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.

Degree Requirements


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 BA in Mathematical Economics will incorporate suitable mathematical, statistical, and programming techniques applicable to modern economic analysis in order to prepare students for graduate school and careers in economic consulting and policymaking.

Student Objectives:

Upon completion of the Mathematical Economics major, students will be able to:

  • Set up, solve, and analyze optimization models.
  • Apply optimization models to consumer, producer, and market theories.
  • Use game theory to analyze the strategic behavior of individuals and firms.
  • Apply the empirical methods used by economists to analyze data to learn about the real world.
  • Use basic econometric methods to conduct statistical inferences; use regression models to estimate causal relationships; and use regression models to make predictions.
  • Critically interpret empirical studies.

Required Economics Courses

Econ 111: Principles of Microeconomics

Econ 112: Principles of Macroeconomics

Econ 211: Intermediate Microeconomics

Econ 212: Intermediate Macroeconomics

Econ 303: Econometrics

Econ 395: Game theory

One additional economics elective

Required Math/CS Courses (all courses are currently offered)

Math 213 & Lab: Calc 1 (required)

Math 214 & Lab: Calc 2 (required)

CompSc 110/Math 255 (required)

Math 225/CompSc 225: Introduction to Data Science (required)

Electives—Choose Two

Math 315: Probability & Statistics 

Math 317: Differential Equations

Math 331: Linear Algebra

Math 351: Calculus of Several Variables

Math 371: Real Analysis      

Math 355/CompSc 415: Machine Learning  

Other courses as required to fulfill university requirements

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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3+3 Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Bachelor's Program

This accelerated program allows eligible students to complete their bachelor's and Juris Doctor J.D. degrees in six years instead of seven. Accepted students will take first-year courses in the School of Law along with legal electives to fulfill undergraduate fourth-year requirements.