon graduation or as excellent preparation for students who intend to pursue a master of business administration (MBA) or master of public administration (MPA).
- Prelaw Economics: This emphasis is for students who plan to attend law school or pursue a career related to political science. The large number of elective credits included in this emphasis area provides enough flexibility for students to custom design their program of study to meet individual interests and educational goals. Several students have taken advantage of this flexibility to design a dual major in political science.
- International Economics and Trade: This emphasis was created because of the increased globalization and interdependence among countries. Students focus on managerial and leadership skills and on enhancing competency in navigating the global economy through focused training in the areas of international economics and trade.
Economics Major Career Information
Students with a degree in economics often pursue the following career paths:
- Economic Loss Specialist
- Statistical Analyst
- Financial Analyst
- Management Consultant
- Asset Management
- Economics Consultant
- Management Trainee
- Compensation & Benefits Manager
- Trust Officer
- Insurance Underwriter
- Trade Specialist
- Financial Planner
- Loan Officer
Companies that have Hired Huntsman Economics Students
Student Organizations and Opportunities
The following are Huntsman Clubs and Opportunities designed for Economics Major Students
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Major Requirement Introduction
To complete a degree in Economics, students must first meet the admission requirements for the degree and be admitted into the degree program. Admission Requirements and Policies
Major Requirements (Curriculum)
Students will then complete the major requirements which consist of the following:
- University Studies Requirements (General Education and Depth Requirements): A group of “general” courses required for each student to fulfill in order to graduate. These courses teach a broad range of skills, knowledge, and values that prepare students for success in their majors and in their personal and professional lives after graduation. Most students complete their University Studies requirements by their junior year.
- Economics Major Requirements: A group of upper-level courses required to fulfill a respective major. These courses teach skills specific to the area of study in order for students to become specialized in their chosen field.
When you declare a major and are admitted into a program, your major requirements are set and protected from changes. The date you are admitted into a program determines your catalog year and your set of requirements. The Major Requirement Sheets listed below match up with the requirements for each catalog year. Begin by selecting the requirement sheet that matches the catalog year you declared (or plan to declare) your major.
The sample four-year plan below is designed to help students plan a course of study to complete their degree program in four years. The sample plan is subject to changed and will vary based on catalog year and course work already completed by each student (placement tests, AP/CELP credit, transfer work, summer school, etc.).
The plan is an example of how students may plan their own course of study by taking 15 credits per semester, and interweaving of their General Education requirements with their major requirements, to finish in four years. It is important to remember that some GE and Major requirements overlap. If a course can be counted for both GE and the major, then students can take more electives to fulfill their overall degree credit requirements.
Sample 4-Year Plan - Effective Spring 2019
Academic experience are individualized, work with your academic advisor to create a personalized plan.
Intro to Writing (CL1)
Intro to Economics (BAI)
College Algebra (QL)
|Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS)||3|
Applied Econometrics (QI)
|Breadth Creative Arts (BCA)||3|
|Communication Intensive (CI)||3|
|Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA)||2-3|
|Quantitative Intensive (QI)||3|
|Upper Division Electives||4|
Intermediate Writing (CL2)
Intro to Microeconomics (BSS)
|Breadth Humanities (BHU)||3|
|Breadth Life Sciences (BLS)||3|
|Upper Division Electives||3|
|Communication Intensive (CI)||3|
|Depth Physical Science (DSC)||3|
|Integrated Studies Requirement||2-3|
|Upper Division Electives||4-5|
Advisor Contact Info
Regional Campus Advising
Students pursuing a distance education major must contact the advisors at their specific location.Regional Campus Advisors
Available at the Following Locations:
Logan Main Campus (Economics Major and Emphasis Options)
Regional Campus Centers:
Online (Economics Major Only)
The Economics Major is NOT available at the Salt Lake Regional Campus Center.
Learn More about Campus Availability at: https://regionalcampuses.usu.edu