Bachelor of Arts in Economics Program By University of Oregon |Top Universities

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
Economics addresses the problem of using scarce resources to satisfy society’s unlimited wants. The discipline is divided into two general areas-microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics explores questions about the way society allocates resources; it applies to public policy in such areas as urban, industrial organization, and labor economics. Macroeconomics considers such questions as the causes of inflation and unemployment; it applies to such areas as monetary development and international economics. The Department of Economics offers an undergraduate major leading to a bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate courses in economics provide broad knowledge of the field as a part of the program of liberal education offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. They also lay a solid foundation in economics to students interested in professional graduate training in economics or in careers in business, law, government, or journalism. Preparation: Suggested preparation for freshman students is four years of high school mathematics. Prospective majors are strongly urged to satisfy part of their science group requirement with an introductory calculus sequence and the combination of mathematics and computer and information science required for the Bachelor of Science degree, to be taken in the freshman or sophomore year. Suggested preparation for second-year college transfer students is the equivalents of EC 201 Introduction to Economic Analysis: Microeconomics and EC 202 Introduction to Economic Analysis: Macroeconomics and the equivalents of MATH 251 Calculus I, MATH 252 Calculus II—or MATH 241 Calculus for Business and Social Science I, MATH 242 Calculus for Business and Social Science II for students not intending to pursue graduate training in economics-as well as MATH 243 Introduction to Methods of Probability and Statistics. Careers: Career opportunities in economics are found in federal, state, and local government agencies; private industry; various nonprofit organizations; and journalism. A bachelor’s degree in economics provides an excellent background for graduate admission in law, business, and public policy. Students with superior undergraduate academic records frequently go on to graduate work in economics, which leads to careers in higher education, economic research organizations in government, and private industry.