The Business Economics major uses quantitative methods and economic theory to analyze business enterprises, their decisions, and the factors that contribute to the diversity of organizational structures around the globe. Our offerings develop a sophisticated understanding of business operation and an appreciation for the social and economic complexities of the world in which firms operate.
The Business Economics major is provided within the Economics department. Unlike a traditional business program, Business Economics majors gain a rigorous understanding of economic theory and quantitative methods that can be applied to contemporary problems in finance, management, and all aspects of a business including human resources, marketing, innovation, corporate responsibility, and strategy.
The courses together build skills that employers in the business world seek such as writing, data analysis, public speaking, and team-based problem solving in multi-cultural settings. The core courses of Financial Accounting, Quantitative Methods and Econometrics expose students to the tools of applied business analytics. Core to the major is a familiarity with economic modeling in a business context. Economic modeling includes optimization and price theory as well as electives in game theory and cost/benefit analysis. The major also features a unique three course sequence in Finance. Additional electives courses in marketing, ethics, strategic management, and behavioral economics broaden a student’s exposure.
Students interested in broad policy training should consider an Economics major. Students interested in Entrepreneurship should consider the pathway and combine it with the appropriate training in Business Economics. If you are interested in International Business make an appointment with the Chair of Economics to construct an academic plan.
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