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Economics: BS, BA

Emphases: Economic Theory; Managerial Economics; Prelaw Economics; International Economics and Trade

Economics

Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services and aims to explain how economies work. Economics students learn how to think critically, solve problems, work with numbers, and a variety of other skills. Students pursuing economics gain valuable research experience that prepares them for graduate school or various careers in business. The coursework in the program also provides a strong grounding in economic theory, which helps open career opportunities that involve policy analysis.

The economics major features a flexible course schedule, making it a great option for students wishing to earn a dual major. Economics is a popular dual major for finance and accounting majors because of the added theoretical and analytical dimension that advanced studies in economics contributes.

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.

For more information, visit https://huntsman.usu.edu/undergraduate/majors/economics-major.


Emphases:

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.

With a degree in economics, students may be qualified for the following careers:

  • Loan officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Credit manager
  • Financial officer
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Claims adjuster
  • Actuary
  • Financial planner
  • Risk manager
  • Asset management
  • Appraiser
  • Economic consultant
  • Economic loss specialist
  • Statistical analyst
  • Management trainee
  • Trade specialist
  • Trust officer

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the Department of Management has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: Incoming freshman may be admitted directly if they have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions or students transferring from other USU majors may be admitted after they have earned 24 or more post-high school credits with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Students not meeting the above conditions can still to apply. Admission is competitive based on available space. Students must fill out an application (available online), have earned a minimum GPA of 2.75, and must have completed certain prerequisite courses.

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Business Ambassadors: Business Ambassadors are the student representatives of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Each year a group of current students are selected to assist the Dean’s office with student recruitment, hosting events/tours, and managing social media.

Business Council (BC): The Business Council is the student council for the Huntsman School of Business. The mission of BC is to serve by representing the student voice, promoting student involvement, facilitating professional opportunities, encouraging academic excellence, and developing student leaders.

Entrepreneurship Club: The Entrepreneurship Club teaches skill sets for entrepreneurs to be successful. The club provides access to resources, teaches how to develop and refine business ideas, and assists in helping students build and launch a sustainable, successful company.

Finance and Economics Club: The Finance and Economics Club helps students accelerate their career by exposing them to exceptional speakers, providing experiences for hands-on learning, and developing lasting relationships with alumni to increase networking opportunities.

Investment Banking Club (IBC): IBC helps students to understand, network, and prepare for a career in Investment Banking and Private Equity. Members of the club will have the opportunities to hear from banking and PE alumni and friends of the Huntsman School, attend information sessions with banks from around the United States, and prepare for and interview with those respective firms for full-time employment.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL): PBL is a nonprofit educational association of students preparing for careers in business. PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Real Estate Association: The USU Real Estate Association provides opportunities for career development, educational events, mentorship, networking, and property tours in real estate for students at USU.

Shingo Institute Student Chapter: The Huntsman Shingo Institute Student Chapter provides students with experience and skills needed to get career placement before or upon graduation.

Society for Advancement of Ethical Leadership (SAEL): The Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership (SAEL) has been created to provide exciting hands-on and real-world ethical experiences to students. The society seeks to uphold the Huntsman School of Business pillar of ethical leadership. SAEL is a student-run club providing many opportunities for to get involved and challenge themselves with tough real world issues. We hold many activities and events throughout the year.

Society for International Business and Economic Development (SIBED): SIBED focuses on the strategic role businesses play in the development of people and the communities where they live. This club focuses on expanding awareness of international opportunities for academic and professional development, developing knowledge and understanding of current issues in international business and development, and helping students become advocates for corporate and humanitarian social responsibility.

USU Distributive Education Clubs of America Chapter (DECA): Collegiate DECA develops leaders and prepares them for clubs in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

USU Pre-Law Society: The Utah State University Pre-Law Society promotes an increased awareness in law by hosting conferences, lectures, and panels throughout the year. Students with an interest in law school can be prepared on how to apply for schools and succeed in their field.

Women in Business Association (WIBA): As a new organization on theUtah State University Campus, Women in Business Association represent women making a difference in business. This club is focused toward making essential networking contacts, recruiting and mentoring future women in business, and learning vital skills forthe business world.


Huntsman Opportunities

Buehler Scholar Program: Start building your professional library through the Buehler Scholars. This program cultivates important leadership qualities through weekly readings and discussion based learning.

Career Exploration Trips: Not sure what your dream job is? No worries; our career trips will get you out in the field so you can talk with our professional partners and explore different industries.

Global Learning Experiences: Global Learning Experiences can help you develop a global mindset and prepare for business that extends beyond borders.

Huntsman Scholar Program (Honors Program): An honors program built for students seeking academic rigor, enhanced critical thinking, and a professionally mentored approach to their Huntsman experience.

Koch Scholar Leadership Program: Spend a semester reading and discussing the foundations of modern political economy with 15 peers selected in a highly competitive process.

Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED): This is as real as it gets! SEED is an international consulting internship where students teach basic business and finance principles to local entrepreneurs in the Philippines and Peru.


Labs, Centers, Research

With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. USU’s Honors Program prepares students for excellent graduate programs by helping them build relationships with professors, participate in research projects, take smaller, more intensive classes, and develop leadership skills.

Advising

Jin Li
China Cooperative Academic Program
Office: EBB 511
Phone: 435-797-2272
Email: jin.li@usu.edu

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Jordan Pinkham
Office: EBB 309
Phone: (435) 797-2272
Email: jordan.pinkham@usu.edu

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Ruth Harrison
Advisor
Online degree only
Office: EBB 309
Phone: (435) 797-2272
Email: ruth.harrison@usu.edu

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Andrew Layne
China Cooperative Academic Program
Office: EBB 511
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Email: andy.layne@usu.edu

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Jaycie Miller
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Phone: (435) 613-5271
Email: jaycie.miller@usu.edu

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Department:
- Economics and Finance Department

College:
- Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

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