When you study Economics, you’ll learn the essential economic theories, systems and models that build critical and analytical thinking skills you can apply to any field -- including business, government, law, healthcare and social and community service. At RWU, you can pursue either a B.A. (liberal arts track) or a B.S. (business track), which both offer opportunities for student-faculty research and publishing that can pave the way to graduate studies.

The Economics Major

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A degree in economics enables students to deepen their understanding of the national and world economies as well as to develop economic analysis skills for careers in business, banking, investments, law, and government. The School of Business offers the choice of a BA degree or a BS degree in Economics. The B.A. program (Liberal Arts track) offers students the methodology and analytical techniques appropriate for graduate work in economics and related professions such as public administration, and law. It provides a foundation for research and analysis in academic and government institutions.
The B.S. program (Business track) is oriented toward the techniques and background appropriate for the business world. It prepares students for graduate work in Business (M.B.A.) and economic analysis within the business community. Students pursuing the B.S. program will complete all core business classes in management, marketing, accounting, and finance.


Both the BA and BS Economics majors must complete the University Core Curriculum requirements; both programs require two mathematics courses (1) MATH 141 or equivalent and (2) MATH 124.
The BS Program (Business Track) major requires students to complete all courses in the Business Core, ECON 211 ECON 212 2, and ECON 303 and five 300-400 level Economics electives.
The BA Program (Liberal Arts Track) major requires students to complete ECON 111, ECON 112, ECON 211, ECON 212 ECON 303, and five 300-400 level Economics electives. Students following this track are encouraged to adopt a second major or a minor.

The Economics Minor

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The Economics minor familiarizes students with the tools of economic analysis and their application at the individual, firm, national, and global levels. Coursework in the minor emphasizes problem solving and analytical skills. An economics minor is relevant for students desiring careers in all fields of business and government and those seeking to further their education in graduate and professional schools.


ECON111Principles of Microeconomics 
ECON112Principles of Macroeconomics 
ECON211Intermediate Microeconomics 
ECON212Intermediate Macroeconomics 

and two Economics (ECON) electives at the 300 or 400 level