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Economics: BS, BA

Economics

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.

Degree Options

  • 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.

Emphases:

  • Economic Theory: This emphasis prepares students to work directly after graduation or to pursue graduate study in economics, quantitative economic analysis, or other related research degrees. Students with this emphasis often become economists involved in 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) – among other graduate programs.
  • 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 and in preparation for law school.
  • 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.
  • Quantitative Economic History: This emphasis prepares students for quantitative careers in business, finance, data science, and policy evaluation or for post-graduate education. The classes in the emphasis use history as a backdrop to develop the advanced critical thinking and analytical skills that are vital in today's data-driven marketplace.
  • Financial Economics: This emphasis prepares students for quantitative careers in the field of finance – or for various graduate programs. The emphasis provides flexibility and allows students to focus their studies on different areas of financial economics including, but not limited to, corporate finance, investment analysis, and banking. Students also have the flexibility to focus their studies on financial markets and trading.
  • Business Economics: This emphasis allows students to differentiate themselves within the broader economics curriculum by focusing more broadly in other areas of business. The curriculum for this emphasis allows students to gain exposure to accounting and management principles as well as finance within a business setting. The Business Economics Emphasis provides students the quantitative tools to work as a business analyst in various areas of the business.
  • Econometrics and Data Analysis: This emphasis provides the opportunity for students to focus their studies more heavily on the quantitative side of economics. In this emphasis, students will gain econometric modeling skills and be exposed to cutting-edge analytical tools, including, but not limited to, machine learning and various forecasting methods. This emphasis will provide student the background to work in data science and analysis.

Additional Information:

The economics degree (BS) is available online without an emphasis.


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

  • 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
  • Actuary
  • Loan Officer
  • Appraiser

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Admission Requirements

Utah State University's admissions requirements as well as the Jon M. Huntsman admission requirements must be meet to be able to declare a Huntsman School of Business major.


Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

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.

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


Huntsman Opportunities

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.

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.

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