Undergraduate Business Economics Major
Start with economic principles, end on real business impact.
Economists think differently, giving them a leg up in addressing complex problems.
With our Business Economics major, you get that economist perspective plus a strong business foundation. Which adds up to skills that can make a surprisingly big difference, whether it’s analyzing public issues, applying economic theory to industries ranging from energy to education or using economic frameworks to make better business decisions.
Business Economics Major Overview
Economists study how scarce resources can be efficiently allocated to produce the maximum number of goods and services. Economists conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts. They apply economic theory to endeavors such as banking, finance, manufacturing, education, law, international trade, labor, insurance, agriculture, health, criminal justice, energy, natural resources, and telecommunications.
The field of economics provides a framework for analyzing and solving problems that arise from scarcity. Public issues—inflation, unemployment, budget deficits, and environmental pollution, for example—as well as individual and business decision-making, are examples of the economist's work.
The Business Economics (BSBA) major is highly structured with a specific set of business foundation and core classes that must be completed in a predetermined sequence. Two semesters of foreign language are required. You can think of this degree as learning about business and economics, consequently a minor is not required. Admissions into the Business Economics major requires participating in the highly competitive Eller College Professional Admissions process and taking the same core classes as the other business majors.
The Eller College also offers an Economics (BA) major. Both majors will prepare you for careers including but not limited to consulting, banking, research, analytics, insurance, criminal justice, labor, energy, and health, as well as graduate school, including law school and further study in Economics (Masters or PhD). To be admitted to the BA Economics major, students go through the BA Economics Advanced Standing process.
Business Economics Advising
Every Eller Business Economics student has an assigned advisor to help with the academic and career questions that come up as you study here. Get to know yours.
Department of Economics
The Eller Economics Department is a world-recognized pioneer in experimental and behavioral economics. And thanks to our award-winning faculty, it’s a great place for undergraduates to learn about a field that matters more than ever.
Business Economics Cohort Schedules
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Business Economics Elective Course Options
There are more than 20 Business Economics elective courses available:
Business Economics Major Career Resources
Business Economics Careers
Your Business Economics major can open the door to a wide variety of careers—in government, education or business. Graduates with this degree research, analyze, plan and lead across a variety of industries.
Meet the Business Economics Career Coach
Eller students have a world of options in front of them—which is why a dedicated career coach is so valuable. Get professional coaching on internship and job opportunities awaiting you.