The program and courses are designed to:
The program and major are designed to:
All students in this program will receive a thorough grounding in:
Why study economics at Benedictine?
When you choose to major in economics at Benedictine University, you will begin to be concerned with solutions to economic problems arising from the production and distribution of goods and services at the macroeconomics and microeconomics level. You will learn to compile, process and interpret economic and statistical data. You will also learn to interpret government policies and their influence on price and employment levels.
As an economics major, you will receive thorough exposure to economic principles and how to apply them to the national economy and the business world. In our program, you will receive the theoretical and practical economic training you need to successfully enter the business community, government service or graduate school.
You will have access to our library's collection of current government documents and statistical information conveniently available to use for your research needs.
What careers are available with an economics degree?
Most students pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics intend to continue with graduate studies in economics or business at some point in their careers. Business economists work in such fields/positions as:
How does the program work?
As an economics major, you will acquire the broad base of knowledge, represented by the University's core courses taken by all students, which will prove valuable in your future career development and daily life as a citizen of your community. You will develop a knowledge of ethics and the closely-related social sciences important to your success: sociology, psychology and political science. You will acquire a thorough background in quantitative skills through courses in statistics, calculus and linear algebra or differential equations, plus other recommended math courses. You will thoroughly learn principles of accounting, how firms operate and make economic decisions, how the economic system works at the aggregate and microeconomic levels, and specialized economic topics such as public finance, money and financial markets and international trade and finance.
Requirements - Major:
Economics majors must complete the University core requirements, and MATH-C210(4), 207(1) and are strongly encouraged to complete MATH-211(4), 212(4), and either MATH-260(4) or 300(3).
Economics majors must also complete, with a grade of "C" or better, ECON-C101(3), C102(3), 201(3), 202(3), 251(3); ACCT-111(3), 112(3); MGT-150(3); and five 300-level courses from ECON-306(3), 310(3), C320(3), 331(3), 340(3), 360(3), 370(3). Economics majors must also complete a senior paper in their last semester in residence, under the direction of their academic advisor.
CLEP, life experience, work experience, internships, advance placement and other external credit do not substitute for upper-level (300) courses.
Requirements - Minor:
Students seeking a minor in economics must complete with a grade of "C" or better 21 semester hours which must include ECON-C101(3), C102(3), 202(3), 310(3); MGT-150(3) and at least two 300-level courses in economics.