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The economics major at Ball State will prepare you for demanding and wide-ranging roles across sectors in business, government, nonprofit, education, law, banking, and more. You will understand how economic systems work and how they shift in changing circumstances. Our intensive program features small class sizes taught by full-time professors, a thriving student economics club, internships, hands-on learning opportunities through such endeavors as the Federal Reserve Challenge Competition, and other key learning opportunities through the John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and the Center for Business and Economic Research.

Major Requirements

A bachelor's degree in economics is divided into four groups of courses: The University Core Curriculum, business school foundation or liberal arts foundation courses (depending on which option you choose), specialized economics coursework, and general electives. We strongly recommend that all economics majors take at least one course in calculus.

As an economics major, you will have the opportunity to select from three options that best fit your interests and career goals: business, financial analyst, and liberal arts.

Credits

120

Options

Business

AACSB AccreditedOur option in business provides outstanding training and a strong pathway for economics majors to pursue careers in the business world of finance, management, marketing, and more. This option is also a great choice if you plan to pursue a master of business administration (MBA).

In addition to the economics courses for this option, you’ll be required to meet the Miller College of Business core requirements and take required business courses.

For a complete list of classes in this major and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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AACSB AccreditedIf you want to use your economics degree to help businesses and individuals make sound investment decisions, then a financial analyst option is right for you. This course of study also empowers you to pursue certification as a chartered financial analyst (CFA), the global standard for measuring competence and integrity in portfolio management and investment.

In addition to the economics courses for the business economics option, students are required to meet the Miller College of Business core requirements and take required business courses. 

For a complete list of classes in this major and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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As an economics major choosing the liberal arts option, you will be well prepared for a general career in economics, business, or law.

With the liberal arts option, you can pick from three concentrations:

  • General: Provides a broad overview of economics and strong foundation for a career as an economist.
  • Economics and Law: Provides a solid foundation for pursuing a law degree. As a pre-law student, you might find a double major in economics and political science to be useful.
  • Financial Economics: Provides a strong grounding in economics and finance. This concentration is an excellent choice if you want to pursue an advanced degree in economics and business, or if you’re seeking a double major in economics and mathematical sciences or actuarial sciences.

If you choose the liberal arts option, you are not required to take all of the core business courses.

For a complete list of classes in this major and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Economics?

Our students have gone on to work at J.P. Morgan Chase, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Indiana Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and to top law schools and doctorate programs.

A bachelor’s degree in economics from Ball State will open up varied opportunities in the following fields and positions:

  • academic, business, government, and nonprofit sector economist
  • banking and finance positions
  • business owner
  • consultant
  • economics, finance, management, and marketing analysis and research
  • education
  • executive-level opportunities
  • investment positions
  • legal positions
  • management and marketing positions

Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of scholarships that Ball State offers to all of its students, our department has several we award to our own students to recognize their accomplishments. Learn more.

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Are you interested in an undergraduate degree in economics? The first step is to apply as an undergraduate to Ball State University. Start the journey today.

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