Economics - B.A.

Please note that this program will not be offered on the Providence Campus until the 2020-2021 Academic Year and will not be offered during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. 

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

The Economic bachelor's degree program provides students with the appropriate analytical tools to enable them to observe the world, make appropriate inferences, and consequently to make better choices. The student of economics appreciates not only what is transparent but also what lies behind observed behavior. The economic way of thinking shows how choice takes place within a specific organizational context, be it a market, firm, or policy environment. Different environments generate new sets of incentives that in turn motivate people to make certain choices, resulting in predictable outcomes.

Through the required and elective courses, students acquire extensive knowledge about economic organization, market process, entrepreneurship, and public policy. Students use economic theory as an analytical tool set that will be used to examine real world markets, institutions and behaviors. A choice of elective courses allows students to deepen their focus by choosing courses best suited to their career goals.  

Economics majors are successful in a wide variety of careers. Although various private-sector roles in businesses are most common, economics majors find success in law, medicine, government, nonprofits and international relations, as well as in academic roles. Employers want people who can navigate within a complex world and adapt to changing conditions. This degree prepares students for the professional world as well as for further graduate studies.

Upon completion of this program, graduates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate fluency with contemporary and historical economic thinking.
  • Use modeling, frameworks and similar tools to explain economic concepts, principles and theories.
  • Apply economic theories and analytical tools to interpret real-world economic problems. 
  • Analyze the rule of non-market forces and institutions in economic decision-making. 
  • Conduct economic research, interpret economic data and effectively communicate economic ideas to a variety of audiences.  


A four-year program leading to the bachelor of arts degree

Major Courses
ASCI4799College of Arts & Sciences Internship *4.5
ECON2011Intermediate Macroeconomics4.5
ECON2022Intermediate Microeconomics4.5
ECON3070Contemporary Economic Issues4.5
ECON4900Economics Capstone Seminar4.5
Major Electives **
Choose seven of the following courses (at least one MATH-designated and two ECON-designated courses):31.5
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
World Economic Geography
The Global Economy in the 21st Century
Managerial Economics
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Pitching & Planning New Ventures
Change and Innovation Management
Introduction to Financial Institutions
Honors Seminar: Behavioral Economics ***
Economics of Law and Order ***
Economics of Sin ***
Quantitative Analysis II
Statistics II
Introduction to Political Science
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I4.5
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills4.5
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
Quantitative Analysis I ( (or higher, based on student's placement))
One course from BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCI
Social Sciences9
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at the 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
40.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.40.5
Total Credits181.0

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.