The Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics can be paired with a number of different minors or double majors to create a unique degree when paired with related disciplines. The degree is designed to prepare graduates for employment in either the private or public sector or for the pursuit of higher degrees in a number of academic disciplines, most notably economics, political science, and public administration.
Graduate with economics degrees are highly sought after for entry level financial analysis, data analysts, and marketing analysis. This degree was designed with these students in mind, but the degree is also flexible enough to allow for a variety of career paths.
Applied Economics BS Degree Requirements (120 hours)
Applied Economics BS Semester Guide
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Students are required to complete a minor or second major. Thus, the Applied Economics BS encourages students to follow one of several paths, though these are not explicitly part of the degree plan and the student needs to discuss various academic and career paths with their academic advisor. While all students with a BS in Applied Economics have two semesters of training with data analysis, some students may want to develop additional programming skills. For those students, a minor in Computer Science may be appropriate. Students interested in PhD program in economics upon graduate should consider a minor in Mathematics. For students more interested in public policy, public administration, or law school, we suggest a minor in one of the related Social Sciences such as Political Science, Sociology, Legal Studies, or Anthropology. For students who are interested in eventual managerial positions in the private sector, a minor in Business Administration is recommended. Many other minors are appropriate for various career paths as well, including minors in World Languages, International Studies, or Philosophy.
Additionally, students can satisfy this requirement with a second major. Recent students have had second majors in fields as diverse as Construction Management, Health Policy and Administration, and Political Science.