Economics - B.A.

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
ECON2011Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON2022Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON3070Contemporary Economic Issues3
ECON4900Economics Capstone Seminar3
Major Electives
Choose seven of the following courses (at least one MATH-designated and two ECON-designated courses): *21
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
Honors Seminar: Behavioral Economics **
Economics of Law and Order **
Economics of Sin **
Statistics II
Introduction to Political Science
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 6 credits from the following: ***6
College of Arts & Sciences Internship Ic
Directed Experiential Education D
Undergraduate Research Experience
Honors Directed Academic Experience
Study Abroad
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I3
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills3
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT or REL
Quantitative Analysis I (or higher, based on student's placement) ****
Statistics I
One course from BIO, CHM, PHY or SCI
Social Sciences6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute.
Free Electives #
24 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university24
Total Credits121.0

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

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 are assessed in ENG1021 Rhetoric & Composition II. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Rhetoric & Composition II 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 Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?